Reading Charlie Portlock’s ‘Reactive Range’ article, about blatting away at mints or indigestion tablets, inspired me to share the type of targets that give great pleasure on our range. Though I’m happy with my nickname ‘Mr Plink’, and am amused when shooters ask me what I’ve brought this time … there are only so many steak and kidney pies I can eat for the tins. Tony’s daughter saves her aerosols, leaving a bit of perfume in the bottom so the range smells lovely for a short time ‘Men can’t help plinking on Impulse?’ Jimmy brought a polystyrene hairdresser’s dummy – slightly ironic because he is bald. John has gone eco-friendly replacing all his bulbs with low- energy ones. You can guess what happens to the old ones – of course, we put a blanket down. For the World Cup several drinks brands have brought out limited edition metal bottles (pictured) and you see my latest skip raid provided the bee garden ornament. It is sprung so shakes its head disapprovingly when shot. New members always ask permission to shoot at my targets and the answer is always, ‘Of course, go for it because this is half the fun.’ With a bit of imagination and the smallest expense – for example, neon sprays from a £1 shop – you can repurpose many abandoned items. I hope the readers will keep their suggestions coming. ANDY EDWARDS
Hello Andy It looks like you know how to have fun and your letter goes to show how many targets can be found in your dustbin. I’m sure you’re careful with anything sharp and I hope you recycle everything you can, too. Also, please be careful with aerosols because they can fly about if they still have pressure inside when they’re punctured. Like many of our readers I can tell that having fun is what shooting is all about for you and your clubmates, and long may you continue to do so. Ed.
All kind of fun targets can be found in the rubbish bin