Flash, bang, wallop, what a shot!
The editor tries some innovative targets from Armex
T here seems to be a real appetite for noisy, smoky targets these days with the likes of Firebird and Firecap selling like hot cakes, and now is seems that the Barrage Board could be the next big hit, literally! These innovative targets have 20 circular aim points on the face of 21 x 30 cm sheets of 10mm thick medium density fibre board (MDF). At the centre of each one is a cap that explodes if you hit it perfectly with an airgun pellet. The explosion is strong enough to rip away the face of the target and there are clear warnings about keeping a safe distance from the target before you shoot. I hope I don’t need to say that wearing safety glasses is vitally important for anybody shooting a target like this.
A good hit rewards the shooter with a loud bang and plenty of smoke so that you know for sure that the hit is spot on. This product came about when some of the Armex team were brainstorming new targets. Tossing ideas about, they wondered what would happen if they glued shotgun primers into a sheet of MDF, and the Barrage Board was born. They make them in- house at their Birmingham factory and the first 1000 they made sold out so quickly that they’re making more as fast as they can go.
The target face is self-adhesive plastic and therefore unaffected by moisture, but blasts away nicely as the primer explodes. The company is working hard toward a carbon-neutral position, so knowing that the wooden board is fully biodegradable feels just right for their environment credentials.
BANG, BANG, BANG!
I took one out to some farmland where I hoped the noise wouldn’t disturb anybody, and shot the caps out one by one. Misses tend to shoot right through the board from a 12 ft.lbs. rifle, so clearly, you need a good back stop or a safe area behind the board at all times.
At just £ 9.99 for a sheet of 20 targets, the Barrage Board looks like good value for money when compared to other explosive targets. It looks like Armex has come up with a winner, and a great alternative target for those who enjoy some noise and smoke with their airgun shooting.
www.armex.co.uk RRP £ 9.99
ABOVE: As they ignite they blow the target face away