This is the only picture any of us thought to pop on Media Day and it is a tad light. You get the point anyway. They are fairly gruesome, but the designers of these targets think they have a big future in three dimensional gunfight training.
Some products just don’t deserve to stay in the file and closing our coverage of SHOT Show 2012, it would be a crime to not include mention of these incredible bleeding zombie targets we found at Media Day at the Range. Every shooting station at Media Day pretty much had at least one of these extremely unique targets, and they aren’t as cheesy as you may think. Not only do they bleed, they are also designed to “mutilate” with dozens or hundreds of rounds fired into them, so even dumping mags into them is somewhat pleasing as a reactionary target, with ongoing deterioration of the dummy as it slowly gets chewed away.
The price of these things runs between $70 and $100, and you can buy them right from the company website, or through Amazon and other internet retailers. Most of the people who tried them on Media Day thought they were worth the money, and even with next to no publicity, the company was sold out of them over Christmas. What do you get the guy who has everything? Apparently bleeding zombie targets!
We will include a couple of the different models here, but if you look through the company website they have a whole bunch of different options, and most of them are available. Are they too gruesome and overdone? To each his own, but punching paper gets old and these are a fun thing for a welcome change to a more reactive target. You can’t even get concert tickets for a hundred bucks anymore, and obliterating one of these will cost you a lot more in ammo than it will in target. They certainly are not for the faint of heart, but how many of us gun nuts classify as anything close to fickle?
What you don’t see here, and we forgot to take a picture of, is a second generation of these targets that is being created for military and police. It has vital regions outlined on the dummy and can give a tactical trainer the ability to actually see how different hits produce wound channels that will take out both vital organs and the spine, which is instantly disabling in a gunfight. In speaking with the creators of these products at Media Day, the initial somewhat silly idea of bleeding zombie targets has led to real potential for a long term successful product in three dimensional gunfight training aids. Fly the flag up the pole and see who salutes was how these got started, and the idea has really taken on a life of its own.
We should mention here that there are some people who are offended by these targets and find them too realistic and gruesome. There have even been those who say these are a threat to the 2nd Amendment because they make gun nuts look bad, like we are bloodthirsty killers. This is probably the same school of folks like Mitt Romney who think the 2nd Amendment is about hunting. The 2nd Amendment isn’t about hunting. It is about being able to defend your liberty and protect yourself, and what better to train for that than shooting targets that bleed and look gruesome? Someone has to play devil’s advocate and why not us! They are pretty gross so you be the judge.
This is one of those products that we hope to get a few of after the SHOT Show dust clears to demonstrate how it works, and we’d like to take a look at some of the other stuff from Zombie Industries. They have some great ideas for targets that hold clay pigeons, and they seem to be an inspired group of guys committed to making shooting more fun.