Steel Targets & Why Are They Important
Provo, Utah –-(Ammoland.com)- Instant feedback programs muscle memory and reinforces positive behavior.
Just like hitting a baseball, your body subconsciously remembers how to orchestrate all the variables required to be successful.
If you do not get instant feedback, your mind and body are not able to accurately correlate which variables produced positive results, and which produced negative results. The more senses you involve in the process, the more powerful and more rapid the conditioning becomes.
The target should bounce, spin, rock, wobble, explode, fall, or give some other visual indicator when hit. High contrast paint on the shooting surface will increase visual feedback, but paint must be reapplied frequently. Paint can also be used to reduce visibility if desired. Targets do not have to be made of steel to provide visual feedback. Plastic can provide some of the same effects, and cardboard targets can be equipped with various types of hit sensors. Balloons by themselves can be simple reactive targets, and they become even more effective when used with a three dimensional cardboard torso like our reactive “3D Target.” For the greatest efficiency, use targets that can be reset easily or do not require manual resetting at all.
Steel is required for a target to produce a “gong” when hit. The size and thickness of the steel will affect the quality of the gong produced, as will the method with which the target is mounted or suspended. If the target is mounted so it is not too restricted and can move when hit, the gong will be louder and more effective. Although quality steel targets will cost more upfront, the savings in training time and ongoing cardboard and paper target replacement will more than pay for your original investment.
SHOOT MORE, WASTE LESS TIME
In addition to providing effective visible and audible indicators when hit, steel targets greatly enhance the efficiency of your training as well. Instead of changing out paper or cardboard targets, you can spend more time actually shooting. The 30 or so minutes you save each day really add up over the course of a year, especially if you are working with a large department.
IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME
A final benefit of reactive targets is the pure entertainment factor. This may seem frivolous, but it can provide an enormous benefit to your training program. Would you rather shoot holes in paper all day, or would you rather participate in tactical shooting scenarios that involve movement, communication, and targets that drop, fall, spin, dodge, or charge you? Your trainees feel the same way. The more enjoyable you make the training, the more often people will come to the range.