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Tethered weapon conversions

Tethered weapon conversions use either CO2 gas or compressed air to simulate recoil. They are the ideal weapon conversion for automatic rifles and machine guns—combining high rates of fire with realistic recoil.

CO2-based

CO2-based tethered weapons use a 20oz refillable gas bottle, which provides more than 300 shots. The gas bottle is held in a belt that goes around the trainee's waist.

An umbilical tether connects the gas bottle to the weapon's dummy magazine.

When the trigger is squeezed, a sensor activates a solenoid to drive an internal piston. The piston uses the pressure of the CO2 gas to generate the recoil effect. The weapon can be cocked and fired as normal, with the standard fire control lever used to select singe shots or automatic fire.

The control module, electronics and a rechargeable battery pack are held in two belt pouches, one on either side of the gas bottle. The battery pack is fully rechargeable. A slow-charger is provided.

Air-based

Tethered weapons using compressed air must be plugged into a floorbox. The floorbox provides compressed air—from a separate air compressor—for up to four weapons.

The umbilical tether runs from the floorbox to the barrel of the weapon. This arrangement helps to keep the centre of mass similar to the actual weapon, especially for heavier weapons that utilise a bi-pod or stand.

When the trigger is squeezed, a sensor activates a solenoid to drive an internal piston. The piston uses the compressed air to generate the recoil effect.

The floorbox supplies small power to the electronics and the laser insert. The air compressor can be placed inside the simulator room, or it can be located in a separate room to prevent noise.

A laser-fire tethered MP5 sub-machine gun.

Deactivation certificates

All of our tethered weapon conversions are deactivated, and carry a deactivation certificate from a UK Proof House.


The floorbox.