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If I may make so bold as to quote one of the founding fathers of this
group, "KISS -- Keep It Simple Stupid." Truly words of inspiration!
With this in mind, I have been wondering if anyone here has given any
serious thought to re-engineering the basic Paintball Marker? Yeah, I
know, off-the-shelf is "Simple". But not if off-the-shelf then requires
access to a machine-shop so that it may be modified to kinda sorta
conform to your needs.
1) The standard off-the-shelf PBM is engineered, that when fired, the
projectile will maintain as flat and true a trajectory as possible for
a range of at least 50 yards with the projectile exploding on contact
at the end of that course. (These parameters are usually incremented
and subject to the Price/Quality Gage starting at Wal-Mart quality at
around $50.00 and climbing to $2500.00 (Yikes!))
-- What is the average combat range on any battlefield to-date?
2) The standard PBM is engineered to provide the look, heft, and feel
of a large caliber handgun. Thus bigger IS better. Additional
encumbrances for heightened operational requirements have the added
bonus of providing a high-tech/sci-fi flare that appeals to the
adolescent males (and those of us who still wish we were. --LOL) who
dominate this sport.
-- There is no incentive to provide a smaller unit.
3) Parts required for upgrades, modifications, and/or repairs are
available from the dealers and/or their distributors only, thus cost
and availability is subject to their exclusive control.
-- Not off-the-shelf.
Just to provide some food for thought, take a look at the utterly
simplistic and compact design utilized in the weapons system used by
the Ship-To-Ship Warfare folks. Note the hardware store copper tubing
and fittings. Now THAT is off-the-shelf!
Yeah, I know, a paintball is not the same as a copper BB and requires a
lot of different handling. However, the BB weapon system featured is
also not the same as you would find inside of any semi-auto BB handgun
either. They re-engineered it to conform to the needs of their sport.
In my opinion, I have seen the remarkable engineering and fabrication
skills displayed by the members of this group. I have little doubt that
a PBM weapons system designed to better conform to the requirements of
this sport would be out of their reach.
1) Build it smaller, lighter, and with less bulk. = Less weight and
encumbrance and more room for other goodies.
2) Build it cheaper with hardware store type items = More people can
afford to participate in this sport.
3) Build it simple = installation takes far less time = more time to
dedicate to other areas.
(Just in case nobody has considered this point as of yet.)
4) Build it right = folks will buy YOUR off-the shelf system = more
tanks and tank goodies for you without having to explain to the wife
how you really need the cash for that new set of monster drive motors.
So what do you all think? Doable???
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