One of the advantages of having been assigned to a “Special Mission Unit” is that I got to take our assaulters to hit just about every shoot house in the US. Now, that is an exaggeration, of course, but we did hit many shoot houses over the years, both stateside and overseas. Why did we waste so much taxpayers’ money traveling to these shoot houses? Our home duty station had 7 shoot houses on the same base. However, six of them had the same floor plan. So, how long does it take an assault force to memorize every nook and cranny of two floor plans? Not long? So, you lose training benefit. A good assault force needs to be constantly training to hit new structures that they are not familiar with. Better to train and make mistakes here in training, than overseas in combat.
There are hundreds of shoot houses across the United States; many owned by local law enforcement or other government agencies. Some belong to privately owned companies, like T1G or Darcy. No matter who owns them, all these shoot houses offer training opportunities. Some of these shoot houses are good; some are great. Some have excessive restrictions; others allow great latitude in scenario and TTP development. So, which shoot house should you chose?
That brings us to the purpose of this video. Whether you are a Troop Sergeant Major looking for your next training gig, a SWAT commander looking for some advanced training, or a band of like-minded neighbors wanting to work through some “home defense” drills; you need to know what to look for when looking to rent a new shoot house.
All shoot houses are not created equal. What works for one unit will not work for another. Some may need a 360 degree live-sniper engagement capability. Others may need multi-story shoot houses. Some may require rifle live-fire, while others may be fine with just Frang or Simunitions.
If they allow explosive breaching, do they allow the kind of charges that you need to train with? Some LE units only use DetCord door charges, while other government agencies use every type of specialty charge known to man. Finding out before you get there, that they will or will not allow your breachers to use their “real world” charges may be the difference between choosing that location or going somewhere else.
So, watch the video. I try to cover all the little choices and options that we used to be faced with when trying to decide which training location to go to. I might cover a couple that you had forgotten to ask about. You only have a limited training budget. So, spend that money wisely and train where you can get the most bang for the buck. Questions? Leave them below and as always… Thanks for watching. Strength & Honor, TR.
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