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Old 02-19-2012, 11:15 PM #1
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Is .50 cal dead?

Do you guys think .50 cal was dead before it ever truly got off the ground?

I'd appreciate your input! Thanks!
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:43 PM #2
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There has been about a dozen topics made about the subject of .50cal as a whole in the past year and half of them are questioning whether or not it is dead.
So I would say it is dead.
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:59 PM #3
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lol? but thanks for the input
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:39 AM #4
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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.
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:51 AM #5
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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.
Well it doesn't help that it's FPO at my field haha
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:47 AM #6
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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...
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:25 AM #7
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My local field doesn't offer it, so it's dead IMO.
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:55 AM #8
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same, mine never did
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:26 PM #9
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if its not dead yet it should be.... useless...
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:58 PM #10
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Yup, to my knowledge none of my local fields even sell it, and most are FPO.

I see more of the .43 cal stuff than .50.
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:10 PM #11
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ya a store that closed by me used to sell the kingman training pistols
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:47 PM #12
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I realy dont think it ever took off...
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:59 PM #13
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:44 AM #14
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I personally never saw any here in my area, i dont really think it was ever alive...
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:50 AM #15
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:30 AM #16
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:02 PM #17
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The .50 cal thing was around when paintball was getting started. There is a reason why .68 caliber became the norm for paintball markers.
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:30 PM #18
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oh? why is that exactly?
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:55 PM #19
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I think cuz 68's are heavier, so they dont slow down as fast as the lighter .50 cal's would. Also, since 50 cals are a smaller ball, they are also stronger, so they need an even thinner shell to break consistantly since there is less leverage cuz the reduced surface area when the .50 ball impacts a target.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:56 PM #20
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Old 02-22-2012, 02:50 PM #21
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I would imagine that Airsoft did a lot to fill the niche that .50 cal was trying to capitalize on...
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