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Many folks has asked me whether airsoft hurts more than paintball. I couldn't answer, because I didn't know. They both hurt sometimes and not other times. How do you quantify whether one hurt more than the other? Well, I have the definite answer today. The answer is that paintball hurts ten times more than airsoft.
How did I get to that conclusions? I did it by applying principle of physics. It all comes down to the amount of maximum energy that paintball and airsoft can assert on your body. Let's go through the quantification a little bit.
A paintball weigh a maximum of 3.5 grams. A paintball marker shoots a paintball at 300 feet per second (FPS). Using the BB Pellet Energy Converter, we see that a paintball exerts maximum energy of 14.63 joules.
Let's do the same quantification with airsoft. On a typical field, the maximum velocity is 400 FPS with a 0.2 grams BB. Using the same calculator, we determined that translates to a maximum energy of 1.49 joules.
So paintball exerts 14.63 joules compared to 1.49 joules from airsoft BB. Based on the energy comparison, the paintball will hurt 10 times more than airsoft. That mean in general, paintball will hurt more than airsoft. In practice, it depends how far the ammunition traveled before hitting you.
Thu, 26 Sep 2013 00:40:39 +0400
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