Shooting Targets

Accuracy in shooting takes practice. The best way to sight in your rifle is to work on tightly grouping shots at various distances. Paper targets are excellent for this purpose. They can be attached to a backstop, stay fixed in place, and are available in multiple configurations, from one large bullseye target to groups of several smaller bullseyes printed on a single sheet of paper. These targets usually are colored red and white or black and white but are also available in fluorescent colors as well as in silhouette form. For hunters, animal shapes are the norm, while human silhouette targets are preferred by those pistol shooters who are interested in personal defense.
 
Steel targets are often preferred by gun enthusiasts. These are available in both bullseye and silhouette form. A myriad of different mounting supports are available, from a horizontal row of knockdown ducks or targets such as would be found in a shooting gallery, to five or six targets mounted on a vertical pole such that they independently swing from side to side with each hit. To prevent denting from high power rounds, steel targets should be laser-cut from AR500 hardened steel. Laser cutting eliminates the softening of the target edges which occurs when using a plasma cutter. Steel thickness is also very important, with 1/4″ steel able to handle most handgun ammunition. Higher velocity ammo requires a minimum of 3/8″ AR500 hardened steel, while targets subjected to rugged use should be constructed of either 1/2″ or 3/4″ steel to prevent damage.
 
Competition archers use many of the paper targets mentioned above, while bowhunters like 3-D targets. Bow clubs often sponsor field competitions where multiple 3-D animal targets are placed at various shooting distances along a pathway. These full-size animal forms are made from high-density foam with replaceable vital target areas. However, for backyard practice, archery target cubes are far less expensive. The cubes have different images on all 6 sides, providing multiple target variations. Target bags, constructed from either polypropylene or polyester, are also available.
 

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