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Old 02-15-2012, 05:08 PM   #21 (permalink)
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A big issue with offset feeds is that the weight of the hopper can pull the gun off to one side, and cause the elbow to slip around. For those of us using stick feeds and 50 round hoppers, it isn't an issue at all.
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Old 02-17-2012, 11:27 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I prefer right side feeds nearly every time even regardless if the gun is pump, mech-semi, or even electric-semi.

The reason why is because of my other hobbies. I am more into firearms than paintball (especially sub-machineguns) I want to hold and aim my paintball guns in a similar manner to that of a firearm with a stock and a big part of that is having the least unobstructed sighting view as possible. I like aiming down the center-line down the barrel and with a vertical feed I either sight down the side (Bren style) or tilt the gun and I don't like to make a habit of this.

With that being said I own a few vertical feed guns and like them but would prefer they came in a right feed version.
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A big issue with offset feeds is that the weight of the hopper can pull the gun off to one side, and cause the elbow to slip around.
I could go on about proper form and all that, but I don't want to sound like someone who says that you shouldn't take your hand off the pump...
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RF, LF, CF ... what difference does it make? I can see over the horizontal tube in all those configs.
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I could go on about proper form and all that, but I don't want to sound like someone who says that you shouldn't take your hand off the pump...
I'm not much one for form, anyways. Droop has some footage of me flopping around like a fish when I hit the indoor turf.
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...the paint feeds faster - and the hopper can sit lower.
I remember that being conventional wisdom for a long time, but didn't someone do a scientific (ish) test and determine the actual feed rate difference was virtually negligible?
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I started with a powerfeed spyder years ago, and learned to sight down the left side of the gun/barrel. As a right handed shooter, this "made sense" to me, and I went with it. Due to the range of paintball I found that over time, muscle memory counted more than any sighting (wood or speed). When I had a sterling this was definitely true for me.

I like center feed because the balance works. My phantom with vl200 offset to the right just felt weird, compared to the centerfeed setup I also got. The right feed on the sterling felt ok because the base gun is a lot heavier.

Which leads me to a another possible reason you see center feed. Manufacturing cost. AGD & CCI were the only companies that I remember built left/right options for their guns. Producing and stocking left/right bodies has a cost that many small companies may not have wanted to bother with.
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