OUT OF THE WOOD
Phill Price discovers some wooden cut-out targets, with a little extra something that makes plinking fun
Iwas a little taken aback recently when one of my club mates, Justin Wood, who is a super-serious, field target shooter, was singing the praises of what I considered to be a plinking target. It seemed so unlike him to care about anything that can’t be measured to 1/1000th of a millimetre. Surely he wouldn’t shoot for fun? The answer was, no. The targets might be fun, but the purpose of shooting them was all about accuracy. What he was getting to was that to be as accurate as you can be, you need to put in the hours and shooting paper targets is … well … boring. There – I said it!
He was finding that the wooden cutouts from Custom Target were keeping his interest. In fact, he felt motivated to knock out the next dot or circle, which helped him to keep his focus during long training sessions. Another benefit of these targets is that the ‘ kill-zones’, for want of a better description, are very small, and if you shoot them at 10 yards, they’re a decent challenge. He was shooting them at competition distances, testing his already impressive skills to their very limit. Of course, this is what you do if you want to be the best; if you want to beat the rest … dedication’s what you need. If any reader gets that TV reference, please email me and I’ll find a prize for the first correct answer!
Custom Targets sent me a few of their most popular targets which have stacks of aim points spread across all sorts of interesting shapes. The 3mm hardboard is laser- cut and has an advantage over similar targets in that it doesn’t shatter or splinter, making cleaning up after a shooting session easy.
They offer a metal mounting spike to hold your target, but as I didn’t have one I clamped the target to some metal poles and placed a thick paving slab behind, to stop the pellets.
At 25 yards, I have to say that the kill zones looked pretty small, which added to the feeling of success each time I knocked one out. With so many to choose from, you can be sure of a good long session before needing to replace the target, and that makes for a load of fun with very little walking up and down the range to refresh the target.
Prices start from just £1.99 for the animal-shaped targets and I’m told that we should expect a whole range of new and interesting design variants in the coming months. Can you have serious fun? I’m saying, yes!
There are loads of shapes and sizes to choose from
The small size of the kill zones make them really challenging