Urban Warfare: Using Barricades for Realistic Training


(TacticalNews.com) – Spending time at the gun range is a good way to become comfortable with your firearm(s), increase your hand-eye coordination, reduce stress, and increase your overall confidence. Firing rounds at stationary targets will also improve your aim. However, in a real-life gunfight, you likely won’t have time to stand there and take your time aiming.

The saying, “Train like your life depends on it… because it does,” applies to every aspect of survivalism — especially the gun range. If you’re going to the range, you may as well make the most of it and train for real-world scenarios.

In this video, Tactical Rifleman explains how using barricades on the gun range can help with realistic range training:

Realistic training involves learning to look for cover, shooting around obstacles, and scanning for threats. Barricades can be a great tool in developing these skills, so long as you use them right.

Barricades should be used to simulate the environment in a combat situation, where your life depends on your ability to move from one point of cover to another, shoot around walls, over cars and identify targets quickly. Yes, the barricade may be a piece of plywood, but for training purposes, it becomes a cement wall protecting you from incoming fire.

Need to reload? Move behind the barricade. Want to train on shooting from beneath a car? A barricade can be made to simulate this.

The idea behind using a barricade is to get outside of the square-range mentality and into a more realistic habit of movement. After all, the “bad guys” aren’t going to be lining up and standing still to be shot like a target downrange.

For more realistic training tips, check out our article on Weapon Handling Drills.

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