by Gary Howes
Guns and Gunsmiths Editor
If you like to shoot handguns, or test them in your gunsmithing business, most of the time you don’t need bullseye targets. In fact, if you train for IDPA, NRA or other shooting events, or just want to sharpen your home defense skills, what you really want are body-shaped cardboard targets, especially ones that have areas marked on them representing the different “kill zones” that are used in scoring competitive shooting.
Recently I was introduced to a company called Target Barn. They specialize in providing the highest quality targets to the shooting public. They offer a wide array of targets, to meet a wide variety of training and competition needs, including officially licensed Cardboard Targets for IDPA, USPSA and NRA competitions, Police, Military and Handgun Permit Training and Qualification Targets, Rifle and Pistol Sight-In Targets, Steel Range Targets and more. Their targets are all made from brand new sheets of corrugated board; not the recycled cardboard boxes used by some competitors.
As well, they also sell reactive targets, bullseye targets, accessories such as stands, chronographs, and magazines, as well as a wide selection of ammunition. Essentially a one-stop shop for your target shooting supplies.
They kindly sent me a sample of one of their products–their IDPA Pro Kit (pictured above). This complete kit includes 20 cardboard silhouette targets, a roll of 1,000 patches to extend the useful life of each target, and a stand system with a very well made portable steel base and two wooden furring strips to hold the target. If these strips get shot up on the range, they are easily and cheaply replaced with furring strips from your local lumber supply.
As an old mechanical engineer, I was very impressed with the quality of the steel base. All of the welds were robotically done, it is powder coated to prevent premature rusting, and all of the fasteners are either wing nuts or thumbscrew, so no tools are needed at the range. It can be held to the ground with two sturdy spikes (also included) and sees to be very stable. All you need is a staple gun or some other way to attach the targets to the wooden strips.
I didn’t actually take some shots at the target once I had it set up for a couple of reasons. One, you don’t need to see my awesome shooting skills, and two, I set it up in my side yard and the people living in the house behind the target tend to get annoyed with bullets flying through their walls. Go figure!
I have also place a link to Target Barn on the Resources page on this website . Visit their website today and see everything they have to offer–I’m sure you will be pleasantly surprised at the range and quality of their products.