What Is The Most Realistic Firearms Training Available?
Hello, My name is Dan and I have a Youtube channel called TheFireArmGuy. I have been a gun enthusiast for a number of years. Studying and shooting various types of firearms and doing so gives me thrill that I cannot get anywhere else. There is nothing like the smell of gunpowder while hitting the targets you were precisely shooting at. Any true “Gun Nut” will tell you it’s a “rush” that cannot be explained.
I have also spent many hours in firearm training classes working on defensive skills to be well prepared for bad situations. It is very much encouraged throughout the gun community to train for all defensive situations that may occur. It is clear there is an increase in violence in America and we know that “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun… is a good guy with a gun.”“The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun... is a good guy with a gun.” Click To Tweet
I recently attended the most realistic firearms training I have ever seen. This training was different from any of the other training classes I’ve experienced. It involved a reflective ballistic glass that reflected images of live people and gives you a real defensive confrontation to deal with. To top it all off, you use a loaded handgun, shooting live rounds at a real person (or at least at their reflection). Two expert trainers were placed on both your right and left side to prevent any unintended mistake. The idea of this training is to increase stress and to learn, under increased stress, how to best handle your defensive firearm tactics.
Here is how it works. You are given the situation that you will encounter beforehand. I was told that I was walking to my vehicle at night when a stranger engaged in a discussion. I was looking directly at this person in the ballistic glass reflection as I engaged him in discussion. He asked me for some smokes, then insisted that I give him some money. As I was speaking with this individual, he reached in his pocket, drew his gun and hit me with a four shots before I had a chance to respond. I quickly pulled my gun and responded with a double tap of my own. My only hope of survival, or least serious injury, would be if his shots missed. If he missed, I won but if he hit me, I lost. Like most all defensive situations, the victim usually says, “it all happened so fast.” I can definitely attest to that truth. However, like all good training, several lessons were learned. Watch the video below to see how it all unfolded!
See The Most Realistic Firearms Training Available In The Video Below!
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I learned that I made some critical errors. First, I was speaking with my hands waving around. This is normal for me as I use my hands to communicate quite often however in an encounter like this, it would be best to keep my shooting hand close to my gun. Secondly, I engaged in discussion with this person. There is nothing to be gained from a discussion with a person who is begging for money or anything else so it is always best to avoid that encounter and move on while keeping a keen eye on that person. Thirdly, when the man reached into his pocket, I should have recognized that as a threat. At that point, I should have put my hand on my gun and be prepared to use it if the situation required. These lessons may be discussed in a typical firearm training class however, by experiencing it first hand, with increased heart rate while looking at a live person it creates a sense of stress that cannot be duplicated.
Overall, I have to say this training was excellent. It drew out some of my defensive faults that I never considered before. It also taught me what to look for in regards to body movements from a potential criminal. This reflective ballistic training is the next evolution in training and will be used extensively with law enforcement officers in the future. Shooting live rounds at what appears to be a live person is a situation that doesn’t happen much in firearm training. This system is an excellent training tool to sharpen defensive skills under stress with a real person and I highly recommend you giving it a shot if you ever have the chance!
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