FORCE ON FORCE TRAINING – Modern Service Weapons
BY HILTON YAM | POSTED ON 04/28/2014 | IN TRAINING
When examining individual core skill development or the construction of a department training program, it is extremely critical to ensure the inclusion of force on force training. Success in the tactical realm depends on mindset, mechanical skills, and good tactics. All three should be vetted out using force on force training. Some new wazoo Youtube technique should never be assumed to be acceptable no matter how excellent the beard of the guy demonstrating it, and nothing is worth anything if it doesn’t hold up to the harsh light of force on force application.
Force on force training should be conducted using tightly scripted scenarios, and never allowed to degenerate into paintball wars. To build the proper winning mindset for your students, they must always be able to be successful. In other words, never script a no win scenario. Further, do not allow them to just “die” if they get hit. Build a fighting mindset by forcing them to work through the barrage of paint, and their “wounds” can be critiqued when the scenario is solved.
Mechanical skills should first be taught with dry practice, tested at the range, and then reinforced with additional dry practice. Shooters and trainers often get caught up with results on the square range, mistaking either paper target scores or par times as the complete end result for success. There is no arguing that measurable performance metrics are important for developing and gauging skill sets, but it is vital to know that the skill sets being trained are relevant to the real world. Script scenarios to test your skill sets, observe the techniques in action, and be critical of their utility. Is that great new reload technique holding up while those paint pellets are flying? Does that draw stroke work while trying to fend off role players in close quarters?
Lastly, tactics absolutely need to get ironed out in force on force training. If you can’t safely execute the tactic while at risk from an armed adversary, then maybe you need to reexamine it. A lot of stuff briefs up really great, but it is just hot air until you gear up and try it out.
If your department cannot afford Simunition conversion kits or you are in the CCW market and can’t attend a training by an authorized Simunition instructor, then consider using airsoft weapons instead. Many CCW oriented instructors offer airsoft courses. The key to this training lies in its structure, and less so on the hardware. If you are really strapped, you can even do scenarios with inert plastic guns (like Ring’s Blueguns, but NEVER with live weapons!) I truly feel that you are not ready for the street if you have not spent some time in force on force training.
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