Simulation Guns vs. Live Firearms


Sim gun versus real gun

Whether you are a novice shooter or an expert marksman, you know the benefits and drawbacks of traditional live-fire guns. You know the sounds, you know the smells, you know the powder, and you know the feeling.

So, it’s no surprise that traditional gun owners have some hesitation when it comes to switching over to using a sim gun at a virtual gun range. But if you keep an open mind, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn the technology enhances the experience, not detracts from it.

How Does a Sim Gun Work?

Most often, virtual sim guns, like those used at EVR, are constructed of polymer. They are created using a mold of a real gun so the size, look, and handling of a sim gun mirrors the experience of a real gun. Sim guns are designed to emit a laser pulse that lines up with each trigger pull. The shot is typically registered within nanoseconds on the 12ft x 7ft HD simulation screen in front of you.

Our sim guns are calibrated regularly to ensure accuracy and to allow shooters to get a true indication of their skills within in each different scenario they participate in.

How Realistic is a Virtual Sim Gun?

If you are very comfortable with using traditional guns, this is a fair question. Sim guns offer a range of experiences based on shooter preferences. For novice shooters or entertainment-based shooters, there are options of lightweight polymer that make gun handling easier and more comfortable for extended periods. The look, feel, size, and handling are all highly realistic.

For expert marksman and gun owners, simulation guns are available that are made of polymer and steel to represent a realistic weight. Shooters can choose from CO2 powdered pistols that offer realistic slide action and blowback, all the way to full weight semi-automatic rifles with CO2 powdered actions to simulate an authentic experience.

With all sim guns, the fundamentals of shooting and the fun of engaging with dynamic targets can be achieved with even the most basic model. It’s all about the shooter and their comfort level.

Experience Lifelike Sim Guns at Engage Virtual Range

Engage Virtual Range is a virtual shooting range that offers a non-judgmental environment for shooters ranging from novices to expert marksmen and women. We invite you and your friends to experience this incredibly lifelike technology for yourself. Schedule a session and test your skills with our virtual sim guns.

Need a refresher? Check out our YouTube channel for videos on handling a virtual gun: