by Michelle Henderson 1/24/18
“GEARING UP” AT SHOT SHOW WITH NEW PRODUCT INTRODUCTIONS
The theme of the 40th anniversary event is “GEAR UP!” The imperative tone carries the urgency that law enforcement and commercial gun range owners will be feeling in 2018. Their goal will be to prepare their users as closely as possible for real-life situations. To meet this increased demand for realistic training, Meggitt Training Systems will be highlighting innovations in both live fire and virtual training.
Three new American-made products on display are all groundbreaking products for shooting ranges around the world. Each of these systems contributes to greater realism for law enforcement and other trainees. Today’s blog focuses on the second new live fire product introduced by Meggitt Training Systems at SHOT Show 2018:
The XWT GEN4 wireless target carrier: Improving on the pioneer
Think back to what training was like before Meggitt introduced the XWT, the industry’s first wireless, 360º turning system. While classic static systems certainly have value for trainees, learning effective weapons use involves much more than sending rounds down range. The original XWT brought enhanced realism to training, and each successive generation has improved on the design.
At the SHOT Show, you can see how the XWT GEN4 is the next level of innovative range products available from Meggitt Training Systems. The quiet, smooth, low-maintenance wireless carrier is easily operated and programmable, essential for successful training and usability. It can strengthen trainee marksmanship and decision-making skills, from basic qualifications to the real-life reactive and decision-making challenges law enforcement officers confront on the street.
Present enhancements also extend the availability and usability of the target system for trainees. The XWT GEN4 deploys a lithium ion battery with a positive locking connection and ergonomic placement. This technology provides a 50 percent increase in battery watt hours. A new docking system further improves contact design for faster, more reliable charging. Consequently, you can have more time using the XWT GEN4 and less time charging it.
Programmable distraction lighting now integrates red, blue and white LEDs with four times the brightness of previous models. The chassis features a new side cover design for wheel overhead protection and prevention of brass drivetrain damage. Moving along the rail system, anti-static wheels eliminate grounding tinsel and reduce electrostatic discharge.
Meggitt has also geared the XWT GEN4 to your environmental considerations. For outdoor use, it has a weather-resistant system that can endure even extreme environments. It does not collect lead fragments, casings and other debris. There are no drive cables or pulleys to break or replace, and there are no bulky and noisy drive motors above the shooter’s head. There is also no debris in tracks to clean or interfere with target operation.
In fact, despite its advanced features, the target system remains very simple to operate. It is easily programmable through a wireless controller, allowing uncomplicated intuitive screen operation. You can control targets locally using the Lane Controller (LC) or from a control room area using the Primary Master Control Computer. Once in control, you have programmable maneuvers and scenarios for skill set development and effective training. Importantly, the operator has alternatives in setting the training curriculum. Basic and advanced user interfaces support your preferred courses of fire, whether basic qualifications or more advanced reactive and decision-making shooting exercises.
The 40th SHOT Show offers an opportunity to learn and explore the latest in law enforcement training and commercial range design. With Meggitt’s exhibited technologies, you can better prepare for the challenges of the future.