Non-Ballistic Pistol AAR Lessons Learned
Even though this is the fourth class we have done using airsofts for force on force it is the first on that had no live fire at all. Here are some of the benefits of this course and training with airsoft over live ammo, paintball, or Simmunition.
If you train with MCS we supply KWS Glock 19s and Raven Concealment Phantom holsters. Also included in the gas and BBs.
This course can be done in any space about the size of a two car garage in or outside.
There is no need to have any live weapons or ammunition in the training environment.
We can fight in and around vehicles with very minimal chance of damage. You might not want to use your new BMW or Hummer though.
We use traditional targets and stands at first to teach techniques. Then we move on to force on force ranging from very simple drills such as being pushed down backwards, breaking your fall, drawing you pistol and engaging the target, to using the situation room where instructors and students come up with different scenarios ranging from low light/no light, home invasions, walking down a street, facing open hand, impact weapons, edged weapon attacks as well as multiple attackers.
Since using airsoft here are a few of our theories that have been evidenced with all shooters whether they had lots of previous training or had only shot a pistol a few times.
Now after hundreds of scenarios and drill with thousands of rounds fired I think we have had about a dozen head shots and none were intentional. No students have ever claimed to have been able to transition from chest to head shots. When head shots do occur they seem to either be when the bad guy is charging with his head down or has been hit in the groin bringing his head forward.
An extreme amount of round strike the forearms, fingers and hands of attackers especially if they are using a pistol
During force on force students seldom seem to be able to get both hands on the gun due to the proximity of the threat. As the threat stops, backs up or the good guy is able to gain distance he will go to two hands. We also see that especially with contact distance assaults with open hands, impact weapons and knives that the good guy is not able to get his arm to full extension, this prevents him from having the opportunity to use is sights or even the silhouette of the gun for sighting. The hit rate remains extremely high however do to ritualized combat that puts the attacker in line with the shooters muzzle during the attack.
Spontaneous open hand, edged weapon and impact weapons result in in the good guy using his weak arm to cover, wrap or block attacks. This results in good defense and control of the offending arm but often causes a fouled draw in the form on drawing the pistol with a cover garment wrapped around it, or a dropped gun. The farther behind the pocket seam the gun is worn the more likely this is to occur. This further evidences our research showing that gun carriers have got to have an open hand skill set. When students use both hands to defend open handed they usually suffer less trauma, end up not needing their pistol, or creating sufficient time and distance to draw the pistol.
Even during bright sunlight conditions student continually fail to identify the bright blue Blue Rings Box Cutter until they are cut with it. They usually believe they are being hit with a round house punch.
Just some points to ponder.