I think you will find that most users here have a mix of old and new guns. Most people here love paintball itself, more then they love old guns.
It does at times seem like a different world. Today, certaintly, guns are faster. But also seem to be of lower quality. Disposable items that are thrown away for next years model.
In the 80s, and early 90s, guns were often handcrafted from high quality aluminium, brass and steel, unlike the modern guns using plastics, and potmetal. Much of that is simple business. The market moved towards improving profits, and now most guns are made in China. Lower quality, but at the same time, more players can enter the sport with decent "entry level" equipment.
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