Force on Force Training

Research from the Force Science Institute has confirmed something that many organisations have known for many years, force-on-force training is significantly superior to traditional firearms practice on targets in at least three important ways:

  1. Scenarios that enable ‘suspects’ to shoot at the individuals undergoing training generally stimulate a stronger physiological stress reaction in those individuals.
  2. Induced stress from such training can show to what degree an individual’s shooting accuracy is likely to suffer in an actual engagement.
  3. The prospect of ‘return fire’, more strongly motivates individuals to take training seriously and to adopt protective tactics on their own volition.

Current training options

Historically, training providers wishing to train individuals in the use of firearms, have had two main options open to them, dependant on whether or not they had access to live fire weapons, these options included Simunition and airsoft guns.

Simunition training provides an extremely realistic option, however, it also has significant draw backs. As the system relies upon converted firearms, not only do you need to purchase the conversation kits and fit these to firearms, however, you also need to purchase the firearms or have spare firearms for conversion in the first place; these can not only be expensive, however, if you are a civilian organisation, it can be legally impossible in the UK. Simunition rounds are also comparatively expensive and have a relatively short shelf life.

Airsoft guns are however relatively cheap and come in a variety of styles, however, they only fire a small 6mm plastic projectile with minimal force. This means that many people simply do not act in the same that they would in a real situation and therefore leads to less effective training.

Paintball has evolved........

When people generally think of paintball guns, most think of a group of friends running around the woods shooting at each other, however, recognising the military, law enforcement and private armed security requirement for high end training, manufacturers have created advanced training weapons which use compressed air or co2 to fire frangible projectiles and are therefore also fall within the classification of being a a paintball marker.

We believe that advanced paintball markers have the positive training aspects from Simunition and Airsoft weapons, however, without the major draw backs. The kinetic energy transfer at impact from a paintball marker can be from around 5 to as much as 12 joules (depending on the exact marker and projectile used); compared to the much lower transfer of around 2 joules from an Airsoft weapon. This difference means that people are far more concerned with being hit by a paintball and therefore act in a much more realistic manner when fired upon.

But paintball markers don’t look, feel or behave anything like real firearms………….or do they?.

Although no paintball marker could provide the recoil or olfactory sense associated with the use of a real firearm, there are a variety of markers that are 1:1 replicas and include weapons where the slide on a pistols locks back when the magazine is empty, cartridge ejecting pump action shotguns, bolts on rifles that remain back after the last round is fired and have a forward assist, working dust covers, charging handles and even rifles which eject shells from the ejection port and which can fire both semi and fully automatic.

They say that seeing is believing, so believe us when we say that below is a selection of paintball markers that we can provide to ensure the most realistic close range training with ‘pain penalties’ which are recognised in helping participants to train for the real situation.

Projectiles

When people think about paintballs, most people think of the ‘standard’ paintball which they may have seen or used at paintball sites across the country which is round and filled with a brightly coloured paint. As paintball markers have developed over the years to provide a more realistic training environment, so to have the projectiles that they can fire. There are now a variety of projectiles which can be used in three standard dimensions; providing even greater options for professional training and include:

Standard Paintballs

These are the standard paintballs which come in .43, .50 and .68 calibre and are made using biodegradable, non-toxic, and food-grade ingredients. They come in a variety of shell and fill colours and ‘break’ open when the hit a semi solid object; leaving the internal fill to clearly mark what has been hit.

These paintballs are therefore excellent for when you need a marking round and are operating in an environment where some residual mess is not an issue.

Clear Paintballs

These paintballs exactly the same as standard paintballs, however, the fill and often the shell as well are filled with a food grade clear liquid which shows where the round hit on close inspection, but has the advantage of being more easily cleaned from equipment/walls etc.

These are great for when you don’t want or can’t have the mess of paint and particularly useful for when using our force on target training system.

Powder Balls

These balls come in .43 and .68 calibre and are made from completely inert materials. They have a hard outer shell which breaks open to release a powder core on impact and leave a small amount of powder on solid objects when hit.

This means that these projectiles are perfect for force on target training; especially indoors as both the shell and dust can be hoovered up after training.

Get in touch and see how we can help

Dependant on the exact requirements of the training and considering the need for realism, the location being used and budget, the equipment used can be varied to meet exacting requirements. We are able to utilise a variety of pyrotechnic, non-pyrotechnic and blank fire munitions to accommodate these requirements as well as to comply with different organisations safety requirements. All of the equipment that we use is tested by the manufacturers to comply with various safety regulations for use within the United Kingdom and is operated by trained and insured individuals. With the range of realistic and immersive equipment that we are able to provide, we believe we offer excellent opportunities to increase the realism of a variety of training.
If you train with firearms or offer experiences where realistic and firing weapons and/or pyrotechnics could help improve the realism and quality of training, please message or call to discuss your requirements and how we may be able to assist.