Peace officers in America are required by exigent circumstances to use their duty firearms against armed and aggressive criminals every day of the year. Although each individual officer hopes to never have to use his weapon in the line of duty, we train our personnel for just such an eventuality.
Unfortunately, statistics tell us that the effectiveness of police marksmanship in armed encounters is not as high as it could be, and as a result, good men and women are being injured or even killed in the line of duty. Armed criminals who have taken less than effective fire are not incapacitated and as a result are able to return fire on police officers, sometimes with disastrous results.
While touting qualification scores in the 80% range or better, most law enforcement agencies document OIS handgun hit ratios between 9% and 65%, depending on agency and conditions. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that there is a critical gap between firearms training and OIS performance.
Standard targets used by most police forces for training and routine firearms qualification have little or no correlation to the vital structures of human anatomy. As a result, police officers often have only a vague idea of where to aim when faced with an armed, aggressive felon. They’re trained to shoot at the “center of mass”, without defining what it means. In most officers’ minds, “center of mass” translates, to “shoot somewhere in the middle”. Yet the vital anatomic structures that need to be hit in a deadly force scenario are not in “the middle”!
This middle-muddle sets up the officer for failure—failure to hit vital structures, failure to neutralize the armed attacker, and by extension, failure to protect himself and the community from a dangerous criminal.
Tactical Anatomy Systems™ offers a range of training and products specifically designed to address this critical training gap.
The centerpiece of the TAS array is the Tactical Anatomy (Shooting With Xray Vision) course. This lethal force targeting method was developed by an Emergency Physician and police Medical Officer who was tired of seeing good men and women go down in gunfights that by rights they should have won.
Tactical Anatomy Systems™ is not merely another “new” target, but is rather a system for learning to direct righteous gunfire where it can rapidly and reliably incapacitate an armed opponent. Tactical Anatomy training uses simple but accurate representations of anatomy on humanoid models. The system explains relevant anatomy in a manner that can be easily grasped by non-medical personnel.
Employing Tactical Anatomy Systems™ tools and training in the classroom, the simulator, the force-on-force shoot house, or in live fire range sessions, increases the likelihood that shots fired by your trained officers will strike where they need to and quickly finish the fight.