Rubber Dummies Review: Karen Hunter

Rubber Dummies creates 3D sillouette, self-healing targets. These targets can withstand thousands of rounds ranging from 17 HMR to 50 BMG, allowing the round to pass through and then reseal itself. This target undoubtedly has a “cool tactical factor” that everyone is trying to achieve these days, but some may wonder if it actually offers a true advantage in self-defense training. The answer is yes. The majority of targets used for live fire training are steel and paper. These targets are valuable and most certainly have their place, purpose and benefits. Incorporating a 3D silhouette target, however, will definitely take your training to the next level.

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Company founder Mike Lessnick states, “I started the company because I like to shoot. What I realized as a shooter is that flat targets, paper and iron, are good for straight-on shooting, but there wasn’t something that gave 3D opportunities. With Rubber Dummies, where allowed, you can adjust the angle you shoot from. It’s much more realistic, more likely what you’d encounter in the real world.”

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The 3D silhouette targets from Rubber Dummies enable you to train in without the limitations of steel and paper targets. These targets are safe to shoot from any distance, even at point blank range so there are no limitations with the type of drills and scenarios you can do. From CQB (Close Quarter Combat) training to various types of combatives, this one target can accommodate them all. Knife fighting and handling skills can also be incorporated with the Rubber Dummies target. Another aspect that sets this target apart is the fact that it gives the shooter a more accurate picture of shot placement. The 3D target allows you to see where your rounds are actually hitting in a self-defense scenario. The “Kill Packs” that are available assist with shot placement as well, giving you instant feedback to where your round hit. In addition, there is also a training with mindset that the Rubber Dummies targets provide.

Shooting steel or paper targets do not give you the visualization of an actual threat. These silhouette targets are more lifelike giving you the mental picture of an actual possible threat. They can be clothed and actually personified giving the shooter a more realistic idea of dealing with a life-or-death situation. It may sound dark, but this type of training helps establish an understanding and why there is a need for “violence of action”. This term is described by Former Navy Seal, Cade Courtley as, “the unrestricted use of speed strength, surprise and aggression to achieve total dominance against your enemy. Any fighting technique is useless unless you first totally commit to violence of action.” A firearm should never be drawn unless it absolutely needs to be. That said, if a person finds themselves in that type of situation there cannot be a second of hesitation. You must commit and have the fortitude to follow through – anything else could cost you your life. Therefore training with a lifelike target is so beneficial.

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The targets from Rubber Dummies are made in the USA from 100% recycled materials. They are sold singly or in conjunction with other products and can be purchased as a kit. I have the Rubber Dummie Starter Kit that that includes one dummie, one complete steel stand, one  pack of 10 Kill Shot packets with thumb tacks, and one can of Spray Primer to reset the dummie.  The MSRP for this kit is $259.99, which is a fair price in my opinion for the type of training you can utilize this for, and how long it can lasts.

Personally, I utilize my Rubber Dummies target quite often. I still incorporate steel and paper targets as I believe they have their place a purpose as well. Being able to utilize all three opens up endless possibilities with your training concerning the drills and scenarios you can perform.

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