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Old 12-18-2009, 09:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Propane?

I was just wondering, what's the biggest reason nobody has a propane marker out right now? Is it the fire hazard? Would full metal construction stop this? I see propane as a vast part of the market yet to be explored, because you can transfer it from the tank to containers of all kinds of shapes, like buttstocks and magazines(airsoft), and you can potentially have a very light trigger pull due to the fact it's electric ignition.
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I was just wondering, what's the biggest reason nobody has a propane marker out right now? Is it the fire hazard? Would full metal construction stop this? I see propane as a vast part of the market yet to be explored, because you can transfer it from the tank to containers of all kinds of shapes, like buttstocks and magazines(airsoft), and you can potentially have a very light trigger pull due to the fact it's electric ignition.
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Yes, okay, I know about the C3, but what about it?
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Its propane powered.
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Yes, I know!!! It's propane powered, and it's called the C3 and it's made by Tippmann!!! What I want to know is WHY Tippmann pulled theirs, and why nobody else stepped up to the plate.
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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the C3 just didnt preform how people wanted it to. there was a delay in firing after pulling the trigger, it was super tall and heavy and its pump stroke was horrible. I had a chance to put a few rounds through one that was brought to the field and I couldnt understand how a company could put something like that out.
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Plus they were notoriously unreliable. I really wanted to get one until I actually met one and tried it out. Also, Wharfrat got one that didn't work. I took it home and tried to tech it, and couldn't figure the damn thing out.
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another reason is that no field is gonna fill propane
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another reason is that no field is gonna fill propane
Well given that the C-3 gets, what, 20,000 shots off a spin-on propane tank, I don't think that's much of an issue.
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another reason is that no field is gonna fill propane
Yes, but at 20,000 shots per fill, why would they need to.

I think the biggest reason is the heat of the exhaust warming up the barrel too much and making any kind of rapid shooting impossible. Auto triggering a pump would warm up the barrel to the point that the paintball shells would get sticky on their way out of the barrel and the result would be uncontrollable ball spinning. So the applications would be limited to markers that shot much slower than the average player wants to shoot, hence, economically unfeasible.
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