On Tar­get

Phill Price finds the per­fect knock-down tar­get - an in­no­va­tive, techno ex­am­ple from Sig Sauer.

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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.

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