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IC13 F.A.T. Airsoft Training Targets

Airsoft is interesting as an alternative to dry fire for a number of reasons. The ability to shoot projectiles inside the spaces where you actually live is one of the most attractive of those reasons… right up until it is time to pick up all those tiny pellets. The new F.A.T. series of targets from IC13 mitigate the mess with a combination of targets, stands, and a trap that catches the pellets.

From IC13:

Let’s face it, dry-fire is super boring.  While dry-fire is extremely effective, the reality is that its just not fun, and therefore we don’t do it nearly as often as we should.  The FAT (Firearms Adaptable Training) Target is a simple, convenient, and FUN way to practice your draw, trigger press, reloads, and any other firearms mechanic in your own home, with the use of an airsoft gun.  Airsoft guns are available as clones for just about every major make and model of handgun and assault rifle, making them the perfect platform to train with indoors.

The cardboard target itself is based on a “C” zone IPSC target, with printed “A” zones.  Inside the “A” zones are printed triangles (head and body) and a vertical line (body only) for segmenting.  These give you the ability to focus on the fundamentals or allow you to shoot our drills, or create your own.  The back side of the target is white, for use as “no shoots” in multiple target scenarios.

The trap portion is directly behind the “A” zones to catch BB’s from good hits, and features a door on the right side that slides open, allowing the BB’s to roll out into the trash receptacle of your choice with ease.  Add the optional FAT Challenge Cover to make it more difficult.  The Challenge Cover leaves only the printed “A” zones open.

When you’re ready to get back to the range, be sure to take some of our FAT Live Fire Targets, which feature the same scheme as the airsoft targets so you can see how you’ve improved.

Want even more?  Stage multiple targets for scenario based training, like a shoot house!

Installation is a breeze!  The trap comes bent out of the box.  Use any basic mounting solution (picture hook, drywall anchor, etc. – not included) to hang on your wall, or install on our FAT Stand.  The cardboard target has slots in it that easily mate with the trap.

Visit IC13.us to learn more.

Shellback Tactical Highlights Airsoft Training

Shellback TacticalShellback Tactical has been working with various airsoft companies in order to highlight the money saving aspect and training value of airsoft. They plan on highlighting these airsoft companies that they believe offer a quality product that can stretch your training dollars. This effort will serve as a way to introduce professionals who may know quite a bit about about “real steel” but may not know where to begin when it comes to airsoft. The first such company that they have mentioned is Elite Force, an airsoft weapon manufacturer.

From the Shellback Tactical Facebook Page:

“Shellback Tactical products are tried and proven as professional grade gear among , real steel, Military and LE. These are our core markets. When it comes to training, we also know that going to the range to get a good training session in regularly on your rifle or handgun, can cost a small fortune for some. With that said we believe that there are benefits to also cross training with Milsim/ Airsoft weapons. You can train with a similar airsoft weapon to what you use and get a good session in for sight alignment, shot placement, movement, etc. for a very low cost.”

Elite Force M4 CQB

I have never really tried airsoft but I have to admit that it becomes more and more intriguing to me as ammo prices climb and availability dwindles. I am currently set up to train with rimfire which is very affordable but the ammo is extremely difficult to find. It is interesting to see companies known for catering to professionals, like Shellback Tactical, working with airsoft companies. It is not hard to imagine that this sort of thing may become more common as the challenges against range training continue to mount.

Shellback Tactical also referenced this video by Travis Haley in regard to some best practices for airsoft training:

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