I read most of the thread and feel that the main feel for it may have been lost after the "playing small" portion.
The main reason for playing small is to get your body closer to the bunker...speedball is a game of angles and the further back off of your bunker you are the more likely you are to be eliminated......thats why long barrels and no drop forwards are a pain in the butt while playing speed ball, its just not an ideal situation to have the luxury of a long marker.....
What I do find interesting though is the lack of drop forwards and short barrels by the majority of "pro" teams...I noticed this while watching PUSH and you can see it in any magazine, at most they have a 45/4500 or 68/4500 on a very small rail or even the ocassional duck bill.
this might be attributed to the length of the fields these events are played on, alot of the fields that the majority of players are on would probably be swamped by the fields at World Cup.
Originally posted by U.S. District Judge Garr M. King, Re: Smart Parts' patent on electronic paintball markers
"...I question the contributions of some of the named inventors, specifically Billy Gardner and Adam Gardner..."
"...the evidence strongly suggests that neither Billy nor Adam could have invented what is claimed."
"As with the lack of any documentation of the Gardnrs' work, Billy and Adam Gardner's testimony regarding thier own contributions does not suggest the work of inventors."