I’m not sure if a product revealed on YouTube in August is “new,” or the wisdom of placing a gun range so close to a highway, but Action Target’s DRM (Digital Running Man) Pro is a logical progression for anyone who wants to be proficient in armed self-defense. Once you’ve mastered shooting, then mastered moving and shooting, you need to master moving and shooting at something that’s moving. The fact that the targets only move laterally and don’t turn is a bit of a bummer, but the skill set acquired with the help of the DRM Pro is well worth the price of admission. All police departments should have access to one. Press release:

DELIVERING AN ADVANCED RUNNING MAN TRAINING SYSTEM

PROVO, Utah – Action Target, Inc., the leading manufacturer of modern shooting ranges, is pleased to announce the launch of the Dual Running Man Pro, the most powerful and feature-rich running man system ever designed.

The DRM Pro boasts 3HP motors, ultra-wear resistant pulleys, speeds up to 20 fps, realistic acceleration, and an easy to use control interface for use on tablets and mobile phones. The DRM Pro uses two lateral traveling, non-turning target carriers capable of moving independently from one another because they are mounted on two separate tracks that run parallel to each other.

The DRM Pro includes industry leading technology, with added features such as built-in Wi-Fi, easy to use control interface that runs on a tablet or smart phone. The DRM Pro integrates with our range control software for advanced features and functionality. All components of the DRM Pro are IP54 compliant for year-round outdoor and indoor use. The DRM Pro is capable of traveling at variable speeds, up to 20 feet per second, which allows for a more advanced target acquisition training. The DRM Pro boasts high precision encoders to ensure target positions are accurate to within 6 inches. The modular ratcheting mechanism on the DRM Pro make cable tensioning quick and easy.

The DRM Pro is the perfect running man training system because it allows users to advance their training by having duel targets moving independent of one another. This allows trainers to designate one as a non-shoot and the other as a target. This will add stress and reality to training scenarios, allowing the user to develop and improve their decision making skills.

12 Responses to New from Action Target: DRM Pro

  1. I doubt very seriously that is an actual range. It’s probably just a mock-up out in Action’s parking lot to be able to show the targets in action and capabilities.

    • 100% realistic? Of course not. But its about a million times better than only ever shooting at stationary targets that don’t move in ANY direction (I’m assuming you don’t discount traditional target practice as worthless?). I’m guessing the biggest hurdle is to figure out intuitive leading of a moving target. This has got to improve that dramatically.

      In WWII, they trained aerial gunners by having them shoot clays with a shotgun. The shooter was on one cart that was being moved down a railway, the clay thrower on another cart running along a different set of rails. Of course that in no way replicates shooting a .30 or .50 caliber machine gun out of the belly ball turret or waist gunners position of a bomber at 15,000 feet towards a Bf109… but it was good enough to get the fundamental skills at a useable point, and a lot simpler than setting up a training facility that replicated their actual shooting environment 100%.

    • You didn’t watch the video, did you Sammy?
      This thing is pretty cool, because it can be programmed to change speed and direction wherever/whenever you want.

      If you shoot enough trap or skeet, then leading a moving target becomes instinctive. Otherwise you’ll be lucky to hit anything that moves.

  2. USPSA shooters have been using running targets for years. Probably not as trick as whatever this is, but also probably a lot more reasonable.

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