CTA Target Shooting Kit – Core Kit

UTM has a stripped down kit, called the Core Kit, which is just the bolt carrier group, magazine and 50 rounds of ammo for $294.  Basically it just doesn’t have the targets, traps and cleaning kit.

UTM RBT Target Conversions are designed for utmost safety, in-service reliability and maintainability. The UTM RBT AR-15 Bolt Carrier Group Conversion is expertly engineered with Fail-Safe measures to prevent the discharge of a standard ‘“live”’ round. UTM RBT Conversions are easy to install, just a simple exchange of the manufacturer’s Bolt/Carrier Assembly.


  • Plastic projectile weighs less than 1 gram
  • Average velocity of 375 fps at the muzzle
  • Outstanding Short Range Accuracy, .223/5.56mm ammunition = 1.18” group at 32 yards
  • Noise level at 113db – hearing protection recommended
  • 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

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  • MR

    Semi auto only- dang commies only sell full auto conversions to mil/gov/le

    Ha Ha, not that it makes any difference to me. Wonder if these would make a SlideFire function? 😉

    • MR

      How about function with a suppressor?

      • Dan

        You don’t want to use this with a suppressor, I guarantee they’ll strike. It won’t hurt the can, but they won’t be accurate.

        We run a bunch of these for .mil training, and the only problem I’ve had is one rifle getting a bunch of rounds jammed up in the barrel, which I pushed out with a rod and mallet.

        And FYI, they won’t fire real rounds but a real bolt will fire them (9mm anyways, and not recommended because the projectile is way way smaller than the bore. And you know, safety.

        • Budogunner

          You “might” be able to run these through an overbored can, like a .30 cal, and be safe from baffle strikes, but I’m sure it would void the suppressor warranty.

          The bit about these getting stuck in the bore is alarming. Is there a proscribed cleaning and lubrication methods to prep a rifle to use these?

          • MR

            If you don’t see an impact, check the bore (unload, open rifle and remove bolt, and look though barrel from chamber end) before firing more. Sounds like they might have finished out the mag dump before checking to see what the problem was. At least it didn’t “KABOOM” like ‘live’ rounds would.

            I’d imagine a routine cleaning, and make sure the bore isn’t heavily coppered/leaded before firing these should suffice, but I’ll bow to greater minds on the subject.

          • Dan

            Yeah I think the fact these are plastic marking capsules is being lost. They are made to shoot other people with. They are comparable to airsoft or paintball, leaving a small welt but not doing any damage.

            Also they aren’t that loud. It sounds nothing like a gunshot, its mostly mechanical.

            We used airsoft a bit, but they were always breaking and had other drawbacks. These are a quick swap, and your ready to go with your M4.

          • Dan

            Also the rounds themselves are really neat. They are Alluminum that telescopes open when fired, making a lot of people walking across our range scratch their heads when picking up brass.

          • HSR47

            They don’t sell marking ammo us mere plebeians; What they’re offering us is the ability to turn our real guns into primer-actuated airsoft guns for target shooting.

            As such, they’re not really useful for force-on-force style training. What they are potentially useful for is doing some manner of target shooting in a less-permissive area (e.g. in your basement/garage) when you otherwise can’t get to the range. That, and the potential ability to use just about any house as a “shoot house” without having to worry too much about putting holes through walls and/or people.

          • MR

            Planning on picking up a kit to replace the cheapo airsoft AR for my basement range. Think I’ll go with clear mags to indicate simulated ammunition, rather than their blue mags. Seems like it’d be easier to verify that way, especially with the blue projectiles.

  • Budogunner

    According to the manufacturer’s site, additional ammo can be had for $32.50 per box of 50. Certainly not awful. I’ve used subsonic loads with suppressors to reduce recoil and intimidation for new shooters, but factory subsonic loads are expensive and I don’t know of one in 5.56 that cycles the action. I use a .22lr upper for AR platform introduction.

    I’d definitely like a kit to train new shooters with. I’ll have to add this to my wish list for future consideration.

  • MR

    Hey, maybe one of the SOTs could request a full-auto kit to demo for a law enforcement customer? Then post a write-up here? Oh, right, money. Time for a kick-starter campaign!

    • stephen

      Actually they don’t need to buy one – just request a T&E (testing & evaluation). The company send the item (T&E) to a reviewer, once the review is conducted, the T&E is sent back.

      Too easy.


      • MR

        Cool. Wanna see some more full auto video. This seems like an interesting twist.

  • stephen

    I see this more applicable for LEO, military and rich people.

    For everyday Joe & Jane Q. Public, I see many sales.

  • AD

    Are the rounds reload-able?

    • JumpIf NotZero

      No. No powder, it’s two primers and a spring mechanism inside each round.

  • MR

    How does the action function with this system? I’m assuming it’s a simple blowback system like a nine millimeter AR…

    • JumpIf NotZero

      There are two primers. One to shoot the projectile and another to eject the round by using the primer to free a stiff spring which pushes the carrier backwards

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Non-dealer UTM… force on force. Will be purchasing asap.

  • DataMatters

    Obama bullets.

    • MR

      Because they’re freaking awesome, like Obama? My politics don’t swing that way, but hey, whatever trips your trigger.

  • Kevin Gross

    Center cartridge is the UTM. When 22 blank is set off, it sends the little plastic ball forward hitting the primer cap. That is the propulsion for the plastic marker dye capsule (red, blue). The whole cartridge acts as a piston with the 22 blank giving enough force to blow back the action to cycle another round. Enjoy