Why A Shoot House?
The Short Answer:
Because shooting a paper target directly in front of you while standing still in a brightly lit and controlled environment is only training for shooting a piece of paper directly in front of you while standing still in a brightly lit and controlled environment. It does not translate well to using a firearm to defend you or yours in a 360-degree dynamic situation.
When you shoot in a standard live fire square shooting range you can learn and master the basics of marksmanship, recoil management, and weapons manipulation. Those skills are important but they leave out most core elements of defensive training. Not included in that training is how to search for, find, identify, and deal with threat(s). A static range does not have the opportunity to build the needed critical thinking or problem solving skill sets; and it can easily create some negative 180-degree habits in you.
In the early stages of your training, Virtual Tactical Academy relies heavily on the Laser Shot PSAT-LE judgment trainer as a learning tool. While the PSAT-LE is an amazing tool with many benefits, there is still a need for “real world” environment simulations to learn the basics of FISH (Fighting Inside Structure or Home). Those basics ideally should be taught in the most realistic space available.
Why Virtual Tactual Academy Shoot House?
Real life experience is a lousy teacher because experience gives the test first and the lesson second. Virtual experience is invaluable (as many studies show, i.e. see “articles”) and you can try different strategies and make mistakes without any lasting negative consequence. Get the test, learn the lesson, and become much the wiser for knowing you now know how to handle the most common tactical problems.
VTA is a place to train that is designed to be as realistic as possible while allowing you to make mistakes and learn from them. We will push you one step at a time in a logical progressive format with ever increasingly harder tactical problems to solve. With each success (or lesson learned through a virtual failure) we can begin to load your “tactical tool box” and give you a foundation for future real life situational skills.
Our program begins with the basics of FISH — and a step-by-step logical progression in a relaxed learning mode. Learning the basic tactics of indoor conflict can be distilled down to cornering or “slicing the pie”. Any tactical environment is just a series of corners. The doors, hallways, or even furniture in a room or a stairway are just a set of corners. Our realistic home/office shoot house offers the perfect environment to get the basics sorted out. Just learning how to separate the important from non-important in a room clearing in the beginning courses is invaluable. Once we progress to force on force with the stress vest--- our shoot house allows for true “realistic” training with virtual tools.
The use of the stress vest for a pain consequence may sound harsh, but the toughest lesson in defensive pistol training is to get students comfortable with the concept that at some point the possibility of being forced by circumstance to point a gun at another human being. As a responsible gun owner you have spent a life “not pointing a gun at anyone” and now in a defensive situation we will be faced not only pointing guns, but using stress and pain to decide if the person is a hostile, friendly, or unknown. This is something you want to practice in training before you try it in very real life if at all possible.
After mastering the basics of FISH, students can progress to using the custom low light setting in VTA to learn a valuable skill set. Low light is the most common environmental variable we are likely to encounter in any conflict and yet the least trained. Low light is our specialty at VTA. Our custom low lighting allows you to learn to read all six levels of low light. Learning the five low light principles can easily turn low light into your advantage in a real life situation of unknowns.