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Combat Training Aids Inert Weapons

11/4/11 - Combat Training Aids, LLC. specializes in providing inert training weapons and aids to military and law enforcement agencies. Their products are designed to reproduce the correct size, shape and weight of real firearms, munitions and explosive devices.

Combat Training Aids is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, and produces a wide variety of inert training products, ranging from handguns and rifles to explosives, munitions, rocket launchers and 3D terrain maps. Instead of casting the weapon replicas from slilicone molds, all CTA's replicas are made from solid aluminum tooling, with high compression molding, and high temperature curing. This process ensures crispness and results in a cleaner, more durable replica with each cast. The aluminum molds are designed in 3D CADD and CNC machined. Instead of making exact replicas of the weapons, some non-essential details are eliminated to reduce costs and allow CTA to focus on durability, weight, usability.

Another thing that sets CTA's rifles apart from just rubber ducks or blue guns is that they're manufactured out of urethane with steel barrels and collapsable stocks, instead of either closed or open stocks. They allow the user to configure the weapon to suit his purpose. Custom manufacturer's logos can be molded into the weapons. They can be molded in blue, OD green, red, yellow, black or desert tan.

Glock 17 - CTA offers a selection of the more popular pistol models, like the Glock, M9, 1911, P226 and PPK. As I own a G17, I picked the G17-WT, which is the weighted version. It weighs 2 lbs, which closely approximates the weight of a fully loaded Glock 17. As you can see from the photos, the G17-WT is not an exact cast of a G17 - it's a slightly simplifed replica. The external dimensions are correct; it will fit into holsters made for the G17. In the photo below, I have it in my G-code/Eagle holster. 'Combat Training Aids' in large letters is molded into the left side of the slide. My X300 was tight on the rail on the frame, but then I had it adjusted to fit tight on my rifle's rail. Just for fun, I installed an MRDS on the replica to practice acquiring the red dot when presenting the pistol from a holster. I drilled right into the urethane, and used the screws that came with the MRDS. I could use my real Glock, but with the training aid, there's absolutely NO chance of an accidental or negligent discharge happening.

Glock 17

Modified 17 for comparison

In holster

With MRDS installed

M4-FLR - The rifle shown here is the M4-FLR, which is an inert M4 training rifle with aluminum rails on the receiver and handguard. This one was from an Eotech program, hence the molded logo. It has a steel barrel, which actually extends the entire length of the rifle, into the buffer tube, to add strength, weight and balance to the training aid.. The M4-FLR can be made with a solid collapsed or extended stock, or with the collapsible stock (pictured here). The buffer tube fits commercial stocks, and comes with the M4 stock shown below. I'd rather it fit mil-spec stocks, but actually had a Vltor IMOD commercial stock to put on it. The barrel is threaded and will accept any standard muzzle device. The magazine is not removable. CTA also offers other common rifles, like the full length M16-A2, AK-47/74, M14, MP5, UZI etc.


Flash hider removed

Collapsible M4 stock

Vltor IMOD stock

Like the G17, the M4-FLR is dimensionally correct, but has simplified details, if you look closely. This does not affect the ability to mount accessories etc. At 9.44 lbs, the M4-FLR simulates the loaded weight of an M4.


Notes - Some of CTA's inert training replicas are molded and painted in more realistic looking colours, and will pass for real weapons at a glance. Actually, so will the 'simplified' replicas, if molded in the right colour. With the steel barrels to provide more realistic weight and balance than plastic-only or rubber weapons, the replicas provide a more realistic feel for weapons handling during training. The full length barrel also ensures more strength and durability. CTA's inert training weapons can be used for physical demonstrations that would break airsoft rifles in half. People have been shot with 'empty' weapons during demonstrations. While the user is always to blame, sometimes others suffer because of it, By using inert training weapons to demonstrate certain aspects of weapons handling, safety is ensured, and the chances of a negligent discharge is eliminated. Other uses include trade shows, displays, movie props etc, where the ability to mount and display different accessories is needed.




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