Briefings: Clear Instructions for Training Success

As a Range Master or Instructor a good standard range brief that outlines what you expect out of your shooters will contribute to over all performance on the range. The Brief should cover the following subjects:
Training Approach
Range Lay Out
Medical SOP

Instructor / Staff Introductions

Some of the terminology we use may be different than what you are used to. Different Police Departments and Branches of Service call things different names. Don't worry about the semantics. If an instruction, firing position or phrase is unclear, just ask and we will explain what we mean. The shooting art is full of lingo that may be different than what you are used to.

The early drills are all about conscious performance of the basics. We will reinforce sight alignment, sight picture, trigger control and follow through. Suggestions may be made to improve grip or stance but the "Big Four" are what we are concerned with.

Fundamental Skills with a Tactical Focus
We will be working in two firing orders. The first firing order will shoot and the second firing order will coach. After we are done with a drill the coach and firer will change places and we will repeat the drill. This means that we have, at a minimum a 1 to 1 safety to shooter ratio. This will allow us practice the tactical portion of our training objective: Good Immediate Action Drills.

The Shooter Decides When The Engagement is over, NOT THE GUN!!!
When you reach the end of a magazine, You are expected to perform a magazine change and re-engage the target.

When the weapon malfunctions, and they will, You are expected to fix the problem and re-engage the target.

If you are working with the rifle, within pistol range, and you experience a malfunction, you are expected to perform a transition to pistol and engage the target. Then fix the rifle. You will have a coach monitoring your performance, ensuring the weapon remains pointed in a safe direction. We have range staff working the line as well. Fix your own problems and continue the engagement. You will not be wrong if you fire when everyone else is done as long as you and your coach can verbalize what happened and that the action was conducted safely.

Range Layout
Safe Loading Area
Work Area
Smoking Area
Range Control Points
Location of Medics or Aid Bags
Location of Phone
1. Take all commands from the Range Master
2. Everyone is a Safety
3. Anyone can call a cease-fire
4. If a cease-fire is called: de-cock all pistols and holster or safe all rifles.
5. Be sure of your target and what is behind it.
6. Never point a weapon at something you are not willing to kill or destroy.
7. When moving on the range with a "Hot" weapon: Pistols will be de-cocked, finger out of the trigger well. Rifles will be on safe finger out of the trigger well.
8. Remember the Laser Rule. Imagine a constant laser projects from your barrel, it will cut anything in half that it touches.

Medical Procedures
In the case of an accident. A cease-fire will be called. Follow the cease-fire procedure. Range Staff will collect all firers to one side of the range. Be ready to aid as requested.

Our Medic will handle the medical stuff. Our Range Staff will handle the MEDEVAC procedure.

If we are having a truly bad day the aid bag is located at (location stated in range layout) and a copy of the MEDEVAC procedure is located with the aid bag and at (state secondary location).
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