Once we get a ranged chrono test of the FS rounds, we'll have an idea of what velocity they're going at compared to paintballs. Then they could be adjusted accordingly to strike at the same speed at a distance. I wouldn't jump right in to a point blank shot with these without doing that first.
Maybe even shooting at point blank on bare skin at increasing velocities. Say start with a 300 fps paintball shot. Then start at 150 fps with the FS and work up in 30 fps increments until damage looks similar. That may show the max safe velocity to compare them to paintballs. Velocity drop at point blank should minimal and they should be similar. We would just have to find someone willing to go through a potential 7 shots at point blank.
I do think there is more to be done with the safety testing but at least we're headed in the right direction.
EDIT: Let's not forget the point blank ballistics gel shots. From what we saw at 300 fps, the FS had deeper craters than paintballs. So that may imply they are slightly more dangerous at equivalent speeds and may necessitate a lower field velocity.
This post has been edited by Lord Odin: 05 June 2009 - 03:58 PM