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Homemade Targets for 22 plinking #5356764 10/13/14 06:13 AM
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Making use of all the "junk" I hold onto in the garage...and setting up a plinking range. Setting up "reactive" targets of wood blocks that fall down when hit, but can be easily reset to firing position.

Pic of my 6-year old testing this out



I had one of those old heavy metal ladders that folds and locks into different positions. I used that as a frame and put some scrap wood to use as targets. The wood is just painted with leftover primer and I screwed it into hinges on a 2x4 that is zip tied to the ladder (I get points here for incorporating zip ties into the design). Once these blocks of wood are too chewed up to use, I'll just bring more to screw on... zip zip with the cordless drill they are easy to replace and I seem to have an unending amount of scrap wood and half-used cans of spray paint around.



Then to reset the targets back up from behind the firing line, I set up a hinged piece of wood in the middle with 2 old broom handles. I pull the cord and the targets all reset. The ladder is heavy enough to counterbalance my pulling to reset (and the legs of the ladder are pushed into the clay about 4 inches). Only problem was some of the scrap wood blocks were too short to catch the handles so I put a screw sticking out on top.



The cans on bottom worked OK. They are metal cans painted white (easier to see and stave off rust a bit longer). They are attached on sections of re-purposed metal clothes hangers. When you hit them, they do give a satisfying metal sound, especially when you are shooting .22 suppressed like we are. But when I do my next round of cans after these ones are chewed up, I'm going to hang them on string or something more flexible so they have more movement when you hit them.



Here you can see the construction of the reset mechanism. Note my use of liquid nails for rigidity over time.




Video link of them getting shot in action:

[img]http://i1116.photobucket.com/albums/k580/toddhinz/th_TRIM_20141012_2338291.mp4[/img]

If anyone has other ideas for home-rigged targets for plinking, post them here. What does your setup look like?

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Re: Homemade Targets for 22 plinking [Re: Atlas] #5356822 10/13/14 11:07 AM
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Great use of scrap and very cool getting your 6 year old sharp shooter knocking them down cheers

Any concern about bullets ricocheting off the metal ladder confused2

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Re: Homemade Targets for 22 plinking [Re: Atlas] #5356892 10/13/14 12:33 PM
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looks good, now break out the lawn mower!

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well done

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