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JUN 2019

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18 LAW ENFORCEMENT TECHNOLOGY JUNE/JULY 2019 Officer.com I n today's world of firearms train- ing for law enforcement profes- sionals, you'd be hard pressed to find a veteran instructor who believes that 100 percent of the requisite firearms training can be performed on "the square range", a standard outdoor range with a station- ary paper or steel target. That type of range has been used seemingly forever and is best suited for two things: basic marksmanship training and perform- ing administrative qualifications. These are what you do when you shoot a course of fire that involves minimal movement, little to no verbal- ization of commands, no malfunction drills, limited reloads and no moving targets. It's the course of fire you shoot to meet some arbitrary requirement usually set by a bureaucratic entity comprised of people who have never worked behind a gun. Even for such a limited use range, there are a series of requirements that can maximize the value and, even more importantly, the safety. Some of the requirements are designed in and some are the result of proper control and management protocols. Let's first take a look at the physical/equipment design features and then we can dis- cuss control and management proto- cols. The trick is in making sure your design features empower maximum Small Design Changes Lead to Big Effects on the Range Even with limited budgets, agencies can make small changes to their range to maximize value and safety. By Frank Borelli Var ying target designs can be used for different training goals. The key is to NOT shoot the same target for ever y thing. Tedium is your enemy in firearms training. Images cour tesy of Range Systems R A N G E D E S I G N

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