modular markers of the future (quite a story)
So we are seeing more of the "Modular" marker come onto the market.
Now, we all agree, I belive, that the ultimate marker would haev to be eccessivly interchangable to fit all needs. This means being able to be your 9 inch HPA foregripped equipped warp feed, autococker threaded electro speedball gun one day, and the next, be your woodsball, extendable stock, with 14" bighshot, powerfeed, bipod mount, sinlge shot, automag threadded gun, and then the next day, be your stock calss pumpgun.
This would require alot of interchangeable parts, right? not just barrels and frames.. but all what I have listed below (with soem add ons):
(i am going to spell half this wrong, sorry)
-Interchangable girp frames (you might say duh, but some companies still haevnt figured this out yet.)
-Interchangable trigger guards. (double one day, single next, no havign to interchange the etire frame)
-Plug n Play, or drop in the grip electronics. (minimag one day, emag the next)
-modular valves and componets (retro one day, 68 the next, emag the next, for use with above)
-modular breech. This is a big one. Hopper left, hopper right, vert feed, warp, etc. No need to change the entire body, just change one part of it.
-modular threads. These would insert into the breech. autococker, automag, M98, spyder, all hot swappable in between or during games.
-"snap in" accesories like foregrips, that would be as simple as snapping the foregrip onto the bottom of the gun. Could use a latch system, or screw in, or a sight rail-ish like thing, where it just slides on, and you tighten. This would promote the changing of lenghts too, like the KAPP foregrip extender.
-Snap on sight rails. Not only for hte top, bot for sides. What good is a sight on a vert feed gun? Put it to use by sighting it down the side of the gun.
-Screw in stocks. Tippmann got the idea. That littel cap on the end of the 98 can be removed and a car stock, RVA, or rear-cockign knob can be put in. Smart.
-(some1 suggested this, forget who) swappable trigger frames that keep the smae base and trigger, yet swap the grip from standard to 45 to z grip. All that needs to be changed is the trigger rod. Could be done in 5 mintes.
-Bull-pup designs. Move that grip frame foreward to the tip of the gun, even outward more, have sear linkage rod, and put that warp on top you HPA tank. short. easy.
-modular sight accesories. someone got the idea to convert M98's, Prolites, and Carbs to military looking guns. (why is it always tippmann people?) Add on M-16 style grips to you gun. snap ons. or a raised sight on the tip of you barrel?
-Do I have to mention the M203? (Tippmann Ordinance)
-Hot swappable chips/chipsets. Eprom chips that are pre programmed with your firing modes. SO basically, you could, say, store 3 firing modes on the chip. lets say you want single, 2, and 6 shot bursts. Then you plug it in, and there are 3 buttons on teh back of your grip frame, labeled P1, P2, and P3. P1 is for the 1st progam, which you chose as single shot. P2 is.. and so on. Easy, quick, and no switching through modes in game to find the one you want.
-secondary unit of say 8 MB of ram with small processor. this could be plugged into your gun via USB port, FireWire, or a good ole 1/8 inch plug. It could be put anywhere on your gun, from next you your warp, or your battery pack, or even strapped to your HPA tank. During you game, it records:
firing modes used
preferred firing mode
maximum BPS attained
FPS of shots fired (would require external sensore to be placed on tip or barrel, much like that Tom showed us in the dyno room on the Extreme emag.
The memory card, the size of a Playstation mem card, could be taken from your device and put into a PDA or Palm Pilot after the game displaying your info.
Theres more, but Im hungry. What do you think? I really liek my last option. It seems simple.
Or hell, you oculd always mount he PDA right on your HPA tank. You need data, just look down, there it is.
Wireless Instant Messaging during games.
Scary isnt it?