Allen Co Take-a-Hit Reactive Targets
- By Pete Moore
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- Last updated: 19/12/2016
There’s little doubt that any form of reactive target is not only a fun way of shooting but also a challenge, so you are improving your skills. We have always had steel animal silhouette, knock-down plates and gongs, tough as old boots but generally heavy and expensive. But in these modern times high strength and flexible polymers offer an equally practical but lighter and more cost-effective solution.
Allen Co makes a massive range of shooting accessories, amongst them a large selection of targets, from standard paper with options on colour and shape and also visible bullet holes, steel rimfire and airgun re-setters, up to what I have on test here; the Take-A-Hit polymer series, which certainly lives up to the name!
The special, self-healing material is tough yet flexible and constructed to both react to a bullet strike but allow the projectile to easily pass through, which makes little damage as it enters and exits with just a tiny, black-rimmed hole to indicate it has been struck. In a dull orange colour, it’s easily visible at longer ranges too.
However, that’s not the point, as the kinetic energy from the bullet strike transfers to the target and given how the individual models are configured, they will either spin, jump, roll or just roll over in a most pleasing fashion. Typically, they can take hundreds, if not thousands of hits from rimfire and centrefire cartridges.
The first is the Holey Roller #15422 and consists of a multi-faceted ball of around 6” in diameter, the theory being wherever you hit it there’s a flat surface so imparting the required energy. Free-moving you just chuck it down the range and every hit moves it in a random forward or angled direction. I had good fun with this with my 22 Long Rifle semi-auto Smith & Wesson pushing it from 25 to 100-yards. I also used it with a 204 Ruger Howa rifle out at 250-yards. More conventional, is the Holey Spinner #15442! This comprises of a Fig-8 plate that pivots in the middle and is attached to a steel, ground frame. Here a centre strike on either disc sends it spinning like a propeller. Finally, the Stand Up Bowling Pin #15443, about 6” high the top section is polymer and shaped like a bowling pin, the rounded base is steel, so when hit at the top it flips down then back up again.
In use, they all stood up to different rimfire and fullbore calibres well, though a central strike can damage the rounded steel base of the bowling pin. But overall fun and effective targets that are also a cost–effective buy!
Holey Roller #15422 £23.99
Holey Spinner #15442 £22.99
Stand Up Bowling Pin
Highland Outdoors Ltd (for nearest stockist)www.highlandoutdoors.co.uk