By David Crane
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November 08, 2012
Last updated on 7/01/13.
DefenseReview.com (DR) recently published an article on Ultimate Training Munitions Man Marker Round ammunition and its reliability in the SureFire MAG5-60 HCM 60-shot quad-stack mag (magazine). Well, DR just got to view, handle and run a very cool new force-on-force training helmet at HALO Counter-Terrorism Summit 2012 in San Diego that really blew us away.
It's made and marketed by Phoenix RBT Solutions for use with UTM MMR ammo (which the company markets in the U.S.) and paintball ammo. The Phoenix NLTA Protective Gear Force-On-Force Training Helmet is unique in that it sports a full face shield made of clear polymer rather than a goggle, so the operator/trainee has full 180-degree vision and can be identified facially by the instructor.
Another unique feature is the helmet's/face-mask's flexibility, which allows the shooter to get enough of a cheek weld to be able to acquire his combat optic. As we ran through the Phoenix RBT Solutions Portable Training Facility mobile shoot house, DR was able acquire the red dot on our Aimpoint Micro T-1 combat optic that was mounted on the FERFRANS Specialties SOAR-P short-stroke gas piston/op-rod (push-type operating rod) tactical AR SBR (Short Barreled Rifle)/sub-carbine ;we were using. Normally, the FERFRANS SOAR-P would be outfitted with a Ferfrans DSAS/RRS BCG (Delayed Sear Activation System/Rate Reduction System Bolt Carrier Group). However, since we were running UTM MMR force-on-force training ammo, this on was outfitted with a UTM AR-15/M16/M4/M4A1 Carbine BCG conversion kit. ;
But back to the helmet. Our combat-vision capability, i.e., our field of vision, was total. When you add the helmet's anti-fogging/non-fogging aspect to this, the effect is really impressive. One of the best features of the helmet is that it doesn't fog up, regardless of the environment and user's exertion level. This is accomplished through the helmet's "large volume of air" capacity inside the helmet between the shooter's face and large transparent face mask/lense and perhaps also some type of anti-fogging lens coating. Defense Review isn't sure about the lens coating, but we'll put a call into Phoenix RBT Solutions as soon as we can about it and update this article accordingly. Bottom line, though, is that the mask didn't fog up on us, and Phoenix RBT Solutions CEO/Owner Tony Lambraia says it won't under any circumstances.
Another really cool feature of the Phoenix NLTA Helmet is the way it flips up like a welder's helmet (or hockey goalie helmet), so you can quickly flip it up to debrief and do an training drill AAR (After Action Report).
The helmet tightens to your head via a knob on the front of a strap that goes across your forehead. DR was informed that this strap can be fitted with padding for increased comfort. Since we only wore the helmet for a short amount of time and a single run through the Phoenix RBT Portable Training Facility mobile shoothouse (see bottom video clip below), we weren't able to assess it for long-term comfort. However, we hope to get a test sample helmet soon for our next force-on-force training course.
So, what's the upshot? This is one badass helmet. Big DR thumbs up.
The Phoenix RBT NLTA Force-On-Force Helmet currently retails for $130.99 USD and is available in Black, Red, Blue, Green and Tan. That's a lot of colors.
DefenseReview has started to really focus on force-on-force gunfighting training over the last year, including low-light/no-light CQB/CQC (Close Quarters Battle/Close Quarters Combat) training. Conventional live-fire shooting training for technical and tactical shooting skills is important and necessary, but it's DR's belief that force-on-force training is also essential, and should be a part of any/every tactical shooter's training.
In the last/bottom video clip, below, you can see the author running through the shoothouse shooting at targets with 5.56mm UTM force-on-force training ammo/rounds. The reactive targets he's shooting come with the Tech Valley Technologies (TVT) Human Interactive Target System (HITS), which is a 3D reactive target system with hit-location/tracking technology, so you can see all your hits and where you're hitting.
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Company Contact Info:
Phoenix RBT Solutions, LLC (Headquarters)
55 Readington Road
North Branch, NJ 08876
Toll Free: 888-423-9444
Phoenix NLTA Helmet Page: http://www.phoenixrbtsolutions.com/other-products/nlta-protective-gear-topmenu/product/46-nlta-helmet.html
Law Enforcement Contact:
214 Calle Moreno
San Dimas, CA 91773
18300 Mount Baldy Circle
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Toll Free: 800-828-8809
Customer Service Email: [email protected]
International Sales Email: [email protected]
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