Yes, a paintball bazooka does look cool, and against a stand still target, a paintball bazooka will own. Unfortunately paintball bazookas are simply too impractical, and will not be a good option on the paintball field.
First of all, most fields will not allow you to use a paintball bazooka. So unless you frequently play bush ball outside of a public paintball venue, your big bad bazooka will just sit on the shelf. And Even paintball fields allowed paintball bazookas. These bazooka have incredibly low firing rates…. about as low as possible. You load it up, then fire, then you have to load it up again. Furthermore, bazookas have ridiculously low accuracy. Of course, players can counter the low accuracy problem by loading up a TON of paintballs. But that ton of paintballs that you put into a paintball bazooka will be costing you. And for one shot, the price is not worth it, especially since the shot will not be that useful in your playing experience.
Paintball Fields Do Not Permit Paintball Bazookas
It’s true. You will have an incredibly tough time finding any public paintball field that will let these guns on to their field. Paintball fields do occasionally allow the use of a paintball bazooka, but it is always for some sort of specific scenario, and permission from the paintball field must always be granted. If a player is lucky, he’ll be allowed to play a game or two with these guns, but they are really a novelty item. So while people will think that including a paintball bazooka will be cool for the short term, eventually (and usually not that far into the future) people will return to the use of standard paintball guns.
Paintball Bazookas Have a Low Firing Rate
The majority of the time you spend with a paintball bazooka will be spent reloading the barrel. It takes a good couple minutes to load ammunition into a paintball bazooka, and then yes, you get to aim and fire. But then what? The process starts all over again. Can you imagine how vulnerable you are while reloading a bazooka. A paintball player with a bazooka usually lasts a very short period of time. The only exception is when that player is being protected by other players. But the fact that a bazooka will fire at such a slow rate, due to long reloading time, makes these paintball guns near useless.
The Accuracy of ’em is Nothing to Write Home About!
And that is an understatement! Close range, and tons of ammunition are the only ways to have good success with a paintball bazooka. These guns are accurate for about 15-20 feet, after that, paintballs will dive in all sorts of directions. If paintballs are going in all sorts of directions, won’t that be hard for opponents to dodge? Well yes, this is clearly the only significant advantage of one of these beasts. A single shot will fire a large area of paintballs. Of course, an opponent will easily be able to see the beast of a paintball gun looking at him, and will probably find some sort of cover. That being said, I don’t want to take this away from these big guns, because its really all they have got.
They Are Expensive!
First of all, a paintball bazooka will cost a fair bit. If you look around some deals on the internet, you can find one of these guns for a little less than 400 dollars. But wow, that is still a lot of money. A player could buy a decent paintball gun for that price. But not only is the bazooka expensive, it will be hard to spend a little on the paintball ammunition you will need to feed it. Some players jam up to 1000 paintballs into one of these bad boys. Which is pretty cool, and will have a devastating effect against your paintball opponents. But at what cost? Can anyone really afford to spend 25 dollars or so for every single shot? Maybe you can, but I would never waste that kind of money for so little gain.
They Are Massive!
Most people think that this is an awesome feature of paintball bazookas. But I will have to disagree….. Paintball is a game of speed and stealth, and these mammoths prevent both. Opposing players will be able to notice you a mile away, and it will be hard to move quickly with a large and heavy object protruding from your back.
Paintball Bazookas are a cool novelty item, but the novelty will wear off relatively quickly. They are simply too impractical, and too expensive to invest in. Of course, if you get the chance to try one, then go for it. Just make sure that you are not footing the bill for the mass of wasted paintballs.