Since then, we have replaced all of our realistic equipment with guns that look much more like toys. The
non-threatening appearance of our current equipment ensures the safety of our players. We have also
worked closely with law enforcement to develop a good working relationship with local police departments.
Many officers play with us and so do their children, but police have expressly requested that we not use
realistic equipment in public places for several reasons:
Why can’t civilians use the Combat Set?
Action pursuit is a sport; however, unlike the equipment used in other sports, the equipment used in paintball,
airsoft, or laser tag can be, AND HAS BEEN, mistaken for real weapons. The safety of our clients is our
number one concern. When we first began operations in 2003, we had several incidents where bystanders
believed our players were carrying real weapons, even though our equipment was clearly and correctly
marked with blaze orange tips. The police were called on multiple occasions, and S.W.A.T. teams responded
twice. The second response nearly resulted in the accidental shooting of one of our instructors.
- Using realistic equipment can cause undue public
alarm and panic, especially in light of the
increasing number of Active-Shooter (Columbine)
incidents across the nation.
- Even though we notify police of every event, they
must still respond if called, which keeps them from
serving and protecting those in need.
- Police may not be the only ones to respond to
alarm. Many civilians are licensed to carry
concealed weapons and may respond with deadly
force if they perceive a threat.
We have seen dozens of news reports over the years about civilians being shot and killed by police or armed
civilians when a toy gun was mistaken for a real weapon. The danger is real!
Many other companies are willing to ignore the needs of law enforcement and will put their customers and
the public at risk just to add an extra “cool” factor to their experience. We understand that replica weapons
may attract more business, but we also understand the risks involved in our sport, and we have worked hard
to do everything we can to reduce those risks and to maintain an excellent relationship with law enforcement.
The only time we will deploy our Combat Set is during controlled, Force-on-Force, training exercises for
military units or law enforcement agencies. We make no exceptions.
Other reasons to avoid realistic equipment: Click Here to learn more.