Threat Dynamics

“Get down on the ground!” I yelled as I leveled my weapon upon the intruders. The two men ran away, one ducking behind a car and the other behind a large crate. “I can see you, come out from behind that car, I’ve called the cops!” Slowly the shadowy figure stepped out and I my eyes darted back and forth scanning the area for his partner. My brother in law (JimBob) standing next to me began yelling commands at the stranger. I don’t remember what was said all I remember was seeing the man pull out a gun and point it straight at us. Gunshots filled the air as JimBob and I each fired 3 or 4 shots into the intruder. He slumped to the floor before the ringing echoes of our gunshots left the air. With my adrenaline pumping and my eyes wide open I turned my attention to the other intruder hunched down behind a crate. I could see the tip of his head moving around, so I yelled at him to come out. I figured he would quickly comply since we had just filled his accomplice full of hot lead, but the intruder stayed hidden. He kept peaking his head around the corner and I said “yes I can see you! Now come out!”.  I’m not sure if I blinked or was momentarily distracted but without warning there was a sudden bang and a flash that came from a gun, not our guns but his gun. My knees buckled as the pain promptly pierced my side and I rapidly returned fire. “I’ve been shot, I’ve been shot!”.

All of this happened in Hillsboro on Saturday. I’m alive to tell about my experience because fortunately it was only a simulation. A simulation that was about as real as it gets. For my birthday JimBob and I went out to Threat Dynamics located in Hillsboro, Oregon. TD is a state of the art facility that is used to train police officers in a wide variety of scenarios they may experience on and off duty. Recently the training facility was opened to the public as well.

Threat Dynamics has a variety of range types and also hundreds of scenarios that you can choose from. They use real Glock 17 handguns that have been modified with a laser inside of them and a Co2 cartridge that simulates the kick of a real gun. The ranges start out from very basic stationary targets, move up to moving targets and eventually end in full on realistic simulations where you interact with people on screen. There is a controller that not only changes the range types but also controls the scenarios. I don’t know if this is true or not but I was under the impression that not all scenarios end the same. Depending on our commands we may be able to remove the threat verbally rather than killingly.

To add to the realism they strongly suggest that we wear special belts that shock us with 5,000 volts of electricity when and if we get shot. When we were presented with the belts JimBob got all smiley and unsure if he wanted to do it. I turned to him and shook my head “this was supposed to be a nice bday present and now you have me getting hooked up to electrical torture belts?!” Needless to say neither one of us was going to look like a yellow belly so we donned the belts.  The first time I got shot I was actually mad because it hurt and I didn’t want to get shot! JimBob thought he has positioned the belt so when he got shot it would shock him on the sides near the kidneys. He actually had it positioned the correct way so that there is a shocker in the front and the back. During one of the exercises I heard a yelp and a “HUUUEEERRRGGGHHH!!”. Thinking that maybe a dog’s foot had been stepped on I turned to my right and didn’t see any canines, only JimBob reacting to the pain. He said it’s not that it hurt so bad but it surprised him when he felt it in the front…down low. Either way I got a kick out of it and I’m pretty sure the controller did too.

On the screen there were objects (cars, boxes..etc) in the foreground that we were told we could hide behind. We were also told to move and crouch because the system will be able to detect this and this could prevent us from getting shot. Those were nice ideas and good advice but basically JimBob and I stood our ground like Rambo against Columbian drug lords.  We would learn to follow his advice when he brought us to the next room.

The ultimate tool in training at Threat Dynamics is their 300 degree screen you stand in the middle of. It brings the training to a whole ‘nuva level when you have multiple threats or multiple avenues for a threat to appear on. We did good for the most part but there was one time in particular that we were so focused on what was happening in front of us that we failed to see the guy come up behind us and shoot me in the back. It was like a back massage with spiky electricity…I didn’t like it.

Overall the experience was an awesome one and I will be going back. In fact JimBob and I have plans to go back in a couple of weeks, although we may be checking out more of the ranges rather than the scenarios. We both found the ranges to be a lot of fun and even more challenging, a great supplement to punching holes in targets at the real range. I highly suggest for anyone that is interested to give it a try it really was a blast. Heck call me up, I’d like to go again! But you have to wear the belt this time.




  1. mego said,

    December 10, 2009 @ 2:33 pm

    sounds like a good ole boy time… and jimbob sounds like a really cool bro in law.

  2. Holly said,

    December 11, 2009 @ 12:32 am

    wow, you really did this? pretty realistic sounding!

  3. Anthony B. said,

    December 14, 2009 @ 6:28 pm

    Remove the threat verbally???
    Screw that. I’ll take removing the threat killingly every time…

    __We are the Knights who say Ni__

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