Much appreciated Mr. Typeay for sending this one over on a Bob Owens article with some interesting questions: They're using real bullets?
And the local news piece from Detroit: New gun training program in Eastpointe uses real bullets, scenarios
The Big Idea for the range is introduce the trainee to approximate real life gun fights by ditching the Simunitions for real bullets.
“For me, even having a ton of shooting experience, some of it – I don’t want to say goes out the window – but in a stress scenario you kind of stop thinking about all that,” says gun owner Stefan Bahri.
When you are in a high stress situation, your vision narrows, your heart races, your mind clouds and compartmentalizes into single blocks of information. Assuming you have the weapon already on you, you see bad guy, recognize threat, reinterpret threat, brain signals to hand to reach for gun, you reach for gun, so forth and so on until you have the sights lined up and pull the trigger. In the mean time your mind reels at the prospect of having to shoot another person. You will always fall on your lowest level of muscle memory developed through training. Always.
That nice Kimber carry gun you throw on your hip on occasion to show off to your buddies but dare not shoot to lower the value? It does very little for you when you need it. That shotgun that you keep in the master bathroom, you know...just in case, you took to the range once. You never cleared your house. You never identified how many steps it takes to get to your living room in pitch black. You never trained.
This is also true for the BOB, BOV, route plan, martial arts training, expensive commo gear, food grinder, plow, you name it. We keep these weapons and "stuff" around just on the off chance that it will be needed. Might as well include some realism in your training to best approximate real world experiences.