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.