Expansion of Scenario and Character Libraries, Coupled with Recoil Kit Enhancements, Highlights VirTra’s Active Drive to Elevate Realism in Training


CHANDLER, Ariz. — January 18, 2024 — VirTra, Inc. (Nasdaq: VTSI) (“VirTra” or the “Company”), a global provider of judgmental use of force training simulators, firearms training simulators for the law enforcement and military markets, today announced new video-based scenarios for its training simulators and unveiled its True-Fire™ recoil kit, which is designed to minimize false firing incidents. Alongside this, the Company is expanding its V-Author® library by adding 27 new characters, including hospital and corrections workers, as well as community members, patients, and inmates. The new content and True-Fire™ recoil kits are set to launch at SHOT Show on January 23-26 at the Venetian Expo in Las Vegas, Booth #20535.

The newest video-based scenarios encompass a variety of situations such as active shooters, suspicious subjects, disturbances, duty to intervene, traffic stops, and more. Available in 4K resolution, these scenarios give law enforcement members a crystal-clear, highly immersive view of the action. Each scenario is crafted using top-tier cinematic equipment and professional actors, enhancing the realism of the training experience. Furthermore, the entire production process – from writing and filming to quality assurance – involves subject matter experts at each stage to ensure each scenario is accurate and effective for learning.

VirTra CEO John Givens stated: “Training content needs to align with the specific mission that individuals and teams are trying to accomplish, which is why we’re producing content that closely mirrors real-world scenarios. VirTra is hyper-focused on the production of superior scenarios and character, tailored for the unique needs of law enforcement, corrections, and hospital staff. We’ve invested in state-of-the-art equipment, skilled personnel, and subject matter experts, and we regularly survey our customers to ensure that our content is effective and of the highest quality. Every piece of content we produce is crafted to ensure our clients are trained effectively no matter what their state or agency policies require.”

One notable scenario equips officers and security personnel to handle active threats at places of worship. In this immersive simulation, officers respond to multiple reports of an active shooter. They must navigate the scenario by engaging threats while simultaneously being aware of fleeing innocents, testing their ability to make split-second decisions about potential threats. The scenario also incorporates elements of de-escalation and hostage negotiation, further diversifying the training experience and providing situational awareness that is challenging to replicate outside this immersive environment. To address various training objectives, the multiple incidents within this single scenario have been divided into three sections, each focusing on different training points.

V-Author® is VirTra’s scenario authoring tool that allows users to create their own scenarios using just a panoramic image. This user-friendly tool lets instructors drag and drop characters into the scene and assign them specific actions. Enhancing this capability, VirTra has added 27 new characters to the V-Author® library. This includes 18 characters tailored for the hospital industry and 9 designed specifically for the jails and corrections industry. Each character comes with a range of actions, providing instructors with the flexibility to tailor scenarios to specific training objectives. The expanded roster of V-Author® characters reflects VirTra’s commitment to supporting training needs in various sectors, especially for hospital staff, security personnel, and corrections officers.

These characters are created using VirTra’s state-of-the-art Volumetric Capture Studio, which captures the true likeness of real actors. Thanks to this innovative technology, the video-based characters seamlessly integrate into various training formats. They can drag and drop the characters to be readily incorporated into both traditional video scenarios and VirTra’s headset-based virtual reality product, V-XR®.

In addition to the new training content, VirTra is introducing True-Fire™, a mechanical enhancement to its recoil kits. This feature, designed to minimize false firing incidents, is a significant advancement in training realism. True-Fire™ includes upgraded materials and firmware/software improvements to prevent unintentional shot registration when a weapon is slid, tapped, or dropped during simulations. Many tetherless recoil kits on the market typically register false fire which skew the results in the final training evaluations, and VirTra has created a proprietary solution that will debut at SHOT Show.

If you would like to have a demonstration of VirTra’s newest technology and content, email sales@virtra.com or stop by Booth #20535 at SHOT Show.


About VirTra, Inc.

VirTra (Nasdaq: VTSI) is a global provider of judgmental use of force training simulators and firearms training simulators for the law enforcement, military, educational and commercial markets. The company’s patented technologies, software, and scenarios provide intense training for de-escalation, judgmental use-of-force, marksmanship, and related training that mimics real-world situations. VirTra’s mission is to save and improve lives worldwide through practical and highly effective virtual reality and simulator technology. Learn more about the company at www.VirTra.com.


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For yet another year, VirTra will be attending ILEETA 2023 to meet with clients and prospects. VirTra will provide attendees plenty of information regarding our technology as well as presentations by one of our in-house experts. The conference takes place on March 20-25 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Some of the technology we will be providing information on includes:

Nicole Florisi, VirTra’s Law Enforcement Subject Matter Expert, will be presenting “The Investigator’s Role in Trauma Mitigation During an OIS” twice during the conference. You can see it in Grand B on Tuesday at 1:00 pm or in Grand C on Wednesday at 8:00 am.

Nicole will also be participating in a panel about the psychological effects of scenario-based training on police personnel in Midway 9 on Thursday at 1:00 pm. It will be hosted by Sgt. Alexandra Kitty Nelson. Other subject matter experts weighing in on this panel include Lynn Westover, Von Kliem, and Jeff Johnsgaard.


You can find VirTra at Table #314. We hope to see you there!

VirTra is proud to be the leader of high-realism, immersive use of force and firearms training simulators. However, we are more than just a military training simulation company! VirTra provides realistic accessories—such as our drop-in laser recoil kits and Threat-Fire® consequence device— to fully immerse servicemembers in stressful situations while simultaneously rounding out their training regimen.

These products and benefits are a result of thousands of engineering and research hours over the years. All of this work has combined to create the best quality training in the market. This is apparent in everything from our quality drop-in laser recoil kits, which convert duty firearms into the perfect training weapon, to our V-Marksmanship™ program, which features the most accurate ballistics calculator on the market.

Interested in seeing these features for yourself? Please visit us at the upcoming I/ITSEC conference!

We are proud to show off our revolutionary technology and state-of-the-art training accessories and our V-300 4K encourage everyone to personally try it during the event. While reading about training products is beneficial, the only way to see the training difference is to experience it.

You can find VirTra at booth #1001 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL from Nov. 29 – Dec. 3. We will see you there!

This year’s International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) event is just around the corner! Since last year’s event was virtual, VirTra is excited to once again see everyone face-to-face and provide hands-on demonstrations for all personnel in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Be sure to stop by our booth to learn about our cutting-edge technology, new high-end training tools, recently-published V-VICTA nationally-certified law enforcement curriculum and more! Just this year, VirTra unveiled new curriculum that will be installed for free on all current and new customers. This curriculum, as well as realistic scenarios, will be shown on our powerfully immersive V-300 4K simulator.

If you have any training questions, VirTra representatives will be available anytime during the show to answer your questions, share contact information, or demonstrate. Our goal is to ensure your departments are best preparing officers for the field—even when faced with tighter budgets and heavier workloads.

We will see you at IACP in just a few days!

Next week is the NSA 2021 show in VirTra’s backyard—Phoenix, Arizona! The NSA Annual Conference and Exhibition is one of the largest in this field, covering police work, courtroom security and more. VirTra is proud to be attending as an exhibitor and will show some of our newest products and newly released content for our firearms, judgmental use of force training simulators.

Since the show will be featuring numerous seminars and workshops on sheriff duties—including law enforcement, jail operations, court security and more—VirTra will be showcasing applicable training scenarios with our state-of-the-art firearms simulator! Come step inside the simulator and experience realistic, high-resolution training first-hand.

In addition to our training simulators, VirTra will be providing information on our drop-in laser recoil kits, CO2 magazines, nationally-certified training curriculum and more. Together, these assets combine to create a well-rounded, realistic and controlled training environment for all sheriffs and deputies. Talk to a representative at the show for more details.

We look forward to seeing you at NSA Phoenix!

VirTra is the leading provider of realistic use of force and firearms training simulators, accessories and nationally-certified curriculum. We have spent hundreds of thousands of engineering hours to create only the highest level of training products designed to equip servicemembers with the sharpest skills. All this combines to train your unit to the highest level of preparedness.

Interested in seeing a higher quality training solution? Visit us in the upcoming vIITSEC Virtual Expo! VirTra will be proudly showcasing our revolutionary technology and state-of-the-art training accessories during the show.

VirTra’s tools and resources focused on this year include:

• 4K Systems—4K is the Ultra HD image resolution that more accurately reproduces subtle visual details and body cues. This more perfectly replicates real-world encounters, providing incredibly realistic training.
• Threat-Fire®—Receive an exclusive sneak-peek of the NEW V-Threat-Fire! This third generation includes more capabilities, customization, and a smaller and lighter design that further increases realism and stress inoculation.
• Recoil Kits & CO2 Magazines—VirTra added to its line of durable hardware that transforms an officer’s live duty weapon to simulation-ready firearm in minutes, with no permanent modification. All made in the USA, we guarantee more recoil with minimal maintenance issues.

VirTra’s training options cover a broad range of critical wants and needs. Keeping servicemembers safe and increasing potentially life-saving skills are our major goals.

To view more information about VirTra and the upcoming vIITSEC show, click here.

VirTra is ringing in the new year with new hardware, software, curriculum and a focus on portability at SHOT Show 2020. A frequent flyer at SHOT, VirTra will be located at Booth #8211 with yet another eye-catching firearms training simulator for police and military.

The single-screen V-100® was designed with portability in mind. The most lightweight of VirTra’s four simulators, the V-100 is affordable, durable, portable and does not require a large space. A V-100 on the new VirTra STEP monthly subscription plan starts as low as $895. Additionally, the system supports marksmanship and skill building that help make it the higher standard among single-screen firearms simulators. Combine all this with superior graphics and audio, and it’s the perfect addition to any agency’s training program.

While going through a demo at SHOT Show, you will notice the lifelike firearm you’ll be using. The reason these firearms look and feel so real is because they are. The only change is the addition of a hardened stainless-steel drop-in recoil kit and CO2 magazine for life-like recoil. This allows law enforcement and military to train using their own firearms while being safer and more cost-effective than using live ammunition at the range.

Naturally, those using a firearms training simulator will observe what is shown on screen. VirTra’s own in-house production team films and edits all of the training scenarios that come standard with any simulator. Despite being smaller than the V-300®–its five-screen counterpart–the V-100 still provides users with lifelike training, an extensive scenario library, and the ability to practice marksmanship.

New Year, New Updates

VirTra’s presence at SHOT Show is just the beginning of what is in store for 2020. VirTra will be releasing VOS 4.8®, the latest update to its operating system. These updates will bring increased immersion, physical fidelity, ease of use and aid in monitoring training. Additional IADLEST-certified curriculum is included with the update, allowing law enforcement to train for a multitude of different situations.

For additional information on VirTra’s presence at SHOT Show or any VirTra product, feel free to contact us.

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Tempe, Ariz. (Sept. 21, 2016) – VirTra Systems, Inc., a leading provider of use of force simulators and firearms training simulators, will attend and participate in the annual AUSA Meeting & Exposition on Oct. 3-5, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Held each October, AUSA is one of the largest land warfare expositions and professional development forums in the world. VirTra will be exhibiting in booth No. 3517 in Hall C.

At AUSA, VirTra be exhibiting its innovative military training technology – the V-300™ and the V-ST PRO™. The V-300 is the higher standard for decision-making simulation and tactical firearms training and includes five screens and a 300-degree immersive training environment ensures that time in the simulator translates into real world survival skills. V-ST PRO, a scalable firearms shooting and skills training simulator that offers a superior training environment. The system supports a combination of marksmanship and use of force training on up to five screens from a single operator station.

AUSA consists of informative presentations, panel discussions on pertinent military and national security subjects, workshops and important AUSA business meetings. The three-day event also includes more 500 industry and military exhibits occupying more than 250,000 net square feet of exhibit space. Additionally, the event will host more than 26,000 attendees – including senior leaders from the Army, DoD and congress, as well as foreign dignitaries. Presentations on the state of the Army and related defense subjects are given by the Secretary of the Army, the Army Chief of Staff and other senior Army and Department of Defense representatives.

“AUSA provides a unique opportunity for VirTra to showcase our military technology to key Army and Department of Defense representatives,” notes Jason Mulcahy, VirTra’s General Manager. “We look forward to the dialogue and networking available at AUSA.”

About Virtra

VirTra is a global leading provider of the world’s most realistic and effective judgmental use of force simulators. VirTra is the higher standard in firearms training simulators, offering a variety of simulator platforms, powerful gas-powered recoil kits and the patented Threat-Fire™ simulated hostile return fire system. VirTra’s products provide the very best simulation training available for personnel that are entrusted with lethal force and critical missions. The Company’s common stock is not registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Company does not currently file periodic or other reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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