We do hostage drills with pistols,subguns,shotguns and rifles from 0-25 yards and even beyond....we train with paper, pepper-poppers and steel head plates. Probably 95% of the shooting courses we do have at least one hostage/badguy stage.
I worked SWAT for over six years until I rose to the rank of Captain and then I had to give it up. To many other duties and not enough time plus time was catching up and I was getting to old, to jump out of windows and turn left.
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All the time during flow drills (going into rooms). The distance would vary as well. I would set up most of the shoots according to what the team leader wanted for the training day. I would never tell the team the distances involved. I expected them to know where point of aim/impact was at all times and distances. This was with handguns/sub-guns/assault rifles.
We also used Simunition rounds to simulate a real firefight against a real opponent. Now thats educational to be a bad guy and have people come through after you....right after a flash bang/distraction device...
Simunitions are a great training aid...we use them in our handguns and MP5's..we replace the barrel in our handguns and the locking device in the bolts of our subguns..they shoot a plastic projectile with a pink marking substance in it...they are accurate in building/room clearing scenarios...but the accuracy tapers off when we get outside.
by the way i am on a 29 member SWAT team...we do approx 80-120 mhigh risk search warrants a year and 7-10 call-outs(barricaded suspects,hostage rescues,etc.)i was on a pd 3 years prior to getting on our SWAT team, although I had prior tactical experience from the Military...I have been a cop for 6+ years
So if you want to be on swat team, you have to be on the force for a few years and then go threw a swat program and pass?
cc987, It sounds like you guys have alot of work on your hands, how many of those warrants end up into shootings, I wouldn't think too many guys would try anything Swat looks too intimidating!
Most of our search warrants end peacefully with the bad guys in custody. Our last officer involved shooting on a search warrant was almost ten years ago and ended unfortunatly with a dead officer and suspect. Our goal with all of our training and equipment is to prevent needless loss of life.
Good physical fitness level..good maksmanship skills..must be able to make sound tactical decisions quickly..we have a physical agility test, a minimum bullseye score..and an oral board...we emphasize 25 yard 30 round bullseye because you use all of your marksmanship skills..we have a minimum of 270 out of a possible 300...most guys shoot in the 280's and up.
We simulate hostage situations with pepper poppers placed almost completely in front of each other, usually out to about 15yards (they are much smaller than a man-sized target) and also by stapling paper targets in such a fashion that they partially cover each other, and shoot out to 25 yds. at times, and our snipers, of course, pratice at much further distance. (100yd. or more)