Rifle Targets Can Help You Become A Pro Marksman
Marksmanship is a challenging skill to master and quality rifle targets can help you to do that. It takes hours of practice to become proficient . The key is maximizing the effectiveness of the training time. Think about your last trip to the range. How much time was spent mounting and repairing traditional paper targets? Did you get instant feedback on your shots? Or did you have to traipse up to the target to see where the impact landed? Think about it carefully. You will find that you spent a significant amount, perhaps even a majority, of your range time dealing with these mundane tasks. Every hour on the range not spent aiming in, zeroing your weapon or firing is time wasted. Our steel targets turn all that wasted time into valuable practice that will make you a better shooter, in less time, using less ammunition.
If you can make the majority of your range time productive your marksmanship and confidence is going to increase. So what can you do? Come to the range prepared. Do not leave preparatory chores to the last minute. Make any adjustments that are needed on your weapon before you arrive to the range. Make sure that it is clean and your ammunition is either in the magazine or handy to load. You must maximize the productivity on the range to improve your weapon handling. Remember, gun control is hitting what you aim at. Rifle targets are traditionally made of paper and hung in a frame or glued to cardboard backing or cheesecloth. Read on to see why these types of rifle targets are not your best option.
Here are a couple nice videos showing some of our targets with rifles
Steel Rifle Targets Are More Effective
The problem this presents is that it is very difficult to see the hole from the impact. Unless you are in a competition where target pullers and markers are provided, you will have to walk to the target to see how your aim is improving. Military known distance ranges have reduced this time by having target pullers mark the impacts. You will probably not have the manpower to afford the luxury of two or three people pulling while you shoot. That means you will have to take the walk. This trip back and forth is time wasted that could better be spent putting more rounds down range. More rounds provide the opportunity for improvement. Improvement is what the range is all about. There is a solution to this range problem without the expense of installing a fully manned range.
Feedback Makes All The Difference In Rifle Targets
Steel rifle targets have significant advantages over the traditional paper targets. The first and primary advantage is that they provide instant feedback. When your round hits there is a visual spark from the impact. There is an audible indication when the round impacts the steel. A hit will ring like a bell. In addition, the target will move. There will be no doubt in your mind that a hit was registered. The second advantage is steel rifle targets are durable. They will not run in the rain or tear in the wind as printable hunting targets are prone to do. You can unload on them all day and they will not require repair.
The time that you spend pasting up the holes in your paper targets is unproductive. Repairing targets is not going to make you a better marksman. The only thing that will do that is more rounds, more often. Going to the range will become more productive and enjoyable after you switch to steel targets. Productive and enjoyable means that you will spend more time practicing. More time practicing will improve your marksmanship. Shooting targets is not the goal of improving your marksmanship. It is a tool to increase your confidence. If you are sure you can hit what you aim at then you will become a more effective marksman. An effective marksman is confident in his ability to put his weapons to any use required. Investing in a few quality rifle targets can make that happen for you.
Practice With Rifle Shooting Targets And Develop A skill That Could Save Your Life
Whether you are practicing for home defense or hunting or other sports practice is the key. Metal rifle targets will make your practice more productive. A more productive practice will lead to greater improvement in less time. That is a virtuous, not a vicious, cycle. Elite military formations have used steel targets for many years. While not used on standard known distance ranges they are common in assault training courses, close quarter combat (CQB) setups and military operations on urban terrain (MOUT) training facilities. These soldiers require the most effective training tools possible because the next time they fire the target may fire back. Do yourself the favor of training like you are on the pointy end of the spear and invest in some quality rifle targets today.