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...
have to agree with Squares, the only way for 50cal to build steam was through the fields, make it advantageous for field owners to switch, which they did not do..
We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How
long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about
something real?- Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, 1953
Well, the 50 cal was going for more ammo carried, lighter weight guns, less painful hits, cheaper ammo, and a bit more focus on the milsim feel. Airsoft has lighter guns, more ammo carried, (usually) lighter weight guns, less painful hits, cheaper ammo, and a bit more focus on the milsim feel. It may be that the people who would have been attracted by the primary draws of .50 cal just found airsoft instead.
.50 cal was one of the worst ideas of the industry. IMO, it was a way to gain more capital during failing economic times. Guns are getting to the point where new innovations in technology are few and far between, so companies were trying to come up with a scheme to make up for decreased revenues. People are no longer buying new guns every season. If they changed the size of the "normal" round of paint, people would have to invest in conversion kits, or more than likely, buy new guns altogether. Companies could market the .50 cal guns as .5 ounces lighter and people would equate "lighter" with "better". Thus, increased profits in a down economy.
.50 are pointless why try and change the game of paintball when the paint always averaged about .68...
All of the information happens to be in this subforum... Some aspects of the game could be possibly improved upon if given the chance. But again, people acted like they were 93 years old and told to create a MySpace account.