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Published On: Sat, Nov 17th, 2012

Florida gun range gives visitors a change to ‘shoot each other’

Combat Shooting Sports, a Florida gun range, has taken the concept of target practice to a whole new level.

Customers can actually engage in simulated combat against other people, shooting real guns at each other.

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Orlando affiliate WKMG explains, the customers aren’t using live ammunition.

Owner Dave Kaplan gives visitors a choice: He can modify your own gun to fire Simunition rounds. Simunition rounds are filled with compounds similar to those found in paintball rounds. They’ve been used by military and law enforcement organizations in training exercises.

“General dynamics created Simunition decades ago for the military and later law enforcement,” Kaplan said in an email to Yahoo! News.

“They recently created a civilian range program and we are probably the only facility doing person on person fighting. We are taking firearm training to a level previously held by professionals.”

“There is supposed to be a degree of pain so that you do learn from it,” said Kaplan, “Someone’s trying to hurt you.  You learn how to be as tactical as a civilian can be.”

“Most women walk out of here very empowered, and that’s the key,” Tiffany Chapin, who teaches a safety courses targeted towards women, told WKMG.

“We are insured, certified, and [use] proper safety gear from the Simunition corporation is always utilized,” Kaplan told Yahoo! News. “People are using real firearms modified to preclude the firing of a live/lethal round.”

A trip to Combat Shooting Sports costs about $150, which includes the cost of the gun modification.

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