Aside from risks presented by real-world threats and situations, shoothouse training is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous undertakings within the law enforcement and military communities. The risks associated with close-proximity live-fire exercises inside fixed structures—often accompanied by explosive breaching and Noise-Flash Diversionary Devices, or NFDDs—are many. Proper supervision and risk mitigation are operational imperatives in order for this type of training to be safe and effective.

For many years, an agency’s range or training officer assumed the role of shoothouse instructor, often with little or no formal training. And shoothouses themselves are perishable training mediums that require constant maintenance, cleaning and inspection to ensure the training environment is safe. Most important is ensuring that rounds will not pass through eroding walls into adjoining rooms—or leave the range altogether.

For these reasons, TigerSwan Inc. has created a dedicated train-the-trainer shoothouse curriculum designed to teach firearms instructors how to properly develop training plans and safely utilize shoothouses. These methodologies are modeled after current top-of-the-line military training courses and have been reinforced with feedback from the U.S. Army special operations community and from top-tier law enforcement agencies from throughout the country. TigerSwan’s course takes attendees through the entire training process, which they will then teach to their home units and agencies.

Course Overview

TW was recently invited to attend TigerSwan’s 4-Day Shoothouse Instructor Course conducted at the company’s range complex near Fayetteville, North Carolina. Training began with flat-range evaluations of basic close-quarter battle (CQB) marksmanship fundamentals, classroom lectures and familiarization with NFDDs.

We then moved on to dry drills in the shoothouse environment, interspersed with classroom lectures and presentations. Students were refreshed on room-clearing techniques, with an emphasis on solid tactics and training safety. Small-team dry drills followed, and then we moved on to full-team dry-fire events. Students then transitioned to UTM- and Simmunition-on-paper-target drills, conducted small-team clearings, and ran large-team scenarios using only force-on-force-rated ammunition. Once TigerSwan’s trainers were satisfied that each operator could safely engage in live fire, students were transitioned to live-fire mode, where they conducted the same clearing drills in small teams followed by full-team exercises. Students cleared all of the shoothouse structures, incorporating breaching and diversionary devices into the scenarios.

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