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Apr 26, 2010

Paintball Myths - Part Three

Here's the third in the series by Billy Goodman on Paintball Myths:

Pumps have inherently better accuracy/range than Semi-automatics

Here's a statement that will piss off a lot of people: A Spyder with a good barrel and good paint will shoot every bit as good as a Phantom. How do I know? Because over the past 12 years, I have owned 4 Phantoms and 4 Spyders, not to mention over 30 other assorted pumps and semi-automatics. Being a big fan of pump play, it would be real nice to sit here and say that pumps are more accurate or have more range - but it's just not true.
The myth does have some basis in reality. When semi-autos appeared in the early 90's, they could not compete with the high end pumps of the day for consistency in accuracy or range. After all, semi-auto play was the new wave and most manufacturers were in a race to develop some kind of product, regardless of the overall performance, which generally suffered because the technology was in it's infancy. Meanwhile, high end pump manufacturer's had a decade's head start refining their products for a very competitive market. But things have long since changed. Today's semi-autos benefit from from a decade of competition which forced a better product. The myth that pumps perform better continues largely due to the fact that people who play with pumps are forced to play better and make their shots counts in order to compete with semi-automatics on the field.

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Tinker Apr 26, 2010, 8:29:00 AM  

Physics 101 - a given amount of air at a given pressure pushing a ball thourgh a tube of a certain length will result in the ball traveling a specific distance. Whether the ball, air and barrel are on a pump or a semi-auto is not going to change what happens when the compressed air pushes the ball through the tube.

Physics isn't that open for interpretation.

Richelle Shattell Apr 27, 2010, 2:47:00 PM  

My husband and I just happened to be talking about this earlier after watching some practice footage in which one player was using a pump. I had never seen one in action before.

His response was the same when I asked what advantage a pump has. His friend had told him that he started playing originally with a pump and it increased his skill, not because of distance or aiming, but because it taught him how to use his paint more wisely.

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