Isaac emailed us this photo of the Nigerian Navy SBS (Special Boat Service) special forces training with Tippmann U.S. Army Project Salvo paintball markers. These .68 caliber paintball guns are patterned after the AR-15 and include an M4-style 6 position stock and quad rails. The US Army designation is just commercial branding.



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  • BattleshipGrey

    Probably a LOT cheaper than the electronic training gear the US uses, but not very realistic for distance shooting. I’m guessing they’re only using this as a CQB training method, boarding in this case.

    • Cheaper up front but I can’t see them holding up very well against the salt water. Galvanic corrosion is going to put them out of service unless they clean them thoroughly each time, and those markers (I’m pretty sure they are A5 internals) have a lot of small non-stainless parts and springs.

      • Dracon1201

        Salvo is a Tippy 98 reskin. Also, yes.

    • Jambo

      If you look at it in the same way as we do with blank-fire training, it’s really not bad at all.

  • Patriot Gunner

    SoOoOo not operator

    • Joshua

      They are a lot more operator than I’ll ever be.

      • Patriot Gunner

        Not if your a keyboard commando. It’s a known fact that keyboard commandos are 2 tiers above paintball operators.

  • Bill

    Okaaayyy, plenty of US LE agencies train with airsoft.

  • PVT Quango

    None of the paintball guns have hoppers on them, at best they’re using these for rubber duckies (at least in this photo)

  • Better than going “Pew Pew Pew” for training I guess.

    • Y-man

      When I was in military school, we had a bit of a dilemma when on Attack [Assault, Ambush] training.
      When we would fire the 7.62×51 blanks at the “Enemy” forces [Ably led, ALWAYS, by Sergeant Dim, in his Tanker Coveralls] and there would ALWAYS be arguments as to who hit whom… [There were no scoring equipment, and umpires would simply point at people at random, based on their lack of cover or such: and say: “Hey you – ‘safety’ your rifle, you don die… “]
      This went on a lot, until we learnt to cut the tip of the plastic blank rounds, leaving narrow strips on both sides, and sometimes taping the completely cut-off tip with masking tape…
      After then: it was almost always: “BANG!”
      Then – “Yeeee!!!” [Nigerian for “Ouch!”]

      No more arguments! Plenty of band-aids!
      It was a wonder none of us were blinded. The marvels of youth!

  • Y-man

    Basically using them in similar fashion to the Blue Guns in other forces.
    I am proud of their trigger discipline!

  • Bill

    My issue is having a grappling hook hung on the gunwale of what looks to be a RHIB. If it slipped off it wouldn’t do much damage, but…and they hurt when you fall on them.

    • Mad Marsupial

      It’s hard to see with the photo, but the hook is on the end of a pole and is probably some distance (1-2m) away from the inflatable pontoons.

      • Y-man

        I think that hook is actually being held out on a pole, preparing to grapple…

  • David

    US Army branded paintball guns you see in Academy, logo on the side.

  • Darhar M.

    Nothing really new here. We did Ships Self Defense Force and Raiding Party training on old WWII ships that were moored at the Philly Naval Base in the early 90’s using relatively primitive paint ball guns for weapons. It was great training and fun.

  • Carter

    Tippmann Army Alpha Blacks. The feed elbows look capped which is a bit more realistic–not having to fight a big honking hopper around. The setup could still carry several paintballs.