So ladies and gents I’ve been a tad slow in posting here. So I’ll try to fix that. Specially now with my new kindle fire hd. You want a good tablet I’d go this route. But that’s not what brings you here.
Let’s talk about rifle marksmanship training. Specifically virtual training. Now I know some of you are saying “virtual .. you mean like video game virtual? That isn’t training. That’s just playing. Video game!”
Well in some ways I’d agree. And so would the military specifically the Army in regards to actually qualifying. But here is some important key facts to virtual marksmanship trainers, specifically the EST 2000 (engagement skills trainer 2000).
DAPAM 350-38 states that virtual systems are authorized for qualification on only two tables of fire. The CBRN Course of fire and Night time Course of fire.
Now with budget cuts and such many units and commanders are looking for cheap effective training to maintain rifle and weapon handling. Especially as ammo allotments dry up for units.
In a way it is sad the EST and other virtual trainers cannot be used as an replacement for actual life fire qualification. But in all reality, and in this I firmly believe, it should not and cannot replace life fire qualification on any weapon systems.
Now saying this I will state and will hold firm on the fact virtual training systems can and will improve any marksmanship skills a shooter has. But (always with the buts) you need a good marksmanship coach who not only knows the live fire aspects of shooting but how to read and use the virtual systems as well.
Let’s look at a few of the pluses to the virtual systems.
– They are relatively cheap in the terms of training budgets
– Weapons function/feel just like liberalism with a 75% recoil.
– An experienced operator of the virtual systems can program in a small amount of time almost any range/engagement situation.
– Most virtual training systems such as an EST 2000 have a multitude of previously scenarios ranging from force on force to zero/qualification to shoot don’t shoot as well as quick response drills.
– You can diagnose a check of a lot on a WAY when it comes to bad shooting habits using its built in weapon and system sensors.
– A good marksmanship coach will become a better coach through utilization of these systems and working with shooters on them.
– You have to use Iron sites.
– You can engage targets out to a virtual 700 meters.
And these are just a few of the many bonuses from using a system like this. But they do have their cons. Such as
– They are not live fire.
– it’s a 3d weapon system shooting on a 2d flat simulated surface. So basically simulated distance is hard to judge for long rang engagement
– Because of the above optics don’t work on virtual systems (yet).
– If you are not military or associated with the military moat likely will not have access to a system like a EST 2000.
– Let’s not talk about the initial purchase cost, weapons purchase, software purchase, and maintenance.
– Trained and experienced operators/marksmanship coach’s aren’t a huge commodity.
Even these listed cons still do not out way using an EST 2000 or any available virtual training system for weapons/course of fire familiriaztion and your crawl/walk phase of training for marksmanship.
It’s actually recommends by the DA PAM 350-38.
I’ve used many virtual training systems for marksmanship training and highly recommend them. Just remember they supplement training but do not nor can replace life fire.
So with that, Howdy, Semper Fi, and have a wonderful freakimg day.