Before your next trip to the shooting range, make a list of what you want to practice and head out with a plan of action. This simple step will make you a more effective pistol shooter and give you a foundation for what you can improve on.
When selecting a training target, you need to first consider where you’ll be shooting. Each shooting range will have specific rules about what kind of targets they allow. Indoor shooting is typically restricted to paper, while outdoor ranges expand your options to reactive targets.
That being said, just know where you’ll be shooting isn’t enough. You need to consider why you headed to the range. Targets come in all shapes and sizes for their intended training purpose. Each style will guide your goals as a shooter and enhance the enjoyment you get out of your range sessions. There’s no shame in using plain-old paper bullseye targets—shooting at a round circle of paper is not only boring, it limits your training options to just punching holes in paper—using reactive targets will allow you to see your hits and make adjustments.
Luckily, there are many options to choose from that will help you practice your pistol techniques. Here’s a look at the best handgun training targets for your next range session:
- Forget cardboard. The Birchwood Casey Sharpshooter IPSC target is built from durable, waterproof, corrugated plastic, making it an ideal alternative to cardboard or paper. Based on standard IPSC targets, the Sharpshooter features lightly perforated lines to mark the different scoring zones. The Sharpshooter also features two colors—one side is white, the other brown—to mimic shoot/no shoot scenarios.