Paintball & Simunition

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Paintball guns entered service with IDF SF in the mid 1990's as a combat simulation tool, and more recently as a non-lethal weapon. In 1995 a civilian commercial paintball venture, the first one to bring the paintball concept to Israel, went out of business, allowing the IDF Counter Terror School to obtain all guns and protective gear at a bargain price.

Since then the school has been using paintball guns to train soldiers in CQB. Using paintball guns allow the soldiers to train against their teammates, with some operators acting the entry team and the others acting as terrorists and then rotating in roles. Part from contributing to more realistic training, the paintball guns also enable the school to conduct intense training in facilities where live fire training not possible.

In 1998, the IDF established the Counter Guerrilla School and ordered large amount of paintball guns. SF units and infantry units often arrive to the school for training prior to deployment along the Israeli-Lebanese border. The school uses paintball guns to train the soldiers in close range engagements, primarily in heavy bush surroundings scenarios.

Most of the paintball guns used in Israel are M16 clones, although civilian shaped paintball guns are common as well.

Gun F/X Model CAR68.


Gun F/X Model CAR68 with the CO2 and paint canisters in place.



In addition to paintball guns SF units also use of Simunition (Simulation Ammunition), which are marking rounds fired via the operator's standard issue weapons, with only the bolt exchanged temporarily. Using Simunition is advantageous over the paintball guns as it allows the operator to use its own standard issue weapon, and train more realistically. However, Simunition pose greater safety risk as their impact is quite painful and can even be lethal in short range. For these reasons Simunition are less commonly used then paintball guns.

Micro Uzi fitted for firing Simunition.

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