For years Law Enforcement Targets, Inc. has been providing realistic targets for police and military firearms training. One of their specialties is the production of realistic targets with shoot/no shoot overlays to incorporate decision making into deadly force training.
Now, Law Enforcement Targets is producing school shooter scenario targets. Photographed in actual schools, these targets are full-color and near life-sized. Five different basic targets with 28 hand overlays allows firearms instructors to create a wide variety of scenarios.
I’ve ordered from Law Enforcement Targets in the past, and I have always been pleased with their service.
Of course, realistic targets are only part of the overall firearms training that you should be engaging in. You should also consider realistic threats, cover, concealment, innocents and distances. Physical fitness should also be a component of your realistic firearms training program.
The use of a firearm in law enforcement is very serious business. Not only does its use require extraordinary circumstances – your life or the lives of others are being threatened – but you are responsible for where the bullets go. IF you have inadequate training, and simply keep pulling the trigger until the slide locks back, how many of those projectiles went where they were supposed to? How many struck bystanders who you have sworn an oath to serve and protect?
Firearms training programs should teach solid fundamentals applied in realistic environments. A static range may be ok for introducing a new police officer to shooting techniques, but no police officer I know ever got into a gunfight on a shooting range. They all happened in front yards, city parks, street corners and in restaurants. All of those places had innocent people in the mix, and none of them had a “good” backstop for catching stray rounds.
Think about it, work to update your training programs and…