Historically, training providers wishing to train individuals in the use of firearms, have had two main options open to them, dependant on whether or not they had access to live fire weapons, these options included Simunition and airsoft guns.
Simunition training provides an extremely realistic option, however, it also has significant draw backs. As the system relies upon converted firearms, not only do you need to purchase the conversation kits and fit these to firearms, however, you also need to purchase the firearms or have spare firearms for conversion in the first place; these can not only be expensive, however, if you are a civilian organisation, it can be legally impossible in the UK. Simunition rounds are also comparatively expensive and have a relatively short shelf life.
Airsoft guns are however relatively cheap and come in a variety of styles, however, they only fire a small 6mm plastic projectile with minimal force. This means that many people simply do not act in the same that they would in a real situation and therefore leads to less effective training.
When people generally think of paintball guns, most think of a group of friends running around the woods shooting at each other, however, recognising the military, law enforcement and private armed security requirement for high end training, manufacturers have created advanced training weapons which use compressed air or co2 to fire frangible projectiles and are therefore also fall within the classification of being a a paintball marker.
We believe that advanced paintball markers have the positive training aspects from Simunition and Airsoft weapons, however, without the major draw backs. The kinetic energy transfer at impact from a paintball marker can be from around 5 to as much as 12 joules (depending on the exact marker and projectile used); compared to the much lower transfer of around 2 joules from an Airsoft weapon. This difference means that people are far more concerned with being hit by a paintball and therefore act in a much more realistic manner when fired upon.
But paintball markers don’t look, feel or behave anything like real firearms………….or do they?.
Although no paintball marker could provide the recoil or olfactory sense associated with the use of a real firearm, there are a variety of markers that are 1:1 replicas and include weapons where the slide on a pistols locks back when the magazine is empty, cartridge ejecting pump action shotguns, bolts on rifles that remain back after the last round is fired and have a forward assist, working dust covers, charging handles and even rifles which eject shells from the ejection port and which can fire both semi and fully automatic.
They say that seeing is believing, so believe us when we say that below is a selection of paintball markers that we can provide to ensure the most realistic close range training with ‘pain penalties’ which are recognised in helping participants to train for the real situation.