Plinker Systems Pneumatic Target Systems for Law Enforcement

In today's law enforcement world, the need for better training has never been more important.

Effective firearms training for law enforcement officers requires scenario based training. Our targets are designed for the purpose of teaching "judgmental use of force" in situations that have escalated beyond normal encounters. By teaching your officers to positively identify threats, everyone benefits. Avoid tragedies and legal liabilities by providing leading edge training to your officers. Even if your agency doesn't have it's own range, our target systems are light weight and portable so you can take them anywhere you train. Take a look at the video below.

Be advised that merely shooting the qualification course over and over is not training.

Captain Mike Boyle 
IALEFI Board Member


Square range drills are a staple of most agency training. The term comes from the alignment of the shooter to the target. These types of drills allow the instructors to train many officers at the same time. Larger agencies are able to afford turning target systems which put time pressure on the officers. Smaller agencies typically can only afford static targets. Do not draw any conclusions from the officer on the far right in the photo above.

Turning targets have been a staple of high-end law enforcement ranges for over 30 year and they are still in use today. While these systems still have value, their cost has been a major problem for small and medium sized agencies. Another problem with turning targets used on a square range is the lack of movement by the officer. When teaching multiple officers simultaneously, safety and space require almost all drills to be shot while standing still. On the street, standing still while engaging a threat can be a fatal mistake.

The Plinker Systems pneumatic targets can be arranged in a line for square range drills. However, our software allows the instructor to program each target independently. This means the student officer can't make a shoot/no-shoot decision base on what the person next to him does. When this happens, it's referred to as "sympathetic fire". Our targets enable the instructor to avoid this forcing each officer to identify the threat before firing.

Scenario-based training is the best way to prepare your officers for what they will face on the street.

Almost everyone agrees that realistic scenario based training is the best way to prepare your officers, so how can this be accomplished inexpensively? The answer is simple: start small. Use the props you have on hand and keep the scenarios simple. Plastic barrels are cheap and easy to find, they are hard to shoot up and easy to move around. Plywood and panneling are also inexpensive and very flexible. Don't try to setup the 1972 Munich Olympic Massacre or the FBI's Hogan's Alley. Start with small simple scenarios that force your officers to use the fundementals they learned on the square range.

In the video below there is only one target, but a tremendous amount of value can be obtained from such a simple scenario. First, the officer approaches the subject issuing verbal commands. What the officer doesn't know is if or when the subject will draw a gun on him. When the subject does draw on him the officer must get his gun out of the holster, align the sights and engage the target, while moving to a position of cover. Sounds simple but unless you are trained, putting these four things together under stress can be a challenge.


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Let's take the previous scenario to the next level and introduce a second threat target. In this scenario, we've introduced an encounter with a second individual. The goal here is to reinforce the use of cover while communicating with the suspect. The officer should only engage the subject after he becomes a threat. The instructor controls the presentation and timing of both the threat and non-threat targets. This means that no two students would see the exact same situation.

The types of scenarios you can create are only limited by your imagination.

In the following video, we are presented with a challenge to create a scenario that simulates a traffic stop. Notice that we are only using a few plastic barrels, but if you had access to scrap vehicles, we could build an even more realistic scenario.