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Phoenix Fun League; Jan 19th 21 Jan 2019 18:14 #22691

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Definitely, this was a fun shoot.
I alsp had some ideas for "steel simulators" and was wondering if much if that was tried in the past.
One thought was a wooden block (see attachment) with a slot of proper dimension where a rectangular or circular cutportion of an IPSC target could be inserted in order to simulate a steel plate. These wooden bases with "paper steel plates" would be placed on a wooden beam at the appropriate height. The intebded and hopeful result would be a hit on the target that would result in the target (most likely with a block) being knocked off the beam.
Some of more experienced shooter can provide a feedback if something like this looks doable.
The block could have a wider base for better stability, or not.
Notches of different depths could be cut.
Rounded notches could be cut to accommodate round "plates".
Stuff like that.
I also had some other ideas for "steel plate simulators", but this one was the first one.
Again, fun league shooters, feel free to comment what you think of this.
Doable?
Maybe?
Yes?
No?
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Phoenix Fun League; Jan 19th 21 Jan 2019 20:24 #22692

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Not sure how this image can be rotated so that is straight up.
Anyhow, notch width should be approx. 0.125" to accommodate thickness of mini IPSC target.
Other dimensions could be experimented with, assuming that people think that this could work.
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Phoenix Fun League; Jan 19th 21 Jan 2019 22:23 #22693

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Could just staple white paper plates to a piece of plywood...
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Phoenix Fun League; Jan 19th 22 Jan 2019 06:50 #22694

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My thought was to rig something up that would fall, and/or indicate hits better, whether is a white paper plate, cut IPSC target, what have you.
Heck, my wife suggested that we line up pop cans and shoot at them.
I like her idea.
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Phoenix Fun League; Jan 19th 22 Jan 2019 07:47 #22695

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You will have a very hard time getting repeatable results with handgun rounds to wood.

There are plastic targets out there, that react, I believe Action target or maybe MGM has them. They are good for several thousand rounds each. They do tend to be fairly expensive though.

The best way to learn to shoot steel is to shoot paper and learn to call your shots, so you're not waiting on the steel to fall before moving.

Then have massive steel stages at the out door matches.

I do know where there are several plate racks that are really well shrouded, and could probably be had for a really really good price. If Len would allow them to be used.

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Phoenix Fun League; Jan 19th 22 Jan 2019 10:45 #22696

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Those plates would indeed be awesome Sam!

Just in terms of what we're doing at league nights... shooting at non-reactive targets is not a bad thing. Learning to call shots and not relying on visually seeing a plate fall or hearing a hit is a good idea that translates into poppers at real matches.

And it's simple and cheap.
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Phoenix Fun League; Jan 19th 22 Jan 2019 12:14 #22697

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My thought about wooden blocks came out as a result of thinking about last Saturday's "steel" stage. The intent to simulate steel didn't work for me. However, it was still a nice challenge.
I suppose if I learn to call shots better would help, but my old eyes and iron sights are not great when it comes to calling shots at small targets in a dark rifle range.
And to clarify, we would NOT shoot at wood. These wooden blocks would be just big enough to gently support an IPSC target cut down to size.
I'm pretty sure that blocks would get a fair share of stray bullets as well, but enough spare blocks could be made available.
I just wanted to put this out there to get a feel what other people may think.
Some proper plates that could be shot at would most definitely be the best choice.
I'm pretty sure that there are better solutions out there than wooden blocks for supports to have better reactive targets shooting experience.
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Phoenix Fun League; Jan 19th 22 Jan 2019 15:42 #22698

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They're not poppers, but they would be fun!

shop.actiontarget.com/content/autotargets.asp

A good use of club funds imo :)
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