TARGETS GALORE

Ev­ery­one loves knock­ing down a tar­get or two, don’t they? Mark Camoccio re­veals the lat­est of­fer­ings from Nock­over Targets

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Mark Camoccio has fun with some of the many qual­ity targets from Nock­over

Hav­ing been in on field tar­get shoot­ing from the out­set, I’ve seen targets slowly evolve with the sport, and the brand of Nock­over Targets have been part of the story from fairly early on. Started by Derek Peck­over back in the ‘80s, the com­pany set out to de­velop a qual­ity knock- down tar­get for this most de­mand­ing of out­door air­gun dis­ci­plines, so it speaks vol­umes for the Nock­over de­sign that their of­fi­cial ‘field tar­get’ has been used ex­clu­sively in the last five World Field Tar­get Cham­pi­onships.

Yes, there are ri­val prod­ucts avail­able that look re­mark­ably sim­i­lar, but in my ex­pe­ri­ence, Nock­over eas­ily leads the field, and they’re even made in good old Blighty.

VA­RI­ETY

Whilst the field tar­get is the com­pany’s rai­son d’etre, the cat­a­logue also in­cludes a great se­lec­tion of fun targets and prac­tice targets, all made to the same im­pres­sive stan­dard, for which the brand has be­come syn­ony­mous. So, I’m show­cas­ing three prod­ucts here, that give some idea of what is avail­able, but for a full list of spec­i­fi­ca­tions and prices, have a good pe­ruse around their web­site.

Nock­over Ul­ti­mate Prac­tice Tar­get

The Ul­ti­mate Prac­tice Tar­get is a neat de­sign, which has a 45mm disc at the top and a 40mm disc hang­ing at the bot­tom. Hit the top disc and it falls flat; then hit the bot­tom disc, and this au­to­mat­i­cally re­sets the top disc. Slide the bracket, and the kill is re­duced to ei­ther 25mm or 15mm. Simple and ad­dic­tive fun, as well as great prac­tice. Just push this spiked tar­get straight into earth, and the fun can be­gin!

Nock­over Dou­ble Tar­get Pi­geon

The Nock­over Dou­ble Tar­get is a won­der­fully simple de­sign, with a thick, free- stand­ing front plate in the shape of a pi­geon. The head it­self is a knock- down tar­get, ap­prox­i­mately 45mm x 50mm. Knock this flat, and it can then be re­set with an ac­cu­rately placed shot on the 40mm kill zone in the body. Built to last and an­other good in­vest­ment.

Nock­over Field Targets – Rat

Shoot­ing for fun is fine, but charge shoot­ers money and of­fer prizes, and those targets had bet­ter work prop­erly! Nock­over’s Field Tar­get de­sign is prob­a­bly the most re­li­able on the mar­ket in my ex­pe­ri­ence, and it’s no co­in­ci­dence that it has been pretty well adopted as the of­fi­cial tar­get in the sport of FT. Nock­over’s ‘over cen­tre’ mech­a­nism is what sits at the heart of the de­sign, but su­pe­rior con­struc­tion

from elec­tro- plated ‘zin­tec’ steel, means they are built to last and re­sist rust, over many years of hard use. The tar­get drops when a pel­let goes through the hole and hits the pad­dle, yet hit the front plate, and noth­ing will hap­pen.

Avail­able in five dif­fer­ent an­i­mal shapes; rat, rab­bit, mag­pie, crow, and squir­rel, there are also three nonan­i­mal shapes; di­a­mond, moon, and square. All come with gal­vanised fix­ing stakes and a 55-yard re­set cord. You de­cide whether you want a 15mm, 25mm, or 40mm kill zone, oth­er­wise th­ese Bri­tish made targets are iden­ti­cal in terms of how they op­er­ate.

BENCHMARK

So, there we have it. Cheaper al­ter­na­tives ex­ist, but if you want the best qual­ity, and where the FT competition targets are con­cerned, top re­li­a­bil­ity, Nock­over’s targets have to be seen as the benchmark. They can even do spe­cial or­ders, so give them a call to dis­cuss. ■

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MAIN: Simple, ro­bust, and free­stand­ing - the Dou­ble Tar­get Pi­geon LEFT: The Ul­ti­mate Prac­tice of­fers great va­ri­ety of kill size BOT­TOM LEFT: Nock­over Field Targets renowned for their qual­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity around the globe

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