I'm an engineer, and the physical properties of paintballs are quite interesting. In the early days of firing spherical projectiles, rifling was used to increase the range of the projectile by giving it a rotational inertia that fights forces pushing against the projectiles trajectory. The type of projectile I am thinking of is a cannon ball. These were quite spherical though not 100% perfect (similar to the surface of a paintball). An improvement was seen in the range when rifling was used when firing cannon balls so one would expect to see the same result when rifling is used when firing a paintball. However this is not true. Cannon balls were made of dense solid iron, with a solid iron core. Paintballs and Cannon balls, both having similar surfaces, differ in physical composition. As we know, paintballs have a liquid core, and solid surface very reminiscent of the planet earth. Because of this liquid interior the spin applied to the surface of the paintball will cause rotation of the surface though the liquid core will remain motionless. In the case of the cannon ball, the core and surface would be rotated as a result of the surface contact with the rifling, and that is what resulted in the further range. Such an effect cannot, and will not ever be seen on a paintball unless the core and surface of the paintball spin in unison as a result of the rifling. YOUR WELCOME, paintball community.
Why is an intelligent discussion about two opinions a bitchfest? Also new players don't know how to make an educated decision because they are new... Did you know the best car to buy your first time without research or help? I never said everyone runs straight to the speedball field read what I wrote. Almost all kids at some point want to dip their toes in competitive paintball which they can't with a Tippmann below 300 dollars. We are talking about a fresh out of the gate player most likely a child who doesn't know jack about the sport and even less about what they want out of it. By recommending a 98 or an A5 you are literally condemning them to a few options either they play woodsball forever or they sell that marker if they want to even attempt to play speedball. Now say they buy an eNEMy guess what they can play any type of paintball and still have an alright time without having to upgrade their marker or spending money they don't have, money that could be use to get out and play.
Tippmann markers are now overpriced for their performance compared to the competition. End of story.
AMEN, thank you. My buddy was trying to sell me on getting an A5 because he just got into paintball (im 19) and at the time I owned an azodin kaos. I read reviews saying how heavy the Kaos is, but nothing compared to the 4 pound A5 my buddy let me hold OH MAN. I had a new appreciation for "speedball" guns after that day. IMO the best paintball markers are designed, engineered, and manufactured as paintball MARKERS rather than replica firearms. Anyway, KCCO techpb.
looks terrible to me, maintenance would be a pain because you have to unscrew it. The barrel doesn't look level with the gun body. The plastic/composite looks cheap. The ATG logo look cheap. No on/off ASA. Bulky macroline fitting. The trigger is very boxy and made of plastic. AND integrated trigger frame with no grips. All around very cheap looking. Just because it is inexpensive doesn't mean it has to look like it. Take GOG for example. beautiful markers for a beautifully low price.