Even in lockdown you can set up a air rifle shooting range in your garden, provided you follow a few safety rules


So we’re faced with staying at home for another four weeks.

However, if you follow some straightforward rules you could set up an air rifle shooting range at home with these air rifle targets. If you’ve got a garden with a range of above 20m then you’ve enough room.

Stay safe and legal

Air rifle expert Mat Manning says:

“You must stop pellets from travelling beyond the target. If you don’t, you risk breaking the law. Pellets must never stray outside the limits of your garden. Always use a solid backdrop of brick, stone or concrete. Large paving slabs can be used to the same effect. ”

You can check up on airgun laws here to make sure you are following the rules correctly.

Mat also advises: “When it comes to garden shooting, paper and card targets are a great starting point. Because they show exactly where each shot strikes they are brilliant for zeroing and pellet testing.

“Punching holes in paper can get a bit monotonous, though, but there are lots of reactive targets that make things much more interesting. Knockdown targets with reset cords are really popular as are spinning targets which reset by gravity, and wooden targets made from board that smashes when you hit it are good fun, too. Reactive targets are a great way to keep young shooters engaged and I often set up a combination of knockdowns and spinners, all with safe backstops in place, when shooting in the garden with my children.”

10 of the best air rifle targets


Jack Pyke card targets

1. Jack Pyke paper air rifle targets £4.50

Ideal for garden airgunning, you get 400 in a pack so that’s hours of entertainment. They measure 14cm x 14cm, so are small enough to refine your skills.

2. Target stickers £2.95 

Stick these wherever you want to create a target. The 2″ diameter will add a touch of finesse to shooting tin cans. Bright orange for good visibility on dull days. 10 sheets in a pack.

Extra strong mints

3. Trebor Extra Strong Mints. About 60p for 17

Classic targets which disappear into a satisfying white puff when you hit them right.

4. NiteHawk Ferris Wheel air rifle targets £21.99

Once you’ve mastered static paper targets you can move onto these spinning ducks which are a great way to hone your aim. The ducks flip down as you hit them.

Splatterburst targets

5. Splatterburst air rifle targets £10.99

Hit the target right and your shot bursts into fluorescent yellow on impact. You can see your shots at a distance, even on a gloomy day.

6. NiteHawk resetting shooting target £26.99

You shoot the four ducks first and then shoot the round target to reset it. So you’re not constantly walking backward and forward.

7. Remington Knockdown Pull Reset air rifle target £19.95

Choose your quarry from a rabbit, crow, boar, pigeon or rat.  You can adjust the kill zone to between 40mm to 15mm. Reset the target using the pull cord supplied.

8. Air rifle card targets £4.99

If you want a bit more colour in your target then these do the job perfectly.

9.Mini screw spinner targets £7.99

Move these around in whichever position you want on your target board.

10. Jack Pyke mixed spot shot targets £5.99

A useful selection of targets so you can mix it up a bit. Self-adhesive and give a clearly visible impact area.

Also worth thinking about

Cone target holder

Cone target holder £10.99

Made from steel, this useful piece of kit fits 14cm²  targets and neatly collects the pellets. At the rear there is a slot which lets you secure the holder to your backstop.