Remington Airgun Targets
- By Graham Allen
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- Last updated: 19/05/2017
After an airgun, pellets and possibly a scope, the next thing any budding airgun shooter needs is something to shoot at. Fair enough, paper targets are great for zeroing and for scoring how well you’ve done but you really can’t beat reactive targets to get the most out of your range time. Tin cans are obviously an option but they’re not exactly challenging and they soon become full of holes; some durable, purpose made targets are far better and Sportsmarketing have a great selection.
First up, is the Remington Pull To Reset Target in the shape of a crow; other target shapes are- hog, rabbit, pigeon, squirrel and rat. This ‘Field Target’ style target has a steel crow-shaped faceplate that is 10-inches high and six-inches wide with a 40mm diameter hole cut in the silhouette and there are two reducer discs bolted to the back; they pivot on a bolt and can be moved into position behind the main hole to reduce the ‘kill zone’ to either 25mm or 15mm. The target is challenging enough with the 40mm hole and the other two can be introduced as the shooter’s skill improves. The target face hinges on a steel bolt fitted to an H-shaped baseplate that is pegged to the ground with the supplied pegs; the pegs are a neat design, as they have rings welded to the top and are therefore easy to remove, even from hard ground. When a pellet hits the rear ‘paddle’, the faceplate falls back to around 30-degrees to the ground. If a pellet hits the faceplate however, the target remains upright. A reset string (around 60-metres on the target on test) is supplied, and is attached to the ring fixed to the front of the target; when pulled, the target locks up into the vertical positions again. In use, the target worked well and I can see it giving years of service. At £19.95 it’s good value.
The next target is the Remington Auto Reset, in this instance in the shape of a ‘Hog’, it’s even got tusks! The 2mm thick steel faceplate is cut to the shape of a hog or wild boar and is 9½-inches wide by 5½-inches tall. Like the above target, there’s a hole in the faceplate with reducers at the rear. A pellet that passes through the 40mm (or reduced size) hole hits a yellow painted steel ‘paddle’, which drops back out of sight to signal a ‘hit’. To bring the disc back into play again, the lower yellow disc, below the faceplate, is used as the aimpoint, and if hit, it flips the original disc back into position again. This way, the shooter can shoot for as long as they’d like, without having to pull any reset strings.
The Hog Auto Reset Target is fixed to a 12-inch ground spike that has a back support welded to it and this helped the target stay in position throughout the shooting session. In use, it really worked well. These targets are also £19.95.
Both of these Remington Airgun targets performed as expected and I can see them doing it for a long time with only minimal maintenance, such as oiling the hinges and the odd re-paint now and then.
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