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    Paper plates as targets not working

    I was trying to set up targets at the range. I cut some cardboard and attached them to target stands. I then tried to staple paper plates to the cardboard but no matter what I did I could not get them to stay stapled in. I tried both sides of the plates, but noting worked. Any suggestions?
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    You could use thumbtacks or masking tape.
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    Cut off the outer shaped protion of the plates. They will be slightly smaller, but being now flat, will stay stapled much better. If that doesn't work, cellophane tape.
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    Masking tape is your friend. I shoot paper plates too.

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    I have discovered 3" square post-it notes make great targets. Self-stick, easy replace, inexpensive. No tape or staples necessary.

    For paper plates, simply take duct tape and make a loop sticky-side out and put on the back. It doesn't need to be a big loop to hold it, or make several small loops and spread them out.
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    What type of stapler and staples are you using? An Arrow T50 stapler and 1/4" or 3/8" works flawlessly for me. Even with a good wind the plates stay put.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NC Bullseye View Post
    What type of stapler and staples are you using? An Arrow T50 stapler and 1/4" or 3/8" works flawlessly for me. Even with a good wind the plates stay put.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExactlyMyPoint View Post
    ... no matter what I did I could not get them to stay stapled in. I tried both sides of the plates, but noting worked. Any suggestions?
    Stapling the plates face down seems to work for me.

    I've had certain staples not work previously. While I can't see much difference in the staples from one type to another, it's almost as though some have more grip on the material they are stapled into. Construction staples can have biting surfaces on larger staples, sure, but generally the puny stuff we use at the range is "straight" (unadorned with the 'grippy' surfaces).

    And, too, I have noticed that on humid or wetter days, cardboard can be less grippy itself. On hotter, dry days, stapling targets into the cardboard surfaces does absolutely work better. Over on the 300yd rifle range, for example, the large boards used get wet and flimsier over time. On the bad ones, staples definitely have a tough time holding on. Same should be true with the lighter cardboard (ie, NRA B-27 or IPSC) targets, on wetter days.
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    I use a tube of Elmer's craft glue to stick anything I shoot at onto a cardboard backing, then staple that to the target board. The glue works great. I usually make up 10 or so at a time.
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    What kind of stapler are you using? I have an el cheapo stapler from WalMart that I use to staple chicken wire around anywhere I please......I couldn't imagine having trouble staping plates to cardboard, if I can staple wire to wood with ease.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NC Bullseye View Post
    What type of stapler and staples are you using? An Arrow T50 stapler and 1/4" or 3/8" works flawlessly for me. Even with a good wind the plates stay put.
    The T72 is a much higher quality stapler and can accept T50 staples as well. A Hogue handall grip makes the staplers pointability much more natural to me. Its an all steel stapler though so it will be heavier than a polymer staple gun. I think Bostich is coming out with a conversion kit for it next year that will allow it to use the higher velocity T50 wire staples. These staples are known as the King of the bulletin board in many circles. Don't get me wrong, I sometimes carry the Arrow T50 as a BUS to my EDC stapler and have been known to grab it instead of a larger stapler on hot summer days.

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    Thanks for the tips guys. I will try some of them next time out.

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    Put them face up and staple the flat inner portion of the plate.
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