Originally Posted by chulojw
I think it was doomed from the beginning. How many people do you see using .50 cal at your local field? I have seen none.
I think the problem is that local fields are established already, and have invested many thousands of dollars into .68 cal rental equipment. For them to add .50 cal to the rental options would involve a ton of cash in new rentals or conversion kits.
As far as I know, the market isn't good enough for most of them to make that sort of investment right now.
The only way this could have worked, in my opinion, would have been if the industry invested in it, and rolled out a pilot program to the bigger fields all over the country... with each field getting a dozen or so of the best markers to try out for a period of time. This would have given everyone a chance to see how .50 cal worked, and let the players who were otherwise "turned off" from playing because of the impact of a .68 to have the desire to come back and play again.
They didn't do that though... they did what the paintball industry always does, and put the responsibility on the backs of the players to push the new thing...