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Gatekeeper 03-08-2010 03:49 AM

DIY Competition Style Targets---Cheap
*Mods please move if this isn't the appropriate forum, I wasn't sure*
Okay so maybe Cabin Fever is setting in, but I had to go to Staples today with my little sister and got to roaming the aisles. So I got to looking around and found this and had an idea. Maybe not a great idea but boredom's a killer:p
18X24 Newsprint Tablet, 100 sheets $13.99
This is like a giant tablet, had a heavy cardboard cover on the rear.
Downloaded some dimensions off the net for competition targets and drew out the layout and scoring rings on the cardboard backer
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Gatekeeper 03-08-2010 03:51 AM

Took a razor knife and began cutting out the outline. Fairly easy cutting and after cutting through the cardboard, I continued to slice until I was through the paper. The newsprint sheets cut like butter.
*WARNING* Please don't cut through into your dining room table top or anything;)

CA357 03-08-2010 03:56 AM

Cool project and probably cheaper too.

Rick1967 03-08-2010 03:59 AM

Hey that's not a bad idea. I have gone to furniture stores to get large boxes. I cut out shapes and spray paint one side. That way I can set up two different color targets for hostage situations. You way looks a lot easier.

Gatekeeper 03-08-2010 03:59 AM

Once I had the outer edges cut all the way through the paper, I trimmed the border through the cardboard only
Then I cutout the cardboard for the center scoring area and sliced through along the outer scoring ring leaving the cardboard attached to the binder
I didn't want the head to come off, so I sliced a broken line along the neck so I could ink the scoring line

Gatekeeper 03-08-2010 04:06 AM

I was then able to use a fine tipped marker to trace along the scoring zones
Tear the sheet off and place on backer using these giant paper clips I found---
Okay tape or thumbtacks would work too but the bling-bling gold clips were callin my name:D
This paper was a little small in height, so I lost a little bit of the outer zone "gut", but close enough-- the main scoring areas are "correct"

Gatekeeper 03-08-2010 04:10 AM

Well there you have it. 100 targets for $13.99. Cheaper than I could order them.
They have actual size scoring rings and a easy to transport package
All I need at the range is a marker, tear off and use. 14 cents a pull
More importantly cabin fever relieved for an hour or so:rolleyes:

Rick1967 03-08-2010 10:52 PM

Hey Gatekeeper. This was a very worthwhile thread. Thanks for the info. I am going to give that a try.

mjtaur 08-23-2010 01:45 PM

Very cool. Need to try it out. Just tear them out as you need them.

jbd 08-23-2010 04:31 PM

Good idea, I'll give that a try.

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