BROOKSVILLE, FLA. — Once only available to elite law enforcement teams and military special forces units, Tampa Gunfights is now offering affordable and safe force-on-force training to everyone, at their indoor training facility located north of Brooksville, Florida.
Packages start at $99, which gets the shooter a Glock 19 or Glock 17 that’s been converted to only fire Simunition-type training rounds, as well as four 10-round magazines.
For $119, the shooter can choose either an AR or an AK, and will receive two 20-round magazines. The ARs have optics — excellent carbines from Adams Arms.
For $149, the shooter receives a Glock, four 10-round magazines and an AR or an AK, with two 20-round magazines.
Additional ammunition is available: $12 for an additional handgun magazine, $17 for an additional AR magazine and $30 for an additional AK magazine.
Hint: Buy extra mags!
There was a festive atmosphere Saturday at Tampa Gunfights’ invitation-only soft launch.
The facility was packed — standing room only. Everyone was eager to see shots fired.
Both Gino and Danny have decades of high-level firearms training experience. They’re the perfect hosts.
Their shoot house is 25-yards x 15-yards. It’s carpeted and air-conditioned. It features movable 55-gallon
drums, tires and pallets that offer cover. The guys can add smoke, music, sirens and variable lighting to make the training more challenging and realistic. One entire wall of the room is glass, so spectators can watch the action inside from just feet away.
Safety was paramount throughout the entire day.
Shooters watch a training video, which is followed by a thorough safety briefing.
They’re checked for contraband — firearms, ammo or other weapons — which are not allowed in the training facility.
Shooters are issued a soft cotton balaclava, to keep their sweat contained, a padded balaclava, throat and face shield, goggles, gloves, a helmet and a tactical vest. Bulky, padded clothing is recommended. Shorts are not allowed. The owners do not want any exposed skin.
Each shooter is checked thoroughly by a team of RSO before the range goes hot.
After the gear inspection, the first scenario began — a three-on-three shootout that lasted for five minutes.
One team was armed with Glocks, and the other got ARs.
“Maintain your situational awareness,” Gino told the shooters. “Anything can happen — music, fog, lights — and watch your footing.”
Gino quickly demonstrated the heel-to-toe technique used to safely move while shooting, which was followed by a quick review of shooting fundamentals.
“Take the opportunity in here to practice how your react out there,” he said. “It’s going to be chaotic. That’s the point.”
Shooters, especially if they closed in with an opponent, were told to take “critical shots” — center mass — for safety reasons. Going hands on, in this scenario, was not allowed.
“We’re going for five minutes, so be smart about your ammo count,” Gino said.
If a shooter was hit, and most were, they were not considered “dead,” but were able to continue fighting.
“This is a learning opportunity,” he said. “We’ll debrief later, and examine where and how you were shot.”
When the range went hot, firing started slowly, but it quickly escalated into a cacophony of gunfire. Shooters were reluctant to close in with and destroy their opponents, but this quickly changed. By the end of the scenario, they were using good communication with their teammates.
“You have to shoot, move and communicate,” Gino said.