An interesting debate erupted the other day in the office regarding efficiency. It started with the phrase “I loved the way it shot, but the efficiency was so horrible that I will never buy one again”. Which made me start to think… A smoother shot equates to less recoil (kick); and that means that it is easier to stay on target between shots. This is a huge advantage in any game. Yet we constantly hear people boasting that they get a full case of paint out of their 70/4500 tank. Is that a benefit that you will actually feel during a day of play? Most fields have all day air at a very reasonable price and refilling is quick and easy.
We have had the pump bug hit us hard lately and we’ve all noticed that we are having more fun, getting better at paintball and using much less paint. Even when we switch back to our electros we are more on target and still using less paint than we have grown accustomed to using.
So, should a marker that is a bit (or a lot) less efficient but gives a smoother shot be ignored because of the low number of pods per fill? How much efficiency would you sacrifice for a smoother shot? How much smoother does the shot have to be to be worth the disadvantage? So many questions and so many different correct answers that we just had to share our thoughts. Obviously, we all want the best of both worlds but the magic marker that hits everything you aim at and never runs out of air is still in testing I think
Some have said that your position will determine your choice, do you sling paint or snap shoot? Some swear that your style determines the best fit for you. I personally believe that limiting your paint as you play and learn to play will make you a better player and also make you better with your marker. In my eyes efficiency is like age; it really is just a number. If my marker gets 500 shots out of a tank and his gets 800 that means he CAN shoot more, but just because you can does not mean you should. A smooth and consistent shot is much more important to me than an extra pod or 2. I tend to play all over the field as I enjoy finding new ways to attack/defend a specific area instead of following the same trail to the same flag. There have been times where I have run out of air or paint or both on longer games but having the comfort level I have with my marker makes up for the air that it “wastes”.
Getting the best out of your marker is paramount. Whether it is accuracy, efficiency or just the cool factor that you want to maximize; we all want the best out of what is in our hands. Try that supposed air hog and see if it feels right, see if you hit more targets and maybe a less efficient marker will actually be better. Or you could just run out of air and get shot with a harness full of pods…
Remember air is very inexpensive and readily available where paint is available but not inexpensive.
Tell us what is more important for you and your game.