... We only have them for our m4s and m9s...
Just to be clear, they are available in .38, 9mm and, 5.56mm
My friends a marine up near you guys and he sent me a picture of one of their "bullets" and brought one home it was pretty neat but basically a FS round but in a kinda metal casing looks like a 9mm but the tip has a plastic with fill. I think I have the picture somewhere...
Then again the military has the budget to create things like this, also they were using m16 like mock ups wouldnt be to hard to make it shoot a real bullet im guessing so I dont know... It would be hard to regulate something so close to the real thing and people could be hurt... perhaps why we dont have it already?
Theyve gone wayyy past that, ever heard of simunition? It's a wax or chalk bullet, can be used in any gun and has the accuracy and just a tad bit less range of a regular bullet. Very cool, but dangerous in close quarters.
Simunition isn't really a budget issue, just a safety issue. Yes, it can be used for training safely, but it's not something you want to put in the hands of regular people who don't know what they're doing. FS rounds are probably as close as we'll get to that and still stay at safe levels.
understandably, these simulation rounds are very dangerous, especially up close.
Just how are we defining "Safe" or "Dangerous"? Boxing and Football, even if played properly, with proper equipment are far more damaging and life threatening than paintball, and I'd bet the same applies to simunitions, given that individuals can be expected to take part in it as a component of their professional training.
I watched a full season (six episodes) of Special Ops Mission, which was conducted purely for entertainment purposes however, they were wearing tactical gear (nothing more than mil-sim airsofters do). I never saw any injuries, and the only 'protective' equipment was eyewear.
When paintball started, it was definitely not much safer. There were no chrono's, there were no specialized goggles. The first time I ever 'heard' of paintball I was getting a referral to a Tae Kwon Do studio from Simon Rhee and he described how he had recently attended a 'survival game'. He was shot once, in the leg, and it was the definition of blunt force trauma / laceration A big swollen wound that looked like his skin was erupting (vice weeping). Never the less, when I got the first issue of APG in '87, I read it to the point to where I had nearly memorized every article and, the ads. As soon as I had the money, I got myself a gun and convinced a couple of my other friends to do the same.
So, all that being said, I'd have no hesitation to join in a simunition game provided everyone involved received the proper training, had the appropriate equipment and had appropriate protective gear (face and ear for myself 'cause I do have to get in front of folks in my daily job).