The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > Hogan's Alley > Tactics and Training

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old July 28, 2009, 05:55 PM   #1
shortround60
Member
 
Join Date: January 15, 2005
Location: Northern, VA (Formerly Northeast, SC)
Posts: 74
Anatomical Target Systems

Good Evening, All.

I have a question that I am sure someone within TFL may be able to answer regarding targets. Before I ask, I would like to offer an equivocation about myself. My current position as a “Contractor” is assigned to the Pentagon, but I do not represent the US Government in any official capacity. My job is to find answers to questions that are posed to me based upon my Munitions background. I have always found the amount of knowledge on this site astounding, so I decided to inquire you good folks. With that said:

As we discussed future needs of the Military at the office, the topic of gaining a realistic ( 3D) target system that would offer soldiers feedback based upon shot placement. The system would be used with varying small arms (5.56mm, 9mm, and maybe12 ga). The targets would be used primarily in a MOUT setting. The targets would have to be anatomical and provide feedback in regards to the effects of the bullet strikes (i.e. would the shot incapacitate or not). My experience with munitions is primarily logistics and though I have supported many, I was not a member of any SOF unit. So I have no idea of what targets they use in the "Kill Houses".

Does any member have knowledge of a target system that comes close to providing these capabilities? If so, please comment or PM me with additional information, so that I may bring this to the attention of the Division Chief at my office. Thank you in advance for your time and anticipated suggestions.

“Shortround”
__________________
"No Bullets, No Bang", the unofficial Ordnance Corp Motto.
shortround60 is offline  
Old July 28, 2009, 06:07 PM   #2
Tucker 1371
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 29, 2008
Location: East TN
Posts: 1,966
You mean something like this?

http://www.dvctargets.com/

Not sure how they respond to hits in vital areas though.
__________________
NCO of Marines, 3rd Award Expert Rifle, 236 KD Range
D Co, 4th CEB, Engineers UP!! OEF 21JUN-20SEP2011
REV. 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Tucker 1371 is offline  
Old July 28, 2009, 06:10 PM   #3
Mello2u
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 21, 2009
Location: Georgia
Posts: 1,424
I had to do a search on MOUT. I assume it means Military Operations in Urban Terrain.

The only experience I have with three dimensional targets that gave feedback when shot was at Gunsite. They had three dimensional head and torso (can't remember if they had arms) targets that were hung on an interior support. The 3D targets where hung on the support in such a way that a common balloon was used to hold the target in place. If the shot hit the balloon the target fell. The target material was some sort of rubber or plastic. It could take a few hundred hits before it was in need of replacement.

The target could be clothed or not as desire.

This really was a great teaching tool to show how shooting center of mass was not merely hitting the sternum. It depended on the position which you encountered the target. The target could be angled and you needed to imagine where the center of mass was inside of the target.

The feed back was instantaneous too. If you shot well the target went down.
__________________
NRA Life Member - Orange Gunsite Member - NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society,
they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that justifies it.
" Frederic Bastiat
Mello2u is offline  
Old July 28, 2009, 06:20 PM   #4
shortround60
Member
 
Join Date: January 15, 2005
Location: Northern, VA (Formerly Northeast, SC)
Posts: 74
Thank you's

GSUeagle, Thank you for the link. That is nearly what is sought from what I gathered from the conversation. I will look at the FAQ page to see what the limits of the system are.

Mello2u, I apologize for not spelling out MOUT before listing the acronym, but you hit it right on the head. Thank you too for the swift input. I will look at what you suggested also. You know how the GOV works, the more choices, the better.

Respectfully,

Shortround
__________________
"No Bullets, No Bang", the unofficial Ordnance Corp Motto.
shortround60 is offline  
Old July 28, 2009, 06:40 PM   #5
shortround60
Member
 
Join Date: January 15, 2005
Location: Northern, VA (Formerly Northeast, SC)
Posts: 74
Center fire rifle capabilities

After reviewing the DVC targets, they don't recommend center fire rifle rounds. Other than this shortfall, the target system looks promising, but does anyone know of a system that can handle center fire rifle rounds?
__________________
"No Bullets, No Bang", the unofficial Ordnance Corp Motto.
shortround60 is offline  
Old July 28, 2009, 06:59 PM   #6
Trigger Finger
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 15, 2008
Location: Northern California
Posts: 375
"My experience with munitions is primarily logistics and though I have supported many, I was not a member of any SOF unit. So I have no idea of what targets they use in the "Kill Houses"."

No disrespect intended but it's typical of the military, government and large law enforcement agencies and departments to request people with little or no experience to come up with improvements! Subject matter experts are members of all of these agencies and departments for a reason, seek out the ones on your department and talk to them personally, one on one.
By the way, what is your "munitions" background?
__________________
Land of the Free Because of the Brave!
Trigger Finger is offline  
Old July 28, 2009, 07:31 PM   #7
shortround60
Member
 
Join Date: January 15, 2005
Location: Northern, VA (Formerly Northeast, SC)
Posts: 74
Point Taken

Trigger Finger, you have a valid point to a certain extent. The government does have a habit of soliciting advice from very odd places. The office that I work in happens to be the one responsible for developing munitions logistics policies. What happens is that we work closely with the folks that are responsible for operational policies. When we have a 3 star general ask a question that gets everyone's synapses firing, but produces no immediate answer; we each as professionals within our areas start to network to come up with a solution. Networking to find a solution even though I am not in the operations division is my way of perhaps ensuring that someone does address a need that has been expressed. I have heard that many times a need is expressed, but no one takes action to provide a solution. My munitions logistics experience is comprised of 6 years of active duty 55B (89B) Ammunition Specialist, 1 year of logistics with the State Department, 6 years of munitions (storage, item management & a little ordnance disposal) work in the Middle East, 1 year of munitions management in Bosnia and 1 year of munitions management in Germany. I am now assigned to my office at the Pentagon and don't know how long I will stick this out.

Every person should know their limitations and the target system was definitely outside of my purview, so I sought assistance.

V/R,

Shortround
__________________
"No Bullets, No Bang", the unofficial Ordnance Corp Motto.
shortround60 is offline  
Old July 29, 2009, 08:34 PM   #8
Al Thompson
Staff Alumnus
 
Join Date: May 2, 1999
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 3,603
I've had to deal with a few of these requests myself. It's no fun either.

SR, years ago the NIJ had a computer model of a person with values assigned to the best places to hit. This was used in a highly unsuccessful study of ammunition effectiveness, but may have value for targets. I would think that a foam rubber manikin with an overlay would work. Have to get someone to build it for you.

PM me with a number and we can discuss it tomorrow.

Al
__________________
http://www.scfirearms.org/
Al Thompson is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:53 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.08431 seconds with 9 queries