An Open Letter to Magfed
Ripped from Facebook,
An open letter to Magfed:
I was writing a comment on a post and I decided it would work better in this format so here goes. I’m not claiming that I know what I’m talking about, this is just my personal perspective.
I saw that g.i. related post this morning (if you don’t know what I’m talking about I’ll post the pic in the comments) and it fired me up.
This is exactly what is wrong with big paintball. Plain and simple. They, literally, robbed paintball at the ground level to promote their shit product(sorry, that’s my opinion).
This relates to a growing issue that some are voicing concern about in the mag fed paintball community. That the growth of this sport has led it to a fork in the road and it looks like things might be heading down the wrong path. The guys who I looked at until recently as crotchety old men are actually making a boat load of sense now.
The scene hasn’t been around very long. The memory of the niche having to evolve in a consumer market has not gone away. Slow growth. Some try it, love it, and dive in head first. While most dip their toes in and walk away. It just so happens that this niche has thrived because it was nurtured by the committed people who helped to create it.
This has fostered a great fellowship of players, and from what I have seen, that has kept most of the growth driven by quality. Bad products don’t survive very long in mag-fed. Word spreads fast. Although, on the other hand, you can always find someone who will help you with your tgr mk1 or your tcr, someone who will complement your surplus rig or squad up with you in a battle. Because, at the end of the day, the community supports playing fun mag-fed paintball, no matter what equipment you run.
However, now that the mag fed niche is really no longer a niche and is experiencing some rapid growth. Corporations and individuals are looking to cash in on mag fed. Like what is up with this mag-fed approved bullshit on that ad. I’m quite sure that the individuals that make up what is considered “mag fed” don’t approve of corny bullshit like that, especially when you consider the context of the photo. (They were using valken paint)
I don’t speak for mag-fed players. I am one though. I’m not the guy in this photo or the photog. But I’m not alright with this, no one should be alright with this.
I’m going to continue to do what I love to do, play paintball, mag-fed and otherwise, with my friends. But the next time I’m looking to buy a product I’m going to remember this. You all should too.
This is exactly what can fuck up mag-fed, and paintball as a whole. Unless we do something about it. Talk to your fellow ballers. Say something about it to your shop owners and field owners. Don’t settle for shit like this. Don’t forget stuff like this. But don’t let it get in the way of you playing paintball either.
If you read this far, thanks for your time