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Range University 3-D Target, Not Just Another Target

I’m not a huge fan of paper targets. Paper targets have their place and still serve a purpose but there isn’t a whole lot to get excited about with them. I tend to use paper targets for zero exercises, qualifications, and close quarter work and that’s about it; otherwise I’m making noise on my Challenge Steel or Action Target Steel reactive targets. This was true until I came across the 3D Target from Range University!

How do you make punching holes in paper more interesting and more valuable?

That’s a great question and I think Range University put their berets together and answered that question with their 3D Target.

The Range University 3D Target is lightweight and durable. I was able to easily binder clip their target to my 1″x 2″ uprights on my Hatpoint Target Stand and quickly get to work. My first day of working with the target was a typical winter weather day here in the Pacific Northwest with wind and driving rain. The Range University 3D Target could have cared less about the weather and was ready for me to put holes in it.

Get off the X

If you haven’t shot something that resembles a real person in training, it’s a little different. You have to be thinking about shot placement in a different way, a better way.

I found myself shooting faster with a nice tight group and also found myself needing to bring my point of aim up a little bit to truly be hitting that high thoracic cavity where the shots belong. Maybe all those years of shooting qualifications on an x-ring target that gives you points for gut shooting a silhouette aren’t that great after-all?

Layer the Target

I had some old anatomically correct paper targets that I had trained on before and decided to layer it up with the 3D Target. By placing the anatomically correct target under the Range University 3D Target with a little care the “insides” were relatively aligned for my shots and I put in some work on it.

Moving and shooting and shooting at angles was revealing! When shooting at an angle to the target, I found myself wanting to shoot the center of the target which would be anatomically incorrect for the desired high thoracic cavity shot placement.

Gun fights with bad guys statistically end because the bad guy goes unconscious and bad guys go unconscious because of loss of blood. That high thoracic cavity shot is your best bet to make them bleed and bleed fast.

Add a Shirt

When I’m ready to “reset” the MOJO RIOT target, I plan to take an old t-shirt and attach it with a can of spray glue. Old Hans Gruber could use a t-shirt or a sweater in this weather anyway. Adding the shirt will buy me some time to keep plugging holes in it and it will add another layer of realism to putting rounds down range. If I have too much time on my hands I might have to write on the shirt, “now I have a machine gun, ho-ho-ho” and make him wear a Santa hat.

I’m positive that you’ll find many uses for the MOJO RIOT target from closer quarters drills to identifying correct target zones on something other than a silhouette piece of paper. Add some realism. Add some fun. Add the Range University 3D target to your training time.

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About the Author /

Heath has been a law enforcement officer in the Great Pacific Northwest since 1993 and trains as a pistol and rifle instructor for both law enforcement and civilians. He also serves as an advanced armorer on pistols and rifles. If you're looking for training or would like to contact him, he can be reached at

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