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#1 Annually

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 07:38 AM

What if there was a paintball that was almost a "median" between an airsoft bb, and a paintball? It would be small enough to be easier to create 1:1 replicas of weapons, and would be more viable for mag-fed markers. These "paint pellets"(?) will (in theory) have a lower cost to produce. This would also be the "best of both worlds" between the two sports. You have a small projectile that might travel faster than 300fps(dont want to get into accuracy here), and still has the ability to mark your targets, so cheating would be harder.

This whole thing is theoretical. Just trying to provide an opportunity for an interesting conversation.

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 09:00 AM

Electric/pneumatic airsoft guns can't feed these. They already exist though.

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 09:03 AM

.68 is pretty much here for good at this point, regardless of how good alternatives are. Everyone already has it, and I don't know about you but if all of a sudden I needed to buy a .15 gun, hopper, mask and pods I'd be pretty mad.

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 09:13 AM

I think this has more application to airsoft than paintball TBH.

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 10:04 AM

I think this has more application to airsoft than paintball TBH.


I feel it does too.

I dunno, like I said, this is just for conversation.

This also applies more to milsim.

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 02:58 PM

Finned rounds like First Strike are the future if mil-sim/mag-fed as far as I see it.

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 03:48 PM

There are paintballs for airsoft guns.

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 03:51 PM

Finned rounds like First Strike are the future if mil-sim/mag-fed as far as I see it.


What about rounds actually shaped like bullets? Not just half of a sphere with plastic fins to replicate rifling, but a smaller round shaped like a bullet that would spin in a rifled barrel?

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 03:53 PM


Finned rounds like First Strike are the future if mil-sim/mag-fed as far as I see it.


What about rounds actually shaped like bullets? Not just half of a sphere with plastic fins to replicate rifling, but a smaller round shaped like a bullet that would spin in a rifled barrel?

The fins are needed to create spin.

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 04:47 PM

Canadian Tire has .43 cal paintballs for, i think, a kingman marker. They are kinda halfway between an airsoft bb and a .68 paintball in size. I've never seen one used before though.

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 05:27 PM


Finned rounds like First Strike are the future if mil-sim/mag-fed as far as I see it.


What about rounds actually shaped like bullets? Not just half of a sphere with plastic fins to replicate rifling, but a smaller round shaped like a bullet that would spin in a rifled barrel?

You'd have to up safety standards because it would be the same weight of a .68 ball but the force would be imparted on an area the fraction of the size. You wouldn't want to be shot by them.

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 07:12 PM



Finned rounds like First Strike are the future if mil-sim/mag-fed as far as I see it.


What about rounds actually shaped like bullets? Not just half of a sphere with plastic fins to replicate rifling, but a smaller round shaped like a bullet that would spin in a rifled barrel?

You'd have to up safety standards because it would be the same weight of a .68 ball but the force would be imparted on an area the fraction of the size. You wouldn't want to be shot by them.


You could make them out of a lighter substance to reduce mass and the Joules on impact.

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 09:27 AM

RAP4 has shell ejecting markers such as the classic M16,AK47,HK MP5 etc...

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 01:33 PM

.43 cal is hardly used, .50 cal has died twice, .62 had its run along with the oblong .63 cal called DT63..

I think the most in-between ball you could get was for the Mod85 but those hurt really, really bad. IIRC it was smaller than .43 cal something like .38.
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Posted 26 May 2013 - 05:09 AM

I say nay. The bullet paintballs would hurt like a bitch; go with first strikes if you want realism. But for milsim paint? I say just build on the first strike idea.

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