SMK Air Targets
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- Last updated: 15/12/2016
Sportsmarketing (SMK) have a burgeoning catalogue of goodies for us airgun shooters, and that includes some evergreen favourites which are as popular as ever. Here are a few we have been testing;
Whether sitting on the practise range at a Field Target event or just plinking at home in the garden, the good old ‘Spinner’ takes some beating, for the ‘simple fun’factor alone.
The spinners marketed by SMK come in two main varieties: single or double; and all feature an animals head at the top, with a disc at the bottom. The Single Spinners are available with either a magpie, rat or crow shape at the top, and a one inch disc for more precise aiming below. The obvious simplicity of the design is part of the attraction, and with a direct hit sending the target furiously spinning on its axis, these targets can be good to practise on, as well as great fun.
Double Spinners just mean double the fun, and a combination of animal shapes keeps things interesting. These larger versions also featured two different lower target sizes, with a 1 inch and 1.5inch disc to sight on (rat/ magpie, magpie/pigeon), although the crow and rat came fi tted with one inch discs. All these spinners are of solid steel construction, and simply push into the ground via their twin spiked supports.
SMK Magnetic Knockdown Boxes
Another classic airgun target has to be the magnetic pop-up target box, and the largest model from SMK (known rather confusingly as the ‘Knockdown Target’) measures a full 19x8x9 inches. The main box is constructed of heavy gauge steel, and is designed in such a way as to catch the spent lead shot via the angled panels. The principle is again nice and simple, with four animal shapes to shoot at, along with a central 1.5inch diameter disc. Once the outer animal targets are hit, they are held fl at by strong magnets. Hit the central disc, and the magnets are forced backwards, releasing all the targets to be shot at all over again.
Two smaller target box designs are also available, featuring either two outer duck shapes or squirrels. Again a central disc resets the lot, but in these smaller boxes, the disc is around 1.5inches for the ducks and slightly larger for the squirrels.
These targets can add safety to any range set up, and with all the boxes being freestanding or wall mountable, their design is nothing if not versatile. Ultra appealing to juniors, but great fun for shooters of all ages, it’s not hard to see why the magnetic design has proved so enduring over the years. GM
SMK Single Spinners (magpie, pigeon, rat or crow) RRP £5.99 each
SMK Double Spinners (crow & rat, rat & magpie,
magpie & pigeon) RRP £8.99 each
SMK Knockdown Target RRP £29.95
SMK Squirrel or Duck Knockdown RRP £22.95
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