About Salute Targets
Salute Targets was officially formed on Christmas Day 2003. The name was based on the age old military ‘salute’ honor rendered with respect from one military person to another. We were reminded of this with the motion of one of our original targets when it was struck backward with a bullet and smartly sprung back forward upon our unique spring base. The key here was that all Salute Targets would never require the shooter or support staff to go downrange to reset targets. Safety was essential, as was simplicity, original engineering, robust construction, and the essential element of fun, challenging, tactical training.
Being veteran owned and operated, our main focus was toward the real world tactical training scenarios of our US military and law enforcement forces. The real foundation for Salute was based on the US Marine Corps necessity of re-training the new Kuwaiti Army following our liberation of that nation in 1991. A series of exercises throughout the 1990s known as “Lucky Sentinel” took place annually among various US coalition forces centered at Camp Doha, Camp Arifjan, and Camp Commando, Kuwait. Paper targets did not hold up well is Middle East sandstorms, nor were our Arab allies enthralled with a lack of metallic response. The solution came from several young Marines who were familiar with US National Rifle Association steel target shooting. Why not come up with military related targets based on the steel NRA Ram, Hog, Turkey and Chicken targets which had originated on their live counterparts south of the border at Mexican weddings and fiestas? As one Marine said: “Let’s make some manly targets to shoot at.” In fact, the very first of our steel targets were a German Tiger and Russian T-34 Tank (our training focus being on defeating enemy armor). Prototypes were made of plain shop steel in the US and Kuwait. Our Australian, British, and Kuwaiti allies, not to mention our US Navy SeaBee and Army friends, liked them and asked for more.
Eitan Lidor IDF assault breaching advisor to 1stCEB 1stMarDiv CamPen Feb1984 new ideas on tactical training and steel targets from the IDF
I MEF ready to roll from
Kuwait to Baghdad 18 March 2003