Sunday, January 04, 2009

Guns: Building a Better Reactive Target

If you're used to plinking with soda cans out in the woods, a more strict venue like the Gainesville Target Range can be a bit of a shock at first. I do think shooting at plain paper targets is essential for training ("paper never lies"), but even I have to admit that it's fun to shoot something that reacts once in awhile.

If your range doesn't allow you to place debris on the berm to shoot up, consider mounting objects on the target stands. I saw once gentleman at our range with an interesting setup - he connected a chain to a golf ball that allowed it to dangle from the bottom of the stand. At 100 yards, it's a fairly challenging target, even for his tricked-out 24" AR-15 (a Bushmaster Varminter, IIRC).

Another thing I saw people do was tape paintballs to their targets. I'm not sure if this is kosher on most ranges (even with biodegradable paint, plastic paintball fragments must be a pain to clean up), but it does make for an interesting splatter when your aim is true.


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