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    Fun DIY Shooting Targets

    Fun DIY Shooting Targets


    Are you tired of shooting the same clay or paper targets? Do you wish to make your range practice a little more enjoyable and difficult in some ways? We've come up with a few ways to make your next range day more thrilling and enjoyable. 

    When using a firearm, always keep safety in mind. Avoid combustible goods and other potentially dangerous items. Also, stay away from materials that are potentially detrimental to the environment.

    For shooting practice, you can use almost anything, even old appliances and toys. Targets that make plinking sounds, burst, or produce pleasing effects undoubtedly add to the excitement. Below are some fun shooting targets that you can make with materials you have at home or that can be bought at a relatively low cost.


    1. Sand Bags (or bottles filled with sand)

    shooting sandbags










     Credit: Edwin Sarkissian 

    Do you want to learn more about bullet entry patterns? A nice study or presentation can be made with a bag or bottles filled with sand, flour, or glitter. Keep in mind, though, the cleanup. This investigation of penetrating forces should be conducted with biodegradable materials. 

    This is an excellent method to get hands-on experience with each type of bullet, from hollow point to full jacketed, and everything in between. They're employed in a variety of ways and for a variety of causes. This is an excellent visual approach to learn what each one does and why they do it.



    2. Fruit

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     Credit: Harold E Edgerton

    Fruit is another fun shooting target, especially given the various calibers utilized and their effects. Depending on the caliber used, the fruit can crack, smash, or explode. 

    Making a recording can be both educational and entertaining. Fruits never fail to put on a good show.



    3. Tin Can

    shooting tin can target








     Credit: Andrey A

    Using conventional tin cans for smaller rounds like a 22 caliber, whether for pistols or rifles, never fails. The sound of the tin being struck, as well as the occasional flipping in the air, never fails to satisfy.

     Lining them up in a row, on the other hand, can be entertaining. This will make the game more difficult for you and those around you. You can build a pyramid or a tower by destroying one of them at a time. This will assist you in improving your aim while also making it enjoyable.


    4. Tic-tac-toe

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     Credit: Dreamstime

    When you have more than one person, this is an excellent game for shooting practice. Have you ever tried your hand at tic-tac-toe? To build a tic-tac-toe board, all you need is a plain sheet of paper. The size of the target depends on the shooter's competence. 

    This is another wonderful method to design a unique game while still forcing you to focus on your target practice. When creating your board, keep safety in mind. Use something light and airy for the backing and framing.


    5. Balloons

    Shooting Balloon Targets









     Credit: Moheen Reeyad

    Balloons are very inexpensive fun shooting targets that are simple to produce. They're light and will move with the wind, making them a very unpredictable moving target. You can further increase the difficulty by making marks on the balloons.

    While balloons are fantastic for practicing precision shooting, investing in a portable air pump can save you a lot of time if you plan on using them for an extended period of time. You can also use water balloons for some added fun.



    6. Hard Candies

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     Credit: Guns and Ammo

    Once you start plinking hard candies, the hostess at your favorite restaurant will keep restocking the dish of after-dinner mints. They can be propped up or hung from dental floss or fishing line.

    Shoot the hanging candies while they're swinging from dental floss for an extra challenge. Shooting the floss strands is a fun task as well.



    7. Milk Jugs

    Shooting Milk Jugs








     Credit: NextZipCode

    Milk jugs can also be used as fun shooting targets. For some long-range fun, set them out at a distance and spray paint them bright orange to make it more challenging.



    8. Golf Balls

    Golf ball targets








     Credit: US Army

    Have you been having a bad day at the golf course? Go to the shooting range instead of the driving range. Take aim at those cheap range balls at the bottom of your golf bag, and you'll quickly discover which sport is more fun.



    9. Eggs








     Credit: Kirsten Joy Weiss

    Do you have a batch of eggs that are past their sell-by date? With an offhand pistol shot, scramble them in style. Eggs make excellent reactive targets and are a lot of fun to play and experiment with.


    10. How To Build A DIY Target Stand

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     Credit: Jason Hanson

    At any shooting range, a target stand is a must-have. When you need to hang paper or steel shooting targets, this DIY target PVC stand comes in handy.

    You'll need eight 1.5 by 24 inch pieces of black ABS tubing to put it together. If you want to reduce your labor to a minimum, this size is easy to obtain pre-cut, or you can buy a long piece of pipe and cut it yourself. Two black ABS connector "tees" are required next. These hold the vertically oriented pipe components, which in turn support the target. Four black ABS "elbows," which join the corners of the base to form the square, are also required. Last but not least, you'll need two 58-inch-long hardwood furring strips.

    With these components on hand, putting together the target setup will take less than 15 seconds. After it's all put together, attach a piece of cardboard (about 23 by 35 inches) to the furring strips and hang your target. One of the numerous advantages of this stand is that it does not readily tip over due to its wide base.

    In Conclusion

    When it comes to shooting targets, you don't have to spend a lot of money. You can make use of certain household items to make your own DIY targets. All of these targets for shooting practice are both enjoyable and demanding, as well as portable.

    These  fun DIY targets will keep the pennies in your piggy bank. Be sure to share any of your favorite homemade (and safe) DIY targets that aren't on this list.

    10 Creative Gifts For Gun Lovers

    10 Creative Gifts For Gun Lovers

    Looking to buy a gun-related gift for yourself or for someone you know?

    Not sure what gift to buy? You have come to the right place.

    After years of serving in the military, and spending an enormous amount of time at shooting ranges, I could easily say that guns are a lot more than just a passion for me - they are a way of life.

    Guns are not just a dangerous toy for me to play around with so I can feel powerful.

    No, I believe that guns are the one and only thing insuring our freedom as individuals, because if history teaches us one thing its that if you give people too much power over you, it is not a question of if, only a question of when they will abuse this power and use it against you.

    As Thomas Jefferson wrote in his famous letter to James Madison, “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery."

    Good Intentions Just Don’t Cut It

    So yeah, clearly I’m a total gun guy! and as someone who loves his guns, obviously, there is nothing I love more than receiving gun-related gifts.

    Unfortunately over the years, I have received my fair share of terrible gifts from people who tried to please my gun-loving self. 

    Turns out good intentions do not necessarily equal good gifts, and like myself, there are millions of Americans have fallen victim to the scourge of bad gifts.

    With this article, I aim to put an end to this travesty.

    I have taken the liberty of putting together a list of the top 10 gun-related gifts on the market today, gifts that are absolutely guaranteed to put a huge smile on the face of every gun-loving man or woman in the country.

    Needless to say, these are the gifts I wish people would have given me.



    1. 25 pk of Silhouette Targets - $17.99

    Green silhouette target

    In the same way, you need air to breathe and water to drink, shooting targets are the most essential item every gun enthusiast must have at all times.

    Always remember there is no such thing as having too many shooting targets.


  • 2. Bullet Shot Glass - $14.99

  • Bullet shot glass

    In my experience, It is usually safe to assume that anybody who loves shooting guns - loves to drink!

    The bullet shot glass is the ultimate fusion of the two. It is also a beautiful demonstration of how bulletproof glass can protect the things that matter to us the most in life (:


  • 3. 12 Gauge Coaster - $24.99

  • Gauge Coasters

    After a long day at the range, there is nothing better than a cold beer and some TV am I right?

    But loving thy beer is no reason to ruin our furniture, is it?

    That’s why I recommend buying these super cool 12 gauge coasters that are sure to look good on your table even if you wind up never using them.


  • 4. Gun Cleaning Kit $38.99

  • Gun cleaning kit

    The number one responsibility of any gun owner is -  keep your gun clean.

    The last thing you want is your gun jamming when you need it the most.

    This FIREGEAR gun-cleaning kit is good for cleaning rifles as well as handguns, and at an affordable price, it is a fantastic buy for any gun lover out there.


  • 5. Exotic Meats Crate - $109.99

  • Meat Crate

    Although this gift has nothing to do with guns per say, I feel quite confidant that most gun-lovers will truly appreciate this gift. 

    There are three tenets that all gun-abiding people live by(or should live by)  - shooting, drinking, and eating good meat.

    Buying a gun enthusiast a crate full of exotic meats is one of the kindest most generous things a person can ever do in their miserably short life.


  • 6. Bluetooth Hearing Protection Muffs - $80.99

  • Headphones for shooting

    These PROHEAR earmuffs will give your ears maximum protection from any flying bullet casings as well as making sure your hearing is unharmed.

    With these earmuffs, you can listen to your music and hear your phone ringing while blasting off in the range.


  • 7. Firearms An Illustrated History - $27.78

  • Firearms book

    This is a book that many of my friends consider the “bible” for firearms.

    The book details the history of guns, using beautiful pictures and illustrations to do so.

    Starting with the discovery of gun powder by the Chinese and and ending with the finest most impressive firearms on the market today.


    7. Army Brotherhood T-shirt - $19.99



    A kick-ass t-shirt for the patriotic American who loves his guns. Cause lets face it without guns and the people behind them there would be no America. 

    This stunning t-shirt pays tribute to our brothers in arms keeping us safe day in and day out.


  • 8. Shooting Glasses - $11.99

  • shooting glasses

    As much as your ears need protection your eyes need them too.

    These anti-scratch, anti-fog, UV protected shooting glasses, will keep your eyes safe and sound while you get your shooting on.


  • 10. 100 Bullseye Targets - $35.95

  • bullseye target

    Like I said before, you can never have enough shooting targets!

    Make sure your favorite gun-loving friend, family member, or spouse is fully stocked up with the best shooting targets out there. Accuracy could be the difference between life and death so stock up today.

    In Conclusion

    Choosing the perfect gift is all about understanding the heart and soul of the person your buying for. To love is to make the effort to understand.

    If you’ve read this far you clearly care a lot, and more important than the present itself is showing the person you love how much you truly care about them.


    10 Best Paper Shooting Targets

    10 Best Paper Shooting Targets

    For all my fellow gun enthusiasts who love to hit the range, here are the ten best paper shooting targets on the market today. We have also attached the links to these two target companies at the end of this article. Enjoy!


     1. Neon Green - Silhouette Targets

    Starting with these targets we have some simple silhouette targets that would be great for police or military training. With the neon green color you can easily tell where your shot hit the target for almost instantaneous feedback. These targets can also serve to be a great warmup before you move onto hostage targets, which we have later on.


     2. 13”” Bullseye Targets

    You can never go wrong with a classic bullseye target which is exactly what we have here. These targets come in two different colors, either red or fluorescent yellow so those added options can be helpful as well. If you are a beginner just looking to get oriented then this is the target for you.


     3. Hostage Targets

    This target is third on our list, because it is designed for the more experienced shooters. With a smaller market it is difficult to give this target a fair rating at the top. Either way the targets themselves are pretty neat and at the top of its class. What also makes these targets unique is that there are four different hostage images that all come together in one combo package. This will allow you to practice different scenarios that you’ll never get tired of!


    4. Maximum Visibility Bullseye Sight In Targets

    As the name suggests, these targets go back to the original bullseye design, but are optimized for you to see from long distances as best as possible. This maximum visibility should increase your odds of hitting the target, but at times it can make for a difficult time to actually see where you hit the target. For this reason we have the maximum visibility bullseye targets in the number four spot of our list.


     5. Ultra Bright Animal Shooting Target

    Here we have one of the more unique options with an animal target for our outdoorsmen. For those who love hunting or maybe just want a little extra spice when they are at the range, then these targets are for you. This target is one of my personal favorites on the list, but since it is a very specialized form of training we decided to make it number five on the list.


     6. Ultra Bright Shooting Target

    We are back to the basics here with another shooting target similar to the first bullseye targets. Although with this one as the name suggests, the target is Ultra Bright so at least you’ll have that going for you. This ultra brightness will help you track your shots better than ever before which can really help you. Now you may ask why this target is in the sixth spot on our list even though it seems to be a slightly better version of the second option. Well this is for two reasons. The first being that these targets cost a higher price per target than the original option. The second is that these targets simply don’t provide anything more special than the fact that they are bright, and how much extra money do you want to spend for that? Unless you are practicing for a tournament or competition, then this ultra bright shooting target will not be necessary.


     7. Ultra Bright Bullseye

    Again we have a very similar version to that above with not much to add to the conversation. So if you are looking for yet another paper target to add to your collection, or if you need to buy them in bulk then this is the target for you. If you’re tired of the normal targets by now then just keep moving forward here.


     8. Scope Alignment/Sight-In

    Back to targets that will really make a difference we have the scope alignment targets that will help you dial in your rifles from time to time. That’s exactly how often these targets will be used for however, only from time to time really. Now you could align your scope before everyday you have on the range, but some people may want to do that with the standard bullseye targets anyways. These can be helpful, but they are really kind of extra at the end of the day so whether you want them is up to you.


     9. Trouble Shooter Handgun Diagnostic

    Similar to the scope alignment option above we have the handgun diagnostic target here which completes a similar task. Keep in mind that this specializes just in handguns of course, which already limits your options for this target from the start. Although it could be really useful for those in the military or police force that need to practice their handgun shots or at least make sure their weapons are accurate. Again, this is another specialized target which is why it is towards the bottom of our list.


     10. 3D Hostage Target

    Last but not least we have the 3D hostage target which we feel was a good idea in theory but maybe not as good in practice. Just like watching a 3D movie this target requires that you wear 3D glasses, which can be cumbersome when shooting. It can also be a struggle since ideally you will be wearing safety glasses as well. Until they can make these a mixture of 3D glasses and safety glasses, you might as well just stick to the standard hostage targets instead. The 2D hostage targets are cheaper too, so keep that in mind as well.


    With so many paper shooting targets to choose from on the market today, we hope that this list helps you narrow down your search. The two websites that we were picking the targets from include and We highly recommend the Easy Shot Targets website above all other paper shooting targets on the market today. Again we hope you found this article helpful and go shoot up some targets today!

    The Ultimate Shooting Target Guide

    The Ultimate Shooting Target Guide

    If you're planning some trigger time you need to consider what you'll pitch rounds toward. Here's everything you need to know about shooting targets and then some!

    What You Need To Consider When Buying A Shooting Target:

    • Material best suited to your style of shooting.
    • Cost
    • Their longevity — are they one-time use or will you get years out of one.
    • The type of target that will enhance your style of shooting.

    Never has there been a wider, more diverse and more useful selection of shooting targets available, no matter what gun or discipline happens to be your passion. From precision sight-in options to “dial your riflescope way up” options, to AR500 steel monsters made for the long haul, you have everything you need to satiate your itchy trigger finger and sharpen your skills. With the wealth of shooting targets out there today, the only question really is: Which one is right for you?

    The answer, as always when it comes to guns and gear, is “It depends…” If it’s purely pleasure principle, then nearly anything that turns your fancy will do. However, if you aim at something greater, such a skill improvement, then picking your target requires some consideration.

    Shooting Target Material

    As most know, targets are made from different materials. The four most commonly used are:

    • Paper or cardboard
    • Steel
    • Clay
    • Polymer

    As is usually the case with different materials, each excels at different tasks and flounder at others. In turn, what your target is made of should match up with what you plan to do when you go shooting. Here’s a brief rundown of what each material is good and bad at achieving.

    Paper: As the most familiar target material, paper continues as one of the most versatile. An excellent medium for tracking shot groups, it’s a top choice if you need to adjust your sights or scope, or if you need to tally a score in a competitive shooting match. Plain paper targets, at distance, can prove difficult to inspect with the naked eye. However, modern reactive chip targets – where hits create vivid halos on their surface – make them easier to read. Only clays have less longevity than paper shooting targets; however, in most cases, neither will break the bank.

    Steel: Gaining more popularity among everyday shooters in recent decades, steel targets are the most durable and longest lasting. With proper care, many AR500 steel targets last nearly a lifetime. Excellent for training, steel shooting targets provide instant auditory feedback when struck – a sound you’ll grow to love. Furthermore, there are a variety of reactive targets made from steel that not only increase the enjoyment of shooting, but they also up the challenge. The drawback to steel targets is many of the larger ones are fairly unwieldy and are a hassle to move around. What’s more, steel costs more up front … but don’t let that make you think they’re not economical over the long haul.

    Clay: If you’re a shotgun shooter, you know clay targets. Chances are good that you shoot them when you aren’t shooting birds. While they’re the dominant target in shotgun games, clays are sometimes found downrange from pistols and rifles, generally as a bit of fun. You definitely know when you hit these brittle targets because they break up or evaporate into a cloud of dust. And therein lies their drawback: Clays are absolutely one-time use.

    Polymer: Designed to allow a bullet to pass through with minimal damage, polymer targets typically have a decent lifespan. However, they won’t last forever. Predominantly, polymers are used in ground targets – three-dimensional targets that rest on the ground – because they require some sort of backstop. This style of target, however, proves great fun, since they’ll jump like a frog in hot water when hit.

     Easyshot Shooting Targets

    Types Of Shooting Targets

    Given the variety of shooting target styles available today, it would take a multi-volume book to catalog them all. But that’s alright, because many of them cater to specific shooters with specific interests and goals.

    That said, it’s safe to break down the types of shooting targets into a few different categories to get an idea of what's available. By no means are these definitive: Many of the targets bleed over into other categories. But, in general, this gives you an idea of what you might look for to achieve certain goals the next time you’re fixing to burn some ammo.

    Accuracy Targets

    Certainly, accuracy is always the top goal when you send a bullet flying … otherwise, what’s the challenge? And there are definitely shooting targets that are adept at improving and evaluating how well you hit the mark. Two of the most common are bullseye and sight-in. The former is perhaps the best-known shooting target and is excellent for new marksmen. It’s ideal for refining a sight picture and learning where to hold, as well as honing the mechanics of making an accurate shot – breathing, trigger control, etc. As a staple of riflemen, the latter is a must-have for zeroing in a scope – as its “sight-in target” name suggests. With a grid laid out across its surface, the target gives you the ability to appraise your groups and adjust your optic’s aim point.

    Feedback Targets

    Occasionally, immediate or specific feedback is required to drill down a shooting skill. In turn, a target that lets you know you’re on the mark soon after the trigger is pulled is required. Steel shooting targets are the most familiar variety, with their sweet “Ping!” ringing out when you’ve made a hit. Ideal for rapid fire-training with a handgun or carbine, or for long-range shooting, a good piece of steel gives you the feedback you need.

    Here at we have the best shooting targets that money can buy. Check out our targets that can be found here. We promise you won’t be disappointed! Go out and buy yourself some shooting targets today!

    4 Reasons to Buy Your Own Shooting Targets

    4 Reasons to Buy Your Own Shooting Targets

    When it comes to getting enough target practice in, you have to have all of the right gear. Before heading to the shooting range, we all check our bags to make sure we have enough ammunition, hearing protection, and maybe a cleaning kit. But have you ever thought about bringing your own targets?

    Silhouette shooting targets

    While many shooting ranges will supply you targets or have some available for you to purchase, there are quite a few benefits to bringing your own. First, it is way more convenient and handy to have a few targets with your stuff. Paper targets are very lightweight and small, adding no extra burden to your range bag full of gear. Before heading out, you can throw a few targets with your gear and be even more prepared. 

    Having your own targets also allows you to have the best shooting targets when compared to others at the range. Buying your own targets will allow you to shoot targets that are customized to you and your needs. Want to shoot silhouettes? Now you can. Prefer to shoot targets depicting hostage scenarios? Bringing your own targets will allow you to do that. If you prefer to shoot one size or color over another, buying your own shooting targets gives you this freedom and flexibility rather than relying on whatever targets the shooting range has on hand. 


    If shooting ranges are not your thing, buying your own shooting targets will also allow you to set up shop wherever you need to in order to get some range time in. You should obviously follow all state and local laws when shooting, but whether it is on your own property or on public land, you can set up your own practice area and shooting range when you are the one who owns the targets. These targets are extremely quick and easy to set up yourself, and you can start practicing on your own range within a matter of minutes. 

    Last but certainly not least, buying your own shooting targets ensures that you are getting a quality product. Don’t rely on anyone else when it comes to your firearm practice, and take matters into your own hands. You never know what you might get at other places, and the best shooting targets are generally not going to be around for you to practice with. By buying your own shooting targets, you will be ensuring that you have exactly what you need when the time is right. 

    Red shooting targets

    If you have ever thought about buying your own shooting targets, you were probably on to something. There are plenty of great reasons to do it, and you can rest assured that you will only have the best shooting targets available!