Close Quarters Battle (CQB) is all about target discrimination.
Target discrimination is all about the suspect’s hands.
Specifically, does the suspect have something in his hands that poses a threat?
One of the weaknesses with using paper bad guy targets — even a variety of paper targets — is that shooters become all too familiar with the bad guys’ likenesses.
They see a face and they know it’s a no-shoot target because they already know he’s holding a cell phone. They see another target and they recognize it as a threat, because they’ve shot him before.
This is especially true for cops, and it’s even more of a problem if their department operates on a shoe-string training budget, as most do.
Their targets force the shooter to scan both hands, because they use stickers that allow the targets to be customized to suit a variety of scenarios — threats and non-threats.
The threats feature handguns, an assortment of knives and even a grenade. The non-threats include cuffs, a silver coffee mug. a badge and an empty hand.
The best part? They’re photos, not cartoonish renderings.
Also, they’re affordable.
The targets start with an MSRP of $2.50, but of course the more you buy, the cheaper they become. If you purchase 100, the price drops to $0.68.
The stickers have an MSRP of $3.30, but the price drops to $2.10 for 100.
RE Factor Tactical offers a host of other targets but, for my money, their Defense Targets stand out.