Print out your own targets

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by CATO, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    Print your own targets

    Printable targets

    Need targets? You can save money and a trip to the gun store by making them right now, on your own printer. Forget about sites that make you pay to print out clip art. Everything here is free!
    These files are Adobe PDF's; you need a program like Acrobat Reader to view/print them. If your printer is configured correctly, they will print exactly as described and can be used to calibrate your sights. If your favorite target isn't shown here, email me with a request and I will add it to the list. Please don't ask me to make something stupid; these are professional-quality targets for precision shooting. I will not entertain requests for photos of Osama/Saddam/Britney, Ford emblems, kangaroo silhouettes, or anything else of questionable taste or usefulness. You can get that kind of stuff from other non-marksmanship-related target sites.
    Please do not modify my targets and redistribute them without my permission. If you discover an error, please let me know and I will credit you for the correction.
    • 6-up rifle bullseye: Short-range targets for air rifle or 22 caliber.
    • 50 meter bullseye: For smallbore aperture sights.
    • 100 meter bullseye: Like the above, but with a larger black area for easier spotting.
    • 100 meter crosshair: For use with scopes.
    • M16/AR15 A2 25m zero: The same target used by the military to zero the M16 rifle (with A2 sights). Includes instructions. See Army FM 23-9 for more info.
    • new. M4 Carbine 25m zero: The same target used by the military to zero the M4. Includes instructions. See Army FM 23-9 for more info.
    • 50 meter Triangle: For open sights such as the 7.62mm SKS.
    • Graded silhouette: Magnified silhouette from the zero target above, with rings calibrated to nothing in particular. For simulating long range with handguns or combat rifles.
    • Range silhouettes: Scaled silhouettes at 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, and 300 meters. When placed at 25 meters, simulates an Army qualification range. Use indoors or if your range is too small. Remember you should aim low at 150-200m targets with an M16. See Army FM 23-9 for more info.
    Non-silhouette zeroing targets for hyper-politically-correct gun clubs

    I don't understand this phenomenon, but I was recently browsing some forums and discovered that some ranges prohibit the use of silhouette targets. Iron sights are designed for shooting at people. Rifles like the M4 and AR15 were designed from the ground up for shooting at people. Defending one's property, life, or country unfortunately, at times, requires shooting at people. Military servicemembers who wish to stay current in their training need to shoot at people-shaped targets, in my opinion. Any range or club that offers carry permit training, or supports the issue of permits, and doesn't allow the use of silhouettes is quite hypocritical indeed.
    That said, if you still can't use a military-standard zeroing target at your range, you may be able to get away with the targets below, which are identical except they feature a rectangle instead of a military-standard silhouette. Just don't let the word get out that I made that rectangle by brutally beheading the shape that was there to begin with.
    And hey, if we are ever attacked by robots, I'll be glad to eat my words when the day is saved by gun owners who have been training to shoot at boxes.

  2. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Good idea. But I have been making and printing my own using the Drawing Bar of MS Word. Can be sized as I wish, whatever color fill or shading desired, crosshairs, etc.
    MS Paint is another option. Sometimes, 'Old School' works very fine! ;)
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