Most tactically minded people spend considerable time on the range. We fire as much of our employer’s ammo (if we are in a uniform occupation) as we can, and then we spend our own money on ammo so we can continue improving our skills on our own time. We work on speed and accuracy, improving our groupings and our draw speed. This type of training is absolutely vital to developing and honing the professional or competitive skills.
One thing that many of us forget to do is work on our judgment. Judgment is a skill that can be honed and developed like the rest of the tactical skill set. We recommend the following items to set up some judgment based training:
- Quality airsoft pistol that fits your normal carry holster, or, if the airsoft version doesn’t fit, a holster that functions identically to your normal carry holster
- Rubber knife
- full seal goggles
- some kind of face protection
- area that you can safely and legally shoot airsoft pistols (airsoft field, isolated piece of land that you or a friend own, or even an unfinished basement)
- Friend(s) with the same setup
Grab your friend, and go to the location where you can shoot pistols. Designate the person (trainee) who will be going through the judgment training, and the person (or people) who will be the actors. Have the trainee turn their back to the actors, and have the actors stage a scenario. When the actors are ready, the trainee spins around and deals with the staged scenario. Have fun with this, it can be an absolute blast!
Here are some example scenarios that you can run:
- Have an actor start running towards the trainee with a rubber knife as soon as the scenario start is called. The actor must spin around and engage the threat.
- Actors set themselves up as a classic hostage taking, with one actor holding a knife or a gun to a second actor. Have the trainee deal with it, decide what commands the actor is going to follow or not follow. The way the actors play it out will decide whether or not the trainee shoots.
- Actor pretends to be extremely upset. The actor pulls an object like a wallet or cell phone out, and see what the trainee does.
Remember: have fun, and let your imaginations run wild! This type of training is a lot of fun, and at the end of the day, someone firing 100,000 rounds of ammo per year will be a damn good shot, but if they don’t know when to shoot, they aren’t much good in a tactical setting.