Mark Camoccio shows us some reactive paper targets to make practice more interesting
Quality accessories can really add to the satisfaction of any shooting session, and specialist targets add another dimension of fun. Of course, we can always do it on the cheap, with a piece of paper and a marker pen, but place an official target downrange, especially of the type on show here, and our skills can be honed, whilst providing some spectator sport, too,
either for our shooting partners, or newcomers eager to take instruction. Metal ‘knock- downs’ are all very well, and can be extremely satisfying, but sometimes practice dictates that the precision of some sort of paper target is utilised, where exact shot placement is more easily relayed back to the shooter.
CALDWELL ORANGE PEEL TARGETS
‘Reactive’ paper targets are a great idea, and the ‘Orange Peel’ type, from American brand, Caldwell, are a great place to start. Half the battle is being able to see your shots clearly as they appear downrange, and whilst at any serious distance you are still best looking through a scope, or spotting gear if spectating, these targets do help to make the shots much clearer to see. The target design sees a black bull printed on an orange background, with yellow sector lines offering plenty of different aim points. As the naked eye begins to struggle to spot where shots are actually landing, be that live round or airgun pellet, successful shots on these targets tear through the black and expose the yellow undercoat, showing the shot as a super bright, yellow ring. Given that these targets have an orange background and peel off as sticker sheets, ‘Orange Peel’ is indeed a clever name.
Just select your target size – 2”, 3”, 4” and 8” bulls are available – and style required, all printed on the same easy- peel sheets.
JACK PYKE SPOT SHOTS
Jack Pyke are a respected name in the shooting world, so it comes as no surprise that they produce ‘Spot Shots’, a similar version of the reactive target. Again, the targets are roundels, which have a ‘doubleprinted’ black coating painted over a yellow background. High visibility is the name of the game, and this time, the targets peel off as a neat circular disc, to be stuck wherever you like. There’s a variety of packs available, with sheets of stickers with either 2- inch or 6- inch roundels. Opt for the larger 6- inch stickers, and you’ll also get small stick- on dots which are used to patch up the main target. It’s all very neat, and cleverly extends the life of the targets.
So, whether zeroing or competing, the Spot Shots sticker sheet format and bright colours make these targets very versatile. Yes, they’re more expensive than conventional paper, but there’s no doubting the simple enjoyment to be had when the impact points are made so obvious downrange.
JACK PYKE TARGET STICKERS
Finally, comes the Target Stickers from Jack Pyke, and these are similar to the fluorescent designs that I used from Birchwood Casey for many years. Dayglo- style targets with fluorescent colours are my favourite for rifle testing, since the superbright background is just so much easier on the eyes when light begins to fade, or when shooting on a dull miserable day. Again, these targets come supplied as sheets of stickers, making them super- versatile, but these are not reactive style, so show a more precise shot group.
Shoot as a new target, or stick over an old target – the choice is yours. The Target Stickers come in several different sizes, with 1,1.5, 2, or 3- inch diagrams available. There are plenty of intersections, which effectively means aim points, so there are plenty of shots to take before a target change is needed. The ultra- bright design is the key here, and I use these targets all the time.
I’ve featured just a few targets here, but there are many more. Check out Birchwood Casey’s Dirty Bird, Shoot N C and Target Spots versions, all designed to enhance our shooting experience, to be found at Tim Hannam’s www. hannamsreloading.com
ABOVE: Brilliantly versatile; Spot Shots from Jack Pyke
BELOW: Shots show up well on the Orange Peel targets
ABOVE RIGHT: Note the patch- up black stickers supplied with these Spot Shots
ABOVE LEFT: Caldwell’s neat packaging keeps the remaining targets safe
BELOW: Shooting in poor light? JP Target Stickers take some beating