Problem: Most targets are not anatomically correct or properly scaled, and if they are, they are usually big poster sized targets.
Solution: KBATs (Kit Badger Anatomy Target)s
*If you hate reading there is a video here: https://kitbadger.com/kbat/ *
I've spent a lot of time training and vetting for companies/contracts on IPSC/IDPA targets and honestly, I think they've done myself and everyone else a huge disservice. They are horrible misrepresentations of the human form. And big picture, this leads to poor training, especially when you work failure drills (the distance from the chest to head isn't correct). Or when you are working offset on your rifle at close ranges. Knowing where to hold in your optic to get a "scored" head shot does not translate well to actual distance/holds on the human anatomy.
So, off I went to make some targets. Partially inspired by the VTAC targets which I like, but are big and unwieldily - I don't want a poster tube in my range bag. And partly inspired by the Sage Dynamic Vital Anatomy Targets. Which while I like them, they don't read well at distance. You are presented with a bright circle and brain stem rather than a silhouette.
So I started with taking some measurements in the mirror, followed by sketching them out with skeletal references. Keeping the scale and anatomy correct. Eventually they went into Adobe Illustrator where they got cleaned up and finalized.
Overall, I am really pleased with them as they:
- Provide all vital anatomy on (2) 8.5"x11" sheets of paper
- Provide anatomically correct vitals and bone structure
- Provide appropriate target indicators (silhouette vs box/circle/etc.)
- Targets are to scale with proper proportions
- Easy to carry, store and use
When you place the head sheet on the top line on the thoracic sheet, the scale/proportions/anatomy line up perfectly.
I've added them as a free PDF download on my site. You can go here to find them, scroll to the bottom, enter your email and they will be sent to your inbox.
Also included are both Color KBATs (using primarily blue and red ink/toner which are low use colors) and Black & White KBATs for if you don't have a color printer or want higher contrast.
And, since some people don't care to print off targets, I have them for sale on my site and Amazon. I will say the KBAT Pads are pretty rad. Pads of 50 sheets printed front and back (head/thoracic cavity) in full color on 100lbs paper. Additionally the ink used is incredibly water resistant. And the pads are cardboard backed and glued across the top so they won't turn into a yard sale in your range bag.
If you get a chance to print some off and use them, let me know what you think. I'd love some feedback. Thanks!