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