Firearms Training: Angles with 3D vs 2D Targets

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Firearms training on a three-dimensional target has to be very specific, because a lot more cost, setup time, effort and energy go into training on a 3D target as opposed to a standard two-dimensional target. One of the most useful things we can do with a 3D target is study the angles we’re going to shoot into the human body to stop a lethal threat.

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15 Responses to “Firearms Training: Angles with 3D vs 2D Targets”

  1. Jayson

    Excellent demonstration! What are your thoughts about taking aim at the pelvic region? A hit would slow down if not take down the target giving me time to place a follow up shot if the perp is still a combatant.

  2. John M. Buol Jr.

    Good video! Hunters also suffer this problem as they rarely take target angle into account (when they bother to work on their shooting beyond the bench rest at all…)

  3. Don

    I have a question. You demonstrate that 3d shot in the left shoulder and I thought that was great info.However that got me to thinking what would happen if you shot the threat in the right shoulder through the upper torso to achieve the same effect would it cause the threat to drop the weapon or fire on impact?
    Thanks I look forward to your response.

    • CST

      Hi, Don. Shooting the threat in the right shoulder to get the high center chest hit could result in a bunch of different possible outcomes with two of them being what you pointed out. This additional piece of information would need to be processed in the decision of shoot/no shoot, shot placement, or if a shot is taken at all. Your question and observation provides a good example for why we recommend drills that incorporate the processing of information prior to the execution of any learned skill (shooting).

  4. james parker

    This video has WAY too much detail, for the average gunner. If you ONLY shoot center of mass, no matter which way the perp is facing, you will get to the vital organs. If you try to aim for an arm or shoulder, instead of center mass, you will be dead. One thought and one picture is all that is needed. Don’t confuse people with something they really don’t need.


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  5. Moose

    3-D targets also provide training to place threat-stopping shots around body armor some perps use. These include head shots, side shoulder and pelvic area targets.
    Thanks for your great trng videos . . . keep up the good work, Rob.

  6. graystone

    Great training, informational video!

    Would it be possible to “fill” the 3D cavity with something that would resemble ‘organs’ ? It would be good to see where and at what angle shots hit.

    BTW, for those (of us) who can’t afford an expensive 3D target, at times resale shops have manikins or sewing forms that can be had for very little money.

    • Charlie

      Place one target 6-8″ behind another and you have a poor man’s 3D target.

  7. DiAnn Mehl

    Thank you for that video 2D vs 3D. Made very good sence, I have enjoyed all of your videos but this one was great.

    Thank you again

  8. Don Kauble

    For us big game hunters this is logical and basic. We are taught to visualize where the bullet will exit more than the entry wound.
    If you know basic anatomy this will give you a better idea of what internal organs will be affected.

    Don Kauble

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