IWA 2017 - The Chiappa group showcased its ACP laser training system, dedicated to military and law enforcement
The name of Chiappa Firearms is mostly known to the general public for its civilian-grade hunting, sporting and defense-oriented firearms, but the group offers so much more than that.
At the 2017 EnforceTac expo, held two days before the IWA OutdoorClassics in Nuremberg (Germany), the Chiappa group showcased the ACP laser training system, dedicated to dynamic and virtual/simulated scenario training for professional operators, not limited to shooting but also apt to practice threat de-escalation and approach of suspect individuals.
The centerpiece of the system are the ActionVest and ActionVest Pro reactive vests, dedicated to force-on-force training, and the SimuVest version dedicated to the use in virtual simulation scenarios.
All feature modular, moveable and replaceable reactive panels that will trigger an alarm and a flashing LED (or a radio signal, in some versions), when hit by a non-visible laser beam emitted by a device installed on any of the guns used for training.
Several versions of the mentioned laser emitters exist, dubbed the SureStrike, the R.E.A.L., the LA-FLASH, the TRS and the VRS.
The SureStrike is a dry-fire emitter that can be installed on real firearms or airsoft replicas, and can be used for target practice from static shooting stances in the early stages of training. The R.E.A.L. (Recoil Enabled Airsoft Laser) and the LA-FLASH are instead dedicated to be used along with Green-Gas or CO²-operated airsoft replicas; last, but not least. the TRS (Tetherless Recoil System) and the VRS (Versatile Recoil System) are dedicated to real firearms, and are installed through the replacement of the factory barrel and, in some cases, bolt group and magazine.
In the last two cases, the system also uses a commercial-grade 12-grams CO² canister installed in the training magazine or a rechargeable CO² capsule integrated in the drop-in training barrel to simulate recoil and muzzle climb, for the most advanced stages of training.
None of the systems dedicated to real firearms will alter the factory trigger or cyclic rate, so recruits and trainees will be able to practice with correct trigger weight and realistic reactions such as muzzle climb, cyclinc, and blast.
The systems can be easily installed and just as easily removed with no permanent modification required to the firearm(s), and unlike other realistic force-on-force simulated training systems (think Simunition!), the combination of battery-powered laser emitters and CO²-based gun cycle simulators will provide agencies with a practical way to let recruits and trainees fire a huge amount of simulated rounds at a minimum cost and with zero wear to the firearms.