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Exploding targets
« on: February 16, 2020, 12:47:42 PM »
Next month, Firebird Targets (https://www.firebirdtargets.com) will start selling their exploding targets in the US. At about $1.70 each, they're not going to be big hits (in my opinion), except when you actually hit one. They are loud and rather smoky, so you certainly know when you hit one. These are about the only exploding target I know of which can be set off with an airgun.

Of course, you could buy a set of UMAREX's snap caps, and blow up one liter plastic pop bottles. They're loud too, but they're also a pain in the butt to mess with. Especially so if you take the time to fill them up with a mixture of water and tempera paint. And just wait (!), until you have one blow up in the safety net bag they supply with the kit (unless you live in Roswell, NM, and you used Alien Green tempura paint!). Yes, it was a mess! But, if you just want a moderately loud pop, as confirmation you actually hit what you aimed at, I have a much cheaper (and healthier) solution.

I bought 200 Red Mandarin adult snap caps, over on eBay for just $23 delivered. These are meant to be thrown down on a hard surface, like those teeny-bopper, poppers you buy at Target or Walmart. But being adult sized, they're quite loud. They look like a small firecracker without a fuse, but when taped to a paper target just hanging in the wind, even a .177 pumper will set one off. They're safer too, but you still want to be careful in fire-prone areas like you would with any firecracker product.


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Re: Exploding targets
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2020, 05:52:08 AM »
I'm a man's man in many ways but there's a few that I'm not: fireworks is one. I'm the anti-pyro...never was overly fascinated with things that burn or go boom. Don't like martial arts/fighting movies either but that's another story.

That being said, I'm going to check out the firebird targets. When shooting at extreme range at 300+ yards I can see where that effect can be fun. with the slow speed of the airgun you can actually absorb the recoil (talking specifically big bore) and see the impact through the scope. The 'reward' of the noise with the smoke would be fun. Two liter bottles are a little anti-climatic at long range and the steel is always cool, but the active targets would be neat to have especially when guests or kids are around.

Thanks for pointing those out.
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Re: Exploding targets
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2020, 08:49:57 AM »
I'm a man's man in many ways but there's a few that I'm not: fireworks is one. I'm the anti-pyro...never was overly fascinated with things that burn or go boom. Don't like martial arts/fighting movies either but that's another story.

That being said, I'm going to check out the firebird targets. When shooting at extreme range at 300+ yards I can see where that effect can be fun. with the slow speed of the airgun you can actually absorb the recoil (talking specifically big bore) and see the impact through the scope. The 'reward' of the noise with the smoke would be fun. Two liter bottles are a little anti-climatic at long range and the steel is always cool, but the active targets would be neat to have especially when guests or kids are around.

Thanks for pointing those out.

I like things that go boom. Trouble is around here the neighbors freak the hell out and call the cops on roofers using nail guns because it “sounded like automatic gunfire”.  :o

One neighbor heard popping noises that he claimed was gunfire but I think it was someone clapping two boards together. Really.

Somewhere I have a box of firecrackers and bottle rockets I brought from Florida in 1991. Last I tried one of the bottle rockets, they still worked.  8) Of course lighting one off now would get me into trouble.

These crackers sound like fun though. Nice to have confirmation on a target forever away.

I appreciate cheesy martial arts movies, but really don’t like watching mixed martial arts as the violence is just too real. Mind you I studied Jujutsu for quite a while.


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Re: Exploding targets
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2020, 05:18:24 AM »
If you want to play with something that really goes pop, it is shooting those decorative pumpkins they sell at Thanksgiving time. Their skin is tough as shoe leather, but when they let loose, they really go pop!

Once upon a time, you could buy slightly-damaged Coors beer at the plant in Golden. When a 6 pack was selling for about $2.50, these damaged ones were a $1. Sometimes, even less. Nothing like really hot beer that has been sitting in the sun for an hour or so, when a slug smacks it dead on!
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Re: Exploding targets
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2020, 06:57:25 AM »
Seems like a mega waste of nectar, IMO. 8)
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Re: Exploding targets
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2020, 12:54:36 PM »
You're dead on, Captain! But... As Kevin points out, there are uses, even for the faint at heart.

I much prefer dispatching game, and hearing the resulting plop! Loud enough for me!
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Re: Exploding targets
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2020, 07:36:09 PM »
One of the joys of big bore airguns for me is the slow bullet speed. Out past 200 yards it's possible to recover from recoil and see the impact on target through the scope . When shooting powderburners there's too much kickl and the bullets are so fast that by the time I recover from the recoil all you see is a swinging plate or a cloud of dust.

During certain light conditions it's amazing to watch the bullet through the scope (looks like a little black fly) arching it's way into the zone. It's a niche for the active targets that makes them more enjoyable since at that range since the whole show can be easily observed, whether a boom/smoke job, a steel plate, or a 2 liter bottle.

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