Navy taps augmented reality to improve firearms training (VIDEO)

The Navy is experimenting with a system that could help make those manning the fleet’s guns more ready to react to a threat. Dubbed the Weapons Augmented Reality Scoring System, or WARSS, the system developed by Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division, provides more of an interactive experience than shooting a drifting “killer tomato” target or puffing away in the flat, air-conditioned sim world of a FATS trainer or Engagement Skills Trainer system. The solution is to put the Sailor in a real-world setting with a weapon rigged for blanks and have them engage realistic computer-generated 3D targets that come into the user’s view. Kind of like Walking Dead: Our World or Pokemon Go, but with a .50 caliber M2 and the threat of a mando funday.

This article was syndicated from is a niche news web site that publishes original reporting on the wide range of topics within the gun world. We publish Monday through Saturday. Our approach is to explore the topic of guns through the widest lens possible, to deliver these findings as fairly and accurately as possible and to host the opinions and perspectives of our writers and readers as selflessly as possible, trying our best not to get in the way of our contributors. Our desire is to allow our writers and readers to tell their stories, no matter what the story is, as long as we believe a) it will benefit or interest gun owners and b) conforms to ethical journalistic methods and practices. Our headquarters are in Illinois but our contributors submit to us from across the United States — from Maine to California, from Texas to Alaska and every state in between.