Triumph Systems Pivotal Trainer | SHOT 2017

I had the pleasure of first encountering Triumph System’s Pivotal Trainer and Threat/No-Threat targets at the CAA/Hartman Event last month. They provided a very different experience that just shooting on a flat paper target.

At the course we did not really get a lot of time with the Pivotal Targets as they were only used for a couple of segments (and they were not the focus of the course). Today, I definitely was able to spend a little more directed time with their products, as well as watch Tom Gomez try and beat the masses with a perfect score on the Triumph “standards test” (30 rounds against 15 random threat presentations).

The Pivotal Trainer motor unit. It has an armor plate (that grey section), and the whole unit can be attached to any number of places to allow for the Threat/No-Threat target to be used.

The Pivotal Trainer motor unit. It has an armor plate (that grey section), and the whole unit can be attached to any number of places to allow for the Threat/No-Threat target to be used.

The Pivotal Trainer is a reasonably affordable dynamic target system. At $400 you get a system that “eliminates anticipation and forces the shooter to use discretion before acting”. The system is highly portable at a mere thirteen pounds and is programmable for a number of scenarios. You can also detach the motor unit from the frame and attach it to, well, anything that will support it. Tops of door frames, existing target runners, inside roof of that old abandoned van you shoot out in the woods, etc. And the targets themselves can be narrowed by tearing off the sides (they are pre perforated).

Targets present the edge during the waiting period. Then, when it flips, you have to decide to shoot/no-shoot. Your choice if you think the guy with a camera is a threat... :)

Targets present the edge during the waiting period. Then, when it flips, you have to decide to shoot/no-shoot. Your choice if you think the guy with a camera is a threat… 🙂

Once you have grown tired of plinking paper, the Pivotal Trainer would be a good next step to test your ability to discriminate a threat.

You can find out more information at:

https://www.triumph-systems.com/collections/pivotal-trainers/products/pivotal-trainer





Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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