Clayton Police Receive Grant from NRA for Airsoft Training Weapons

August 6, 2014 · 30 comments

Like every police agency in the State of California, the Clayton Police Department conducts regular firearms training as required by State Law.

Naturally, live fire training and tactics can only be conducted at a traditional range facility. Some agencies use high-tech simulators to conduct scenario based training outside of a traditional range facility. These simulators often cost thousands of dollars, which is something that smaller police agencies simply cannot afford.

Recently the Clayton Police Department was awarded a grant of $2,000 from the National Rifle Association Foundation for the purchase of airsoft weapons to further their training capability.

The following information is from the Clayton Police Dept.:

The airsoft weapons use compressed air to fire small plastic BBs that are biodegradable. With proper safety equipment and strict safety protocols, the equipment is safe to use in controlled environments. It can’t be stressed enough, these weapons are a critical part of our training regiment, they are not toys. Great care is being taken to assure our training is presented in the safest manner possible.

These airsoft weapons look, feel and operate much like the actual weapons issued to our officers. The equipment will allow our officers to participate in realistic force-on-force training scenarios against live role-players and aggressors. This type of training has been shown to better prepare police officers to respond and handle rapidly developing, dynamic situations.

Thanks to the generous grant of $2000 from the NRA Foundation, the Clayton Police Department will be better prepared to serve our community. This equipment will allow our staff to experience high risk scenarios within a training environment. This training will better prepare our staff to face potential dangers in the real world.

1 Cowellian August 6, 2014 at 3:32 PM

When my son was a student at UBSV, they would sometimes go to the police academy as training aids for traffic stop classes. They always brought my beater minivan home with pink splats in all kinds of places that I could never clean. He also took a paintball between the eyes that really rang his bell. I suspect that these airsoft weapons will be a lot easier on the equipment and personnel than the paintballs were.

2 jtkatec August 6, 2014 at 3:41 PM

“It can’t be stressed enough, these weapons are a critical part of our training regiment, they are not toys.”

I don’t know, but it makes me chuckle…..sounds like boys with toys.

3 Anonymous August 6, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Good for Clayton PD and good for the NRA

4 But, but, but... August 6, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Isn’t the NRA evil? You mean they do good things, too?

5 On-Point Machining August 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM

We used them for ARNG training during drill to clear rooms and such. Obviously not as heavy, but you can still go through the motions.

6 anon August 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Wear a helmet when using a paintball gun.
SImunitions shoot soap – it cleans off.

7 Rumplestiltskin August 6, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Good stuff like this is part of why I support the NRA.

8 Marissa August 6, 2014 at 4:38 PM

This is why you become a cop, so you can play with toy guns. Paint balling is a better experience. I

9 Safety August 6, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Airsoft is not a toy, can put a hole in a full unopened soda can.

10 Dennis August 6, 2014 at 5:13 PM

@safety so can a knitting needle, a nail, or a garden variety screwdriver. What’s your point?

11 Barack Obama August 6, 2014 at 6:00 PM

The NRA is bad.

12 Atticus Thraxx August 6, 2014 at 7:06 PM

How neat. Airsoft is no joke. I.P.S.C has a division for it and you can spend $800 on a competition level pistol.

13 Bluebird August 6, 2014 at 7:43 PM

New way to deter crime in Clayton – airsofting?

14 Fritzhugh Ludlow August 6, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Good News! for the last 22 years I thought all My NRA Dues and Contributions were for the Political goals of the organization….Now I see My contributions applied locally.

15 anon August 6, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Well, there goes my membership in NRA. Police receive tax dollars and live fat off of them; they don’t need my donations.

16 Mike Mann August 6, 2014 at 9:05 PM

It would be nice if they spent this grant locally…*hint* *hint*. Especially with a owner who is a 15+ year Clayton Resident. ;-)

17 Dr. Jellyfinger® August 6, 2014 at 9:21 PM

I love popping off a few Airsoft pellets into the sky at sunset (The bats go crazy trying to catch them).

18 Anonymous August 6, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Dear poster 15:

Oh no ! How will the NRA get along without you?

19 CLAYCORD.com August 6, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Mike Mann, you forgot the link: http://www.hobbytown.com :)

20 LocalGirl August 7, 2014 at 8:47 AM

@anon … really? Think again … the CPD is a municipality and they are receiving the grant. The officers will BENEFIT from having these weapons, but it surely doesn’t add to their pension. Your comment makes zero sense.

21 PhilthyPHRESH August 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Sure we sucked out two more thousand for toys….you’re doing a great job, the police. Thanks. With that said disband all police.

22 The Mamba August 7, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Can I play a bad guy? Sounds like fun!

23 Let's Hop this increases their effectiveness in Legally Exterminating Scumbags August 7, 2014 at 9:26 PM

I’m tired of reading about Peuking Maggots Surviving Police Shootouts.

24 Aspirin August 7, 2014 at 10:53 PM

The Clayton PD should not accept a donation from an organization that works to defeat sensible gun laws.

25 Rollo Tomasi August 7, 2014 at 11:16 PM

@ #24:

Sensible as defined by whom, you and the rest of the hand-wringers? Surely you can provide the Clayton PD with other sources of donations that are more in line with your tender sensibilities.

26 Laura Zah August 7, 2014 at 11:31 PM

@ Asprin… They haven’t.

27 Antler August 8, 2014 at 2:38 AM

Dennis at #10,

“What’s the point?”

Geeeeeeeeeeee, maybe the very obvious concept that biodegradable things can still hurt like a son-of-a-gun?

(Oh, please catch the biodegradable pun, someone…..)

28 Connie Dobbs August 8, 2014 at 7:24 AM

#24 So you donate instead, ‘kay?

29 ..... August 8, 2014 at 8:20 AM

@Aspirin #24….

Here we go ….”sensible” gun laws.

“Sensible” as defined by the VPC or by the Brady Center? Or by the “million mom march”? Or by other hoplophobes?

Apparently, you’re not aware of the fact that the NRA does support law enforcement in many ways. You might want to see what they really do before popping off with uninformed opinions.

30 cornfed August 9, 2014 at 5:45 AM

“… so can a knitting needle, a nail, or a garden variety screwdriver. What’s your point?”

The point is that these units are not toys, and neither are the above items.

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