Excellent New Cardboard Target

20-Oct-13 – 12:42 by ToddG

The folks who developed the NRA’s new National Defense Match (NDM) program may have been all about rifles, but the target they came up with is outstanding for pistol training of any kind: the NDM-1.

The target has a shorter body than the traditional IPSC/IDPA cardboard, bottoming out at what would be the lower edge of the C-zone on an IPSC Metric or the -1 zone of an IDPA target.


The NDM-1 is otherwise similar to an IDPA cardboard with a few key differences. Starting with the head, the new NRA target has a 3×5 A-zone inside the 6×6″ head box. The 8″ circle is one inch higher, making it more anatomically correct. Finally, there is a central 4″ X-ring.

It’s an outstanding training target that allows you to shoot all sorts of drills, including the F.A.S.T. The smaller size will make transporting targets easier and shipping them less expensive. The targets are produced by National Target, the same company that sells the official pistol-training.com “Q” target.

NDM-1-kstgThe NDM-1 will also make an excellent KSTG target… for all one KSTG clubs in the known universe! Which is probably no surprise as one of the key people behind the National Defense Match is also part of the team that runs the KSTG matches at the NRA Range.

In fact we’ve already talked about the possibility of making a couple of minor changes and adopting them for future KSTG events. You can see a mock-up on the right.

The central X-ring is removed and a visual indicator is added to the 3×5 A-zone in the head. The trick would be coming up with an equitable way to tape the head box after it’s been shot without requiring multiple paster colors and without disadvantaging subsequent shooters.

If either the standard target or this hypothetical KSTG target become publicly available through National Target, you’ll read about it here.

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG

  1. 9 Responses to “Excellent New Cardboard Target”

  2. Thanks for the info on this target Todd. I can just about guarantee we will be switching to it as soon as we run out of the traditional IDPA cardboard targets as it better fits our accuracy standards.

    By nyeti on Oct 20, 2013

  3. Hmmm, I sit here wondering one thing. Will this make me or anyone who came up on shooting “center mass” raise their shots. I am working on it, but still have a tendency to group low.

    By vincent on Oct 20, 2013

  4. your link to National Target doesn’t work dude

    cool target though

    By Rob E on Oct 20, 2013

  5. Thanks, Robbie. I changed it but I’m not sure if it will time out again. Their new web store doesn’t seem to like links to individual products. Lame.

    By ToddG on Oct 21, 2013

  6. Do want this target.

    By Caleb on Oct 21, 2013

  7. The NDM target is about perfect. It would be ideal for LE quals: 5 pts for 3×5 box & 4″ circle, 1 pt for 6×6 head box and 8″ circle, 0 pts for everything else…

    By DocGKR on Oct 21, 2013

  8. I was given a couple of these targets at the NDM match, and I really like them. The smaller size makes them a lot easier to handle at, for instance, the indoor range.

    By Chris Rhines on Oct 21, 2013

  9. Red Sharpie Marker for the headbox T.

    By Dropkick on Oct 21, 2013

  10. might have to order some to play with.

    Can someone really important in an agency call up National and tell them their website blows chunks and get it made better. It would be nice to be able to see a full screen image of the target one is buying.

    By Rob E on Oct 23, 2013

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