Force-on-Force Training Is Superior by W. Hock Hochheim
Not that this is new news for most of us, but what now? There has been an official, respected study! So reports Dr. Bill Lewinski of "Force Science U." Study confirms: "Force-on-force benefits top traditional target training In the first study of its kind, researchers
have confirmed that force-on-force training is significantly superior
to traditional firearms practice in at least three important ways:
1) Force-on-force (FoF) scenarios that enable "suspects" to shoot at
trainees generally stimulate a stronger physiological stress reaction in
2) They expose how badly officers' shooting accuracy is likely to suffer in an actual gunfight;
3) They more strongly motivate officers to take training seriously and to adopt protective tactics on their own volition.
In light of their scientific documentation, the researchers conclude in
a newly published paper that FoF handgun practice is "a potent training
tool to prepare armed officers for performance in a stressful real-life
"This study," says Dr. Bill Lewinski, executive
director of the Force Science Institute, "provides reassuring support
for progressive trainers who are already engaged in reality-based
instruction and should also prove valuable to those who are trying to
persuade their agencies to upgrade and modernize outmoded firearms
programs." FSI was not involved in this research, although some of the
Institute's work is referenced in the recent paper.
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This doesn't mean and shouldn't mean to take away the time needed at the
range to master the machine called a "gun." That has to be done and
needs some periodic familiarization, also. But you are not really
learning how to gunfight unless moving, thinking people are shooting
back at you.
I hesitated to use this photo above (photo of some of our guys at a gun
clinic I did in Finland); because if "gun-guys" do any actually simulated
ammo work, all many do is a little standoff, showdown ditty like in the
photo above usually after a day of live fire at a range. Then they go home and think "oh, okay, well we've done that." Then the next weekend
(and thereafter), they are back to endlessly shooting paper targets and
arguing about the best spring you can buy or this or that widget, gun part, or accessory.
There are dozens of important
variations and situations to exercise with simulated ammo, though. Parking lots, stairways. Businesses. Hostage deals. Yes, car-jackings. Robberies both inside and out of houses and buildings. Gun armed grappling. Gun ground fighting. Tons of simulated crimes and war situations to run through. Which we have done (since about 1995) in our gun course.
Knife Ground Fighting.
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