You can save a ton of money using a weapon simulator. The key is having an ultra-realistic replica weapon trainer that looks, feels, and functions just like the actual weapon.
The replica weapon must be able to train the same skills that gunners learn on the range. Students must be able to practice loading, aiming, trigger control, bursts, and adapting to recoil effects. The trainer must monitor the student gunner actions and report status to the instructor.
ACME makes replica machine gun trainers that meet these training needs and more. Here’s how an ACME gun trainer can save you a million each year.
Qualifying machine gunners is not cheap. It takes weapons, ranges, armories, instructors, and ammunition. Ammunition is not cheap. And machine guns use a lot of ammunition.
Let’s start calculating the savings by looking at the rate of fire. Just how many bullets are consumed?
The maximum rate of fire varies between specific M2 weapon type from 400-575 rounds per minute. Aviation weapons fire much quicker, 800-1100 RPM.
M2’s are normally fired in bursts and allowed to cool between the bursts. Sustained rate of fire is less than 40 rounds per minute. Rapid rate of fire is more than 40 rounds per minute. Cyclic rate is 400-500 rounds per minute. Most gunners fire at the Sustained rate.
Let’s assume that in an 8-hour training day, the replica weapon fires for a total of two hours. Using a simulator for 2-hours a day is rather conservative. ACME has customers who use our replica weapon systems for two or three-times that notional rate per day. We’ll also assume that the trainer is used just 4 days a week. Again, this is conservative usage for simulators. We’ll estimate the trainer is used just 48 weeks a year to support non-training times.
Next, consider the cost of ammunition. Ammunition for M2 .50 caliber weapons cost per round ranges from about 2-5 dollars. Now, let’s calculate total savings using the simulator, just in ammunition costs.
We’ll look at the cheapest rate using our hypothetical scenario at the Sustained Rate of Fire:
- 40 RPM rate of fire * 120 minutes = 4,800 rounds
- 4,800 rounds per day * 4 days per week = 19,200 rounds
- 19, 200 rounds * 48 weeks = 921,600 rounds
- 921,600 rounds * $2 per round = $1,843,200