Originally Posted by 2pipes
I thought .50 cal was dead. I guess I report should have said," on life support" not a hater, but how does this help new players if it is NOT CHEAPER?
Here's how. Everything I'm about to say is from my experiences running a field and a store.
The main benefit is slowly growing the sport. It NEVER fails that with .68 cal, if a group of 10 ten year olds come to play this is what happens.
1. At least 1/4 quit after two rounds. The knuckle shot is always almost guaranteed to get kids to quit.
2. The rentals get dropped. It's natural reaction for a beginner.
3. Welts. A lot of parents are rightfully concerned about giant welts. Send a kid to school on Monday with welts on their necks and its a problem.
So basically when kids quit during a session we sell less paint and they NEVER come back.
With .50 caliber we see:
1. Repeat business in the 9-14 range. Especially with females. It's a great date night activity because you don't get blasted nearly as badly.
2. This is a true story. We had a young group come in. Before we offered .50 cal. Like stated above half quit playing quickly. The same core of kids returned after we had the .50. They ALL played and where the time before we sold 1 case to them the first time we sold 3 the second time. That's a 300% increase in sales, and it happens a lot.
3. Lightweight. Way easy for the kids to wield. They become more engaged when the gear is appropriate to their strength and size. They also drop them considerably less.
Basically its a tool to grow our sport. I've personally moved several of our .50 cal kids into Axes and the like. They now come out at least 1 time a month if not twice.
.50 caliber is great.