In today’s economy Law Enforcement Agency’s around the country are looking at more cost effective ways of training their officers and special units. One of the ways that some agencies have found is to use realistic looking Airsoft guns to train with.
When the idea first came about for using Airsoft guns for Law Enforcement training purposes, I almost found it laughable, until the different training possibilities were presented then it made sense, in a moment I will discuss the different training options, but first I want to look at weapon choices.
Throughout the country most agencies are using the Glock 22 as their standard carry weapon, the nice thing about Airsoft guns is that you can buy them to resemble most weapons that are issued or allowed by your agency’s policy and the same is true for the Glock. In my case I shoot a Springfield XD .45 and a Beretta 92, I have not found an Airsoft gun that resembles the Springfield XD but I have found one that is the same as the Beretta 92, so my training experience can be more realistic. Be prepared because the weapons that I am describing are not your average cheap Airsoft gun, they start around $60.00 to $100.00.
Now let’s take a look at some practice drills that you can do, and that are Law Enforcement related.
House and room clearing:
By using Airsoft guns you can practice house and room clearing exercises, it may be your agencies policy to use an MP-5 or a similar SMG for this exercise, if that is the case you can buy an Airsoft gun that that resembles the weapon that you normally use. Another good thing about training with Airsoft guns is that you can have a “bad guy” who is armed also.
The traffic stop:
No officer likes to walk up to a vehicle, especially at night, you can use Airsoft guns to simulate a real situation.
Sadly this is happening more these days, recently we watched on T.V. about 4 Officers that were taken by surprise and shot in a café while doing reports and working on their lap tops. Our instructors pound into us that we need to be constantly aware of our surroundings, but let’s face it ,we are human beings and we need to continually train to stay sharp. Airsoft guns can help with this by simulating a true to life situation.
Shoot no Shoot:
This training can be done as a hostage situation or as any scenario where you need to make the decision to shoot or not to shoot. Airsoft guns can aid in this training because it can make it more realistic and you can shoot the bad guy. This type of Airsoft training is valuable because we can be faced with a shoot or no shoot situation every day that we go out.
This is only 4 different training suggestions, but if you think about it the possibility’s are virtually endless for Airsoft training. As the saying goes train the way you fight and fight the way you train. Most important stay safe and watch each others backs. Often times you are all each other have, before you go home to your family. If your department doesn’t have Airsoft training suggest it, if they will not do it, put some officers together and do it on your own. Practice, Practice, Practice