Round-UD of Training Simulators
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eraerjcy driving; train forxise-of-force
The benefit of virtual driving
and firearms training simulators
to officers cannot be denied. Today's
training simulators for law enforce-
ment feature the latest technology
and software to make scenarios as
realistic as possible. First responders
are better prepared in the field or on
patrol thanks to simulators like the
following from industry leaders.
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Driving Simulators Each 550LE driving simulator is a single operator unit that allows
the driver to interact with computer-generated vehicles in a realis-
tic environment. Multiple 550LE law enforcement simulators can
be linked to create real-time scenarios enabling the development
of team-based skills and essential agency policy training.
Features of the 550LE include: visual system and graphics;
steering adjustment; digital voice instruction; radio; emer-
gency lighting and sirens; Virtual World 3.0; Doron Positioning
System (DPS); malfunction capabilities; SkillTrak Reaction
Evaluation; and TextAloud.
The SSOLEplus Driving Simulator builds on the advanced 550LE
by providing a 225-degree field of view with three 55-inch display
panels, minimizing seam distraction and visual interruption.
Additional features include: Optimum vehicle perspec-
tive; Dolby 5.1 digital surround sound; 1024x786 resolution;
facilitates complete and realistic intersection shoulder checks;
coolflow ventilation system; cutting-edge design lines; only
Applied Simulation Technologies two 1.5-inch seems between display panels; and new dynamic
www.appliedsimtech.com virtual world graphics.
EVOC-101 from Arrlied Simulation Technologies is a self-con-
tained Emerger: chide Operations Course that runs on the
PatrolSim drivir.c - : r~. EVOC-101 includes lesson plans
that teach phv^c; - - a judgement and application soft-
ware to track ar.d :-: : ;: jress. It has been shown to reduce
critical error; b;. - r^rcer.t and manage "simulator sickness"
to under 1 percent
EVOC-101 UY. - online training for police and emer-
gency vehicle . I ?. convenient and always accessible
setting. It provider the fundamental skills that better prepare
trainees for a c uiator or test track. EVOC-101 Web has
been shown to :r: rr; -. driver performance scores and to train
drivers to be ie>? liskv.
The newest product in FAAC Incorporated's public safety
simulator lineup is the LE-1000, a simulator with the latest
technology and features/functions requested by experts in
the field. The LE-1000 is feature-rich, with advancements to its
physical size, instructor convenience, build time, ergonomic
improvements, and even more training scenarios.
The LE-1000 includes: Three large LED screens that retain a
225-degree horizontal field-of-view; All-in-one instructor console
manageable with Apple I products, such as iPad, iPod and iPhone;
Streamlined physical footprint; Charger and Crown Victoria
dashboard cab models; open-style cockpit that makes it easier for
Driving Force customers to transition from driving to force options
simulation training; Scientifically tested vehicle dynamics; Mobile
Data Terminal that receives live and pre-programmed dispatch
information; comprehensive curriculum, including networked
Doron Precision Systems Inc. response and supervisory scenarios; and 60-day delivery lead time.
www.doronprecision.com In addition to physical and software improvements, FAAC's
Doron's 550LETN: Driving Simulator is an interactive, law-enforce- curriculum features more than 100 training scenarios, from simple
ment driving simulator designed to provide a dynamic train- skill-building exercises to complex multi-tasking and decision-
ing environment for a variety of law enforcement applications. making exercises.
FOCUS I Round-up of Training Simulators
Virtual Driver Interactive
Virtual Driver Interactive's (VDI) partners with law enforce-
L-3 DPA ment officials in outreach and training programs that engage
www.l-3training.com communities in helping teens become good drivers for life.
L-3 DPA instructional systems analyze training require- VDI's simulators are used for officer defensive driving train-
ments and provide an effective, cost efficient program with ing, impaired and distracted driver training at high schools,
documented validity. Based on an agency's needs, L-3 DPA and by the traffic unit at community events. By offering a wide
will provide the life-cycle support needed to maintain the range of system hardware options, VDI's customers can expect
relevancy of courseware content and the performance of highly portable, affordable and effective solutions. VDI offers
an agency's instructional system. L-3 DPA's Interactive a robust hardware product portfolio including full cabs, mid-
Multimedia Instruction, IMI, is a learning environment size cockpits and desktop virtual trainers.
where words, sounds, images and actions are all available Virtual Hazard Detection (Virtual HD) is a voice-controlled,
when needed. L-3 DPA's IMI provides students with what interactive simulation-based driver safety program designed
they need to see and hear to accomplish job-specific tasks to improve hazard recognition skills, lower accident rates,
and activities. and reduce distracted driving. Virtual HD is a unique driver
Various levels of interactivity provide options of increas- training program focused on eliminating the primary reason
ing fidelity that bring students systematically from initial why drivers become involved in a crash: a failure to recognize
knowledge acquisition through to planning, decision-making and react to hazardous driving situations.
and assessment of results as they perform complete job tasks. Virtual HD provides training scenarios that cannot be
L-3 DPA's IMI shows, tells, asks, answers and enables. Stu- easily duplicated in a traditional, behind-the-wheel training
dents learn, and prove their learning through performance. course. Training occurs within a driver's most recognizable
L-3 DPA's Electronic Classrooms provide instructors with environment in varying weather conditions including city,
comprehensive capabilities to present information, track highway, commercial, parking lots and residential. Virtual HD
progress, and record student performance. The use of net- allows drivers to practice hazard detection techniques in a fun,
worked and wireless devices enhances the learning experi- safe, yet challenging simulation environment.
ence providing direct feedback to the instructor. Each student Concepts covered include hazard anticipation, recognition,
station can operate independently while the instructor moni- distracted driving, proper space management and reaction
tors progress. Interactive lectures are developed to maximize time. Unique to Virtual HD is the ability to replay near misses
the learning experience by maintaining student attention and with multiple camera perspectives including aerial views, views
focus. Configurations and courseware are developed for each from other drivers, as well as views from bicycles/motorcycles.
unique learning environment to maximize the effectiveness of One Simple Decision (OSD) is a simulation-based experience
the training solution. designed to deter distracted or impaired driving by focusing
The Sim Commander allows the driver to navigate exclusively on the consequences of these actions. OSD was
through the training program via touchscreen, freeing up the created with the direct participation of law enforcement, judicial
resources of the trainer. Wireless remote control combines the and trauma personnel. OSD combines high-fidelity simulation
most commonly used features of the OpCon/(IOS) and Sim- and high-definition consequence videos along with interactive
Commander all in the palm of the instructor's hand. quizzes, live texting and "Reality Checks" (interviews with
The PatrolSim Series—Police Car Driving Simulator fea- actual law enforcement personnel, judges and first responders)
tures flexibility, realism and instructor freedom in a modular, to actually modify driving behavior.
versatile design. High-resolution graphics provide real:; Each lesson can be completed in as little as 20 minutes to
allowing organizations to practice critical decision-mar accommodate greater throughput but talking points and
skills in a risk-free environment. Utilize hundreds of POST videos can extend lessons as needed. The goal of One Simple
Certified Scenarios including: traffic stops, pursuit - Decision is to let drivers experience the consequences of their
vehicles and emergency response calls. actions without putting themselves or others in danger.
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threat identification. Exercises range from simple plates and
poppers up to full-scale shoot houses.
With the Force on Force option in the MILO Range sys-
tem, trainees interact with instructors, other trainees or other
actors, in real time. All actions are captured, along with weapon
use, just like a normal scenario, allowing a complete review.
With Force on Force, trainees interact with unscripted real-time
actors for the most challenging and realistic training experience.
Screens can be in separate rooms or even separate buildings.
For both firearms and driver training, IBS' Driving Force is
a combined driving and force options training system. Officers
do exactly the same things in the training room that they do
on duty—receiving and responding to a call in their patrol car,
conducting an investigation, a field interview, making a simu-
lated arrest or even implementing a level of force necessary to
gain compliance from a subject. The most valuable component
of this combined training is that it takes the officer from the
IES Interactive Training beginning to the end of the call.
www.ies-usa.corr. The features include Fully Integrated Simulation Training;
IBS Interac:: .:"Iy developed and released the Best in Start-to-End Training Cycles; Compression of Situational
MILO Rar--- ~ -,- ir.d MILO Range Theatre products, Dynamics; Opportunity to Choose Incorrectly; More Practice;
and the\ ?:r s only fully integrated driving Tailored Instructional Sessions; Objective and Repeatable
simulator an; - : _ . ::rearms training simulator in Training Sessions; Start-to-Finish Call Cycle Training.
an embedcii' - ~ - - -- •-- ;.V.:ed the Driving Force. Other
new inno\ ar.;-- ~ : i [ES's Stereo 3D training scenarios,
16-device capa'n~ mber of other industry-leading
features su;.' : - vration with cover flow design.
MILORar.;. - ;d series of simulation training
products for.: - military and security personnel.
MILO Range - - interactive high-definition video
training seer; :. :•_--generated graphics content
to allow rrair.c Z ~- the use of simulated and
Each hIII - .r;lv.des three primary training
modes: scer.?.r. .-. GraphX Targeting. A fourth,
optional tra:~;: ;_ on Force, provides real-time
interactivity' :hr : actors such as other trainees or
instructors Sea : . .:':-jractive Use of Force training
videos; inters — v:hirig video provides a training
platform for -it • -; by allowing verbalization and
weapon u~: _ Meggitt Training Systems Inc.
Trainee; ;.:-. :: adapt to the threat on-screen by www.meggitt.com
taking COY-r . ;: rrjnands, and using the appropri- Meggitt continues the legacy and reliability of the FATS brand
ate level of ror;e :ts in real time to weapons used with the FATS L7 training simulator, the latest in its line of
by the trair.e= i rr: r ual branch selections made by marksmanship and judgmental firearms training systems.
the ins true: The FATS L7 is an advanced, self-contained simulation train-
Firing L'-~- : .r-Lare firearms targeting solution for ing system that easily moves from the trunk of a cruiser to
pistols and nf.r- :-.r\- from static to fully scripted positioned on the floor and ready for training. A compact
courses o: vus on trainees instead of sys- touchscreen tablet PC provides wireless instructor control for
tern opera n;r performs the instructor-defined ease of use, while an intuitive graphic interface eliminates the
distance, ~. _- adjustment as well, providing need for lengthy instructor training.
on-screen :ru;rions to shooters. The FATS L7 system offers marksmanship training ranging
Interactive T : izes 2D and 3D graphics-based from basic to advanced, and judgmental training to enhance offi-
exercises: p c 'rearms skills and decision making, cers' understanding of "shoot/don't shoot" situations, use of force,
Powered r e GraphX technology, the system re- and the corresponding decision-making process. It's capable of
acts in real trr c rj used by the trainee, and scores are supporting training of multiple officers simultaneously, and up to
displayed ining session. Trainees can improve eight system-controlled weapons during Judgmental Video Train-
basic firearrv - - as timing, accuracy, acquisition and ing, allowing users to practice working as a team.
In individual Marksmanship Trair.ir.c ~; ;-.-, the system emu- VirTra Systems Use of Force Simulator, training time is no longer
lates a range-type training environment where each officer may limited to ammunition supplies, weather conditions or time of day.
shoot a different exercise, and in accordance v.'ith range safety/ The VirTra 300 is reconf igurable to support up to 15 individual
spacing guidelines, the system can support training of up to four firing lanes for Marksmanship training. An optional breach door
officers simultaneously. is available for tactical SWAT training.
The flexibility, advanced features ana authoring tools of Less-than-lethal options include TASER, OC and Baton;
the FATS L7 allows instructors to continuously adapt training drop-in recoil kits enable firearms training with the exact same
courseware to meet departmental needs. Integrated Authoring weapon officers use on the street. VirTra's patented Threat-Fire
tools provide for instructor creation of nev>- marksmanship train- hostile return fire system adds real world consequence to train-
ing courses, while the newly featured Integrated Video Author- ing by delivering a customizable electric impulse or vibration
ing Station supports customer creation of new video scenarios. simulating return fire.
From active shooters and vehicle stops, to emotionally disturbed VirTra's drop-in tetherless recoil kits convert a duty handgun
person situations, agencies can build scenarios that are true to or rifle into an effective training weapon that uses compressed
what their officers experience out on the street. gas to simulate recoil during training. Build fundamental fire-
Meggitt Training Systems' BlueFire Wireless Weapon Simula- arms skills like reacquiring targets after weapon discharge.
tors use commercial wireless Bluetooth technology to commu- Recoil kits require no modification of the weapon, can be quickly
nicate with the training system in the same manner as System installed or removed, and are available for almost every hand-
Controlled (tethered) Weapons. For weapons with recoil, this is gun or rifle on the market.
achieved with a rechargeable patented magazine of compressed Scenario branching options allow trainers to escalate and de-
gas. This is significant in that, while not tethered, Meggitt Train- escalate situations to multiple outcomes. Full marksmanship
ing Systems BlueFire weapons still retain the full sensor feedback. courseware gives instructors the tools to help advance shooting
These patented BlueFire® weapon simulators can be used in skills from novice to expert; optional scenario authoring capabili-
conjunction with other System Controlled Weapon simulators ties allow instructors to develop customized courses of fire.
without requiring any modification. Meggitt Training Systems Scenarios involving active shooter, ambushes, disturbances,
has BlueFire® versions of Chemical Spray, Taser, the Clock 17 domestic violence incidents, and more allow users to exer-
pistol, and BlueFire® configurations of the Sig P226, Beretta cise verbal and critical thinking skills as well as shoot/don't
M9, Walther P99, M4 and SRS Rifle (Ml 6 type) simulators and shoot decision-making. High-resolution video-based scenarios
a BlueFire® M&P 40. featuring real actors help in life and death decision-making.
They train reading and reacting to facial expressions, subtle
eye movements and body language—queues unavailable from
A fully directional surround-sound system featuring more
than 2,000 watts of audio creates a realistic, immersive training
environment with audio realism. Users can sense the direction
and distance of sounds during training, and feel the stage rumble
as helicopters fly overhead while training through intense audi-
tory distractions such as gunshots, explosions, sirens and more.
Instructor control panel allows instructors to access frequently
used features quickly by easily selecting scenarios, branches
and training weapons. Add audio distractions and activate
the Threat-Fire hostile return fire system through a simplified
user interface. Threat-Fire easily clips on to the trainee, uses a
rechargeable battery pack, is wireless, and can penetrate many
layers of clothing.
The standard setting of just 30 milliseconds of electric
impulse is enough to add real-world consequences that greatly
VirTra Systems enhance the effectiveness of simulation training. As opposed to
www.virtia.com shoot-back cannons, Threat-Fire requires no aiming, allowing
The VirTra 300 LE use of force training simulator allows law instructors to focus fully on the trainee, does not leave behind
enforcement officers to build judgmental use of force, marksman- materials that require cleanup, and has low risk of personal injury
ship and tactical training skills. The VirTra 300 LE is the world's compared to shoot-back projectiles.
only 300-degree video-based use-of-force training simulator.
Five screens, combined with an immersive 300-degree training
platform, recoil kits for a variety of weapons, and sweat-inducing Jennifer Gavigan has been contributing to LAW and ORDER for more than
video scenarios translates into real-world skills. eight years, writing on cutting-edge topics in law enforcement. She can be
Features and benefits include an immersive 300-degree simu- firstname.lastname@example.org.
lator platform. This 300-degree firearms training system allows
users to engage threats across multiple screens, building situational Post your comments on this story by visiting |
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Hands-on with meggitt's Simulator
FIRERRM5 & TRRINING Most of us would be content to complete a 30-year career without even7
By Steve Tracy firing a shot. But, if a life and death situation presents itself, we want to be
well prepared. Police officers need to be more than just good shots on the
range. We need to make sound decisions quickly and we need to unite our
decisions with the physicality of firing on a threat.
Professional athletes The newest version of the Firearms Training System (FATS) is much
train and practice for the more than just shoot/don't shoot. In 2007, FATS was acquired by Meggitt
big game. They work hard to Training Systems. Meggitt is a one-stop shop that provides turnkey, full
spectrum, virtual through live training capability with complete mission
become proficient at split planning and situational awareness tools.
second decision making that I recently attended a Meggitt instructor's course to become a trainer for
unites with their body's physi- the new FATS. The course is included with the purchase of a FATS system.
A local, multi-regional law enforcement training board had purchased two
cal actions. Sports athletes per- E new systems to be shared by numerous police departments, including
form almost without thought ~ L-.C. I took receipt of the system and then spent two and a half weeks train-
when they throw a football, ifi c my rellow officers with filmed scenarios projected onto a huge screen.
hit a baseball, or shoot a three
pointer. In law enforcement, The Hardware of a projector-computer, a laptop controller, a 16-
-} stem consists
we may train and practice with l--:oot screen with two stereo speakers, a SCUBA tank/air charg-
our firearms routinely, but for n, and a handgun modified by Bluefire to accommodate a laser
most police officers, we never ::. All of the hardware is securely packed for repeated transport
-ective hard cases with close fitting foam protective interiors.
actually "play the big game." "ing system must be operated in near darkness. Exit signs ma\
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The tiny computer and
battery system inside the
Giock modified with
Once the Meggitt FATS
was set up, its operation
was simple and straight-
forward. The laptop and
projector powered up and
the Bluetooth found the wireless
Clock. The laptop's main screen offered
> The Biue^e --c 7 uses compressed air charged magazines to cycle the the choice of Marksmanship or Judg-
action. :a":: i ammo—only a laser through its custom barrel. ment with icons of a target or branching
need to be covered temporarily with When a fully charged (with compressed arrows respectively.
cardboard and duct tape, and all win- air) magazine is inserted, the computer The Marksmanship aspect of FATS
dows will need to be completely dark- recognizes its presence. The computer offers a department the ability to install
ened. A basemen: — . : - - _ :--..- :< the least knows the gun is still not loaded until the their own qualification courses for vari-
complicated setting. Once the system has slide is retracted to simulate stripping a ous firearms. Tech savvy operators can
been properly set up and calibrated, it is live round from the magazine. Racking even download digital photographs of
best to ensure it remains stable in a secure the slide informs the computer that a their own firearms range and targets to
training room. round has been chambered and the gun recreate their own department's range
The projector-coinpuier rests on the floor is ready for use. facility up on the big screen.
and has built in adjustable legs for adjust- Bluetooth® wireless technology al- Various simulations can be created
ing elevation tot the images projected on lows the pistol to interact with the com- by firearms instructors to mimic actual
the easily erected screen, ft's a smart idea to puter inside the projector. The laptop courses of fire. State qualifications, in-
place a portable table o*w the projector to control unit lets the instructor set the cluding various distances and number of
prevent it from beaig accidentally kicked magazine capacity of the firearm. After shots fired can be programmed. SWAT
or otherwise knocked around. the Clock has fired 17 rounds, the slide courses, rifle courses, and just about any-
Setting up the iiaaiaig system laptop locks back as if empty. Ejecting the thing other law enforcement training can
on the table above the profector works magazine and re-inserting it or a fresh be entered into the computer system.
well. The instrudor-eM then sit behind magazine and then letting the slide go The Judgment aspect of FATS first of-
the project:: rsie controlling it with the forward imitates a proper reload. Again, fers a series of shield icons to choose a
laptop for an ssssartor's eve view of the the computer knows what the trainee is category. Hospital/Campus, Anti-Ter-
scenarios. The tuinas can move to cover doing. It's an impressive system. ror, Vehicle Stops, VIP Protection, Of-
during the scenarios,. bt& they cannot step When fired, the recoil from the com- ficer Down, In Custody (Police and Jail
directly in fret* a : they pressed air is enough to cycle the ac- Guard), Airport & Checkpoint, School/
will interfere with the peofeeied images. tion and disturb the sight picture. The Workplace Violence and SWAT catego-
A 3000 ps SCLHA *wk hoofcs up to a speaker system provides the sound of ries are all new.
charging ?:; - - - I eastom magazines gunfire. Working together, the recoil and After a Judgment shield category is
with compressed air. Each magazine Hollywood quality sound combine for a chosen, star icons are labeled with nu-
will cycle the tctaoti at m sens-automatic genuine experience simulating live gun- merous scenarios to choose from. Once
handgur ; r : • - r ihiitv times, fire. Officers were impressed with the a star scenario is selected, the screen
simulating shofe Seed from even the authenticity of the non-tethered system. displays "Load your weapon" and the
highest capadfer magnum Hie charg- The Clock drew from and returned to trainee inserts a fresh magazine, re-
ing sta: ie-to-securely hold their holsters just like their duty gun. tracts the slide to simulate chambering
magazine _ • Led. The Bluefire firearm comes with its a round, and then holsters the weapon
Most firehoases saw st*«r own fill sta- own wall plug charging wires. The pis- in preparation for a narration prior to
tions to ;r;:;: - »tank when it tol's internal battery system remains the start of the scenario.
runs low and wed air does not powered and ready for action through an As each scenario unfolds on the
require any specai 1 eight hour training day. After a four hour screen in life size proportion, trainees
The har.ic--- --c-.: : - was recharge, the battery is ready to tackle use verbal direction and treat the sce-
a Clock Model! was con- another eight hours of training. narici as if it was the real thing. The
verted by Bhaes barrel that Several other weapons are FATS com- darkened room and the realistic actions
project? : - : - - - . - - •> pistol func- patible through Bluefire, including rifles, and words used by the actors (most
tions the sane as * standard duty shotguns, electronic control devices, pep- must be law enforcement officers since
sidearrr. ;--: . - . ; inside of the per spray, and batons. Their use allows offi- they've really got it down) create a sim-
magazine e tiny com- cers to realistically respond to each scer.jir!: - : - ::"t promotes lively interaction.
puter ek.: • d cun. with an entire range of use of force option- The instructor can branch each see-
nario via the laptop in reaction to th s verbal direc- officer draws the weapon. The line will show the muzzle ar-
tion. An officer may give the command to. Drop the knife!" riving on target. The color of the line changes as the officer
The instructor then has the option c: dicking the mouse to presses the trigger. The line then changes color again when
cause the scenario to branch so that the :'::e:-.der drops the the pistol is fired and recoil jumps the muzzle upwards.
knife. Other choices are usually avai!.-^.- fee ignore the offi- The changing of the line's color can show the trigger being
cer's command, attack with the knife, or even drop the knife pulled and the muzzle being pulled down and to the left for a
and instead pull a gun. The branching ability of the FATS right handed shooter who is jerking the trigger. An officer can
means there are several hundreds of possible scenarios to then practice pressing the trigger straight back and the replay can
present to trainees. After each scenario, the instructor should display the colored lines of the muzzle to show improvement.
ask the trainee to recount what happened. After the response, Explaining tunnel vision with words can be challenging. The
the scenario can be replayed and the sidearm's muzzle is FATS demonstrates tunnel vision better than any words can con-
tracked by a crosshair on the screen. The lack of a crosshair vey. Several officers focused their attention on an armed subject
shows the gun to have remained bolstered. in the middle of the screen. The subject moved to the right and
When drawn, the gun's muzzle direction appears on the fired at the officers. The officers returned fire and the scenario
screen and may show a "low ready" position or it may show ended. When asked, "How many shots did the second offender
the muzzle directly on target. Each shot fired displays on the fire?" the usual response was, "What second offender?"
screen as a green miss, a yellow non-lethal hit, a red lethal hit, During the replay and no longer under stress, the officers
or a purple hit on an innocent subject. clearly saw a second offender on the left of the screen firing
a handgun at them. The teachable moment demonstrated by
The Training the simulator was, "That's what we call tunnel vision."
Law enforcement officers become enveloped in the FATS train- The same goes for muzzle awareness or "sweeping" an-
ing. The realism brings out true reactions in the trainee. Escala- other officer. Some scenarios included a fellow officer and
tion of voice in both pitch and volume provides evidence that the crosshair during the replay displays exactly where the
the training is being taken seriously. Officers will sweat and muzzle of the trainee's pistol is pointed. It's reassuring to see
experience elevated heart rates. The scenarios impart stress officers not sweep their backup.
when the actors refuse to comply and continue to shout back. Scenarios further demonstrate that shots fired through car
Because we want to train as realistically as possible, each offi- doors, glass, and drywall can still register as red lethal hits.
cer should be alone in the training room with only the instructor. If an offender already had a gun out, the FATS expressed the
An audience can cause self awareness which can lead to unre- necessity for officers to have their weapons drawn as well.
alistic verbal and physical actions. The training should also not After many scenarios, officers articulated their concern that
be conducted while fellow officers or supervisors are present. they didn't have their gun out fast enough. They learned from
Several instructional concepts present themselves besides the experience and did not make the same mistake again.
just shoot/don't shoot options. During live fire on a range,
it can be difficult to explain faults and even more difficult to Realistic Training with
convince an officer that the faults are occurring. Traditional Shooting
At shooting distances beyond just a few yards, instinct or The Firearms Training System is not designed to replace live
point shooting can fall apart a fail. During playback of a scenario, fire range training. However, it is an outstanding way to
officers can see the speed of their draw and the time it takes to teach several aspects of firearms training that are difficult to
get on target. Officers can learn by seeing several green missed showcase with real bullets. The new FATS is much more than
shots when perhaps one well placed shot using their sights the old system from a couple decades ago.
would have ended the scenario quicker. The first three missed Officers complimented the FATS for its realism and took
shots accomplished nothing when the time may have been better away countless benefits from the training. Officers wished they
spent on sight alignment prior to pressing the trigger. could spend even more time on the FATS. The training and
Correcting an officer who is jerking their handgun's trigger practice definitely prepares them better for an armed encounter.
can be difficult, especially when the trainee doesn't realize We all hope that law enforcement officers will never have to
or accept that he is actually jerking the trigger. The laser in- "play the big game" with their lives on the line. But if they do,
side the Bluefire handgun is constantly on. The FATS offers the newest version of Meggitt's FATS offers the next best thing in
a program that replays where shots hit on a standard silhou- place of actually being there. FATS is an outstandingly realistic
ette target. However, this program goes one step further and training aid that supplements standard live fire range training.
will actually show exactly where the
muzzle of the gun was pointed dur- Steve Tracy is a 24-year police veteran with 22 years of
ing the draw and subsequent firing experience as a firearms instructor. He also is an instruc-
of the pistol. tor for tactical rifles, use of force, less-than-lethal force
A colored line will come up from and scenario based training. He can be reached at steven-
the bottom of the screen as the email@example.com.
A laptop is used to control the FATS
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categories, which then split into even more
star icon scenario choices.
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