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View Poll Results: What should be the "standard" FPS limit for paintball?
Keep it at 300 FPS 39 39.39%
285-290 FPS 17 17.17%
280-285FPS 36 36.36%
< 280FPS 7 7.07%
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Old 12-10-2008, 12:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What should be the "standard" FPS limit?

Right now, the world of tournament paintball is in upheaval with the end of the NPPL. The various forums are ablaze with rumors and discussion about what the changes that the PSP will make to the rules and format of their competitions, such as, lowering the BPS cap to as low as 8BPS.

Personally, I feel that the biggest factor for new players is not BPS by FPS. The higher the FPS, the more it hurts when you get hit, even if it is just one shot. If the tournament players are shooting <280FPS, that would have an immediate, enforcable impact on the players at fields (tourney and recreational alike) without the need for anyone to reflash boards.

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Old 12-10-2008, 12:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Heck on the small fields 250-265 is just as effective, it'll still make you bleed at 10 feet.
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Old 12-10-2008, 12:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't think so. It would have certain advantages in an arena setting but that would have no place in the woods. Plus, bounces hurt like a bitch!
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I just heard they were dropping it down to 10 bps. Not that us pumpers care. LOL.

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Old 12-10-2008, 12:40 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Well, I think that <300 is a good limit. In the woods, shots can be quite long and at 290 vs. 260 you can really notice it. Mostly I think the BPS cap is the better thing. Shooting hot is a huge deal, but the worst thing for my new club members at the college is taking 5-6 balls from a 15bps ramp. (I know almost every guy that we play with very close and they would never purposely overshoot, it just happens when there are 15 in the air)
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I usually aim for a high of 280 with most of my guns, course I am pretty used to playing at 220 indoors at school
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Old 12-10-2008, 12:59 AM   #7 (permalink)
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my local field runs 280 in the woods cause of a lot of walk ons speedball is 300fps

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Old 12-10-2008, 01:00 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Leave well enough alone. Most fields are already at 280, why go any lower?
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Old 12-10-2008, 01:14 AM   #9 (permalink)
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280 is the limit at the local field. I think it is perfectly fine. It allows for a safety margin when using CO2. And it doesn't hurt. Try playing in the woods without a chrono, much less knowing what a chrono is, for a few years only to chrono your guns and finding that they are all shooting +350 fps. Suddenly paintball doesn't hurt as much anymore.
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Old 12-10-2008, 02:05 AM   #10 (permalink)
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i usually chrono at 260-280, at 300, its really borderline, and i dont want to take a chance of going over

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