You can set up a air rifle shooting range in your garden with these targets, provided you follow a few safety rules
We’ve taken a look at the best air rifle targets which you can use at home. You can try them airgunning in the garden. If you’ve got a garden with a range of above 20m then you’ve enough room.
Before you set off:
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.” (Check our list of the best airgun pellets.)
The best air rifle targets
Best for value
+ Good quality card
+ Small and portable
Ideal for garden airgunning, you get hours of entertainment. They measure 14cm x 14cm, so are small enough to refine your skills.
Best for creating targets
+ Good visibility on dull days
+ Different sizes available.
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.
Best for snacking
Classic targets which disappear into a satisfying white puff when you hit them right.
Best for improving aim
+ Quick to assemble
+ Strong and stury
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.
5. Splatterburst Targets – 8 inch Bullseye Reactive Shooting Target – Shots Burst Bright Fluorescent Yellow Upon Impact – Gun – Rifle – Pistol – Airsoft – BB Gun – Pellet Gun – Air Rifle £10.99
Best for instant impact
+ Easy to see shots at distance
+ High visibility in dull weather
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.
Best for resetting quickly
+ Resets automatically
+ Useful for improving skills
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. SMK 6 x Remington Knock Down Target Reset Air Rifle Airgun HFT Hunting Training – Crow, Hog, Pigeon, Rabbit, Rat £ Squirrel £109.99
Best for changing zones
+ Easy to reset
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 by hitting the yellow bottom disc.
Best pocket money price
+ Good for zeroing
If you want a bit more colour in your target then these do the job perfectly.
Best for moving around
+ Screws provided
+ All steel construction
Move these around in whichever position you want on your target board.
Best for paper targets in windy weather
+ Heavy duty construction
+ Target holder and pellet catcher
Comes with 10 targets supplied and holds 14cm targets.
Best for size
+ Steel construction
+ Suitable for all firearms except 50 calibre and above
Mat Manning’s tips for using garden air rifle targets
- If you’re buying a target that will fit through your letterbox, be sure to leave a cushion under the letterbox when you’re expecting a delivery. These things are heavy and can damage the floor.
- If you’re buying a standard gong, buy a bigger size than you think you will need. You can always spray paint a smaller dot on it and, if you’re missing that dog, at least you can see where you’re missing.
- There’s nothing more frustrating than shooting at a target and not seeing where your shots are landing if you miss.