Phill Price finds the perfect knock-down target - an innovative, techno example from Sig Sauer.
Knock-down targets are great fun and way more satisfying to shoot than paper ones. All outdoor airgun competitions rely on them and I figured that over time I’d seen them all. Most work in a similar way, and with a little bit of sensible maintenance will last for years, even when left out in the elements. If they have one weakness, for me, it’s that they generally have a fixed kill-zone aperture, which is good for simplicity, but restrictive for things like checking zero. I need a small
“I enjoyed this one and spent hours practising against it in my own garden”
target to ensure that my zero is spot on. ‘Near enough’ won’t do for me.
SIG Sauer has addressed this with their sophisticated new model that is, without doubt, the most adjustable target of this type that I’ve ever seen. The face-plate is in the traditional combat target shape, which befits SIG’s military background. The standard kill-zone aperture is 1½” with a 1” round reducer, and an unusual ½” square reducer as well. Quite why they chose to use ‘square’ I don’t know. Like the rest of the target, the swing-down reducer plates are made from substantial steel that’s been powder-coated for corrosion resistance.
PULLED NOT DROPPED
Another significant difference to other knock-down targets is the yellow paddle that is the kill plate because it pulls the face plate backwards, rather than just allowing it to fall. The ‘start’ and ‘stop’ positions are fully adjustable, allowing you get the optimum set-up initially, and to allow for wear later. When the target drops, you reset it by hitting the second yellow paddle that hangs down to the right of the face plate. This tips the face plate forward again, assisted by a spring mechanism in the base. I have to say that I vastly prefer resettable targets to ones that need a reset cord, mostly because I’m lazy and don’t like having to manage 30 yards of string each time I want to practise.
In the box, there are four very substantial pegs to anchor the target to soft surfaces and there’s no way it would move with these in place. I find this type of mechanism needs to be kept rigidly in place to work properly. Because the mechanism is so solidly (read ‘heavily’) made, I wondered if a 12 ft.lbs. rifle would move it, but I need not have worried. It dropped and reset every time from the very first shot. As an evolution of a classic target type, I enjoyed this one and spent hours practising against it in my own garden and I’m happy to recommend it to you, too. I
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Left: Four strong pins are supplied to anchor the target to the ground.
Below Left: Two sizes of reducer plate can be swung into position to add to the challenge. Below Right: The mechanism is highly adjustable.
Above: Hitting the lower yellow paddle resets the target.