Target discrimination training done right

Defense Targets by RE Factor Tactical use a variety of stickers to train shooters to look at the suspect’s hands, not their likeness. (TGW Photos / Jonah Hinebaugh)

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.

Over the years, I’ve seen a variety of targets that offer interchangeable threats and non-threats, but none are as well done as the Defense Targets offered by RE Factor Tactical.

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.






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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

1 Comment

  1. Manuel E Gutierrez on

    Darn it. Watch those hands first of all in altercations. It may save limbs, injuries and death. Great advice !

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