UTM Civilian Target Ammunition, the Indoor Training Alternative — SHOT Show 2016

Ultimate Training Munitions, UTM, has introduced a brand-new line of products designed specifically for the personal defense market with their Civilian Target Ammunition training system. A low-velocity, hearing-safe, non-destructive alternative to conventional ammo, Civilian Target Ammunition is designed to be fired safely inside the home using your personal defense handgun, rifle or shotgun, to keep your shooting skills honed between range visits.

With winter in full swing across most of the nation, if you’re like me, your shooting time diminishes. This new, innovative tool can turn your garage or basement into your own personal indoor range.

UTM products displayed at Media Day.

UTM products displayed at Media Day.

The process could not be simpler. Everything you need comes with each UTM kit available at their web store.

UTM offers a wide range of kits for popular service weapons including pistols and rifle from major manufacturers such as Beretta, Colt, Heckler & Koch, Glock, SIG Sauer and Smith & Wesson. The kits come with everything necessary to get started and only require a field-strip to install. Depending on the model it may come with a complete upper assembly or it may just require a barrel and spring change.

I was told that your initial supply of ammunition and a backstop–to avoid damaging drywall shooting at home–is included with every conversion kit.

I had the opportunity to fire their kit on a Glock 17. The gun cycled and recoiled as expected, with the noise report being quite low and requiring no ear protection. The accuracy was amazing to me; it was much better than airsoft. Just like in real practice, the instant that you fail to correctly manipulate the trigger it is exposed on the target.

I didn’t get a chance to chronograph any of these rounds, but I was told that they are traveling at about 375 feet per second. Without getting technical, UTM uses a proprietary method that involves two ignitions versus the typical single ignition on other rounds. What this means is that consistency velocity is maintained on every round fired with enough energy to cycle the slide, without the projectile reaching velocities that can puncture the skin.

Before I had the opportunity to try this product out on the range I was skeptical, but now I’m anxious to get a conversion kit for one of my guns and see how this can help my winter practice.

Pricing varies from kit to kit in the $199 to $539 range.

The 9mm.

The 9mm.

Specs:

  • Plastic projectile weighs less than 1 gram
  • Average velocity of 375 fps at the muzzle
  • Short range accuracy, about 1 inch groups at 30 yards
  • No need for hearing protection—shots are rated at 113 decibels
  • No gunpowder—it uses a primer-actuated systems
  • Patented dual primer and projectile driving band systems.
  • Cartridge technology has over a 99 percent reliability as certified by the U.S. Army’s Picatinny Arsenal

Read more at: https://www.utmworldwide.com/

A large cut-a-way version to show how it works.

A large cut-a-way version to show how it works.

Another cut-a-way.

Another cut-a-way.

Firing the UTM system.

Firing the UTM system.

It will make a mark on the paper but not punch through.

It will make a mark on the paper but not punch through.

.223 version.

.223 version.

One of the UTM kits.

One of the UTM kits.

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