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Sep 29, 2009

Never say never...

Howard Kosick
President and CEO Tippmann Sports

Dear Tippmann Customers

At the recent Paintball Extravaganza in Atlanta, both my staff and I were asked numerous times about Tippmann launching a .50 caliber paintball marker.

I want to put an end to the rumors and speculation and assure you that Tippmann is 100% committed to .68 caliber paintball markers. A .50 caliber platform has been announced by a new company but there has been very little information provided on product features and pros & cons for the industry. As industry manufacturers, we should always be driving toward new product innovation and technology as it is the life blood of any consumer goods category. However, until we know more about the .50 caliber platform we remain focused on .68 caliber. Industry manufacturers we have talked to are also in the “wait and see” mode.


Reiner Schafer Sep 29, 2009, 9:10:00 AM  

What else could they really do? No one is going to start developing markers based on a concept that has not been proven or even seen, except by a few supposed experimenters who were running around the country with disguised .50 caliber markers using .50 caliber balls which no one around them noticed. Personally, I think that's a crock.

If .50 cal. come out and if there is a following, we can all rest assured that manufacturers will fill the gap of any demand that might arise.

Caleb Sep 29, 2009, 9:45:00 PM  

I honestly believe that this sport would essentially have to go "bankrupt" before we would see such a major change. Imagine how much it would cost the average player to change to .50 paintballs. I think slowly phasing it in would be too much of a conflict.

mick Sep 29, 2009, 10:01:00 PM  

Good points. I don't think we will see it any time soon.

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