Valken "Low Impact" barrels. Knock 120 fps off of a rental gun instantly?
Dig this new barrel system from Valken:
If I understand this correctly, these are barrels designed to be purposefully inefficient, dropping a gun's velocity by 100fps or more. This is apparently being offered as an alternative to adjusting/chronographing guns down to super-low velocities for rental groups of young players, which I wasn't even aware was a common practice. I suppose the idea is that a field owner would put one of these special barrels on a gun, assume it has dropped the velocity as advertised, and not re-chrono before issuing it to children.
We've turned regular markers down to about 170-180 when people invite too many to low impact parties. Works out surprisingly well, but it's very time consuming to do so. We had to turn down 17 one day because they invited way too many kids under the age of 11 (the limit of players for low impact is 12 and we have 15 .50 markers. they were informed of this before hand) I would love to try these out at some point for ease of use though
At the field where I work/play we have .50 for low impact as well as running 68 cal at 240 FPS so that one can play against renters. Works quite well
Very interesting. Maybe my boss will pick some up.
sometimes you need to think outside of the box to come up with something truly innovative to solve a problem.
it is even more rare to have that innovation be something simple and inexpensive.
Valken has done both and knocked it out of the park.
Look there has been lots of talk (alot very heated) on how to achieve "low impact" (latest term for low velocity) in paintball to entice new younger players.
Up to now the only two alternatives were to turn down the velocity of rentals or the much more pushed .50 cal.
The later involves carrying two different types of guns, hoppers, and paintballs.
All of it in realistic terms is more cost with items that may or may not be used enough to justify it.
Valken has given a very cheap and effective (knowing their products) way to accomplish a low velocity alternative.
think about it...a field can buy a bunch of these barrels (given that they should be low cost and valken is known for having good prices) , have them in a box taking up little space, set up their rentals before opening (including preliminary velocity setup), and if a need comes for low velocity just put on one of these barrels and vola ready to go (of course a quick velocity check for safety) .
simple , cheap, easy peasy with no need to carry an entirely different gun, equipment, ect.
If I may be so bold a true game changer.
Pardon me for stirring the pot/kicking a hornets nest but I suspect this will get backlash for all those pushing .50 cal.
+1 for most of what scrounger said. I hope this takes off.
I also wonder if a typical barrel bag will fit.
Seems like a funny practical joke to play on a friend. Put this barrel on and ask him to chrono your gun. Might piss them off for a few minutes.
I actual think this is an awsome product especially if say a kid goes and plays .50 cal and really likes it wants their own gear but didn’t want to make the leap to .68 yet. They can pick up an normal marker and hopper like and ego or whatever and slap one of these on it then when they make the leap to .68 they won’t need to buy a whole new set up.
I like it
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