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Field Targets
« on: September 10, 2018, 05:37:08 AM »
Several of us who shoot air guns regularly together want to start shooting field targets this fall.
We wish to make our own field targets as the heavy duty targets are pricey.  Any suggestions/pointers
on designs would be helpful.  I purchased an inexpensive string resetting steel target to inspect how it
is made, but it is too light duty to hold up with much use. - Danny 


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Re: Field Targets
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2018, 06:07:50 AM »
If you are someone in your clan welds, has a shop, etc. I would just make your own. I'm fortunate to have two buddies who are welders and I get to reap the rewards. When it comes to airguns and steel you can use 1/8" for small bore but you need 3/8" for big bore. Even if you don't have a way to cut the material, yo can always have it done by a local steel shop (assuming one is available where you live)  There's cost (unless you have access to scrap and/or do the cutting yourself) but it's still on par with store-bought targets and those break.

I set mine up for T posts. The pics below are at my house, but I also can take the targets anywhere and use existing T posts or just take my own for the day.
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Re: Field Targets
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2018, 01:49:44 PM »
If you are someone in your clan welds, has a shop, etc. I would just make your own. I'm fortunate to have two buddies who are welders and I get to reap the rewards. When it comes to airguns and steel you can use 1/8" for small bore but you need 3/8" for big bore. Even if you don't have a way to cut the material, yo can always have it done by a local steel shop (assuming one is available where you live)  There's cost (unless you have access to scrap and/or do the cutting yourself) but it's still on par with store-bought targets and those break.

I set mine up for T posts. The pics below are at my house, but I also can take the targets anywhere and use existing T posts or just take my own for the day.

It's all good until some yahoo shows up with a .58 DAQ. Stuff gets broken.  8)
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Re: Field Targets
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2018, 02:36:08 PM »
LOL! The targets that broke are the originals made out of stainless steel. A welder buddy does some work in the food industry and there are scraps of material used to make stirring blades, augers, etc.  Stainless is an awesome small bore target. It's super thin, really light, and has a cool sound like a bell when struck. We pounded them mercilessly with .25's and they held up great. That being said, we pretty much figured we'd push them to the limit and we did. I'd laid off of the stainless for a while with the Texan due to that it was beating them up and also because I was shooting paper more.

But Steve, being the destructive, power-hungry, must-destroy type of guy that he is has other thoughts. I think part of owning a .58 DAQ is seeing how much $#!t you can break.  I show up with these beautiful targets and mind my own business at long range, and what happens? I see a dude hauling out an ammo box that has to weigh 25 lbs.  In the timeless words of Allen Iverson, 'Child, please'. It didn't take long for the steel to fly as well as the lead, followed giggles of delight...not unlike an eight year shooting out windows with a slingshot.

When they day is over I pick up my nice clean targets down range. I get back to the 100 yard post and start picking up pieces of my cherished spinners all blown to hell. After throwing the mess in the back of the truck we got to the 50 yard post. That lovely mess was sprayed soda stuck to everything and the busted up plastic bottles full of yellow jackets (which of course went in the back of MY truck)

It was an awesome day....wouldn't have it any other way!  ;D ;D ;D
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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2018, 02:51:30 PM »
I'm sitting here laughing my ass off. hahahahahahah. That was an awesome post.  ;D
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Re: Field Targets
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2018, 04:46:22 PM »
Thanks the thickness of the steel required that helps.  I have a metals shop and can weld.  The help I need is the design of the
working parts of the field targets used in field target shoots.  For sale are field targets, but the better targets are expensive,
and the cheep ones will not last.  If I understand the field target rules, airguns are limited to 12 ft/lbs. Thanks - Danny
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Re: Field Targets
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2018, 05:03:03 PM »
Hunter FT is 20 lbs
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Re: Field Targets
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2018, 05:52:04 PM »
And a quick Duckduckgo search:

http://www.aafta.org/html/education/education_equipment_targets_build.html

And if you have a buddy that has a plasma cutter you can make the plates out of steel, unless you are good with a torch and grinder.
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Re: Field Targets
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2018, 04:04:47 AM »
Or make all your animals look like rectangles!  ;D (Gives a whole new meaning to "box turtle")

After all, the shape of the faceplate is purely aesthetic, it's the little hole in the middle that really matters!

Are targets graded for realism in field target?
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Re: Field Targets
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2018, 10:56:15 AM »
Or make all your animals look like rectangles!  ;D (Gives a whole new meaning to "box turtle")

After all, the shape of the faceplate is purely aesthetic, it's the little hole in the middle that really matters!

Are targets graded for realism in field target?

Yes, any shape will work,  I haven't seen anyone grading them though, maybe it's to show off your artistic talent and self pride ;D
But I do hear "the crow was a tough one or the snake is easy, etc." Could very well be numbered I guess as in "5 is tough or 7 is an easy hit, etc".
Maybe, just maybe, it is psychological as to give you target panic (which I sometimes get) as each target is not just a square or rectangle.
Maybe Scott can chime in on his thoughts.
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Re: Field Targets
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2018, 10:53:32 PM »
Or make all your animals look like rectangles!  ;D (Gives a whole new meaning to "box turtle")

After all, the shape of the faceplate is purely aesthetic, it's the little hole in the middle that really matters!

Are targets graded for realism in field target?

Yes, any shape will work,  I haven't seen anyone grading them though, maybe it's to show off your artistic talent and self pride ;D
But I do hear "the crow was a tough one or the snake is easy, etc." Could very well be numbered I guess as in "5 is tough or 7 is an easy hit, etc".
Maybe, just maybe, it is psychological as to give you target panic (which I sometimes get) as each target is not just a square or rectangle.
Maybe Scott can chime in on his thoughts.

Well ... OK  :o

welding and fabrication skills required ... so why not just copy whats already out there ?
One of the SVFTC members started manufacturing his version of the RHINO targets. ( which Rhinos were a copy of a british design ) So if you can't afford them, make em yourself !


He made the club 8 of these and they look and work great !!

BUY 1, then take it apart and copy for as many as your club needs ... see that was Kinda easy  :P
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Re: Field Targets
« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2018, 08:29:45 AM »
Field Targets are Silhouettes that are easier to knock over with the limited power of airguns.... If you are shooting Big Bore, particularly at long range, why not just use conventional Silhouette Targets that fall over when you hit them....  ???

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Re: Field Targets
« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2018, 09:16:40 AM »
Technically yes they are silhouettes, but they have a much smaller KZ- 3/8"-2". On a silhouette any hit anywhere on target that has enough power to knock down will knock it down, not so on an FT target that can be knocked over with only 5 ft lbs. of energy
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Re: Field Targets
« Reply #13 on: September 12, 2018, 05:00:30 PM »
I think the distinction here is sanctioned FT shooting, or back yard shooting. You can make some really cool targets (shapes, sizes, sounds, spinners, flappers, etc.) but for competition it would seem that the regulation targets are needed. Steve and I were kicking around some ideas for a little fun competition at the Fall Fun Shoot, but nothing resembling the real FT format. For one most of us up here seem to have .25's and that alone eliminates us from real FT's. That doesn't mean that we can't have some cool targets, varied distances, and a made-up-on-the-fly format. It's sort of like a sandlot baseball game when you were a kid; you made up rules for the size of field, number of guys, etc. and everything was fun until the adults showed up and told you were doing it wrong!  ;D

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Re: Field Targets
« Reply #14 on: September 12, 2018, 10:41:44 PM »
I think the distinction here is sanctioned FT shooting, or back yard shooting. You can make some really cool targets (shapes, sizes, sounds, spinners, flappers, etc.) but for competition it would seem that the regulation targets are needed. Steve and I were kicking around some ideas for a little fun competition at the Fall Fun Shoot, but nothing resembling the real FT format. For one most of us up here seem to have .25's and that alone eliminates us from real FT's. That doesn't mean that we can't have some cool targets, varied distances, and a made-up-on-the-fly format. It's sort of like a sandlot baseball game when you were a kid; you made up rules for the size of field, number of guys, etc. and everything was fun until the adults showed up and told you were doing it wrong!  ;D

I'm off to go deer hunting...

BELL TARGETS .....
Wood frame, 3/16 to 1/4" STEEL face plate of @ 6x10" OVER WOOD with a hole in the middle ( pick your size ) .... Hanging on wire or light cord behind said hole a short piece of @ 4" long heavy wall 3-4" steel pipe or 2x4" box steel.

Pellet hits face plate NOT entering hole a dull THUD ... get INTO said hole and CLANG !

Poor mans field targets that can take a .25 cal ++ without damage  8)
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