The editor looks at something really new in airgun targets
The editor tries out a target system so robust that it will even take full-bore treatment
Over the years, I’ve had lots of phone calls about new target systems that ‘ were going to revolutionise the shooting world’, or so their inventors told me. Most have been gently warmed- over versions of old designs, whilst others have been unnecessarily complicated and generally way too expensive for anybody to be interested. However, I was recently contact by Tim Dowling who wanted to show me his target.
Tim lives near to my gun club at Bisley so I met him at the range and he set about assembling the machine which is, in essence, all the controls, motors and batteries encased in a heavy steel housing. Everything above this is designed to be ‘sacrificial’; in other words, when it gets shot to bits you replace it with inexpensive wood that’s easily available. Most people place a railway sleeper in front of the housing for belt and braces protection.
Tim shoots .22 rimfire and .357 Magnum bullets at these targets, so he has complete confidence that no airgun pellet will cause a problem. As you can see from the pictures, there are four vertically mounted dowels that hold targets. They can be made from any cheap material and he ones he had on that day were cut from Corex sheet, which is widely available and very inexpensive.
He showed us the first set-up; when an FT target beside the unit was hit, it vibrated a sensor that started the sequence, then the targets were turned face- on for the duration of your choice, and then turned side- on again. All four can turn at once or they can turn individually in a random sequence.
All of these parameters can be set to allow you to invent an unlimited selection of shooting games to keep up the fun level. I say ‘fun’, but I soon noticed my club mates trying to get the best scores they could.
Another set-up option involved a face card with small windows based around the McQueen shooting competition that is very popular with full-bore shooters. At random, a target appears in a window and you must shoot it before it disappears; again, the timing can be adjusted to suit yourself.
Although I have no interest in target shooting I found it very addictive and wanted to shoot again and again. I used my Weihrauch HW110 and the multi-shot, side-lever action was ideally suited to this rapid-fire game.
At £ 850 I see this as something a club might be more likely to buy than individuals, and I secretly hope that our own committee might chose to add one to our club’s shooting options. It’s well made and well thought through, and most importantly, very good fun. I wish Tim well with his business and if you’d like to know more about the system visit www. whittingtontargets.com.
“Although I have no interest in target shooting I found it very addictive and wanted to shoot again and again”
The targets can turn at the time, pattern and duration of your choosing
This set-up mimics the McQueen style used by full-bore shooters
Just these four buttons allow you to select any parameter