Knock Down Targets
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- Last updated: 15/12/2016
The design of a knock-over or as some prefer to call them fall-flat, quarry profile airgun target has remained pretty much the same for years. Made of metal it has a hole cut through it, behind which is a centre kill-zone circle. When this is hit, a rear-positioned metal disc activates and causes the target plate to fall over backwards. Hence the universal use of the term knock-over for these units.
They’re re-set using a length of cord that is run back to the shooting position and that’s how simple but effective they are for both competition use and dedicated practice. There have been a good few makes and bizarre variations on this theme on the market over the years but the fall-flat remains the accepted practice and competition design.
The Gamo Field Target has an H-shaped base made from 1/8” angle iron. Measuring 7.5” from front to back and 7” wide this is one very substantial base unit even before it’s set up. There are pegging point holes at each of the four corners of the base and it comes supplied with four heavy-duty galvanised steel pegs. In other words, once set in position against a safe backstop this isn’t going anywhere.
The targets come in two profile designs of rat or squirrel, the quarry profiles being quite lifelike in size and are manufactured from 1/8” steel metal plate. Both base and target plate are heat-treated black enamelled - not just painted - so they’ll withstand a lot of pellet strikes and more importantly not likely to rust quickly.
The hole diameter in the front target plate is the standard 40mm, the yellow target disc set behind is larger at 58mm in diameter. This may not seem a lot but it’s a good compromise as it allows angled shots to be taken and if they clear the hole in the plate, will still hit the disc therefore knocking it over and clearly registering a kill.
The bright yellow enamelled target disc positioned at the rear of the front plate is made from one piece of galvanised steel plate, and the profile plate actually attaches to it with an articulated metal arm. The target plate itself is set on a chrome-plated steel bolt with a clever and practical spring mechanism making the target stay set rock solid until you hit the disc.
All pivot pins and bolts are heavy-duty steel, manufactured and treated to withstand the elements. The target comes with 150 ft of cord on a winder for re-setting which attaches to the front plate with a short length of stainless steel chain (to avoid the chance of the cord being cut by stray pellets). There’s now a similar model with the facility to allow the shooter to vary the kill-zone hole size.
Name: Gamo Field Target
Contact BSA Guns (UK) Limited 0121 772 8543
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