Welcome To iFightBack

"Practice as if your life depended on it."

  • "You never know when."
  • "So be prepared."
  • "You never know where."
  • "You just never know."
  • "So just be prepared."
  • "Practice as if your life depended on it."

Welcome To iFightBack ® (by Self-Defense Software)

The Only Affordable Interactive Firearms
Training Simulator for Home
or Classroom Use (just $179.95)

    With iFightBack® you can practice necessary skills that you could not otherwise practice at a gun range. For instance, drawing from concealment be it waistband holster, purse, or even a flash-bang holster; moving while shooting, shoot / don't shoot scenarios; moving targets, addressing and shooting a threat that is behind you; and many others.

    Interactive firearms training simulators have been used for years to train military and police because it offers a realistic but safe way to practice responding to dangerous situations. US House Resolution 487 officially recognized Modeling and Simulation (M&S) as a National Critical Technology. Simulators have also recently become popular at commercial gun ranges. Now for the first time, with iFightBack, you can use interactive video technology to practice personal and home defense in your own home or classroom without the $50 or more per hour cost at gun ranges. Now you can practice as long as you want, whenever you want, rain or shine.

  According to an National Training and Simulation Association study requested by the Congressional Modeling & Simulation Caucus "...simulation training applications improve performance, save lives and compress the time required to develop skills. In some cases, simulators can even provide more effective training than other methods can."

See: The Hidden Advantage in Shoot/Don’t Shoot Simulation Exercise for Police Recruit Training.

  If you own a gun for personal and/or home defense, the need to practice is critical. Going to the range to shoot at paper targets is necessary to acquire certain shooting skills but that is not enough to prepare yourself for a potential life or death shooting incident. iFightBack presents a variety of interactive video simulated scenarios depicting such life threatening possibilities as home invasions, muggings, carjackings, and more. It also includes video drills such as the Tueller drill; drawing against a knife wielding attacker from 21 feet and others. Also included are interactive videos to practice Shoot / Don't Shoot (threat assessment) scenarios, moving steel targets and gun range targets for sight picture, stance, and grip practice.

  iFightBack allows you to practice Drawing from Concealment which is not allowed at most gun ranges. See Drawing from Concealment iFightBack also allows you to practice shooting while moving, drawing and turning to face a threat behind you, shooting from a compromised position such as from the ground on your back. These are skills that need to be practiced but are way too dangerous to practice with live ammunation. Dry fire with iFightBack is the prefect alternative. See Shooting from the Ground

  iFightBack interactive scenarios have multiple variations so that each time you run a scenario or drill it will change, keeping you on your toes not knowing what will come next. Ask to see a suspect's hands and in one variation his or her hands come out empty but in another they may come out with a gun and start shooting. You never know.

  iFightBack scenarios can be recorded in real time so they can be played back shot by shot to better analyze your performance and shot placement. A statistical report can also be generated at the end of each run giving you such statistics of how many shots you fired, how many missed vs. how many were fatal, how many shots were fired at you, were any Good Guys hit, etc.

  iFightBack can be shot with an infrared camera and IR laser so that you will not get accustomed to "walking" the laser to the proper placement. See Using visible vs invisible IR laser with iFightBack

   iFightBack now shoots back! (New!)

  In a 2010 simulation measuring the marksmanship of police officers facing an assailant who occasionally shot back, Dr. Nieuwenhuys found that officers were able to improve their performance in high anxiety circumstances.

Also See: The National Center for Biotechnology Information: Effects of anxiety on handgun shooting behavior of police officers: a pilot study.

Notice: Cautions apply for using the ShockPad. See ShockPad Info at bottom for details.

  Now, with the new $73 iFightBack ShockPad, when the bad guy shoots
  at you in the video, you will actually get "hit".
  Go to our product page for the new ShockPad.
Get more information about the new ShockPad
(1 or 2 can be used at same time so where you get hit is more ramdom)
The iFightBack ShockPad is a Bluetooth Low Energy TENS device that will provide a shock to the wearer when the bad guy shoots in any of the Drills, Interactive Videos, or Hogan's Alley Scenarios.
This adds some anxiety and adrenaline to your practice sessions.
Hard to stay calm under fire when you're afraid of getting hit.

  Practice Tap-N-Rack Drills....

  iFightBack also comes with optional random Malfunctions to practice Tap & Rack drills for potential life saving muscle memory skill. See Practice for a Malfunction.

  Be warned of excessive muzzle movement...

  iFightBack also comes with optional excessive Muzzle  Movement warnings to let you or your student know when there  might be a problem with grip, finger placement, too much  anticipation of the next target, etc.


  Practice Low Light shooting with a flashlight....

Click image to play video ->
   iFightBack also comes with the option to turn any
 Scenario into a Night Scenario and to use a
 near-UV laser as a tactical flashlight to light up the scene.
 (NOTE: The Flashlight option requires an IR USB Camera
 and a relatively fast computer with at least a
 3.6 GHz computer CPU chip or faster.)

There are UV flashlights on the market but they will not work very well.
Here is the 1mw 405nm laser pointer with focus/zoom adjustment that we found for $12.80 on eBay that we test with. Click here for eBay Link

If the link above is no longer active or sold out use your browser to search for
"900Miles Blue Purple Laser Pointer Pen 405nm Lazer Beam Light"

  Film your own videos...

  iFightBack will also let you film your own videos with phone  or camera, mark the fatal "hit" areas, and track the Bad Guys  as you play the video. It will also let you setup a playlist of  your your videos to play in succession.


Equipment requirements for setting up iFightBack in your home or classroom:


 See How to Setup iFightBack for step by step guide.


System Requirements:

  iFightBack is for Windows computers. It can be run on Windows 10 or 11 (64-bit).

  When using a USB Webcan and Laser Cartridges (or SIRT type training pistol):
A Windows 10 computer's processor (CPU) speed should be at least 2.2GHz. Higher is recommended. And at least 8GB memory (more is better).

A Windows 11 computer needs a processor (CPU) speed of at least 2.4GHz. Higher is recommended. And at least 16GB memory (more is better).

 (NOTE: The Flashlight option mentioned above requires an IR USB Camera
 and a relatively fast computer with at least a 3.6 GHz computer CPU chip or faster.)

Here is a link to show you how to check the CPU speed of your computer.

The webcam we recommend when using visible red lasers is the
Logitech C920/C920S or higher from Amazon. <- turned off link because of price gouging.
Here is a link to the Logitech C920S on BestBuy for $70 (currently in stock 06/04/2021) or
Here is a link to the Logitech C922 on BestBuy for $100 (currently in stock 06/04/2021) or
Here is a link to the Logitech Pro on BestBuy for $140 (currently in stock 06/04/2021) or
(the lesser C615 works OK but not work as well as the models listed above)
Here is a link to the Logitech C615 on BestBuy for $69 (currently in stock 06/04/2021)
Here is a link to the Logitech C615 on Office Depot for $59 (currently in stock 06/04/2021)

iFightBack IR Camera NOTE: For using iFightBack with an Invisible Infrared (IR) laser you need an IR camera such as our iFightBack IR USB Camera for $80. Regular webcams cannot see invisible IR light. Our iFightBack IR camera can be used for both visible red laser or invisible infrared laser. (See When is it better to use a visible red laser or an invisible infrared (IR) laser)

Once you have a camera you can use either a big screen TV or a projector and screen. See below for information regarding projectors.

Lighting Requirements when using Laser Fire:

    When using a USB webcam and laser fire, being able to control lighting is critical. If you have windows in or near the area where you will be using iFightBack, depending on the time of day, you will probably need to be able to shutter them with blinds, shutters, or curtains in order to control the light coming in. If the light in the area is too bright, the camera will have to be dimmed so much to compensate that no laser hits will be detected and/or the screen will be so bright from the reflected light that the program will pick up too many false hits from bright areas in the video. You may also need to control the overhead lights. In other words, if there are no windows in the room and all of the overhead lights are controlled by only one switch, depending on the intensity of the lights, the room may either be too bright to work when on or too dark to work when off.

    The recommended lighting is to have the room comfortably dim. If you have ever been to a professional installation you will notice the extent that they have gone to to control the light.

    If you are using a Projector and screen or big screen TV, adjusting the brightness on the projector or backlighting on the TV is a very good way to adjust for a "too bright" condition.
See Help -> Guidelines for Selecting a Projector for more.

Laser Training Cartridge for Reactive Dry Fire practice in your home or office:

  The IFightBack Red Laser Training Cartridge can be used for reactive "Dry Fire" practice in your own home, office, or classroom with your own firearm(s). The rubber snap cap at the rear of the cartridge protects the firing pin and a red laser dot indicates shot placement. (Note: Whether you use the iFightBack laser training cartridge or another brand, it must have an extended laser pulse time of at least 40 milliseconds. See: Selecting Laser Training Cartridges.)

Note: When using Invisible Infrared (IR) Laser Cartridges, you must also use an IR Camera.
(See When is it better to use a visible red laser or an invisible infrared (IR) laser)

  Using the iFightBack interactive training software you can practice drawing from concealment with both the 5-Step Draw Drill or Quick Draw that give you instant vocal feedback and records Shot Placement along with Times and Split Times. Other practice sessions allow you to practice proper stance, grip, sight acquisition, sight placement, trigger and , breath control as if at the shooting range but without the high cost of ammo.

  Almost no gun range will allow you to practice drawing from concealment and for sure no gun range will let you start your draw with your back to the target, turn, and fire or unconventional positions like lying on your back or side. Drawing your weapon from a holster or purse when the threat (target) is in front, behind, or to the side of you is a skill that needs to be practiced to commit the motions to muscle memory. iFightBack software with Laser Training Cartridges allows you to practice safely at home any time. (YouTube) screen capture

A PC Gun Controller can also be used with the iFightBack training system:

  For those who do not want to use a real gun (or even a SIRT type pistol) for training, for instance on a school campus, you may shoot the iFightBack scenarios using a PC compatible gun controller. Although any PC compatible gun controller can be used we recommend and sell the AimTrak Light Gun by Ultimarc. It is one of the only PC gun controllers which we have found that is at least close to the look of a real gun giving a more realistic feel to the practice sessions. (See Help -> Modify AimTrack for ideas to augment the look and feel of the AimTrak gun controller.)

Projector or Big Screen TV:

  iFightBack is meant to be shot using a projector and screen or a big screen TV. If you install iFightBack on a laptop computer it is a relatively simple matter of connecting the laptop to a projector or TV using the either as the laptop's optional monitor. Although more cumbersome, you could also move your desktop computer over to the projector or TV. and use it. (See Help -> Connect Computer to TV for help with any needed cables.)

Projector can also be used:

  For instructors who have projection systems the iFightBack Interactive Video Scenarios can also shot using the projection screen. See Help -> Guidelines for Selecting a Projector for more.

(YouTube) Intro to iFightBack using Laser Inserts and Projector....)

(YouTube) Intro to iFightBack using Laser Inserts and big screen TV....)

See also YouTube Video using iFightBack on TV with a more expensive but more professional reflective plastic.

"Si vis pacem, para bellum". (If you want peace, prepare for war.)


Using a Gun Controller with iFightBack
to teach threat assessment, sight acquisition, and safe gun handling.

(YouTube) iFightBack using gun controller and big screen TV
            in classroom setting...

(see Examples page for more.)

These short clips, captured from the screen, shows a just some of the inter-active videos.

(YouTube) Some short screen captures using USB Light Gun...
(see Examples page for more.)

iFightBack ®
last updated 03/26/2023