Commentary About our Fancy Targets

Received an e-mail today from a reader. But instead of asking a question, it seemed like he was more into making a statement. And when reduced to it most basic form he roughly said, “One day when I have the money, I’ll buy some targets so I can shoot more”.

Sorry, Bud. When he reads this post he will know I am talking about him. But it should be fine since our conversation was overall very positive. I won’t ID him publicly. So here goes.

The internet sucks. I really does. But it also is a great sanitizer since it reveals us for the bullshit stories we tell ourselves. Let me explain…

Our friend basically sees only what HE wants to see. His preconceived notions about needing X,Y,Z or 1,2,3 are just excuses to NOT do something. Think I am being too hard on him? Think “you” are smarter than, “those guys” I reference? You know enough to hang with the cool kids? “We” aren’t, “noobs” like, “that guy”.

I can’t really speak to the average reader since I can’t get into your head. But I am brave enough to admit that even I need to check my own shit every once in a while.

Running what the cool kids run. It’s seductive. It’s cool. It’s fun to build. Buy. Collect. Replicate.


But don’t get it twisted. In every photograph I posted above. Did you even see the standard playing cards that are being used as targets by, “The School House” at the 2016 Ft. Benning Sniper Challenge? Does it get any more credible than that?

“If it’s good enough for the Marine Corps, it’s good enough for me”.
“If it’s good enough for Chris Kyle, it’s good enough for me”.
“If it’s good enough for SEAL TEAM 6, it’s good enough for me”.
“If it’s good enough for operators, it’s good enough for me”.

Ok. Fine. Check your bullshit and buy a fucking deck of playing cards for $0.99.



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  • Yup. To quote Yoda. There is do or do not. There is no try.


  • guns2317

    Sheesh, most of the time I just take a piece of cardboard and draw a small square on it with a sharpie. Aim, shoot, destroy the square. Draw a new square elsewhere on the cardboard. Repeat.

    Am I missing something?

    • Everybody is looking for a quick fix of hack instead of training.


  • Matt

    I really like the card idea. Adds stress, target recognition and due to the size of it a serious challenge when using a pistol at say 7rds. Hell even 7 feet. Can be done a bunch of different ways too. Suit. Color. Suit and color. Time interval. From the holster. Low ready. Round count per “exposure”. The only thing that’ll limit the amount of training you do is the amount of ammo you bring. If you did these types of drills for just 60mins you would be amazed at how much ammo you go through and how much better you would be in a week. If targets are the problem you currently have, you haven’t discovered the next much bigger problem, which is the lack of training ammo you have.