This is a brief description of how to get started with the Decision Target System, Self Defense Simulator, and how you can use it to improve, your self-defense preparedness.
The simulator contains video depictions of realistic self-defense situations, with real people, playing the roles of threats, victims, and bystanders. The simulator also includes no-shoot scenarios in which the use of deadly force may not be legally justified.
The system is designed to help you prepare for real world self-defense, and some scenarios depict graphic violence and language. For added realism, some scenarios depict threats firing `their weapons at you. Before using the simulator, be sure to:
HOW TO TRAIN WITH THE DECISION TARGET SYSTEM
You train with the simulator by immersing yourself in each scenario and reacting with your training weapon just as you would if it was really happening to YOU. The ability to adopt this mindset is critical to gaining the most benefit from the simulator.
Your goal is to develop good threat responses, and not make mistakes that in the real world could result in an undesirable outcome for you. The Decision Target System simulator is designed to help you:
If you carry concealed, you should try to use training equipment that closely matches your everyday carry equipment. For more information see the video on Choosing Your Training Weapon.
To evaluate your scenario performance when training with the DTS simulator, see the video “Avoiding the Fatal Error” included with the DVD.
STARTING A TRAINING SESSION
DRY FIRE TRAINING WEAPON SAFETY
REMOVE ALL LIVE AMMUNITION FROM YOUR PERSON AND THE PRACTICE AREA.
Even when training without live ammunition, always follow the 4 rules of gun safety.
1. Always treat firearms as if loaded
2. Never point a firearm at anything you’re not willing to destroy.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
4. Know what your target is and what’s behind it.
Failure to follow the rules of gun safety can result in serious injury or death.
ENDING YOUR DRY FIRE TRAINING SESSION
Always Train Safely!
When new users are first confronted by an armed deadly threat in the Decision Target System simulator, most react with a very poor threat response. Almost everyone we observe, tend to make the following mistakes:
Learning to avoid these mistakes, can improve your chances for survival in a real-life self-defense incident.
When you’re confronted by armed threats in the simulator, remember to use movement, use cover, fire multiple rounds until the threat is over, and use verbal commands when possible.
The Decision Target System is designed to help you develop effective threat responses, in a variety of self-defense scenarios. The video in this section demonstrates both good, and bad threat responses.