So interestingly I get a call from my father in law to go check this place out, its called Ares Combat Virtual Firearms Training in Macedonia Ohio. Anybody ever hear of it?
I went out there on Thursday with him and actually was pretty impressed by the place.
Its a combat fighting place that has an area dedicated to the virtual training, I was skeptical at first but after an hour have figured out I would go again. Very similar environment and training that they have in the simulators down at Ft. Bragg, only difference is at Ft Bragg there are lots of wires, etc. in the firearms whereas this either has just the air hose that has a canister you put in your pocket or the other firearm is just the pistol with the laser built in.
Tons of scenarios, but also target and competition shooting - the scenarios can modified so that you are NOT necessarily shooting in every scenario (I found myself shooting ONLY when a firearm was present, whereas my father-in-law shot people at the wrong times).
If you immerse yourself in the scenario you can learn alot from it, he has holsters that you can put the firearm in and train in drawing scenarios OR you can start from low ready. For instance during active shooter situation where there are bodies on the floor already, I found that I would stay at alert, whereas when I was standing in the drug store, I kept the pistol holstered then drew and fired accordingly.
The scenarios have situations where SOMEBODY is going to die and you will potentially be shot, but as you can imagine its all about staying in the fight. I would say that after being at TDI and scenarios that Jake has setup at Fun and Gun, there are times when the video does something that you don't have control over. For instance, when entering a particular situation, we have been taught to slice the pie and use cover/conceal, in some of the scenarios you enter an area fully exposing yourself unnecessarily.
There are two types of pistols, the one with the gas piston is an actual glock that has the internals replaced, so you have a real feel there, attached to the magazine well is a magazine that has a cord attached to a CO2 cartridge which allows for the slide to cycle.
They are going to be adding furniture, boxes, etc to train in the use of cover/conceal, but for now both the scenario and the target shooting is as realistic as it gets. The pistols are zeroed in, the accuracy is there.
The web site is www.arescombatvft.com
, they have a few different offerings, but I focused on the shooting aspect of it while I was there.
If you have somebody you are introducing to shooting, this is hands down the best way to introduce without the intimidation of rounds being fired, there is audio to it but obviously not to the extend of live rounds.
Give it a shot (pun intended) let me know if you have any questions, these guys are just getting started and would LOVE to see people like you and I who are trained in shooting and scenarios as that will only make their engagements with beginners and new shooters better.
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