Any thought on how to save on paper targets?
This is a discussion on Any thought on how to save on paper targets? within the Defensive Carry & Tactical Training forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I guess in the big picture, targets at the range I use only cost $.50.
I'm an ok shot, so once the center disappears I ...
August 24th, 2008 03:22 AM
Any thought on how to save on paper targets?
I guess in the big picture, targets at the range I use only cost $.50.
I'm an ok shot, so once the center disappears I assume as long as I'm not making new holes, I must be doing good.
Still, I was wondering, has anyone taken a 8.5 X 11 sheets of paper and tape with them to the range to cover the hole and save a few $?
August 24th, 2008 03:47 AM
I think the traditional approach is paper tape over the holes. But, like you said, they're only .50 each. The ammo used must be much more expensive than that.
August 24th, 2008 04:10 AM
I bring my own targets because of the drills I prefer and I'm cheap. I bring my own tape, but the range I use also provides a stapler. There are some wonderful "print your own" targets available on the internet. My favorite is the "Dot Torture" available from my favorite training site. pistol-training.com Dot Torture
There are lots of other entertaining targets available free so you can print your own. A little internet searching will be rewarded.
August 24th, 2008 04:58 AM
I take a staple gun and paper plates they make a good COM target,you keep your shots in the center of the plate your doing good
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August 24th, 2008 07:26 AM
Try this web site. Bunches of targets you can print off on your home printer. Even with cost of paper and ink, probably less than .07 per target. Avoid the all black silhouette targets though as they use a bunch of ink.
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August 24th, 2008 09:13 AM
I use the back side of previously used 9" and 12" paper plates, 24pk canned beverage cardboard separators, pizza box tops, and unbroken clay targets I pick up at the range for targets. I've also printed out some from the freebie web sites.
August 24th, 2008 11:12 AM
Go to the paper-plate section at wal-mart and get a package of the flimsy 8" plates (I think you get like 200-300 for just a couple of bucks). Then go over to the office-supply section and get a package of index/file stickers (little colored dots about 3/4" in diameter) for about $2.
Stick the stickers on the paper plate (I usually put 6 stickers on each plate).
You now have a few-hundred targets for around $5.
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August 24th, 2008 11:33 AM
If you need cardboard sheets, you can head to Wal-Mart or any other large discounter or grocery store. These types of places use and discard a huge number of cardboard pieces that sit on pallets between boxes. You can acquire these for no cost. Add in the stack of cheapie 300 paper plates, a black felt tip marker, stapler, masking tape, and you've got a target kit for (as folks have said) just a few dollars.
If you don't want to staple things together like that, you can simply print out one or two targets onto plain 8x11 paper, photocopy them at the local photo-mat place, and you can tape these up onto any existing target. ShootingTargets.net has many to choose from, or you can search for "shooting targets free" on Google. If you want large batches of relatively inexpensive targets, head to TargetBarn.com.
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August 24th, 2008 08:09 PM
To add to the list of options, at our last IPSC shoot I took one of the used silhouettes from the trash and traced it onto several pieces of cardboard box used for new refrigerators, then I cut them out with a box cutter, it gave me seven new targets that can take a lot of hits. You can use masking tape to cover your shots several times over before you throw it away.
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August 25th, 2008 12:29 AM
I buy my own targets from cheaper than dirt. This saves me some money because I can buy them in larger quantity. The site is http://www.cheaperthandirt.com
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August 25th, 2008 12:46 AM
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August 25th, 2008 03:50 PM
I made my own in Photoshop. Used gray instead of black and the holes show up better, plus doesn't use much ink. I don't need calibrated targets, I need to know, "Did I hit the center or not." I print 10 or so and take them with me. Tape four at a time on the cardboard, and shoot away.
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August 26th, 2008 09:17 AM
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Go to Reload Bench and print your own. Or, just use regular printer paper. Concealed carry instructors generally don't use regular targets, because anything on that piece of paper (or paper plate) is considered "center mass" and is a good defensive hit.
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August 26th, 2008 10:37 AM
computer printed freebies are great as well as the paper plate suggestions. I use paper plates frequently. However if you are wanting commercially made type targets, buy your own in bulk. Never buy at the range. And use pasties to cover the holes to reuse them. They make pasties in lots of colors.
You can get decent prices on commercial targets and some of the biggest selection at Speedwell Targets.
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