15mm Fall Flat Targets
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- Last updated: 28/11/2016
Fall flat, cord-resettable metal targets are now the norm for both FT & HFT shooting and also make superb practice aids too. As many know, in competition the standard kill-zone ‘aperture’ in the front plate is 40mm, in some events, this is made more demanding with a reduction to 25mm! The experts in this area are doubtless Nockover Targets and as a result of the reduced target area they have risen to the challenge. As they now produce targets with 15mm kill areas and some with a reducer mechanism that can alter the regular 40mm to 25mm and then to the very demanding 15mm K-zone.
All targets in their comprehensive range are manufactured from 3mm, zinc-coated steel that’s been laser cut into shape. The body profiles are bolted to 4 3⁄4 X 5 3⁄4” coated steel bases. For securing to the ground they have a hole at each corner and come with four metal ground spikes and 50m of orange re-set cord on a handle/winder.
The mechanism that allows the target plate to fall is ingenious and also reliable, which it needs to be! Behind the ‘kill-area’ (hole) is a round, red steel disc. This is attached by an articulated linkage to the base. The build throughout uses heavy-duty lock-nuts and washers. So when the pellet hits the red disc - the energy moves it rearwards which in turn pulls the front profile of the target backwards to fall-flat – obviously signifying a ‘hit’ and hence the name. To reset it; you simply pull the cord which is attached to the front of the profile plate via a heavy-duty swivel and stainless steel linkage.
At present the company manufacture a rat and squirrel profile fall-flat target with the 15mm kill area and also a couple more that can have the main 40mm kill-area reduced. Very popular is the ‘Multi-Hole’ Rook! As the name suggests it can be set to
have different sizes of hole to shoot through to trigger the mechanism. Although the rook profile main plate has a standard 40mm kill-zone hole, to reduce the aperture a moveable metal plate with a 25mm and 15mm hole drilled through is attached to the back of the profile plate. Secured by a lock nut and washer it has been set up so it can be moved across so the holes in the reducer are directly in line and behind the main 40mm kill-are so either ‘aperture’ can be used to reduce the main one accordingly.
Nockover offers a very comprehensive and diverse range of cleverly designed and ingenious targets and ‘custom’ specials can even be made to order.