OH MY, the feds are training their agents to kill innocent, pregnant women!
This just won't go away!
These targets are not a threat to anyone. I am one of the biggest conspiracy theorists out there is but this is just silly. I can't believe that there are mature, supposedly educated adults, MEN, worrying about these silly damn targets.
During WWI, it was determined that many soldiers were missing their targets because men don't like bullseyes which is what they all trained on to start with. After going to a little more realistic humanoid silhouette, things started to change for the better. The same goes for current times. Things evolve, usually for the better. The more realistically we train, the better we perform on the street.
Photo targets of REAL people have been used in professional and LE defensive firearms training for years. My first experience with them was in 2003, 10 years ago. Since then, I have shot hundreds of them and have stacks of them in my training supplies.
Someone said earlier, "I have yet to see "gangbanger" targets, "middle east" targets, "black targets" "politician" targets, or "muslim" targets."
We have hundreds and hundreds of the very targets that you list. ALL of them. They are not new either.
Muslim terrorist? http://letargets.com/estylez_item.aspx?item=13RT
A black man? Dayton, OH PD uses this one...
Not to pick on blacks, how about Asian? Dayton PD uses this one also... http://letargets.com/estylez_item.aspx?item=DPD-11
I did a very short, 3-minute search online yesterday and quickly found 2 instances where a police officer was forced to shoot a pregnant woman who was attacking him. Stuff happens gentlemen! There are instances where an injured woman attacked the cop who had just shot her husband...WHILE HER HUSBAND WAS BEATING HER! People do very strange things under stress. Drugs, depression, mental illness, desperation causes people to react in unpredictable ways.
The targets in question (and why I don't know) are being used by a LOT of agencies right now. However, they are no longer being produced and when current stocks are depleted, they will be gone forever until someone wises up and creates some more. You may be interested to know that these targets were created by a FEMALE police officer. Not DHS, not NMDPS, not the target company.
We have 4 levels of defensive handgun training, two rifle and two shotgun and we use photographic targets of real people in certain stages almost every class. Every LEA dictates what targets their training programs will use. WASHINGTON CRIMINAL JUSTICE uses a stupid little silhouette with an image of bowling pin in it. How realistic is that? How realistic is ANY solid silhouette?
Every hostage rescue target out there has one hostage taker on one side. What happens if your hostage taker is on the other side? Most folks shoot the hostage. I designed a target that has a hostage taker on both sides to practice realistically. You can see it here: http://letargets.com/estylez_item.aspx?item=BT-10H2
Professional, reality-based training is a hell of a lot different than standing on clean gravel on a square range with birds singing and the sun shining. Step out of the box. Don't be a statistic.
This conspiracy crap can eat us up if we don't throw a little common sense in with it.
Cope Reynolds (Desertscout)
Southwest Shooting Authority of Arizona
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