Universal Training Munitions Civilian Target Ammunition
Universal Training Munitions has announced the release of their Civilian Target Ammunition (CTA) at the 2015 SHOT Show. The CTA round is based on the similar UTM Target Bullet Round (TBR) that is used in military and law enforcement training worldwide. The U.S. Military, and several law enforcement agencies have been training with the UTM Target Bullet Rounds for nearly a decade. There have been over 198 million rounds made to date, in a wide variety of calibers.
The TBR is restricted to military and law enforcement agencies, being designed specifically for MOUT and Shoot House training. The accurate training rounds realistically cycle the shooter’s rifle, eject casings, and eliminate the potential for serious injury or death from close quarters battle (CQB) training when live ammunition is used.
To provide the same safe training opportunities for the ever-growing civilian AR-15 market, UTM has released their Civilian Target Ammunition. Currently only available in .223/5.56mm, the UTM representatives are going to be paying close attention to the demand for this product and could very likely expand the CTA line in both rifle and handgun calibers.
Practical Applications of Civilian Target Ammunition
Would you train more with your AR-15 if you could practice shooting at home? I know I would! I tend to get bored with dry-firing, and cold mechanical operations. I need feedback from my aiming, shooting platform, breathing, and trigger pull. That is exactly what the UTM Civilian Target Ammunition is designed to allow.
There are two primary reasons officers and civilians do not train more with their firearms.
- The expense of ammunition
- The expense of time, travel, and training.
Now you have the invaluable opportunity to gaintrigger time in the location of your choosing, even at home! No more rainy day or snow day cancellations, and no more excuses!
Most of us aren’t blessed to have several acres outside of the confines and restrictions of a City’s boundaries, where we can step out and pop off a few rounds any time we like. Just like, most of us do not have our own in-door shooting range to enjoy. That means going to the Department (if that is allowed), or going to a public range, which most of us loathe.
So, we slip into only shooting at qualification time, and our fine motor skills and muscle memory drops!
Using the Proprietary UTM System
The UTM training system utilizes a proprietary bolt carrier assembly that prohibits live ammunition from being fired due to its rimfire firing pin design. All UTM training rounds have a rimfire primer as well, and therefore will not fire if loaded into a live-fire rifle.
The UTM bolt carrier is specifically marked with a standard training blue marking, so visual identification that the shooter is operating a UTM rifle is quick and easy. The system is quickly set up by simply exchanging the standard bolt carrier group on your own personalized AR-15, with the proprietary UTM bolt carrier group. There is no Gunsmithing or tools required in the transition. You can make your personalized AR-15 UTM ready in literally less than a minute.
Civilian Target Ammunition Technology
- Projectile – plastic, weighing less than 1.0 gram
- Velocity – average of 375 fps at muzzle
- Accuracy – 2″ groups at 25 yards, as good as 1.18″ groups at 32 yards
- Magazine – standard AR-15 magazines (metal or polymer)
- Noise Level – 113 dB (no need for hearing protection)
- Action – Dual-primer actuated system – no gunpowder, Projectile driving band system
- Safety – Will NOT fire standard .223/5.56mm live rounds
- Non-Toxic, and Lead-Free, leaving virtually no fowling in the barrel/chamber
- Realistic and consistent cyclic rates
- Reliability – Over 99%, certified by U.S. Army’s Picatinny Arsenal.
Starting Your UTM Training
To use the UTM training system a shooter will need both the proprietary UTM bolt carrier group and UTM training rounds. To launch their new Civilian Target Ammunition, UTM is offering an introductory CTA Target Shooting Kit with everything a shooter will need to start training.
CTA Target Shooting Kit:
- 1 Universal AR-15 Bolt Carrier Group UTM Conversion
- 100 CTA Rounds
- 3 Paper Targets
- Nylon Coated Vinyl Target Holder
- Steel Projectile Trap (Fits behind target)
- 2 Bungee Cord Target Hangers
- 1 Bottle of Gun Lubricant
- 1 Cleaning Kit – including Chamber and Bore brushes
- 1 Projectile Puller
- Introductory CTA Kit – $349.00 (Includes everything above)
- Additional Boxes of 50 CTA Rounds – $29.50
- Pre-order in February, with delivery by April, 2015.
Obviously the start-up expense to the UTM Civilian Target Ammunition system is not cheap. Ammunition prices are slightly more than standard AR-15 training ammunition, but have come down considerably since the onset of UTM munitions. However, I think the benefits in the long run will outweigh the initial expense of set up. What a great way to hone your skills, and perhaps train up the family without the anxiety of starting with live firearms.
As mentioned before, one of the main reasons officers and civilians do not train is because of the amount of time it takes in travel, set up, training and break-down when going to shooting range locations. Public ranges can go from highly organized and controlled, to open public ranges where any buffoon with a gun can show up.
With a shooting system set up in your home, you could be transitioned in less than a minute, train in 10-15 minutes, and be cleaned up and transitioned back to a live-fire rifle in less than 30 minutes. The only real expense of training is the UTM rounds. The savings in travel alone should cover the extra cost of the UTM rounds. Excuse #2 seems to be answered.
As far as Excuse #1, consider what your life is worth. Either your skills are up to the task or they are not. We’ve already established that training at home is cheaper than traveling to another shooting range. A few hundred dollars initial investment can pay out huge benefits in skill level and survivability over the long run of a career, and pay for itself in travel expenses over a period of time.
Here’s the link to UTM force-on-force MMR below:
Or the UTM website: