CHANGING THE TRAINING DYNAMIC WITH THE REALISTIC TARGET COMPANY
Private Military Contractor International|October 2020
Throughout my law enforcement career, the standard training for our department, as with many agencies across our state, consisted of a static range with a solid color (black, blue, or green) human silhouette known as a B-27 target. It was only during my regular training as part of the SWAT team away from the patrol, upper brass, and investigations personnel in which things were a bit more “dynamic”.

Items such as movement, team-building skills and working angles came into play. Sadly, we were still limited to the standard B-27 target, even after I first became part of the Sniper Unit. Fortunately, during one of the many “sniper” schools the Sheriff’s Office training division were able to send my unit to, I discovered the Realistic Target Company.

The Realistic Target Company is owned by a veteran and former sworn law enforcement officer who is aware, firsthand, of the demands placed on Law Enforcement. The company has been in business since 1985. At the time of my Law Enforcement service, the Realistic Target Company was very well known in the tactical precision world for developing a detailed human target at almost a 1 to 1 scale.

These targets featured male and female subjects holding either a handgun, rifle or other object with the ability to cover up the weapon to make “no-shoot” targets as well. Some targets even featured two figures, one being a hostage with an assailant standing behind her with only a limited field of view for a critical mass shot into the body or head. For inexperienced officers who have never had a human in their sights before, peering through a optic and seeing human face with their eyes feeling as if they are staring back at you can be quite the load on the human psyche. Being able to set that aside in training to better perform the task at hand in the real world to save someone’s life offers a great value.

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