Use of Target Pasters?


November 6, 2013, 04:23 PM
Hey everyone,
When a friend took me to the range for my first shooting experience, he brought his 2 pistols and 100 rounds of ammo. We picked up an FBI Q target (he's a police office so I assume that's why he chose it) and got started. I wanted to pay for everything at the range since he was letting me use his guns and was giving me some basic pointers.

I think buying only target was a HUGE mistake. It wasn't long before we were picking stray holes to use as new bullseyes. I think he was trying to save me money, but in retrospect, we probably wated much more money because I couldn't even tell where my shots were going after 50-60 rounds.

I've gone shooting a few more times since, and I usually stick with Q targets, although at my basic pistol class, we used paper plates with an orange sticker in the middle. I've seen people put stickers over their shots to "reset" their targets. I think they are called target pasters? Is there any reason to use the pasters instead of just buying "Avery Removable Print or Write Color Coding Labels, 0.75 Inches, Round, Pack of 1008 (5472)" from amazon?

It seems like it would be great if a few people wanted to take turns on the same target. You could color code your shots by person and all shoot one target (obviosuly switching to a fresh target after 30-40 rounds). Just wondering your thoughts. Maybe this is common and I just haven't seen enough to notice others do this. Thanks!

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November 6, 2013, 04:49 PM
Target plasters or pasters are common in many shooting disciplines. Most of the time they are supposed to be the same color as the target (or the area of the target) they're meant to repair.

Willie Sutton
November 6, 2013, 04:51 PM
Masking tape is the old standby.

Often combined with appropriate color spray paint when shooting outdoors.

The old IPSC targets (cardboard) were used for 100's of rounds each before they were discarded. Masking tape and maybe a spray of beige paint now and then and they were good to go.



F-111 John
November 6, 2013, 04:57 PM
I buy Shoot-N-C peel and stick targets, and they come with a few pasters in black and red.

I'll practice defensive shooting on the silhouette target first, then peel and stick the bullseye targets over the left and right shoulders for some fine target shooting.

I like the Shoot-N-C because they more easily show where you hit without having to reel in your target as often.

November 6, 2013, 05:00 PM
Here are rolls of 500 target pasters in white :
and cardboard color:

The idea of using different colored pasters for each shooter sounds good at first, but what happens when shooter #2 puts a shot into shooter #1's paster? When you paste up for shooter #3, #1's first paster is obscured. If keeping track of shots is important, just score them as you go. If seeing patterns is important, using separate targets is probably best.

FWIW, if you're using something like a IPSC target, you can have way, way more than 30-40 pasters on the target and still have the target going strong. Cardboard is great!

Glock Doctor
November 6, 2013, 05:04 PM
In IDPA matches the targets don't get pasted over until after the shooter is finished.

I do a lot of shooting; in order to save money I, also, use 9" paper plates with a black, 1 1/2 inch, 'Avery' adhesive dot in the center. I'll often put these plates over a standard IDPA cardboard target that's had the center completely shot out.

Anytime I want to mark my bullet holes I simply strike a line across them with a indelible black (or red) magic marker.

November 6, 2013, 05:18 PM
Buy the blue man targets (B27, B29, etc or blue bullseyes), keep your shots in the blue, and use blue painters tape. THE cheapest route to go, and very practical. If you miss into the cream colored area, then use the regular masking tape.

November 6, 2013, 05:19 PM
In IDPA matches the targets don't get pasted over until after the shooter is finished.

LOL! Yeah, that seems a lot safer than having a guy downrange dodging bullets and furiously pasting while the shooter is still going!

November 6, 2013, 05:23 PM
There are this type ( for doing target repair. I have them in Black, White and Buff color. Avery labels work just fine also. Whatever you have and works for you.

There is also this type ( popular for making a target using for example a paper plate. Again, Avery labels would work fine.


November 6, 2013, 05:27 PM
i'd take a look at the price of the Avery stickers versus the dedicated pasters. I wouldn't be surprised if the target pasters are cheaper, because of cheaper packaging, and probably cheaper adhesive.

The Avery pasters are expected to stick to file folders for years and years. Target pasters only have to stay on for a few hours.

November 6, 2013, 05:36 PM
yeah, target pasters are way cheaper.

also, i'm a fan of the Pat Rogers school of 'negatively taping' targets. i.e. you only paste over holes outside the A zone. So, if you're shooting well, after a few dozen rounds, the A zone is pretty shot up and you can't really tell exactly where in the A zone you are hitting, but that's ok. When one strays into the B or C zone, then you can see it and tape it.

advantages are
1 much less taping (assuming you can hit)
2. you can see misses that are important but not hits that aren't important
3. small incentive to get hits, so you don't have to tape.

November 6, 2013, 05:44 PM
I shoot at an outdoor range from 25 to 200 yards.I walk out to my targets every 3 shots or less.Fitness program.I use either white painters tape or x the holes with black marker and number them.I also use cardboard sometimes.

Glock Doctor
November 6, 2013, 05:45 PM
Originally posted by, ATLDave
LOL! Yeah, that seems a lot safer than having a guy downrange dodging bullets and furiously pasting while the shooter is still going!

That's a childish reply. Why bother to post if all you've got to say is nonsense? The point is that a shooter doesn't have to overly worry about pasting a target until after he's got a lot of holes in it.

In fact I often shoot next to a fellow who blasts out a clean 3 or 4 inch hole in the center of his IDPA target; and, then, spends the rest of his range time by shooting everything else he fires through that one hole. (He knows when he misses - which ain't often - by a random bullet hole suddenly appearing on another part of the target.)

November 6, 2013, 05:48 PM
I also only paste holes outside the A zone.

November 6, 2013, 05:52 PM
Glock Doc', I wrote a longer reply but then changed my mind. I'll only say this: My post was not intended to cause offense, and I'm sorry if you took it that way.

November 6, 2013, 07:30 PM
I take a digital copy to a copy center ... as long as its black & white (or shades of gray) they are only a penny each, then if its a keeper I can put whatever pertant data on it and file it away. Most of the ones I use are either ones I made or clean ones I find at the range and scan

November 6, 2013, 07:36 PM
I use copy machine targets too.

And I X out old bullet holes with a black Sharpie pen to keep new groups separate from old holes.

Masking tape works well too.


November 6, 2013, 08:14 PM
+1 to Shoot N-C targets. Those are the targets I mainly use for pistol shooting and for sighted in rifles. I have another set of rifle targets for zeroing scopes that have bright orange lines to the center, making it easier to line up.

November 6, 2013, 08:24 PM
If I wanted to I could shoot the same target all day long if I wanted to keep applying pasters. I get my targets and pasters from

November 6, 2013, 09:29 PM
Standard masking tape is about the same buff color as the "white" area of many targets. Makes for cheap pasters .

I use a lot of masking tape and keep a black marker for coloring the tape when used on the black.

But I have used what ever tape I have on hand at times. Cover the holes so that I know where the new ones are.

After a couple times covering the holes, i replace the targets.

November 6, 2013, 09:58 PM
I shoot paper plates. If I want to be real stingy, I'll cover a portion with duct tape to make it last.

November 6, 2013, 10:43 PM
Go to U-Haul and pick up a roll of their brown packing tape. Very sticky, same color as cardboard so you can fix your backer as you kill as many paper plates as you have ammo for.

I save stickers that come in at work with orders of metal. It makes a good aiming point...and the stack is free! hard to beat free


November 7, 2013, 11:46 AM
I just bought 100 pack of Redfields sight in targets, their great for scope shooting, I use a roll of 1 inch masking tape to past them.hdbiker

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