What happens at an ADTA Dry-Fire Workshop? Here's the story of a recent event in Federal Way.
Our Federal Way Dry-Fire workshops include both skills training and scenarios. The photos below tell the story of an event at the Federal Way Senior Center on June 8, 2023.
Throughout the entire event our trainees participate in firearms skills training led by ADTA Instructor Wu Chin, using laser training pistols.
In this sequence he leads our trainees through our 5-Step Basic Holster Exercise.
The exercise begins with standing in a ready position, waiting for the instructor's command. Keep in mind these are beginners and may not be doing everything perfectly.
Our instructor begins the exercise by calling out "Threat!"
Then the trainees start drawing their guns from their holsters.
Again, these are beginners, and not everyone gets everything right. We are very forgiving about this, and correct them in gentle terms. This is the time to make your mistakes and learn from them.
Now they have their guns drawn and are firing laser shots at the targets.
Our instructor reminds them the lasers are not there to act as sights, but rather to show them where their shot hit.
In other words, don't turn on the laser then drag the dot onto the target. Instead, use the gun's sights to aim the gun before pressing the trigger. Then the laser shows you where your bullet would have hit.
Our good guy (ADTA Instructor Jeff Bickford) approaches the ATM machine to make a transaction.
A suspicious character (ADTA Instructor Wu Chin) move up a little too close behind him.
Our good guy exchanges words with the suspicious character, who then starts to draw his gun, clearly indicating his bad intentions.
Our good guy is also armed. When confronted with a drawn gun, he also draws his.
For a moment there is an apparent standoff.
Our good guy is the one quicker to respond. He shoots the bad guy who falls to the ground.
At this point our trainee wanders into the scene.
She is also armed. Seeing our good guy standing there with a gun, she draws hers.
Since she is not sure what is going on, she makes the assumption that the guy holding the gun is the bad guy.
Our good guy quickly convinces her not to shoot, and disarms himself by placing his gun on the table.
What is the best way to respond to this situation?
Our trainee's first choice was to confront the apparent shooter. Another choice would be to leave the scene without doing anything.
With our trainee's attention focused on the guy with the gun, there was the possibility that the bad guy on the ground might still be armed and able to shoot.
The conclusion? There is no clear-cut best choice, and it is important to assess all the details visible in the situation.
Outdoor Scenario – Carjacking
Outdoor Scenario – Holdup at the Gas Station
Outdoor Scenarios – Debriefing
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