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January 2018 Law Enforcement Newsletter

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As the NSSF SHOT Show celebrates its 40th anniversary, Meggitt is advancing range solutions toward the next generation in realistic training

The SHOT Show has come a long way since its first event nearly four decades ago in St. Louis. Longtime participants look back to a time when attendees without cellphones or tablets walked the aisles taking copious notes and jamming bags full of brochures. Now as the 40th anniversary Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) and Conference opens in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 23-26, 2018, buyers and sellers have the necessary communications technology for the scope of the event: Filling up the Sands Expo Center, 65,000 attendees will encounter more than 1,700 exhibitors. That would make for a lot of notes and brochures to take home.

Similarly, Meggitt Training Systems continues to advance the products exhibited at SHOT Show. With its nine-decade legacy of fielding more than 13,000 ranges worldwide, Meggitt pursues the state of the art in turnkey shooting range design, equipment and installation for both law enforcement and commercial ranges. Driving the innovative offerings is a unique combination of in-house military and law enforcement expertise, influenced by global customer feedback.

As a result, Meggitt's new American-made systems provide groundbreaking equipment for shooting ranges around the world. Each of these systems contributes to greater realism for law enforcement and other trainees.

The XWT ProImage projected target system: where live fire and lifelike images meet

Law enforcement trainers must give their students the most realistic experience possible. New target systems ideally must combine real-life imagery that can be flexibly changed to meet training needs. That is why Meggitt is revolutionizing image and video targets for indoor shooting ranges.

The XWT ProImage achieves these aims. The system involves a compact video projector and camera that attaches to Meggitt’s XWT target carrier. Wirelessly connected to a 10” lane control unit mounted behind the firing line, the XWT ProImage projects user-uploaded digital videos and images onto white paper or cardboard targets. An onboard camera provides a streaming, constant close-up view of the target for instantaneous feedback. The XWT ProImage features docks and charges with the XWT target, and it includes easily replaceable batteries for nonstop run time.

The XWT ProImage is a simple addition to any XWT GEN3 or GEN4. It uses lithium ion batteries, and with the XWT, it docks and charges while in operation. While the XWT ProImage batteries charge in place, they are also hot-swappable for high-volume use.

The XWT ProImage system also benefits the trainee in other ways. It offers real-time views of the downrange target image from the shooter’s display, allowing instant shooter feedback without the need to retrieve targets. It provides automatic marking of shot locations on images. One can measure the progress of new shots vs. previous shots. You can even manually mark shots on moving targets and images.

Trainers can author custom range targets. They have the additional ability to zero in at long distances and receive instant feedback without retrieving the target. Because of the use of video, operators also have no need to stock an assortment of printed targets.

And one unique feature seems especially appropriate for the 40th SHOT Show: The flexibility of the XWT ProImage means a shooter can take a photo or movie on their cell phone and engage the target the same day. As a shooter, you have endless possibilities for target training. Whatever the scenario, image or target you envision, you can create and train on it.

The Live-Fire Screen: Blending simulation with live ammunition

Meggitt’s new Live-Fire Screen brings a solution to a problem long besetting law enforcement trainers: How do you visually and tactilely replicate use of force situations? The Live-Fire Screen allows users to train within a regular shooting range using live ammunition while scenarios are displayed on a natural rubber screen through Meggitt’s FATS 100LE simulation system.

Hit-detection technology determines the position of a shot, allowing a much shorter time between attempts. In fact, it can quantify the delivery of two successive shots faster than any other screen in the industry. Because the Live-Fire Screen uses optical triangulation to determine the position of the hit, it allows a much shorter guard time (five milliseconds or ms) compared to other solutions. In comparison, microphone-based (sonic) systems require approximately 50 ms, while thermal-based systems require more than 500 ms.

This system stands further apart from competing live-fire offerings where screen integrity affects hit detection capability. Meggitt’s screen surface is not needed for detection of projectiles passing through the area of interest and is used only for showing the image. You can also readily integrate the screen into live-fire shoot houses with other surfaces for projection.

The Live-Fire Screen is both flexible and durable. Easy to install, the self-healing screen can be used with various types of weapons ranging from revolvers to submachine guns. It is designed to withstand up to 50,000 rounds over the entire surface area before replacement or repair.

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 LED target lighting with four times the brightness of previous models. The chassis features a new side cover design for wheel overhead protection and the prevention of brass drivetrain damage. The anti-static wheels eliminate the need for grounding hardware and reduces ESD challenges.

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 to 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 locally control targets 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.

Meggitt’s expanded presence: Booth 12267 and the Toscana Ballroom #3710

In addition to Meggitt’s exhibit hall presence, the company will feature simulation training solutions in the Toscana Ballroom #3710 at the Sands Expo Center. Attendees can schedule an appointment via the link below to see the all-new FATS 100P portable virtual system designed for law enforcement and defense organizations that require virtual weapons training on the go. Company executives will also discuss the FATS 300LE, which provides a five-screen, 300-degree immersive experience for realistic marksmanship and judgmental training for escalation/de-escalation of force situations.

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 be better prepared for the challenges of the future.

To speak with a Meggitt representative during the SHOT Show, visit booth 12267 or schedule an appointment at our show appointment page.

For more information, contact MGTTS-LESales@meggitt.com.



The New FATS® 300LE Immersive Training System

Meggitt Training Systems, a leading provider of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training products and services for armed forces and law enforcement, recently introduced its new immersive, multi-screen FATS 300LE system, following the introduction of the FATS® 100P portable training system and Live-Fire Screen earlier this autumn.

FATS 300LE includes five free-standing flat screens, each featuring a 150x84in, 16:9 aspect ratio, borderless projection surface. These are arranged in hexagonal format with the remaining side used as an entrance. Five digital cameras feed information into the hit detection system. Short-throw projectors allow users freedom of movement within the training space. The system can be operated in a variety of lighting conditions, featuring a combination of scenario sounds, plus those added by the instructor for increased realism.

“Our new FATS 300 system increases the capability and effectiveness of our law enforcement training products by providing a truly immersive environment,” Meggitt Training Systems President Jeff Murphy, explained. “Existing FATS 100LE customers can upgrade to a 300-degree, high-definition experience complete with 5.1 surround sound. Now trainers can create even higher levels of realism in a variety of marksmanship and judgmental scenarios.”

The FATS 300LE configuration supports weapon and ammunition types available on the 100LE system. These include rifles, pistols, machine guns, anti-armor and non-lethal deterrents like pepper spray and Taser®. Other weapon types can be added via installed software. The system can support up to 20 simulated weapons, including a maximum of four assigned to a single user.

To learn more about the FATS 300LE, click here.



Practical information on designing your range

  • Meggitt Introduces Portable Law Enforcement Training Simulator  Learn more
  • Meggitt Training Systems’ New Live-Fire Screen Enables Seamless Training Experience   Learn more
  • What It Takes To Make A Contemporary Range   Learn more



The latest news on relevant industry topics


Q. I’m in the beginning stages of planning my commercial shooting range and am concerned about ballistic safety. Are there important things I need to know?

A. Most range owners/operators are fully aware of the fact that if something can be seen, it will be shot. This means the design of the range, be it indoor or outdoor, must be accomplished with the number one objective being care and planning for safety. The best resource is your local state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) office. Visit www.osha.gov for more information. 

Q. What safety precautions do I need to consider for the installation of ballistic guards?

A. Air-space baffles, steel guards, and redirective guards are used to protect protrusions in the range, minimize ricochet threats, and close off the paths that may allow shots to escape. The area extending from the firing line to twelve feet downrange is one of the most critical areas in a range where a misdirected shot can compromise the shooter’s safety. Utilizing an air-space ceiling system reduces the risk of injury or damage from a vertically directed shot by stopping the path of the round and trapping it in an air-space panel. The air-space panels are suspended horizontally from the ceiling. Typically these panels start at the firing line and extend twelve feet downrange. A series of air-space baffles are often required to protect the ceiling, lights fixtures and pipes located further downrange. The baffles are suspended from the ceiling at a described angle to the floor in intervals determined by ceiling height, range length, and shooting activity. The last row(s) of baffles, immediately in front of the bullet trap, take the greatest number of high shots.



Meggitt Training Systems’ GranTrap™ successfully passed the ballistic and environmental performance criteria set forth in the Government’s Performance Specification for the Naval Surface Warfare Center. The bullet trap evaluation was so successful the indoor range was certified as full automatic fire and .50 caliber capable as the bullet trap contained all rounds that were fired at point blank range as well as at acute angles of fire.

In conjunction with a firing line security system, a signal light system is recommended to enhance range safety. Typically located on the shooting stall, the signal lights provide shooters with a continuous visual indication of range conditions. The system consists of three colored lights (red-amber-green), a rangemaster call switch, and a control at the range operator’s control console. The red signal light indicates to shooters to stop firing, the amber light warns shooters to be alert for a condition change, and the green light signifies the range is clear. The range operator selects the condition light for the full range from the master control console. When the signal lights are interfaced with the firing line security system, a security violation at the firing line will activate the red signal lights at all shooting positions. The lights will remain red until the range operator resets the system. In circumstances where a shooter at the line needs the attention of the range operator, the shooter activates the rangemaster call switch that is mounted on the shooting stall.



We’ve been around the block


January 23 - 26, 2018
Sands Expo Center
Las Vegas, Nevada
Booth# 12267
Schedule an appointment

AACOP Winter Conference 2018
Feb. 26 - Mar. 1, 2018
Alabama Assoc. of Chiefs of Police
2018 Conference and Expo Show
Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center
Montgomery, Alabama
Schedule an appointment

Security and Counter Terror Expo 2018
Mar. 6 - 7, 2018
Olympia London
London. England
Stand B40
Schedule an appointment!

IWA Outdoor Classics 2018
Mar. 9 - 12, 2018
Nuremburg, Germany
Booth #3-211
Schedule an appointment

CPCA Annual Training Symposium and Trade Show 2018
Mar. 18 - 22, 2018
Westin Long Beach and Long Beach Convention Center
Long Beach, CA
Booth #236
Schedule an appointment

Mar. 19 - 24, 2018
The St. Louis Union Station Hotel
St. Louis, Missouri
Booth #405
Schedule an appointment

NRA Range Design Conference Spring 2018
Mar. 24 - 26, 2018
Four Points by Sheraton Suites, Tampa Airport Westshore
Tampa, FL
Schedule an appointment

Warrior West 2018
April 18 -19, 2018
San Diego, CA
Schedule an appointment

This newsletter covers just a few of the ways that Meggitt’s simulation and live fire products are improving training for law officers and commercial gun ranges around the world. In upcoming newsletters, we’ll introduce you to new technologies and products. For more information, contact MGTTS-LESales@meggitt.com.


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