Going shooting is one of the most fun things you can do as an American. The excitement you feel when you go to the range, put up that target and start shooting is unmatched by anything else. When it comes to which target to choose, there are many options available. You have to decide which option will be the right one for your particular needs. It also depends on your location because shooting outside and inside is different. There are also a wide variety of shooting targets from different manufacturers to make things even more confusing. Here are five tips to help you make the right choice.
1. Your Location
The first thing you have to think about is where you will be shooting. Are you shooting outside? If you are, you will probably be using a larger caliber bullet and shooting at range. You can use a metallic target such as steel plates. These targets last a long time and are usually employed by people with their own backyard shooting range. Metallic targets also have the added benefit of being weather resistant. One of the worst things that could happen is having a paper target when it starts to rain. It is essential to make sure you are choosing the right target for the weather you will be having in your area. For indoor shooting, a paper target will work fine. They are inexpensive and easy to replace compared to metallic targets.
2. Target Material
Building on the previous point, material selection goes a long way in getting a good target. There are two general classes of target materials. The first one is paper and the second is metal. There are some specialized targets such as polymer and clay that are used for various events. For example, a clay target will be used for shotgun shooting. This is usually the game where someone throws it in the air and you try to shoot it before it falls to the ground. This type of target shooting is fun and challenging.
3. Target Price
Your budget will determine which target you eventually buy. A steel target will be a lot more expensive than a paper one. If you’re on a budget, it is going to make a huge difference for you whether you buy a steel or paper target. However, it is essential to look beyond the initial price as a steel target will last a long time, while a paper target will only be single use.
4. Target Complexity
Another factor you have to remember is target complexity. You can buy targets of varying sizes and when combined with long distances, you can create tremendous complexity in how you shoot. If you are training for some event, using a smaller more complicated target will help you. It will also develop your shooting skills to the point where you will become more accurate than most people around you. This can become a tremendous boost your confidence and give you the motivation you need to spend more time at the range.
5. Portable Shooting Targets
The final thing you have to ask is will my target be moving or not? This can be more expensive than static targets, but it will provide an even greater challenge for you. These types of targets cost more in the long term but are the best ones for developing your shooting talents. Nothing will help your accuracy more than moving targets.