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Here we are outside one of the shoot houses we used
during several of our day #2 scenarios. For this portion of the course, we
typically had one or two people in the "home" as the home owners. The
owners would go into the house while the remaining students were briefed on the
rest of the scenario. Something along the lines of a brother-in-law comes
into the house very late at night (remember, don't shoot the family members) and
then you hear another bump in the house....hmmm....burglar? While
investigating the noise, you come across the cops (seems as though the neighbors
saw something suspicious and called them) who think you are the bad guy....oh
yeah, you can see how this might unfold. And yes, there still is a bad guy
something on the property. This was one of many scenarios we ran which ran
the gambit and included car jackings, street muggings, armed robbery in a fast
food restaurant, apprehending a fugitive in the desert, muggers on a hiking
trail, and so on.
Did I mention we spent several hours as tunnel rats? What I mean is that we ran a number of scenarios in the Front Sight storm drain system. You can see a paper target laying at the opening to the drain system. The facility has a LOT of these buried underneath it and large grates allow the ranges and parking lots to drain off rain water.
It took me about 20 minutes for my eyes to adjust to
the near absolute darkness. Talk about a low light shooting scenario
setup. We ran a number of "find the bad guy" and "everyone against each
other" kind of scenarios. The last scenario we did had Gary and I as the
two "good guys". Our task was to clear the storm drain system of all the
bad guys (there were four of them hiding out). While our adversaries were
getting situated, we took advantage of the 5 minutes we had and threw together
our "team tactics strategy". Basic hand signals and firing zone coverage
were worked out. We eliminated the first three assailants without taking
any damage. The last bad guy (Ed) got me (I was the point man) and it
pretty much got down to a stand off between Gary and Ed at that point. I
believe Ed got the final shot in and we called it over.
This shoot house was fun and we ran a number of scenarios in it. The house is essentially 4 little apartments with interconnecting doors to each adjacent apartment. There are four doors, one at each corner, to allow entry. With a minimal roof to deal with, a raised platform in the center of the house provides the instructor with a birds eye view of all participants. This greatly aided in the scenarios debriefs that we always conducted upon completion.
The debriefs were great and might very well have
been the best learning part of the course. It was hear we heard why things
were done (by the bad guys and the good guys) and explored a wide range of
alternate possibilities. Eric, our instructor, brought a TON of real world
experience to the course. He is a professional bodyguard and teaches
security and tactics in this profession. Discussing the many issues
surrounding an armed robbery event with a person who has been held at gun point
on two occasions while being robbed makes for an interesting learning situation.
So....that, in a nutshell, is what the Front Sight Tactical Scenarios training course offers. Please don't get turned off by the possibility your getting a couple of paint ball hits. This course was, in my opinion, the closest thing you will ever get to the real deal. Short of being in a real car jacking or convenience store holdup, these scenarios are the best thing to motivate you to stay in condition yellow when you are out and about. All of us were amazed at how fast things could go from good to bad.
You need to be a graduate of a Front Sight handgun, rifle, or shotgun course (notice I did not say you just completed it). This course is not about teaching gun handling and getting hits on target. If you are below the curve in these areas, you are going to get dead a lot of times during the two day course.
One last thing.....this course also opened my eyes
as to the need to take open hand and/or edged weapons training. Most of
our "shootings" occurred at very close distances. In many cases, distances
so close that you could touch the other person. At these distances, you
won't have time to draw your concealed handgun. You'll need to increase
time and distance to make that happen and that might very well mean you are in a
physical fight with the bad guy. Eric also teaches open hand and edged
weapons courses at Front Sight. I look forward to the opportunity to take
both of those courses.