Knowing if or when you should draw your firearm from your belt is very important when de-escalating a scene. Each call is unique, so knowing when to draw your gun versus when to pull your CEW device, or even just use your voice, is crucial.
Being able to train with your own duty equipment is crucial in establishing proprioception and developing the kinesthetic awareness of what it should feel like to draw our service weapon. Simply put, training with the weapon that you would be using on a call is the best way to refine your skills with that weapon. However, when firing live guns in training, costs and cleanup can add up.
VirTra mitigates those additional costs and cleanup time with our laser firearms training simulators.
VirTra’s drop-in laser recoil kit converts a live firearm into a simulation-ready weapon with no permanent modification. Trainees can fire their real weapons in the VirTra simulators, gaining the experience of what it feels like to shoot their own firearm all in our immersive, true-to-life scenarios.
We have various laser firearms training simulator scenarios ranging from de-escalation to marksmanship. In the de-escalation scenarios, officers learn how and when firing their firearm is necessary. With extensive branching options, officers are able to learn the different de-escalation tactics that may or may not involve drawing their gun.
In the marksmanship courses, they can practice firearms fundamentals. With moving targets and selectable environmental conditions, officers can practice how to manipulate their firearm and develop a winning mindset.
VirTra’s laser firearms training simulators range from one screen to five screens depending on what a department’s specific requirements are. For scenario-based firearm practice under full immersion, the V-180® or V-300® would be best. For a smaller training environment that supports both marksmanship and use of force training, the V-ST PRO® is a great option as well.
With minimized costs and cleanup and a revolutionary training system, VirTra is a valuable asset in police firearm training.
To hear more about our drop-in laser recoil kits and high fidelity simulators, contact a VirTra specialist.
Bringing realism to training is what reality-based simulation training is all about. One of the next steps that VirTra has taken to push this is the Advanced Skills Magazine (ASM). These ASM magazines allow for an instructor to force the slide on a handgun or the bolt on an AR platform to go to lock-back. The trainee may clear this issue if the instructor tells the magazine that a tap rack will work, or the instructor can create a situation where a tap rack will not allow the bolt/slide to go home. The instructor can force this lock-back action on the fly via the remote-controlled ASM functionality. The instructor also can decide if a tap rack will send the slide/bolt home or leave it back.
Adding this additional cognitive load will assist in providing the best training possible. As often discussed in our training methodology, this ability to adjust the cognitive load brings high value to the training. Weapons can go down during training or in the middle of a gunfight. This provides an aspect of training that is critical.
Using this function is another interactive tool that the instructor can use to bring high-quality training to the trainee via the simulator—forcing problems onto the student in a high-fidelity training environment that they must work through is high value. These types of features are what make simulation so effective.
Training needs to be realistic. It’s as simple as that.
However, training needs to also be accomplished in both short and long periods of time, be adaptable to the department’s policies and fit in classrooms. As such, a department’s best solution is simulation training. VirTra offers multiple simulators—complete with a different number of screens and footprint—so departments can choose the best option for them.
Best of all, the training stays realistic by allowing officers to train with their service firearms. To keep training safe, secure and to work with the simulator, officers forgo blanks or FX marking cartridges and instead install a drop-in laser recoil kit into the barrel and CO2 magazine into their magazine well.
Due to the nature of VirTra’s recoil kit design, this is not a permanent modification. Meaning, after training, officers simply remove the drop-in laser recoil kit and can again utilize their firearm in the field.
Don’t just take our word for it. VirTra prides ourselves in being able to show what we preach.
Watch how easy it is to install these kits in the video below!
To learn more about the types of drop-in laser recoil kits and how these revolutionize simulation training, contact a VirTra specialist.
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