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NAT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – Force-on-Force Training: Why you Need It

The concept of training for violence is hardly new, although it may still be as misguided as ever in most professional capacities. Training has always had a tendency to become dogmatic. I have heard from many a combat vet from Vietnam that their marksmanship training was preoccupied with qualifying at 200 yards with their rifles. Yet, their first combat experience consisted of shooting at attacking enemies in the dense jungle within 20 yards. We can find many such examples of ill-suited training practices in law enforcement as well. And, assuredly, the most common fallacy we find in the world of civilian concealed carry training is a preoccupation with casual square range shooting. Plinking at static paper targets is a needed part of skills development and maintenance, but it is only one part of skills development, and it is certainly not training to fight. A form of firearms training that has come on the scene to a greater extent in the past decade is force-on-force. This refers to scenario-based training in which the participants work against live role-playing opponents. In its best form, this force-on-force is conducted with simunition guns, which are modified firearms that fire a high-speed but non-lethal paint bullet that inflicts some pain and requires the use of protective gear. Such force-on-force training is the most realistic we can make the training experience short of an actual gunfight. Good force-on-force training is hard to come by, but it is one of the most worthwhile activities the serious self-defender can participate in, and it simply has no substitute. There are three lessons that you will learn in such training that is difficult to acquire elsewhere:  [full article]

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