RE Factor Tactical released new products at a pretty impressive rate all through last year, constantly broadening their product line without (as best we can tell) diluting the quality of construction or design. You might recall seeing our article on their Kill Zone and IQ Targets a few months back. This is the newest style: the Essentials Target.
The “Essentials” target is laid out to be a multipurpose, multi-drill target primarily used for pistol work. RE Factor says it is “…designed to give you an essential set of drills that will maintain your current proficiency level.” One way to do that is by following their drill break down available here. This drill takes 150 rounds to complete and covers multiple aspects of pistol marksmanship, to include slow aimed fire, weak and offhand shooting, target transition, trigger speed changes, drawing, magazine reloads and controlled multiple shot groups. The company also tells us that the targets are scalable to meet the individual proficiency level of each different shooter. They recommend you tailor the target, yard lines and drills to meet your specific mission set or level of marksmanship.
So basically there is no wrong way to use the Essentials Target as long as you are getting training value out of it.
Here’s an example of one drill they posted:
4 Second Par Time Drill
Range: 5 yards
Starting position: Gun holstered and facing downrange. Place your shot timer to a 5 second par time.
Drill: At the sound of the buzzer fire as many rounds as possible into target no. 1 before reaching the 5 second par time. Repeat the drill for targets no 2-6.
End game: The goal here is to balance speed with accuracy. You should only be counting hits within the target.
Score: Your score is the most rounds you are able to put in one dot out of the six targets.
The target measures the same as the others recently released, 23″ x 35”, and is printed on heavy stock paper. Available in 10, 25, 50 and 100 count packs, the Essentials target mixes in well with their other specialty target offerings. We hit the range to give the new target a try, shooting it both with pistol and carbine at pistol distance. Paired with a shot timer, you can create some pretty challenging drills for yourself. For example, you can warm up focusing on the fundamentals, using the large “bullseye” target. Next, move on to shooting the 13 target for speed. Do the same with your next magazine on the smaller targets, such as the 8 or 9 targets at the top. Do the same on the 1 through 6 targets, and finish another mag on the tiny 14 or 1” square 15 target. Alternatively, you can shoot a “box drill” using the 8,9,10, and 11 targets which border the four corners. Shoot all four as fast as you can hit, and then change direction. Breaking up the monotony of always shooting clockwise or counterclockwise is another good idea.
There is no shortage of ways to use the Essentials Target, which is a very cool aspect of this product. We’re confident you’ll create many of your own drills, as we have through experimentation. You can pick up a pack here at RE factor’s website, and if you have any favorite drills for a target such as this, please share them in the comments section below.
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