|3" Circle target from LETargets.com|
|6" Circle target from LETargets.com|
|IPSC target from LETargets.com|
|IDPA target from LETargets.com|
|4 Color Discretionary Target from LETargets.com|
Other targets that have training value, but may require a second person on the range with you are discretionary targets and combination targets, such the RTG1 target from Rockwell Tactical. These targets allow your partner to call out a color, number, or shape as your target. This forces you to think while you train instead of simply firing repetitions on the same target. It teaches target discrimination, which is critical in a stressful defensive scenario such as a theater, mall, or other setting with an abundance of people. The RTG1 target is designed to combine both a silhouette target with a discretionary target, saving you time and money.
|RTG1 Target from Rockwell Tactical|
On a flat range, I don't necessarily advocate the use of situational targets such as the "hostage" targets or "bad-guy" targets. While there is nothing wrong with those targets, they are primarily designed for scenario use, and they tend to distract from working fundamentals on the flat range. They do have their uses, but in very defined training situations. In my opinion, your flat range time is better spent developing your target discrimination, fundamentals of marksmanship, and critical skills.
I hope this post has been useful. Please don't take it as criticism of other instructors who may use other methodologies. My thoughts are not necessarily any more valuable than theirs, but they are based on what has worked for me, and are derived from training I received from some incredibly skilled SOF coaches. Of everything I've mentioned, the most important is the range plan. Take the time to plan out your day, and make the most out of every minute and every round. Your life or someone else's may depend on it.
X Echo 1 is a 10 year veteran of the US Coast Guard, where he has served at various units including the International Training Division and Maritime Security Response Team. He has held qualifications including Deployable Team Leader/Instructor, Direct Action Section Team Leader, and Precision Marksman – Observer. He has deployed/instructed on five continents and served in quick reaction force roles for multiple National Special Security Events in the US. In addition to his Coast Guard credentials, he is also an NRA Certified Instructor, focusing his attention on civilians looking for professional instruction for their defensive needs.