The Tuttle vs. Oklahoma (1984) 10th Federal Circuit Court decision mandates, that for law enforcement training to be legally satisfactory, it must include realistic shoot and no-shoot scenarios. This decision was not simply to help the officers prepare for the mental stress that hostile confrontation entails, but to protect the innocent civilians that may be on scene or involved.

Our 3-D targets allow trainers to condition and prepare officers for success in the field, while protecting innocent life and minimizing civilian casualties and collateral damage. ZMB targets, when used properly in training, can help mitigate potential lawsuits resulting from unnecessary use of force by officers who were not trained with 3-D targets.
“For firearms training to be effective, it must be recent, relevant and realistic.”

“Since each target and skin can take at least 200 hits each, this puts the life expectancy of a ZMB target at 1,000+ rounds. Factor in how many rounds each target can take, and it becomes apparent that the initial expense soon pays for itself.”

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The History of Targetry:

  • World War II
    First widespread use of bullseye targets by the U.S. Military. Disappointing results show low target-engagement rate, leading Army combat historian S.L.A. Marshall to submit his recommendations for improvement.

  • Vietnam
    Following the recommendations of Marshall and others, the U.S. adopts the use of the E-Type silhouette target to condition U.S. soldiers to engage the human silhouette. Target-engagement rate climbs to 95%.

  • 1980's
    The FBI updates the silhouette type target with new designs that train shooters to focus on and aim for emphasized vital areas of the body.

  • 1990's
    Photographic targets increase realism and emphasize greater situational awareness and more realistic shoot vs. no-shoot scenarios.

  • 2000's
    With photo-realistic targets proving to be more effective than previous target designs, focus shifts toward creating a new generation of photographic E-Type targets. New and improved designs are more realistic than ever before thanks to higher-quality color photo printing capabilities and more accurate situation designs.
  • Targeting the Future.™
    ZMB’s 3-D mannequin targets provide unmatched training benefits compared to traditional 2-D targets. Patented Visual Marking Technology provides instant visual feedback, creating the most realistic and effective training scenarios available. No other target can provide the same training benefits, effectiveness, and longevity that ZMB’s line of tactical targets offers.