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What Kind of Targets Do You Practice On?

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  1. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    A cheap and fairly reactive target that we use is ice. Freeze a bunch of party cups of water, leave cups at home to use again. Also, blocks of ice are fun to "crush" till gone. The best thing about ice is there is no clean-up!
     
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  2. roval

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    i shoot steel mainly but when shooting for groups i use the non adhesive shoot n see from walmart but a more fun and cheaper target i use is a large target with playing cards printed on them . good for shooting groups and i reuse them as there are so many cards to shoot at. once i'm satisfied with the groups or zero , i take it down and shoot steel again.
     
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    I planted a bunch of small squash plants (the squash end up around 3-6") this year and plan on using them as range fodder this fall.
     
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    If you print labels for C.D.s or D.V.D.s there is a 2" dot left when you peel the label off. Makes a good 100 yd on cardboard. I use a 12" shoot'nsee at 200 yds. The red center for the aim point and hits are visible even through my low power spotting scope. I've hung tin cans from string stretched across the range. If the breeze gets them swinging...makes it fun!

    Mark
     
  5. cal44mag

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    Paper pie plates.

    I figure "minute of pie plate" at 10 yards is sufficient accuracy for defense.
     
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    cal44mag,

    Try the 2" circle drill.

    I use the lid of a small pickle jar to draw the circles. (The lid diameter is a little over 2" so the circles are about 2 1/2" with the heavy marking pen). You can draw several circles on your paper pie plate. Start standing close and as you progressively get better back up to 7 yards.

    It is so simple that it is surprisingly fun and challenging at the same time. If you have a shooting buddy it is a fun way to challenge each other.
     
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    Mostly steel and I keep an eye out for clearance sale spray paint.
    I also get a lot of seed corn signs from the local Co-Op. They are similar to corrugated cardboard but made of plastic. About 2'x4' , weather proof and free.
     
  8. Chuck R.

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    Or, just run the standard "Dot Torture" drill, which is an excellent way to get in a good practice session with only 50 rounds and targets are downloadable:

    https://pistol-training.com/drills/dot-torture

    Chuck
     
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  9. Az-quailhunter

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    US Customs Bureau qualification silhouette, gray.
     
  10. Panzerschwein

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    Walnuts.

    The bright green fresh fallen walnuts on the forest floor are a joy to pop around with a .22 or even a .500 S&W magnum. :)
     
  11. Mike .45

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    Mostly shoot reactive stuff. More fun for kids and young adults. I am always making or remaking stuff. Made the clay target from 3/4" rigid conduit and unistrut and the other was a piece of scaffolding somebody left in the woods that we brought home and I made that steel plate target out of it. I got a lot of others. I wil try to find some more pics
     
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    A few others. The wood one actually lasted several years and I still have it but I made the new clay holder and it's easier to move around and set up.

    The target in middle picture with my youngest boy it Is disassembled now and made it several others. My oldest boy destroyed the plate target in front there with my AK so I cut it up. It's the middle plate in the top picture now.
     
  13. Dr.Rob

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    Old bowling pins make good cheap reactive targets. Kind of heavy to move around, but they work well.

    I've also got some metallic targets my dad welded up, and a self healing 'rolling' poly target'
     
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    Our club is pretty strict about target selection. 1st and 3rd Sunday we have informal steel matches and bowing pin competition. I try to make as many as possible.
    Rest of the time I practice bull's-eye, some speed loading drills and just plain plinking at paper targets. Distances from 12 feet to 25 yards.
     
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    Since I started on them back when IPSC was formed (1976) I have always shot at one version or other of the IPSC cardboard silhouettes. For a number of years now I have been buying the old "Item Target" in bulk and use one to three every trip to the range. I have some steel plates and a steel silhouette the same size as the IPSC cardboard and plink at them when I'm feeling too lazy to tape up the holes. (smile)

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    I shoot steel 99% of the time. Only paper I shoot is in matches.
     
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    We put water in Styrofoam coffee cups. They make pretty cool/cheap targets.
     
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    I have my own range and shoot glass bottles off a board mostly. It's amazing how the glass just gets pulverized into dirt over time. When the pile of pieces gets too large for my liking it's 12 ga shotgun practice day!!

    I also have a rubber dummy target, his name is Bob. Here is Bob when he was brand new:
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    Bob is a little shot up these days, probably a few thousand rounds through him, but still works fine. The method is to spray primer paint on, dries in 20 seconds or so, then when shot the bullet pierces the recycled tire rubber and flakes the paint where it hit. The bullet leaves a very small hole that basically gets self repaired by the rubber. Spray primer on him and ready to go again. You have probably seen these on you tube channels like Sootch00.
    Here is Bob after a few 40 S&W shots:
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    Bet that makes a mess... how do you clean up the little bits of styrofoam?
     
  21. Choctaw

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    It's on our own land. I don't worry about it.
     
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