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Old September 19th, 2009, 09:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Every now and then, rarely in fact, a wind of change blows across the face of paintball and we are witness to a new horizon, now is just such a time.
Richmond Italia has once again cranked the wheels of evolution around one more time, and focussed his attention on one of our sportís prevailing problems.
He knew a lot of players were being deterred from continuing in our sport because of the cost, and more importantly, the life-blood of our sport, new tournament players migrating from the rec-ball and scenario scenes, were not even beginning to play for the same reason.
The enduring expense for all players is paint; itís a consumable, and its prolific use means we have a prolific requirement as players, and this expense was becoming a real problem for our sport.

Richmond soon realised his next evolution was going to have to tick not only the expected boxes of innovation but he also needed to tick the box of cheaper paintball .... and that is exactly what he has achieved ...... engineered a cheaper paintball.

But itís a bit more sophisticated than just charging less for paintballs; he has engineered a new paintball with an improved flight trajectory that means they fly farther and more accurately.
The historic problem with 50 calibre paintballs was getting them to break consistently; Richmond was obviously aware of this problem and set about engineering a ball that not only broke convention but also broke consistently.
How did he do this?
He headed up a think tank thatís brief was, ĎEngineer a paintball thatís inexpensive, accurate, flies further and breaks on contactí.
His team spent many months tackling their brief and after extensive testing and prototyping, they have produced a ball that finally satisfied the entire spectrum of Richmondís vision.
The results are an evolutionary step forward; A new 50 caliber paintball has been born, and that paintball is now being shot right into the heart of our sport.


Richmond has long since believed you need the right people around you to succeed in anything and if thereís one thing he excels at, itís recognising intelligent and motivated people.
Joanne Wheeler has long since been a believer, her loyalty and hard working ethos has already served Richmond well over the years and she was the first to be recruited.
In the past he has worked closely with Billy and Adam Gardner at Smart Parts and within a few short hours of explaining his new vision to them, they were signed up and had agreed to adapt a selected range of their own markers to be engineered so they can fire this new caliber ball.
After all, this is the first time the paintball was dictating how the markers should be designed instead of the other way around.
It was imperative Richmond aligned himself with marker manufacturers who could do the job and who better than the people who bought us the Shocker and Ion and so many more of our sportís great markers, Billy and Adam Gardner of Smart Parts stepped up to the 50 caliber plate with no hesitation whatsoever.

With those guys on board, Richmond then turned his attention to headhunting a few people who he could trust and would help his cause, Robbo and Chris Lasoya were approached, and as soon as they understood what Richmond was trying to do, they jumped on board faster than a jack-rabbit with its *** on fire.
Chris Lasoya has already worked extensively for Richmond and has always been an Italia man; Robbo however hasnít really been anybodyís man other than his own but when asked to comment on Richmondís request to join the team, he said, ĎRichmond made me an offer I just couldnít refuse, my acceptance had nothing to do with money and everything to do with what he was trying to do; Richmond is one of our sportís true visionaries, Iíd have been a mug to turn this opportunity down of working with him and I ainít no mugí.

The new era of 50 calibre paintball means cheaper paint for the paintballer, it means hundreds more paintballs in the loader, it means thousands more balls in your pots, it means a more accurate flight path, it means it shoots further and all this with the same marking characteristics as the original 68 caliber balls.
Never before in the history of our sport have so many of its problems been so positively affected; after all, you ask any baller what he wants and they would answer, ĎI want a cheaper and a more accurate paintballí, it seems in one fell swoop Richmond has revolutionised our sport once again.

He did it with XBall, and heís done it again with his new 50 caliber ball.
The wind of change is upon us all and will sweep right across the face of paintball, ignore it at your peril !

More news will become available as time goes by but rest assured people, this revolution is here to stay, and itís here to play.
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Old September 19th, 2009, 10:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yea well what about our markers that we're using. It's meant for .68 not .50, it might give some problems...
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Old September 19th, 2009, 01:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well naturally you'd need new markers...

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He knew a lot of players were being deterred from continuing in our sport because of the cost, and more importantly, the life-blood of our sport, new tournament players migrating from the rec-ball and scenario scenes, were not even beginning to play for the same reason.
Life blood of our sport?! Nubian please! The lifeblood of the sport are the guys that are playing for fun every weekend. When the guys stop playing for fun and start playing to win that isn't the life of the game that is the death of the player. It is complete arrogance to think that tournament play is the pinnacle of a player's evolution in paintball and that somehow going from capture the flag on a Sunday afternoon to Xball is the natural progression of things. If anything it is the arrogance of the "serious" ballers looking down on the guys that only want to have fun that is keeping players away.

Paintball has always been expensive and the players have always been there and paint has only gotten cheaper to buy in the meantime. Why is this ".50 revolution" coming along now? My theory is that it is only to sell people all new gear it is the manufacturers that are hurting most rec fields are still getting the same size turnouts. The cheaper paint will be a nice added benefit but if anything making it cheaper for more players to shoot more paint will deter the renters from making a further investment in the game. Nothing makes a kid decide paintball isn't for him than getting lit up all day long.
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Old September 19th, 2009, 03:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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and hoppers, and pods and, etc etc etc.

It's too expensive to change it now.
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Old September 28th, 2009, 12:14 AM   #5 (permalink)
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yes its more money for those of us who already play but if your just starting or are looking into this sport it makes it seem alot cheaper but like was said before that just means you wont feel as bad if you shoot faster so you will shoot more and in time build up to the same cost there isnt any reason to say that smaller paintballs will reduce the cost it will only make you spend more in the long run

the only way to reduce cost is to make the current balls less expensive and more accurate there will be more lost because they cant afford to buy the new guns then to just go out every now and then and buy paint and be super frugal about how they shoot while they try to make their paint last as long as they can
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Old September 28th, 2009, 09:00 AM   #6 (permalink)
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certain manufacturers are pushing this because their profits are down and they are hoping that they can convince everyone to make the switch so they can sell more guns.

as a backup plan, it's also going to be marketed to the airsoft players.
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Old September 28th, 2009, 10:21 AM   #7 (permalink)
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let me get this right, they want to switch to .50 cal because its cheaper in the hopes that they would make more profit......

not going to happen, like the beta tapes, mini disks, and HD DVDs .50 cal rounds will fade out
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Old October 4th, 2009, 04:10 PM   #8 (permalink)
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This is a horrible idea. I have only been playing for 4 years, but i like paintball the way it is. I have spent way to much of MY MONEY (my parents dont pay for their seventeen year olds toys, i work my butt off for that money) on gear to go out and buy it again! Paintball is a rapidly growing sport, why change it? Dont fix whats not broken.
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