Force on Force Personal Training Equipment

| March 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

When I did my first force on force training I carried a G19, a G26, and a box cutter. All of my formal, adult self defense training at the time was with firearms. I knew very little, and as such my options — and FoF gear — were limited.

In the last six years, I’ve added clinch work, striking, grappling, folding/fixed blades, and trauma care to my personal safety resume. My interest in the everyday carry of an SBR or PDW led me to try many options, and attend many live fire classes where I deployed and trained from my bags.

As my capabilities grew, so did my desire to use my skills and supporting tools in force on force training.

Over the years I’ve accumulated training analogs for my knives, OC spray, EDC rifle, and my trauma care gear.

In order to minimize the chance of a “live” tool winding up in a force on force situation (or vice versa), I have built completely separate bags and carry rigs for my gear.

My ModuLoader PocketShield is dedicated to force on force and is a different color than my “real” one, for example.

I chose a blue/black version of my Adidas bag so I knew that it was the training one, not my EDC bag.

My FoF trauma kit is the same shape and carry methodology as in my EDC bag. The biggest difference is that I don’t have SOFT-T Wide or CAT trainers (yet, they are on the way), so I’m using a CavArms Slick tourniquet and a fake RATS (FRATS) for the time being.

In the future, I might buy a second Q-Series Stealth holster, paint it blue, and keep my Airsoft G19 inside. That would reduce administrative gun handling. I’ve done some drill-based force on force training where the live guns were kept far away from the participants, but exposed and unlocked.

I subscribe to the saying “training over tools,” but I hope that your continued education in personal safety leads you to acquiring your own assortment of self defense and medical care practice gear.

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

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