MotoShot Training Robots And Target Directed Fire or Suppressive Fire
Being a retired police officer from Wisconsin, I am reminded of a fellow officer from the Fond Du Lac Department, Officer Birkholz, who was killed in the line of duty in 2011. Officer Birkholz was shot and killed by an individual shooting from the second floor of a residence. Officer Birkholz’s death caused those of us who were firearms instructors to rethink the idea of Target Directed Fire or Suppressive fire—in short, directing fire at a target to force the shooter to retreat briefly while a rescue takes place. Or, as was the case in Officer Birkholz’s situation, to neutralize the threat entirely; in either case, this tactic was not taught to your average street officer because, in short, we never needed to. Sadly Officer Birkholz and active shooters changed all that.
Shooting at an elevated target presents a host of logistical problems, mainly errant rounds, but if a department can overcome the issue, think about placing a MotoShot Robot at the window or an elevated position and shooting at it. The Autoresetting 3D Target will fall when struck and can be automatically reset to standing, allowing the scenario to continue without stopping.
My Sniper associates advise that the ability to shoot at a target through various materials is a beneficial skill. There are differing schools of thought about the type of round to use, depending on the material you are shooting through. MotoShot Robot can be placed behind a variety of materials to determine round behavior. MotoShot also offers the C-Bell Steel Target that rings when struck, which is another benefit to sharpshooters who don’t often have the opportunity to shoot at a moving target inside of a building.
I left law enforcement prior to seeing how departments started to teach Target Directed Fire, but when I think of MotoShot and the ability to teach that tactic, I wish I was still instructing. The idea that you could move the MotoShot Robot around a room and shoot at it from outside a building is exciting, to say the least. I know when I presented this idea to some of my colleagues, they were very interested in hearing more about MotoShot. More importantly, if what happened to Officer Birkholz can bring about change in training tactics, then his death will not be a meaningless one.
About the author
Glen Hartman has a lifelong commitment to public safety. He currently serves as Firearms Instructor, Rescue Dive Team Coordinator, and Patrol Sergeant Hudson Police Department. In addition, Glen has accomplished some notable achievements such as Defensive and Arrest Tactics Instructor, Chemical Irritants, Percussive Devices, and Less Lethal Instructor as well as being FBI trained in active shooter and digital video recovery, just to name a few.