Target Types

There are a number of different targets that hunters and gun enthusiasts use to hone and improve their shooting skills; additionally, there are different types of shooting targets that are required for different types of sports. Below are examples:

  • AR500 steel targets are designed to taking a beating and keeping on ticking. There are a number of different sizes based on gun caliber and type of weapon. Handguns can easily accommodate 2.5” to 3.5” steel shooting targets. Jumping Targets also offers a .22 paddle gun target and a 4.5” target for high-powered rifles, which can also be used in conjunction with a handgun at closer ranges.
  • Clay pigeon shooting targets are designed to mimic different types of fowl hunting. This type of target practice involves a device that flings clay disks into the air, requiring the shooter to shoot the disk before it falls to the ground.
  • Paper targets – Paper targets are good for people who want to improve their accuracy, but they require replacement as larger caliber guns can easily destroy the target, not leaving any visual space for future shots.
  • Bottles – A messy, yet traditional method for practicing shooting includes lining up glass targets. While this gives an instant visual confirmation of a confirmed hit, the glass is typically not environmentally friendly for wildlife and is messy to cleanup.
  • Trees – Though not safe, and it does not provide instant visual confirmation, back in the “olden days” it was common for people to practice shooting at trees to improve their aim and accuracy.

It is important for people to remember to wear earplugs or cupped earmuffs to preserve their hearing when shooting. Some weapons are extremely loud and can cause temporary hearing loss or ringing in the ears. Additionally, goggles or a form of eye protection is also beneficial because if a shot is bad and fragments ricochet, shooters want to ensure their eyes are protected from any flying debris. 

There are a number of shooting facilities, such as indoor and outdoor ranges or shooting clubs. Shooting clubs typically focus more on clay pigeon shooting targets while indoor ranges focus more on safety protection and accuracy for self-defense. Long-range target practice facilities, typically located outdoors, specialize in catering to people who strive to hunt big game, which typically requires longer shooting distances.

The convenience of Jumping Target’s long-lasting, high quality steel targets is that the initial investment in the target is cost-effective and actually saves money in the long-term. Designed to be used for years on end, these targets will provide hours of entertainment and allows hunters to greatly improve their aim and accuracy.

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