The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > Hogan's Alley > Tactics and Training

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old July 14, 2009, 04:55 PM   #1
NightSight
Member
 
Join Date: July 6, 2009
Location: Westminster, CO
Posts: 74
Reactive Targets

How many people use reactive targets as a part of their training?? Is the extra hassel (lugging steel targets, resetting, etc) worth it??

On a related note:

Has anyone made a home made pepper popper?? Any auto-setting ones??

What about other home made reactive targets??
NightSight is offline  
Old July 14, 2009, 09:43 PM   #2
SW1911CT
Member
 
Join Date: January 3, 2009
Location: Raleigh
Posts: 90
I had a welding shop make me a set of 7 plates that fall backwards when shot. They're a lot like what you see in steel challenge shoots. But the whole thing is heavy and I leave it on the range.

Last edited by SW1911CT; July 14, 2009 at 09:44 PM. Reason: .
SW1911CT is offline  
Old July 14, 2009, 10:39 PM   #3
Slopemeno
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 19, 2007
Posts: 2,347
Pepper Poppers are a ton of fun. Yes, lugging them around is a problem, but if you join/make a league there's your labor pool.
Slopemeno is offline  
Old July 14, 2009, 11:01 PM   #4
Ian0351
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 11, 2009
Location: Washington
Posts: 414
I save up beer bottles, fill up jugs with water, and occasionally buy one of those large blocks of ice and throw wadcutters at it 'til its gone. I especially like the last because clean-up is nonexistent. I really like the instant gratification of shooting stuff as opposed to paper...
I am thinking about getting one of those spinner targets that has a 1" cup with a .25 cal hole, but I haven't been shooting my .22 much lately as the ejector is broken and pulling the shells by hand is a PITA.
__________________
You can have your churches, I'll keep my guns. Just keep your hands off my paycheck and your eyes out of my backyard.
Join the Libertarian Party! http://www.lp.org

Semper Fidelis
Ian0351 is offline  
Old July 16, 2009, 06:19 AM   #5
Bottom Gun
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 13, 1998
Location: Elgin, Arizona
Posts: 871
Quote:
I save up beer bottles
How do you clean up all the broken glass afterward?
__________________
NRA Life Member
Bottom Gun is offline  
Old July 16, 2009, 07:54 AM   #6
WeedWacker
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 13, 2006
Location: Body: Clarkston, Washington. Soul: LaCrosse, Wisconsin
Posts: 1,532
My personal favorite and what I originally learned to shoot at is the ole' soda or tin can. For a larger target I like the metal coffee cans. Makes a nice ping and a .22 short on the coffee can, if hit at the right angle, will spin around the inside of the can. And I just finished a whole case the other day so I know what I'm gonna be doing come Sunday
__________________
- Weed
Disequilibrium facilitates accommodation.
9mm vs 45 ACP? The answer is 42.
WeedWacker is offline  
Old July 16, 2009, 08:07 AM   #7
ZeSpectre
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 4, 2007
Location: Shenandoah Valley
Posts: 3,276
Somebody posted a plan for "reactive zombie targets" a little while ago.
Here's a link to the article.

Basically he hot-glued red paintballs to stickers and then stuck the stickers on the zombie target head at the range. When shot, you got a big pink splatter.

I tried it myself...fun!
__________________
"The dogs may bark but the caravan moves on"
ZeSpectre is offline  
Old July 16, 2009, 09:13 AM   #8
Ian0351
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 11, 2009
Location: Washington
Posts: 414
Quote:
How do you clean up all the broken glass afterward?
I bring out an old poncho that doesn't quite keep out all the rain anymore and set up a cardboard box on the center and the bottles on the box. Broken glass stays mostly on the poncho and gets thrown out once I get home.
__________________
You can have your churches, I'll keep my guns. Just keep your hands off my paycheck and your eyes out of my backyard.
Join the Libertarian Party! http://www.lp.org

Semper Fidelis
Ian0351 is offline  
Old July 16, 2009, 09:25 AM   #9
Bottom Gun
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 13, 1998
Location: Elgin, Arizona
Posts: 871
Quote:
I bring out an old poncho that doesn't quite keep out all the rain anymore and set up a cardboard box on the center and the bottles on the box. Broken glass stays mostly on the poncho and gets thrown out once I get home.
I'm glad to hear you clean up after yourself like that. There are entirely too many irresponsible shooters who do not and they create a bad image for the responsible shooters by leaving behind a terrible mess. I have seen areas closed to shooting for that reason.
__________________
NRA Life Member
Bottom Gun is offline  
Old July 16, 2009, 10:00 AM   #10
Ian0351
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 11, 2009
Location: Washington
Posts: 414
Bottom Gun:

I shoot on public land, and most of my fellow shooters are not so considerate. Every time I go I have to wade through a sea of shotgun hulls and surplus brass... it's a gruesome sight and a hell of an ecological impact even considering the site is a former gravel pit. I am worried that it will be closed down by the DNR soon and I will have to begin paying to join the private range. Thusly, I always try to leave it better than when I got there, and take out at least as much brass and hulls as I fire (since it's not always so easy to find your own hulls in a sea of similar super-range red hulls). Now if I learned to reload those bad-boys...
__________________
You can have your churches, I'll keep my guns. Just keep your hands off my paycheck and your eyes out of my backyard.
Join the Libertarian Party! http://www.lp.org

Semper Fidelis
Ian0351 is offline  
Old July 16, 2009, 10:11 AM   #11
ZeSpectre
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 4, 2007
Location: Shenandoah Valley
Posts: 3,276
Range Cleanup Tip

Large plastic tarps are pretty cheap these days. I lay out a 20x30 one and stake it down with tent spikes so it stays in place and roughly 80% of my brass stays on the tarp unless I move around a lot.

If you have a "range cleanup crew" it also works well to give everyone a "gopher/reacher" and lay a big tarp out in the middle. Just throw everything on the tarp and then you pick it up and hold it so that everything will slide right into trashbags neat and easy!
__________________
"The dogs may bark but the caravan moves on"
ZeSpectre is offline  
Old July 16, 2009, 10:16 AM   #12
Jmarshall
Member
 
Join Date: June 30, 2009
Posts: 32
Quote:
I shoot on public land, and most of my fellow shooters are not so considerate. Every time I go I have to wade through a sea of shotgun hulls and surplus brass...
Brass can be sold at $.80/lb a gallon bucket filled with old cassings weighs approx. 125lbs. =) I love shooters that dont clean up, they pay for me to shoot more!
__________________
Do you know whats worth fighting for, when its not worth dieing for?
-Greenday (Evil Liberal Punk Rockers)
Jmarshall is offline  
Old July 16, 2009, 10:23 AM   #13
ZeSpectre
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 4, 2007
Location: Shenandoah Valley
Posts: 3,276
Quote:
Brass can be sold at $.80/lb a gallon bucket filled with old cassings weighs approx. 125lbs. =) I love shooters that dont clean up, they pay for me to shoot more!
Not to mention the personal value of good reloadable brass.
__________________
"The dogs may bark but the caravan moves on"
ZeSpectre is offline  
Old July 16, 2009, 04:47 PM   #14
Glenn E. Meyer
Staff
 
Join Date: November 17, 2000
Posts: 15,732
I love to shoot at reactive targets at matches and there can be very clever ones.

The most fun and useful for training are:

http://www.dvctargets.com/

You have to hit these just right to get them to fall. Some can be set for failure to stop drills and need something like a Mozambique to go down.

We used them at the Polite Society and something similar at the NTI. If you take your shot and they are still there - OOPS.
__________________
NRA, TSRA, IDPA, NTI, Polite Soc.
http://www.teddytactical.com/archive...05_Feature.htm
Being an Academic Shooter
http://www.teddytactical.com/archive...11_Feature.htm
Being an Active Shooter
Glenn E. Meyer is offline  
Old July 16, 2009, 05:35 PM   #15
Brian Pfleuger
Staff
 
Join Date: June 25, 2008
Location: Central, Southern NY, USA
Posts: 18,791
I prefer woodchucks, really.

If they "react", you missed. They're sort of the opposite of a steel target.
__________________
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
---
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
-The Architect
-----
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.
Brian Pfleuger is offline  
Old July 16, 2009, 07:01 PM   #16
NightSight
Member
 
Join Date: July 6, 2009
Location: Westminster, CO
Posts: 74
Awesome link Glenn!!
__________________
"Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July; democrats believe every day is April 15." -Ronald Reagan

Last edited by NightSight; July 16, 2009 at 07:30 PM.
NightSight is offline  
Old July 16, 2009, 10:50 PM   #17
Double Naught Spy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 8, 2001
Location: Forestburg, Montague County, Texas
Posts: 10,460
My choice of a reactive target. I needed something that didn't require a power source or resetting after being hit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6pKmbOXu60
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9NylptF1G0
http://www.vholdr.com/node/1397
__________________
"If you look through your scope and see your shoe, aim higher."
-- said to me by my 11 year old daughter before going out for hogs 8/13/2011
Double Naught Spy is online now  
Old July 16, 2009, 11:32 PM   #18
Tucker 1371
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 29, 2008
Location: East TN
Posts: 2,015
Not sure how it happened but I was out plinking in the backyard the other day with my 5.45 AK and every now and then one of the cans would get tossed up about 12ft in the air... I kinda thought I might have hit the dirt just in front of the can and caused the bullet to roll into them... not sure but it looked really cool and put a big smile on my face every time (like this ).

One time when I was probably 8 to 10 or so my grandpaw bought some exploding targets for me to shoot with my .22 chipmunk... those were a lot of fun until one failed to explode, didn't quite know what to do with it so we chucked it in the lake and decided not to buy anymore.

We also had one of those metal resetting .22 targets like this one. It was fun too until my little brother decided to take a whack at it with his .243 ... SP round blew a nice big hole right through one of the steel plates (about .25" thick too). He knows better now, we still use it now but I skip the plate he shot because half the time I try for it I think I'm shooting thru the hole
__________________
NCO of Marines, 3rd Award Expert Rifle, 236 KD Range
D Co, 4th CEB, Engineers UP!! OEF 21JUN-20SEP2011
REV. 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Last edited by Tucker 1371; July 16, 2009 at 11:41 PM.
Tucker 1371 is offline  
Old July 26, 2009, 09:34 PM   #19
oldppc
Junior Member
 
Join Date: July 26, 2009
Location: Sierra Foothills
Posts: 2
Years ago, when I was still teaching Hunter Safety, we used Necco wafer candies as targets for the BB gun sighting practice. Some of the kids could hit them in the air when thrown. My partner could hit them too; I was not that good. But I learned that teaching kids to shoot on targets that provide instant feedback was an excellent way to train and maintain their complete interest.
__________________
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/n.../XR100Oops.jpg
Don't Over-think it ... When you have four of the five touching that close to center at 100 yards, just rely on the scope and don't see if you can "nudge" the next shot into the precise center. It just ruins an otherwise very nice group.
oldppc is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:05 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.10583 seconds with 7 queries