Being a SWAT team member for the local law enforcement is an elevated position. Your game has to be on all the time. Tactics, shooting skills, agility, and other attributes are expected to have better quality, accuracy and increased athleticism than the average law enforcement officer. SWAT is called on when the circumstances are extreme and the danger levels are high. Being able to execute your job requirements isn’t only mandatory, it is necessary to keep you and your team alive in the most dangerous of scenarios.
Shooting Range Industries would like to share some of the tactical pistol and rifle shooting drills many SWAT members are familiar with.
1. Tips for Weak Hand Shooting Drills: Among both military and law enforcement personnel, there have been a few similar related scenarios where despite the desire to use the primary hand where they are faster and stronger, circumstances would not permit it, and they were forced to use the weaker hand. Injury or unavailability could require you to use the weak hand to save your life. This drill forces you to practice weapon manipulations and techniques. Limited ammunition is often incorporated into the weak hand shooting drills. Most drill is practiced from a static point of view as opposed to a dynamic flow. Static is prescribed standing positions with specific distances where movement is controlled and minimal. Prone, kneeling and standing positions should be practiced along with nontraditional positions include 4-step barricades to facilitate the abnormal variations. Loading and unloading with the weak hand is good training, as well as using dummy rounds to practice common malfunction clearing with the weaker hand. Include transition tactics from rifle to handgun, and of course static live firing on the range.
2. Four Step Barricade: Constructing a 4 foot X 4 foot barricade training tool can help with this shooting drill. The barricade is manufactured with plywood and PVC for support. The four steps is approximately a foot high, increasing to 4 feet. It should be lightweight and portable. Install 2 shooting ports, 10” X 5”, by cutting into the plywood. One at the bottom and another in the middle. At the middle port, make it challenging by installing some chain link fencing, or a 1” X 10” horizontal shooting slot. There are now 8 secondary shooting positions you have to accomplish engaging targets. Use one or multiple targets, designate the number of rounds fired at each target.
3. Sniper Shot: Attain a small cardboard box, roughly the side of a head. Cut out half the box from the middle up. Inflate a balloon smaller than the box, and insert it inside. Be sure there is clearance on top and on both sides. Tie a string to your newly constructed training tool, and hang it from the top part of your target stand. In this scenario, the balloon suspect is threatening to set off his IED, the objective is to have you shoot the swaying head by piercing the central nervous system to prevent detonation. This exercise promotes critical accuracy, as if you miss the balloon but hit the box, you didn’t stop the last act of defiance, hitting the brain will remove the threat.
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There are countless drill SWAT officers practice. Applying your techniques and skills on the range can better equip you for real time events. Shooting Range Industries manufacture portable, modular, air conditioned shooting ranges perfect for law enforcement and military training. Contact us for more information today!