This is why you really want a shooting target
There’s nothing better than using your airgun on a shooting target. Of course, paper targets can be fun too, but when you place them far away, it can be difficult to see where exactly you hit them. And you keep walking back and forth to change them. On greater distances, say 20 metres and further, shooting targets are preferred by many airgunners. They give a clear indication when hit and -let’s be honest- there’s just more action to it than just shooting paper cards. Instead of a tiny hole appearing, shooting targets offer the visual satisfaction of movement and the sound of impact. The biggest advantage for many is the fact you don’t keep walking to and from the shooting target. You just stay in position and can continue shooting.
These are the different types of shooting targets
As mentioned, in our store -and of course, online in our webshop- we’ve got a vast array of shooting targets for airguns for sale. To make choosing one easier for you, we’ll first explain what the general options are for you to choose from.
- Field Target shooting targets (folding targets) – These shooting targets are often used in (Hunter) Field Target sport shooting. Mostly, they feature animal silhouettes with a hole. Behind this hole is a steel paddle and when you hit that, the shooting target will fold over. With a rope, you can pull it back up again, so no continuous walking is required. Some of our Field Target shooting targets have variable hole sizes, so you can make things easier or more challenging for yourself.
- Paddles/spinners – Are what we call those hanging paddles that’ll flip when hit. It takes a moment for them to settle, but they have the big advantage of not having to be reset. They’re always ready to be hit again and again.
- Self-resetting shooting targets – These shooting targets feature multiple paddles that’ll fold over when hit. One of the paddles -often in a different shape- acts as a reset button. Hit it and all the paddles are reset and will appear again, ready for the next round.
- Moving shooting targets – Those of you who are looking for a real challenge, will enjoy themselves with our moving shooting targets. These feature steel paddles that are continuously in motion by means of an electromotor. When hit, the steel paddle folds over, but will be reset automatically when it’s time to appear again. The extra challenging part of a moving shooting target is the fact that you often need to aim a bit in front of the target in order to hit it. It’s a bit like the way you aim with a shotgun when shooting clays.
Some shooting targets for air rifles are built into a steel box. Those shooting targets have the advantage of doubling as pellet traps. That way, no lead is spilled and when you miss the shooting target, the pellet is still safely caught.
What airguns are suitable for shooting targets?
Most shooting targets are built for low to moderate powered air rifles and air pistols. And this is done for a reason, as the thicker the material, the heavier the shooting target. And the heavier the paddle in it is, the more force is needed to let it actually fold over. As most shooting targets are used in a backyard with a relatively light airgun, they are constructed accordingly.
For high powered airguns and PCP airguns however, we’ve got some specific shooting targets lined up. These shooting targets are suitable for small bore firearms, making them perfect for high powered airguns. However, know that if you use these heavy-duty shooting targets with a light airgun, you might not be able to flip the paddles fully. If you’re in doubt which shooting target is suitable for your airgun, please ask the experts in our store or contact our customer service through phone, e-mail or chat. They’ll be able to provide sensible advice, making sure you get the best enjoyment out of your shooting target.
Precautions when using a shooting target
It’s common sense, but we just want to have mentioned it: when positioning a shooting target, make sure the pellet can’t leave your garden/ground if you happen to miss. Neither should it be able to cause damage to anything or anyone. We strongly recommend using a backstop of some sorts. This can be a large tile, sand bags or a metal plate. The last one can be a bit noisy, but placing a cardboard box with rags in front of it helps.
Often used, but we discourage you to do so, is a thick piece of wood. Wood has the habit of sending the pellets back to you at high speed when not penetrated deep enough. And trust us, you don’t want those hitting you. Using safety glasses is always a good idea too.