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FAQ:
How Much does it cost?

How Much money will it Save me?

What is included in the $2,199.00?

will I need any special tools to install it?


WILL I NEED TO PURCHASE ANY OTHER ACCESSORIES?


WHAT EXACTLY IS THE ARS-SGS?


WHERE CAN I GET PORTABLE 9oz or 12oz CO2 TANKS IN MY TOWN?


CAN'T I JUST USE THE ELECTRIC AIR COMPRESSOR THAT MY NAIL GUN USES?

WHAT TYPE OF REGULATOR SHOULD I USE?

HOW DO I CLEAN  AND MAINTAIN THE ARS?

HOW SOON WILL I SEE RESULTS?


WHY IS DRY FIRING SO IMPORTANT?

HOW MUCH TRAINING IS RECOMMENDED?


DO NOT OVERTRAIN!!!


Should I buy an InfraRed (IR) Laser that is invisible or a Visible Red Laser?


Should I buy a Beamhit TR-700 target?


What is the range of the lasers?

Can I use the ARS-M16 in my Pump Action or Single Shot AR-15 in California and England?


DO I NEED TO BUY AN ARS FOR EVERY GUN I OWN?


Instead of buying an ARS, wouldn't I be happier purchasing another high end gun that just sits in my safe collecting dust?


HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

All ARS conversions are $2,199.00 each to purchase.
You will need an air supply which will cost an additional $150.

Cost of ARS operation using Co2 Air: $1 per 1,000 shots.


HOW MUCH MONEY DOES IT SAVE ?
Time, Targets, materials,weapon wear (TTM)= $500 per month
Weapon Wear (WW) is a variable cost depending on gun used.
.22 rimfire x 500 rnds per day @ $20 per 500 = $600 Per Month plus $500 TTM = $1,100
.223 = @ 500 rnds per day @ $175 per 500 = $5,250 PER MONTH + $500 TTM = $5,750
9MM = @ 500 rnds per day @ $100 per 500 = $3,000 PER MONTH + $500 TTM = $3,500

I estimate to shoot your AR-15, 500 times a day would cost you around $6,500 per month and take about 50 hours per month of your time. With .45 or 9mm ammo, I estimate about $3,500 per month. This includes target set up time, travel time to range, pasting/painting targets, cleaning weapon, gas($50), 15,000 rounds ammo($3,000-$6,000), and barrel replacement after 50,000($50 pro-rated) rounds and weapon replacement after 100,000 rounds($50 pro-rated), and 50 hours of your time per month at minimum wage of $7 x 50 hours($350). You'll have to shoot in the heat, the rain, the snow, etc of course..."it never rains on a gun range". It does not include inclimate weather attire or cleaning supplies.


WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH THE $2,199.00 ?
Each conversion comes with everything you need to convert your firearm to cycle with CO2, and fire the included Laser downrange at each firing pin strike...EVERYTHING EXCEPT YOUR AIR SUPPLY AND REQULATOR, WHICH IS SOLD SEPARATELY.


WILL I NEED ANY SPECIAL TOOLS TO INSTALL IT?

No tools are required to install the ARS conversion.


WILL I NEED TO PURCHASE ANY OTHER ACCESSORIES?
You WILL need an air supply. We recommend at the time of purchase including the belt air unit. I recommend you buy our regulator and an air tank belt holster...the ARS-SGS unit and buy your CO2 tanks locally, or purchase the ARS-BP20 (which is the ARS-SGS with an included 20 oz paintball tank(empty).Current price for the ARS-SGS is $200...the ARS-BP20 is $250

WHAT EXACTLY IS THE ARS-SGS?

The ARS-SGS is a regulator that you can screw on the top of commercially availible CO2 sources(paintball or 5 lbs stationary tank).


WHERE CAN I GET PORTABLE 9oz or 12oz CO2 TANKS IN MY TOWN?

Walmart and Lowes sells Paintball CO2 tanks...Lowes actually sells them full of air...and will exchange them out with you for empty ones...similar to the exchange of propane empties for full tanks. Filling these 9 oz paintball tanks should cost about $5-$10 and give you approximately 500-1,000 shots.


WHAT IS THE LEAST EXPENSIVE METHOD OF BUYING CO2?

Another method of air supply, the chepest method, is to use a 5 lbs CO2 tank, availible at your local welding supply store. I recommend buying an aluminum one...steel is cheaper...but much heavier. The 5 lbs can be refilled for around $5 - $15 and should give around 10,000 to 15,000 shots. (Expect to have to purchase the tank for around $50 to $75...then exchange it for a filled tank for $10 each time there after at the local welding supply shop.Nexair, Airsupply, etc. Shop around though...air prices vary CONSIDERABLY.
 
I recommend you order this $98 refill kit:
http://www.rap4.com/store/paintball/co2-tanks-cylinder-refill-kit
I recommed you use standard co2 20 pound tanks as a refill source WITHOUT DIP TUBE. NON dip tube tanks are more common(used in soft drink machines), and put gas co2 into bottles and not liquid co2 into bottles. This gas holds about 400 shots vs 750 for liquid co2, but the gas doesn't freeze up like the liquid dip tube style does.
 
CAN'T I JUST USE THE ELECTRIC AIR COMPRESSOR THAT MY NAIL GUN USES?
The least prefered method is to try to use an electric air compressor. This will work...however, you only get about 10-20 shots before the generator kicks on...so the generator is running much of the time and you have to wait for it to build back up the 150 psi pressure.

Conversely...my roofers and carpenters now have all switched their nail guns off of electric generators and over to running our 9oz ARS belt packs for their nail guns. Now they run all over the house with their NOW portable nail guns and get about 1,000 shots per tank...hmm now that i think about it... maybe we should make a conversion for a Glock to shoot nails? We'll save that for next year.



WHAT TYPE OF REGULATOR SHOULD I USE?
I would avoid the portable requlator that Lowes sells...the one i bought leaked.

The ARS-BP20 comes with a CO2 tank BELT HOSTER...make sure the tank is in the holster and the flap is velcroed down on the holster securing the tank BEFORE screwing on the regulator. If you put the requlator on first...you won't be able to velcro the flap on the holster down and you tank will wiggle on your person when moving and running.


HOW DO I CLEAN  AND MAINTAIN THE ARS?
Only 2 drops of oil are required to keep the ARS running. Place 2 drops of the provided machine oil, in the air line every 1,000 rounds or at the end of each day...and 'shoot' your gun a couple of times to work the oil into the ARS. Oil moving parts SLIGHTLY. Expect a routine internal spring change every 200-400,000 shots at a minimal expense.


HOW SOON WILL I SEE RESULTS?

I would estimate that a beginner shooter, after 5,000 trigger pulls (5 to 10 days), you would see dramatic results. They would be at a competitive level at the 50,000 mark with impressive results (30 - 60 days).  They would be placing in the top 10% of  shooting competitions at the 100 - 150,000 mark (100 - 200 days), now having serious marksmanship development(calling shots, drawing smiley faces on the targets). I believe a new shooter would be winning competitions at the 200 - 300,000 mark. Here you would probably reach the limits of what you could develop through dry firing alone, and want to incorporate regular live firing into your routine. Continuing to shoot the ARS would keep you fit in between live fire development. I've gone years without firing a live round and show up for a competition and placed very high in accuracy results.

WHY IS DRY FIRING SO IMPORTANT?
Studies have shown it takes 500 repetitions to develop a fine motor skill and retain it for a SHORT period of time....and 5,000 repetitions to retain 'muscle memory' for a prolonged period of time. Your brain will send a signal to your muscles to operate...each time it sends the signal, it will become more and more effective sending the signal..and take the more consistent route each time it is practiced...eventually the neurons will create a path of least resistance that is difficult NOT to go down...and you will have begun to have a skill level and habit that is difficult to break...even with loud noise from a gunshot, and the violent recoil of the gun, and the snapping of the slide back to your eyes making you want to flinch and blink, your elevated heartbeat and irregular breathing from the stress and anxiety and thrill of holding a live firearm...and perhaps the stress of competition or life threatening situation as well. Your skill will have to overcome ALL this for consistent accuracy. Then...you'll have to start shooting faster...and faster. This is a lot to overcome. You must have a lot of perfect practice to counter act all of it AT SPEED!


HOW MUCH TRAINING IS RECOMMENDED?
I would shoot for no more than 30 minutes of trigger time per day. I would shoot no more than 1,000 trigger pulls per night initially for the first 4 weeks. During the first 4 weeks i would even recommend taking a day or two off during the week. I would recommend shooting 100 shots strong hand, then switch to 100 shots weak handed...or about 2-3 minutes per hand. This off hand shooting is not just important for off hand marksmanship...it gives the strong hand time to rest. The brain rests as well as the muscles. You will be working your brain and muscles with the ARS at a rate 20-30 times more than with live ammo.

Walmart has stopwatches for $20 that you can program to count DOWN and beep every 3 minutes or whatever time you choose...mine is set to count down from 3 minutes, beep, then automatically reset to 3 minutes and start over. I just listen for the beep and switch hands...i don't count shots, unless i'm shooting my Beamhit TR-700...it counts for me. I also hit the normal stopwatch on my watch and simultaneously count UP so i know the total time of my training session.

DO NOT OVERTRAIN!!!
 When a person shoots in competition or self defense...he is working his brain and muscles for only 30-60 seconds, the time it takes to solve a shooting problem. Do not hold your gun up and shoot it for more than 2-3 minutes at a time. After 3 minutes, switch to off hand or recover to the low ready position or risk injury. I tore something in my shoulder a few months ago after a 2 hour marathon of strong hand only shooting and took me about 4 weeks to recover.  It would be like a sprinter training by running a marathon and getting injuries. If you get tired or sore...STOP training or switch to your off hand...or put the gun on a rest. The muscles in your shoulder will injure before they fatigue!

Should I buy an InfraRed (IR) Laser that is invisible or a Visible Red Laser?
I recommend Visible Lasers.

The Military and Simulation Companies almost exclusively buy the IR laser for various reasons. Simulators focus heavily on judgment training and not marksmanship...these are two very different requirements. IR lasers are best with judgment training.

Civilians will benefit more from VISIBLE lasers during MARKSMANSHIP training. With Visible lasers, you aren't a slave to an electric target...the world becomes your target. you can shoot IPSC or IDPA targets. You can incorporate shooting at real world items too, like Cats, Dogs, Cars, Doors, Cans, etc.

Should I buy a Beamhit TR-700 target?
If using IR lasers...they are pretty much required. Shooting the TR-700 is like shooting a metal plate that doesn't fall.

What is the range of the Lasers?
The Lasers are designed for Indoor use and short range firing of 25 yards or less. HOWEVER I routinely shoot the Beamhit TR-700 at ranges of 50 and 100 yards. It is very dificult to hear the audible 'beep' from the TR-700 at that range. I have used microphones and amplifiers to hear the 'beep' at long range. Do not use reflective tape to reflect laser beams as this could be bad for your eyes.


Can I use the ARS-M16 in my Pump Action or Single Shot AR-15 in California and England?
Yes. As long as there is a buffer spring in the AR-15, it will allow semi-auto and even full-auto dry-firing in your Pump Action or Single Shot AR-15, even if the magazine well has been deleted(side air model solves this) If you have an AR-15 that takes a standard AR-15 bolt, but no buffer tube spring capability, contact us and we will discuss devleoping a self contained spring inside our ARS-M16. The design will be similar to the Atkinson .22 caliber AR-15 conversion bolt.

DO I NEED TO BUY AN ARS FOR EVERY GUN I OWN?

Not necessarily. I believe that 1 handgun ARS should cover all shooting disciplines. Your skills will travel with you from gun to gun. If you can shoot a Glock well, for instance, you can shoot a 1911 or Berretta well. At the 100,000 dry fire mark, i believe that you will be able to shoot ANY handgun or rifle VERY well.

Instead of buying an ARS, wouldn't I be happier purchasing another high end gun that just sits in my safe collecting dust?

It depends on the person. Are you the kind of guy that buys karate swords vs Karate lessons? If you can buy BOTH then its a moot point...buy both! But in my opinion, once you have a good handgun and a good AR-15, buying an ARS is the next natural step. Buying 2 more AR-15's or an ACOG scope or a full house STI 1911, isn't going to make you any better of a shooter. With the ARS you can use the ammo money you save to invest in other ventures and other guns. For most folks, buying an AR-15 will set them back MONTHS or YEARS between getting another gun. Buying an ARS may delay that next gun purchase too, but you'll have SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND trigger pulls under your belt by the time of your next purchase...you'll actually BECOME A MARKSMAN, not just a collector. This marksmanship ability will complement every gun you purchase for the rest of you life, as you can actually shoot them well! MOST GUNS and GUN OWNERS EXIBIT THIS RATIO: 99% of the week the guns just sit around in a closet, safe or holster. The last 1% of the time is split between looking at the gun and handleing it and shooting it. Then split THAT between multiple guns! You will get SO VERY LITTLE pleasure out of "ONE MORE GUN" vs an ARS that you can enjoy your current guns with HOURS PER DAY! The ARS gives me an excuse to handle my guns EVERYDAY! The guns that i don't have an ARS for, i might as well sell, as i haven't seen them or taken them out of the safe in over 2 years! The next logical step after purchasing an ARS, are "DEDICATED TO ARS GUNS". They stay permanently hooked up to air and ready for me to shoot at all times in the house...or take to the range for a warm up before shooting live ammo thru identical live guns. I shoot my ARS dedicated Glock 23 every moring about 500 times then put on my carry Glock 23 to leave the house with. I practice more to walk out to my car in the morning than some people do to go to competitions! I enjoy this more than "1 more ACOG" or  "1 more AR" or "1 more STi". To each his own.

 

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