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6 Targets that Make Shooting a Blast

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Hunt Geek Shooting Game Targets.

Paper targets with the standard bull’s-eye are ideal for sighting-in a rifle or handgun, testing a shotgun’s pattern and shooting groups, but you can add a whole new dimension to family shooting day out at the farm with some of the following cool targets.

Caldwell Magnum Rifle Gong

Caldwell’s Magnum Rifle Gong is a durable gong-style target that delivers a resounding “thwack” with each impact. The gong is capable of handling repeat shots from virtually every calibers rifle or handgun. The 3/8-inch-thick gong is 10 inches in diameter and comes with an easy-to-setup freestanding frame and chains. The center of the target hangs 18 inches above the ground. ($170; Caldwell)

Champion DuraSeal Wobble Target

This target wobbles and bobs with each hit and then with its weighted round bottom immediately rights itself for quick follow-up shots. The small high-visibility Radiation Green target is made of Champion’s DuraSeal, a non-metal, self-healing material that keeps its shape even after thousands of rounds. Shoot it with calibers ranging between.17-caliber all the way up to .50-caliber. It will be fine. ($25; Champion)

Do-All Outdoors Spin Cycle Targets

Do-All Outdoors’ Spin Cycle Target is a cool windmill style target that allows for same time shooting by two shooters. The Spin Cycle is made of steel and stands upright on three-stable legs. Reactive, large visibility targets spin and automatically reset. Models are available for .22-caliber rifles, .38- to .44-caliber handguns and 9mm to .30-06 caliber pistols and rifles. ($100-$180; Do-All Outdoors)

Hunt Geek Shooting Game Targets

Hunt Geek’s Shooting Game Targets allow shooters to compete (on paper at least) at billiards, darts or cards. Targets are sold in packs of 12 or buy a combo pack that includes all three target games. ($20; Hunt Geek)

Impact-22 Rolling Steel Targets

The Impact-22 looks like a funky little robot out of a sci-fi movie, but is really a fun little target that flips or walks to a new position every time it is hit. The target boasts a unique design that employs three-fin heads to allow it to be shot from any angle and from any distance. The only bummer about this target is that it is only suitable for use with .22 LR. They do sell an Impact-45, however, designed for handgunners firing anything from 9mm to .44 caliber. ($30; Impact Steel Targets)

Lyman TargDots Duelist Competition Target

Not sure whether you or your buddy is a better shooter. Go head-to-head with another shooter on this resettable target that only allows the first one struck to fall. The stand is made of heavy-gauge steel for years of use and the target comes with a variety of stickers to aid target acquisition and aim. ($33; Lyman)

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