Sunday, August 12, 2012

Mystery Not Quite Solved

I've no idea what you were expecting from that title but we's talking paintballs. Yes, again. Just for a minute or two. To dispel my penchant for seeing a conspiracy under every, er, paintball. As you may (should) recall I'm momentarily concerned about paintball being perverted by the seemingly benign introduction of small ball to kids--who don't know any better. And then there was--still is--the mystery of the shrinking 68 cal paintball which is both smaller in diameter and weight in recent months compared to the standard long time players have become used to. So is it a conspiracy to secretly manipulate the market?
Well, not intentionally. Yes, the manufacturers have made some changes. Changes in the raw materials they use in making paintballs. And yes, those changes were made due to rising costs. And it seems the side effect of those changes is an irregularly smaller paintball that weighs a gram or two less. So maybe the average paintball isn't exactly what it used to be--because it isn't what it used to be--but nobody planned to create a tiny lighter 68 caliber paintball. (Apparently) At least that's the story I was told. Truth or disinformation? You decide.

Tomorrow I'll have a few comments about the MAO. Everything you didn't want to know. And hopefully sometime in the next couple of weeks Mr. Curious will have some fresh revelations. He's sniffed a whiff of scandal on the breeze and he's busy tracking it down now.


Nick Brockdorff said...

Just FYI:

The benchmark maximum weight for a 68 cal paintball is 3.5 gram.

So, I think you'll find most paint has a weight between 3 and 3.4 gram.

The main reason paint has gotten lighter, is environmental.

PEG and water is lighter than oil - to my knowledge.

Also, with more and more muslim countries playing paintball, it is increasingly common for paint to be manufactured with a gelatin not based on pig skin (halal paintballs)..... which might also account for weight change.

Anonymous said...

It was my understanding that gelatin came from bones. Just sayin.

Nick Brockdorff said...

Bones and skin :)