Real Gun Fights (With Sim Rounds) Coming to Tampa FL – Tampa Gunfights

Perhaps one of the most problematic issues with training for a violent encounter, especially one with firearms, is that there are few opportunities to actually use a firearm in force-on-force training. Yes, airsoft exists and is viable, but it does not have the limited ammo capacity, noise, realism, recoil, and function of a firearm. Seeing this, the industry developed sim rounds, which use converted or purpose-built replicas to feel, sound, and operate like real guns.

Due to their costs, these sim rounds have generally been reserved only for law enforcement or military training. Combined with the HUGE liability issues of potentially real rounds being used in these environments, commercial enterprises have stayed away. Fortunately, for those looking for training (or just an adrenaline rush), commercial companies are stepping up to offer the capability.

One of those is Tampa Gunfights, an upcoming company, and facility that will offer the use of sim rounds to civilian shooters. Billed as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the company has created a slick video showcasing the weapons and potential scenarios to be offered. Weapons include Glocks and AR-15s

The facility is not yet open, but as of this wriiting, is scheduled to open in 51 days. Those interested in heading to the red-carpet opening event can sight up for details on their website. Additional information is on their Facebook page. 

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Anonymoose

    Just like airsoft, but louder and more expensive (and more useful, unless you only ever plan to shoot .22s in a real defensive/combat scenario)!

  • Jeff Smith

    Kinda cool, I guess, but I can’t help but think it’s no more analogous to a real world scenario than paintball or airsoft, other than the added noise of the sim round, but, even then, I’m not sure how loud those are (they don’t sound too loud in the video).

    I’m reminded of InRange’s Q&A session from April where someone asked about training classes and Karl recommended the ShivWorks ECQC (extreme close quarters concepts) as an analog for an actual self defense scenario. Can you actual simulate a real self defense scenario if you’re not willing to cause EXTREME DAMAGE to another person’s body, whether that be through tackling, punching, kicking, choking them, etc? I guess it’s kind of cool and all, but I don’t know how close you can get unless you’re willing to really hurt the other person.

    I don’t see the vast majority of people gaining anything that you couldn’t get from paintball or airsoft, other than the use of weapon analogs (the weapons looked to be sim round Glocks and ARs), but I would think you could come close with airsoft.

    • ECQC is a fantastic course, but it is very very grappling heavy with little scenarios (every evolution is a fight for your life). A quality scenario based FoF program is also very important. Unfortunately those programs are typically gun only with no grappling which is why I think they go hand and hand with ECQC.

      Also in ECQC you find out that despite what you remember from high school there is a ton of space to fight for you life in a hatchback Honda Civic. And you will be sore in parts of your body you didn’t even realize you had.

    • Anonymoose

      They are always Glocks and ARs, but Simunitions makes tons of conversion kits for other guns.

      • Jeff Smith

        Cool. I imagine it would be fun as hell to play with, but that cost has to be outrageous.

    • Toxie

      SImunitions hurt – a LOT. hits on bare skin nearly always draw blood, and they’re a lot more accurate then paintballs in my experience.

  • EC

    This is hardly sporting. Whatever happened to gentlemanly shooting at each other from an agreed upon distance at the drop of a handkerchief?

    Savages, the lot of them.

  • John

    That’s just great! If everyone switches to simunition, what do I do with the $43,567 worth of air-soft crap I have!

    You know, it just doesn’t pay to be a mall ninja any more.

  • Paveway

    Anytime I’ve ever shot sim rounds, I never heard my own weapon. Auditory Exclusion.

    • CommonSense23

      Well Sims don’t even require ear pro, so it’s pretty easy to miss.

  • Juggernaut

    I can do this for free since I only live 40 minutes from the South Side of Chicago.

    • tiger

      lol… Yeah, most Saturday nights in Philly are about the same; in places the tour buses never go.

  • Ryfyle

    Sounds like a great place for Family Fun.


    This is great news! I cant wait to go.

  • forrest1985

    Hate to disagree old spot but re:”…Yes, airsoft exists and is viable, but it does not have the limited ammo capacity…” mil-sim as its known generally require low cap mags to simulate real world capacity. Bang to rights on the rest though. Just wanted to make sure article was as accurate as possible.

    • MrFN

      Look up a GBB G&P woc airsoft rifle. As someone who built one and an AR, they’re stupid similar. People only hear about electric guns because of the obvious gamer advantage. GBB rifles have all the same controls, function 90% similarly, and are often lower in capacity.

  • Some Guy

    What about Gas-Blowback Airsoft Rifles?
    Similiar Capacity.
    Realistic Handling.
    Blowback (of Course weaker)

    • Blake

      You can’t feel an airsoft BB even through a loose-fitting shirt, much less tactical gear.

  • tiger

    21st century version of playing “Cops & Robbers” cap gun fights? But for adults? Hmmm…… nifty idea.

  • Swarf

    You know, I really want to shoot my wife and children, but not forever, and I’m too busy for prison…

    Say, what’s this!!

  • Phillip Cooper

    This looks like a very bad idea…

    … also, completely freaking awesome.