Originally Posted by Axel
The only thing that gives me pause about Tippmann is the thought that most rentals aren't scoring a lot of eliminations compared to the guys who've decided that the game is something that they want to commit to, and then usually buy their own gear early en route to becomign a skilled player. The eliminations per marker produced I would imagine is lower for Tippmann than, say, AGD, but I suspect Tippmann still has the numbers by volume, and that's how I voted.
I've definitely scored more eliminations personally with my 98 than any other marker, just because for a long time it was the only gun I owned and used, excluding the borrowed Talon from my first time or two.
Think zombie hordes. While it is true that the individual renter might not rack up a tremendous body count, consider their sheer numbers. Consider also the numbers of those who own and don't rent. Of the bulk of people for whom the Tippy is their first marker, whether rental or owner, how many, by way of percentage, actually move up to something else?
Lots of folk only rent when they play, and lots just get into the game on the periphery, and so aren't looking to climb the ranks or enter into the great paintball arms race. And even those that do, how many of us that have played on and moved up still have at least one Tippy that still sees regular use?
So, Tippmann has been in the game a long time and, because for most of its history Tippmann built a high-quality (if not high-fashion) product, many of those that were built two decades ago are still running, still racking up a long body count. Newer markers from other companies may get a big spike, but they also have a short shelf-life, typically. People buy them, then sell them, and repeat. So a lot of fancier or more desirable markers may change hands a lot, but may not get a lot of actual sustained field time.
And meanwhile, the old dump truck Tippys keep slogging on, keep being built, keep being sold, keep being kept (just in case), keep being used, and keep racking up the score. And of course, this brings us back to the subject of rentals. I don't see a lot of fields with overwhelming rental fleets of autocockers, or Vikings, or Luxes, for instance. There are some with 'mags, some with Spyders, some even with Ions, and some with a few others. But all of them put together are a meager fraction of the Tippy fleets that make up the bulk of what fields see on a daily basis.
We might wish that our favorite marker/manufacturer were the winner, but we would also likely be deceiving ourselves.