UTM Introduces Civilian Training Conversion Kits

UTM, the company that makes marker conversion kits for military and law enforcement training, has announced a civilian derivative, utilizing lower powered non-marker ammunition for increased safety:





The UTM RBT Civilian Training Ammunition (CTA) is the safest, most reliable and accurate alternative to live ammunition – ideal for beginners, recreational and competition shooters without the need to go to the range.

CTA Allows you to:

  • Easily convert your AR-15 style weapon to fire CTA in seconds
  • Simple Bolt Carrier Group exchange – No Gunsmithing
  • The converted weapon will not fire standard .223/5.56mm – mitigating accident, injury and potentially catastrophic incidents
  • Safely shoot virtually anywhere – no range needed
  • Freedom from most live fire restrictions
  • Virtually NO weapon fouling, Non-Toxic, Lead Free, Environmentally Friendly!
  • Normal weapon function, recoil and realistic & consistent cyclic rates
  • Intended for all responsible gun owners, Novice to Professionals
  • Train those new to firearms in weapon safety and basics
  • Replaces dry fire and enhances live fire practice for professional & recreational shooters
  • Improve your skills & proficiency safely with your own weapon: accuracy, trigger & breath control, sight alignment, clearing malfunctions, magazine reloads and more…
With lower velocities and projectile weight, the Civilian Target Ammunition (CTA) is designed for complete safety and reliability, bringing target practice with your weapon to a whole new level – without the need for a range and free from live fire restrictions. The CTA utilizes the same core technology the U.S. Military, Special Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies have been using in their operational weapons during training for nearly a decade.
  • Plastic projectile weighs less than 1 gram
  • Average velocity of 375 fps at the muzzle
  • Outstanding Short Range Accuracy, .223/5.56mm ammunition = 30mm (1.18”) group at 30m/32yds (mean radius)
  • No Need for Hearing Protection – 113db
  • No Gunpowder – primer actuated systems
  • UNIQUE patented, proprietary and exclusive dual primer system and projectile driving band system.
  • The UTM RBT Civilian Target Ammunition (CTA) Conversion WILL NOT fire standard .223/5.56mm live rounds because of its offset firing pin design
  • Cartridge technology has over a 99% reliability as certified by the U.S. Army’s Picatinny Arsenal
What’s Included in the CTA Target Shooting Kit?
We’re glad you asked!
The answer… A LOT!
  • 1 UTM RBT Universal AR-15 Style Bolt Carrier Group Conversion
  • 1 Magazine
  • 100 Rounds of UTM RBT Civilian Target Ammunition (CTA)
  • 1 Bottle of Gun Lubricant
  • 3 UTM RBT Paper Targets with Nylon Coated Vinyl Holder
  • 1 Steel Projectile Trap (fits behind target)
  • 1 Projectile Puller
  • 2 Bungee Cord Target Holders
Introductory Price of $349.00 for all Pre-Orders!
Additional Target Ammunition sold separately $29.50 per box of 50 rounds

UTM is clearly very enthusiastic about this introduction, but I wonder how much success the new product will achieve. At $0.60 a round, most civilians will find, I think, that normal target practice is cheaper.

It does, however put more realistic threat simulations and experiments within reach of casual hobbyists, opening the door to a whole new kind of YouTube gun channel.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • Don Ward

    Still cheaper than using the homeless or waiting for a big-game hunter from New York to fall off a yacht and get washed up on your secluded island…

    I mean…

    Nice article Nathaniel!

  • chris lynch

    I wonder how these compare to stock listed and other COTS available and in use by the DoD… I’ve been shot with some and it is pretty serious.

  • joeyskylynx

    Simunition..? So in otherwords, paintball guns that hurt even moreso 😀

  • nom

    If they could make a 7.62×39 drop in kit for AKs, that would be pretty awesome for “opfor” fun.

  • Lance

    No 9mm or .45 yet that’s sad!!!

  • HSR47

    Actually, $.60 per round may not be that bad once you factor everything in. Paying twice as much per round may actually make sense if your ammunition cost is less than half of the total cost of going shooting.

    How much do you shoot every year? How much does it cost you to shoot — Ammunition, range fees, travel time to/from the range, gas, tolls, vehicle maintenance, etc.?

    The nearest indoor range to me is a 30 minute 18 mile drive each way for me, and using their facilities is not free ($15 per person per visit for non-members). The outdoor range I go to is a 40 minute 30 mile drive each way, and my membership costs 125 per year (every trip I can bring up to ~3 guests at $5 each). The distances alone mean that I’m burning ~2-3 gallons of gas every time I go to the range.

    This means that unless I shoot a LOT every time I go to the range (which is typically cost-prohibitive), or I am able to carpool to the range, that my ammunition cost is typically less than half of my total cost for the trip.