Fun with reactive targets


September 16, 2009, 11:01 PM
I took an early day today and snuck out to the range for a late lunch/early afternoon off. Beautiful day in SE Texas - 85 or so, light northerly breeze and partly cloudy. Gnats were bad, but ce est la vida - such is life.

A few nights ago, I had taken a piece of cardboard and hot-glued various "environmentally friendly" reactive targets to it - a tube of Necco wafers, some stale RITZ crackers, and some really nasty store-brand cookies. The Neccos were about quarter-size and the cookies were about the size of baseballs (3" or so), so I had a good range of sizes. For shiggles, I hot-glued two pennies to the cardboard, too. Why? Because they were on the floor when I plugged in the hot-glue gun, that's why :neener:

I set my target about 10 yards from the firing line. Before anyone says, "What's 10 yards?" remember: Necco wafers at that distance are pretty small!

I loaded my open-sight Browning Buckmark with Federal Bulk Pak ammo and let 'er rip. What a blast! I have gotten so used to shooting only holes into paper that I had forgotten how much fun it is to see something happen - a candy wafer shatter, a RITZ cracker disintegrate, a cookie chip away - when hit by a .22. The surprise was from the two pennies: one must have been grazed, b/c it got knocked off of the cardboard. The other penny must have gotten centered by a bullet, b/c it punched a full penny-size hole through the cardboard - looked like a .75 Wadcutter hit it!

I shot about 100 rounds, I guess, and missed far more than I hit - especially the Neccos. The cookies were easy pickins, the RITZ difficult, and the Neccos were a downright challenge. But it was a lot of fun. I know there have been threads on "what are your favorite reactive targets" before, but I wanted to share my experience today.

Oh...cost factor...cardboard was free, so:
Necco wafers: $1.00
Stale RITZ: $.75
Nasty cookies: $1.50
Afternoon of grins, giggles, hoots, and relaxation: priceless.


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September 17, 2009, 01:02 AM
Pics or it didn't happen :P

September 17, 2009, 01:06 AM
Quoheleth, for a re-shootable target, try a tennis ball on a string.
They take an amazing amount of abuse, and when they get ratty, stuff an empty ammo box or two in there and tape over it.

If you think the ball is too big of a target, you can always try to cut it off of the string, but I'm guessing that a swinging tennis ball will be challenging enough.

September 17, 2009, 07:20 AM
Pics or it didn't happen :p pics, so it must have been a figment of my imagination. :neener:

My Blackberry died, and the cell phone a friend gave me didn't have a cord to connect to a computer, so I had no means to upload pics even if I had taken them! :banghead:.

To keep this gun-related, I forgot to mention I tried one mag ful of 125LRN out of my CZ85. Lemme tell ya, when that 9mm hits a Ritz, it's KABLOOIE time! Next time, I'll try a 185 SWC .45ACP.

Tennis ball, huh? I'll try that next time.


The Captain
September 17, 2009, 08:19 AM
Sounds like a great time. Reactive targets of any type are an absolute joy.

September 17, 2009, 05:32 PM
I met some energy drink reps one time. They got multiple free cases of the drinks each month.

They make great skeet targets when you shake them up ;)

September 17, 2009, 06:21 PM
Never had the experience but this stuff looks like way too much fun.

September 17, 2009, 07:23 PM
Around my house the rule is: Ask yourself "Can Dad shoot this?" before it goes in the trash.:D

September 17, 2009, 08:00 PM
Computer keyboards are lots of fun to shoot with a 12 gauge loaded with #4 buck. Cleanup? Not so fun; the keys go flying everywhere!

The Captain
September 17, 2009, 09:47 PM
Yep. Tannerite is almost too much fun.

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