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Absolutely No Live Ammunition In The Training Area.

Discussion in 'Strategies, Tactics and Training' started by Trunk Monkey, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. JeffG

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    Presenting a problem coupled with a solution was a good approach. Assigning someone with ultimate authority, and a safety officer is a good idea. Safety officer would be given the authority make sure safety rules like no live ammunition were cordially but firmly enforced. The safety officer would also to bar armed visitors to the training area, and invite them into the training area, without ammo. Another responsibility of the safety officer is to make sure everyone reloads, and goes "street live" properly and safely, when leaving the training area. Encouraging words such as, "Good job" and "that's the way", go a long way in assuring voluntary safety compliance.
     
  2. Trunk Monkey

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    They don't advertise them on TV. I understand your point but this isn't broadcast we don't show up in uniforms all your average person is going to see is people showing up for church on an off night
     
  3. GBExpat

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    Oh ... OK, then. Never mind. :)
     
  4. herrwalther

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    So if your group has a rule about no live ammo in a training area, and it is being brought in. That is smuggling to a degree. But splitting hairs is for another time. I would certainly feel unsafe around amateurs who "unload" firearms under their own authority. My suggestion still holds merit, check everyone as they come in. Your group could go the extra mile and get chamber flags of some type to show weapons are empty after they are checked.
     
  5. Trunk Monkey

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    Chamber flags wouldn't work for dry fire but in general I agree with you. The trainer requires 2 people (one of them him) to verify that each gun is unloaded. My problem is that there shouldn't be ANY ammunition in that room period. I don't care if it's in a tape sealed box locked in a safe. Not. One. Round.
     
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  6. milemaker13

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    Sounds like a simple demarcation issue. The table should be outside the room, not inside. Not a big deal, a ten foot difference maybe.... But it's that imaginary line, in this case the doorway, that cannot be crossed. Period.
     
  7. herrwalther

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    Why not? There are chamber plugs and flags that allow you to still practice dry firing, while showing a *clear* weapon at all times. This was one I found rather quickly.

    https://bloksafety.com/p/barrelblok

    Personally I like using a chamber flag or something like it to make a real firearm safe compared to using a blue or fake training gun. In classes I taught, the more hands on experience I could get a student with a firearm the more confident they became handling one.
     
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  8. shoobe01

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    Having seen the training schedule (page 2) I wouldn't do this in a classroom. Classrooms are for talking, listening, writing.

    I would—and do—go to the range for manipulation. Yes, that can be a pain, but it reinforces a lot of the Safety Rules that we don't whip out guns to handle them in random rooms. See sand bucket discussions. Loading a gun at home is in the basement, pointed into a corner, so it isn't going anywhere.

    Airsoft, as brought up above, is another good idea if you need to have these sessions regularly. Since many of them work broadly correctly (magazine, slide...) you could do most of the exercises off those. In a range, still, but an "airsoft range" (establish one somewhere) and wearing eyepro.
     
  9. redneck

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    Might be worth buying a screw box/organizer like this:
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-16-1-2-in-8-Bin-Deep-Pro-Organizer-Black-218401/203329198

    Put it outside the door and each person gets assigned a bin to put ammo in. I know some folks wouldn't like it but I would make them unload magazines. With so many guns having magazine safeties these days I wouldn't be happy with loaded mags laying around to get mixed up. All live ammo goes in the box, and the box stays closed outside of the room until training is over.
     
  10. Old Dog

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    Mildly interesting article about church security in the latest issue of SWAT magazine.
     
  11. Hasaf

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    Just to ask, is this the article you are speaking of? If so, he seems to be saying there will be some follow on articles.
     
  12. old lady new shooter

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    I don't see a reason to unload magazines as long as the magazines aren't brought into the training room. If participants will need extra magazines for the training, for example to become faster at changing out the magazine, make them bring empty ones and those have to be checked before entering the room at the same time the guns are checked.
     
  13. Old Dog

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    No; the article is by Steve Moses in the March 2018 print edition. It's titled, "The God Squad - Protecting Houses of Worship." Worth the read.
     
  14. strambo

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    I agree with the suggestion to just make a safe unloading area outside the training room.

    "Anything remotely resembling FoF they use a blue gun for."

    ...still in a room full of live weapons and ammo...:uhoh:
     

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