Scenario Training


The fear and stress of a life-threatening situation with real, non-lethal firearms.

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This class is 4 hours long and price includes spouse and child.

The scenarios developed by our professional trainers mimic situations a citizen may encounter.

  • A carjacking at a busy intersection or in the midst of civil unrest
  • An attack at a grocery store parking lot with your child or loved one
  • A robbery at the ATM
  • A home invasion scenario

These are only some scenarios out of many.

With the role players ready, the scenario plays out and induces stress and fear in the trainee. Human adversaries move unpredictably and quickly.

With fear and adrenaline, the human mind undergoes some interesting changes. For example, shooters can experience tunnel vision and auditory exclusion.

These physiological changes do not occur when target shooting. But, when another human with a real gun is trying to shoot you, your response changes and the training experience becomes invaluable.

The overwhelming majority of defensive and even military or law-enforcement handgun training is conducted on a standard firing line, against an immobile, two-dimensional paper target representing a threat. Here and there, participants may have access to more advanced target systems, which turn, swing, move or otherwise attempt to simulate a more mobile threat but not terribly often. The best answer in most advanced training is some type of scenario / force on force training.

Scenario training does a number of things really well, which traditional live fire training struggles to accomplish. These include:

  • Moves targetry into a rapidly shifting, 360-degree environment. The “target” doesn’t want to get shot. Students are often surprised by how quickly the target moves and changes shape as the “threat” attempts to minimize their exposure or moves to employ their own firearm.
  • Forces awareness and decision-making into real-time practice. Scenario training takes the “Well, I would just…” mental exercise one does when seeing a security or body-camera video of an encounter and tests it against a live role player and scenario. Students are often surprised at how quickly cues must be processed and acted upon.
  • Conditions students to work through pain, fear, and opposition. Even simple scenario training without firearms helps students become more assertive and confident. Some student’s first exposure to being exposed to pain is to “unplug” from whatever they were attempting to do and focus exclusively on the sting of impact. This is a necessary step for some, and the disappointment is needed to stay in the action moving forward. It is common to see students who go from shrieking in pain and turning away from the threat, to staying calmly in control of their marksmanship within just a few runs.
  • Validates the student’s training priorities. Most students’ defensive training regimen is dictated by their best guess as to what matters, or it defaults to what they most enjoy. Scenario training is as good a test as one can have, short of a real defensive encounter. Once you complete a class you will see that you will make changes to your practice sessions moving forward. As you will learn that what you’ve been working on isn’t really preparing you for a real life encounter.