Airsoft Alternative Training | SHOT 2017

Gunpower Inc, is a South Korean company that has introduced training equipment very similar to the currently issued MILES used by a number of militaries around the world. The equipment is called the GPR System and comes with a full suite of products. The catch is that the system is purely Airsoft based. It uses a sort of flak jacket and Kevlar helmet that senses a 6mm BB hit. Once the equipment is hit, the user’s Airsoft rifle is essentially deactivated and the user is more or less put out of action. It uses a electronic frequency to sends signals between the gear and the user’s rifle to accomplish this.

Before we dismiss the company as a purely Airsoft product, the company has sold a number of units to the South Korean Army, and some Korean units have actually been using it in training. As the system is right now, I see very little value in training with AR based rifles because the ballistics of an Airsoft rifle just cannot match anything that an actual AR would be capable of. However, if the system were modified for Airsoft gas blow back handguns, I think the company would have an excellent handgun force on force training product, for a very low price compared to MILES gear, or Simunition UTM equipment. Simunitions are excellent training tools, but the cost of the unit is so prohibitive to many LE departments and even militaries that many don’t even consider training with it.

My consensus on Gunpower Inc, is that in it’s current state it isn’t conducive to legitimate force on force training. But given some modifications and using gas blow back handguns, I can see it being an effective training tool. For the Airsoft market alone, it seems like an excellent product though.


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  • Cleetus

    Nothing wrong with airsoft ballistics indoors, you know, which is the most important place to train.

  • Accurate Okie

    So let me get this straight, because it is airsoft and doesnt cycle a BCG it is not a valid training aid? Are you practicing the fundamentals while using it, are you getting shot while using it, does it respond to you getting shot? Seems like a valid and cost effective training aid to me; you can sweep up and reuse airsoft bb’s. Is it perfect, of course not, the only perfect way is to use real rounds to get the full effect but I think we can agree that isn’t very safe.

    You say yourself that the cost for other training aids is high so why not get a few of these and get some training done?

    • Please re-read the post. Contrary to your point, I fundamentally agree with the training being used with gas blow back handguns. In fact, I myself point out that if only the company were doing GBBs instead of ARs, it’d be an EXTREMELY cost effective and useful training tool. ARs however, I see some issues with.

      • Accurate Okie

        I have trained with gas blow back firearms and they don’t come close to the real thing. There are companies that make gas blow back pistols and rifles for airsoft including AR’s. In the case of using these for training fundamentals it seems a better option than simunition and is more likely to get approval from agencies that have a tight budget.

      • Cynic

        what about something like the Tokyo Mauri recoil shock system, it has recoil albeit low and needs the charging handle pulled on first mag,4 bolt release on reloads or what about using a HPA gun with a line in the sling something like the newer Polarstar guns where theres recoil

        the reason this can’t work with 4gas but COULD work with hpa is due to how it takes the hit to the armour and sends a signal to shut off the gun you culdnt build a holsterable gun and wouldn’t have the reliability 4or the consistency. you could use the bb sensing bit though you use as a warning to pprevent cheating/people doing stuff like ignoring the hit or not noticing or using the alert as proof the targets dead and not assessing and checking properly?

  • Cottersay

    Only useful for CQB, but that’s enough for the vast majority of possible customers.