[SHOT 2016] Salted Earth ATLAS Training System

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One of the requests for things to check out at SHOT was to preview the NEXT area (which showcases manufacturers and vendors that haven’t been to SHOT), and I had decided to make Wednesday a day to look for cool things related to training. Based on that tip, I went by to check out some companies that all had something to offer in that realm—this highlight will be about Salted Earth’s ATLAS.

Pretty small unit with a great feature set.

Pretty small unit with a great feature set.

Salted Earth has a laser based training system that is pretty ruggedized and has some interesting features I didn’t see in the other systems I checked out. The heart of the system is a little box with an array of colored LEDs. These little boxes can be mounted nearly anywhere by utilizing the UNC threads (just like most camera mounts). So with a magnet you can mount to vehicles, metal door frames, etc. You can install it on a tripod. You get the idea. The ATLAS can also be networked to other units allowing for more complex scenarios.

LEDs are SUPER bright and would work very well outside. The ATLAS has a number of training modes like Simon/Memory, "Crowd", and Hostage which allow for very different training opportunities.

LEDs are SUPER bright and would work very well outside. The ATLAS has a number of training modes like Simon/Memory, “Crowd”, and Hostage which allow for very different training opportunities.

Each ATLAS has a number of modes built in for training and “gamification”, including things like shoot/no-shoot areas, progressively tightening target areas, hostage scenarios, timers, etc. It also has an internal rechargeable battery so it doesn’t have wall wart requirements. Really a versatile system.

Another benefit is that it will work with your preferred laser training device (red, green, blue, infrared) and has a paired mobile and desktop app to pull out feedback about your training (though really I would hope all modern training systems would at this point).

You can check out a promo video at:

You can learn more at their website: http://www.thesaltedearth.com/

 



Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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  • Spencerhut

    This was neat, oh yeah . . . but not $650 cool.

    • These targets were hit at SHOT just shy of 16k times, even with a cheap caliber they more than paid for themselves. The cost of the device comes from the fact that we designed this specific model to stand up to abuse; surviving multiple 6′ drops to concrete on all sides, and being weather resistant is an engineering challenge.

      ATLAS is an entire series of products to fit a wide range of needs with Dry-Fire, this is just the first.