CCC awarded contract for Simunition FX 5.56mm SESAMS cartridges

Canadian Commercial Corp. (CCC) is being awarded a contract for production and training in the use of Simunition FX 5.56mm Special Effects Small Arms Marking System (SESAMS) cartridges for the Marine Corps force-on-force training.

CCC was awarded the contract on behalf of General Dynamics – Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS).

The firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract is valued at around $37.7 million. The contract was awarded by the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) located in Quantico, Virginia.

The cartridges are non-lethal, non-toxic, low velocity training ammunition used in conjunction with Simunition FX weapons conversion kits for the M4/M16 and M249 service weapons.

Work will be performed in Quebec, Canada (95 percent); and training, to be held at various Marine Corps bases (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by November 2020.


The U.S. military has developed a Special Effects Small Arms Marking System (SESAMS) to increase the realism of small arms training.

SESAMS allow training units to adapt commonly used weapons (Rifle M16A2, Rifle M4A1, Pistol M9) to fire non-lethal detergent based inert filled rounds at other personnel. This type of system creates an effective close-range force on force training.

FX Marking Cartridges

The FX marking cartridges, which come in six colors, are at the core of the FX Training System known as “the world’s most realistic close-range combat training system”. The reduced-energy, non-lethal cartridges leave a detergent-based, water-soluble color-marking compound.

The visible impacts allow accurate assessment of simulated lethality. The cartridges are available in .38 cal. and 9 mm and feature tactical accuracy up to 25 feet (7.6 meters).

The 5.56 mm is tactically accurate with ball cartridges to 100 feet (30 meters).

No special ballistic facilities are required. They meet the need for a force-on-force and man-to-man training system that is realistic, effective, inexpensive, adaptable and fully portable.

Simunition Conversion Kits

The Simunition conversion kit, conversion bolt, bolt carrier assembly and safety-ring insert allow the FX Marking Cartridges and the SecuriBlank to be fired safely from the weapon.

The conversion kits will allow users to train safely with their own service weapons and duty equipment in single-shot, burst or full-automatic mode. These kits produce realistic recoil and ensure the proper operation and cycling of converted weapons with FX and SecuriBlank training ammunition. These kits help preclude the inadvertent chambering of live ammunition.

These kits require replacement of the duty barrel on most pistols and the upper receiver or bolt for rifles, carbines and machine guns, installation of safety rings in revolvers and a safety adapter in shotguns.

Simunition conversion kits are an integral part of the FX training system along with the FX marking cartridges and the FX protective equipment.

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