December 23rd, 2014

Make Your Own PDF Targets with Interactive Target Generator

Are you creative? Do you like to design and customize things? Then you’ll love the Target Generator from the folks at ShooterShed.com. This free, interactive webpage allows you to design a variety of fun targets, including grids, benchrest-type Score Shooting targets, sight-in targets, and even playing card targets. Choose the paper size and orientation (vertical or horizontal), then select the number of target elements on the page. For example, you could have four (4) bulls or 52 playing cards. You can include a grid on the target, or tell the program to include load information blocks. For bullseye targets, you can control the number, color, and spacing (diameter) of the rings. LINK to TARGET GENERATOR.

Target PDF Generator Free Bullesye Benchrest Target PDF Generator Free Bullesye Benchrest

The program provides a preview of each target you generate. If you like a particular design, save the file, and then print as many targets as you want. Check it out, this program is fun and handy to use. Here are five (5) targets your Editor created this morning just for this article. With a bit of practice, you can be generating your own custom targets in minutes. Have fun.

Target PDF Generator Free Bullesye Benchrest

Target PDF Generator Free Bullesye Benchrest Target PDF Generator Free Bullesye Benchrest
Target PDF Generator Free Bullesye Benchrest Target PDF Generator Free Bullesye Benchrest

About the Creator of the Target Generator
The excellent Target Generator program was created by Rod Brown of Sheridan, Wyoming. Rod tells us: “I build custom rifles and coach shooters. I’ve got a 100-yard range out my back door. I shoot short- and long-range benchrest competitively around the country. I’m a full-time software development consultant and an FFL holder. When I’m not developing custom software for my clients, I’m usually fiddling in the shop, building a custom benchrest rifle, traveling to a match, chambering a barrel, or reloading some ammunition.

Story tip from Boyd Allen. We welcome reader submissions.
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January 6th, 2013

New Precision Shooting Grid Target from Switzerland

100 Zero Swiss Offset TargetForum member Florian from Switzerland (SimplyRight.ch) has created an interesting new grid target for precision practice work.

The concept behind the target is to allow a marksman to shoot a string of shots (with the same hold) without obliterating his aiming point. Florian’s Swiss Offset Target does this by separating the point of aim from point of impact (POI). On this target, POI is 10 cm (approx. 4″) over to the left.

We’ve found that Florian’s Offset Target is also very good for precise long-range shooting. At 600 yards and beyond, the big black diamond (12 cm or 4.72″ from point to point) provides a nice big aiming center. You can align your vertical and horizontal crosshairs to intersect the points of the diamonds (with intersection of crosshairs in white center of black diamond). That gives you a very precise sight picture. Then you can see your bullet holes appear “in the white” to the left side of the target. At long range it’s much easier to see holes “in the white”. And the grid lines let you gauge group size from afar.

100 Zero Swiss Offset Target

CLICK HERE to download Swiss Offset Target as a PDF file
CLICK HERE to Read Florian’s Instructions

More Uses for the Swiss Offset Grid Target
We’ve also found that this target lets you do a “quick and easy” Box Test with your scope. The target is designed as a precise grid. Starting at the lower left corner, you can click up X clicks, then right Y clicks, then down X clicks, then back left Y clicks, to see how your scope tracks. Also, since Florian’s target is set up with 1 CM grid boxes, this target is ideal for testing the true click values for metric-based scopes. Thanks to Florian for developing this Swiss Offset Grid Target. You may find new uses for it that we haven’t thought about yet!

How to use the Swiss Offset Target:

1. Print the target as a PDF file. Check if the size is correct by measuring the space between the two little circles’ centers. This should be 10cm (4″). (One square = 1cm).
2. Place the target horizontally at 100 meters for metric scope or 100 yards for inches and MOA scope. (We suggest using a small contractor’s level to ensure the target is mounted straight)
3. With your already-zeroed rifle, put in the amount of clicks needed to shoot 4 inches left at 100 yards (or 10cm on the left at 100 meters). Write down the amount of clicks it takes to move the point of impact the correct amount.
4. Aim at the circle inside the black diamond and shoot. (Your group should cover the small black circle at left (between the two gray columns).
5. Adjust your scope if needed.
6. Confirm your accuracy and click values by clicking back right and shooting (one time) at the virgin circle in the middle of the diamond.

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