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.
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.
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/