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18-05-2004, 10:24 PM
What do they call them target systems that take your target to a set range then bring it back after shooting.
I'm thinking of making my own hand powered version if the ready made electronic ones are over pricey, i need to look for systems and ideas on the net but not sure what to type for my search.

18-05-2004, 10:27 PM


18-05-2004, 10:34 PM
Originally posted by SteveH


Nice idea but i think she would soon get fed up with that :D

18-05-2004, 10:45 PM
Its ok i found them (Target changers) :)

18-05-2004, 10:51 PM
i presume you are talking about paper punching returnig targets if so is there no one on another forum that might help


18-05-2004, 11:19 PM
I have seen a very good system using small bicycle wheels (Tyreless) as the hand/turning hub end and simple pulley system out to the range. Target hanging from the string/wire.

18-05-2004, 11:23 PM

appologies for the above flipant posting - long day.

Look at this site it may have what you want.


Best wishes

I. J.
19-05-2004, 01:43 AM
Our club, RIVINGTON RIFLEMEN, have 6 x 10m pistol target lanes and we use second hand car wiper or window motors stepped down from 240v. The motors are cheap and the only problem is that you have to keep your finger on the button until the target reaches the backstop. Also some travel quicker than others - so youve got to be quick to get 'into the fast lane'. :D

19-05-2004, 06:55 AM
Then wire them up through a pair of limit switches and a relay so the circuit will latch until broken at the far end.


I. J.
19-05-2004, 08:39 AM
Originally posted by rich
Then wire them up through a pair of limit switches and a relay so the circuit will latch until broken at the far end.


I will get someone at the club to translate that. :D

19-05-2004, 09:25 AM
I had an idea some time back where I designed a target made out of thick steel or other impeneterable material.
This had 3 sensors located in various postions on the rear of the plate. The idea was that when a pellet struck the plate a shock wave would be produced at the point of impact. As the shock wav radiated outward the first sensor (closest to point of impact) would start a high speed counter. As the shock wave grew it would eventually reach the remaining two sensors at different times.Since the speed of the shock wave would be known for the material in question it should then be possible to triangulate the point of impact.
This could then be displayed on an image of a target on a PC next to the shooter. The beauty of this system is that the target should remain usable for an indefinate period withouth the need to put new papertargets up. If the counters are set up correctly this should also be very accurate.

I was never able to produce one (though I had created a circuit diagram for the electronics) since I could never find a suitable sensor and didn't know enough about material science to find a suitable medium.
Any other bright guys out there that might be able to make this idea work?


19-05-2004, 11:37 AM
Hi all
I was chatting at the club a couple Saturdays ago when a member told me about a returning target that was motorised and returned a set distance each time its sensor was hit. They had a couple and they used them in a kind of race back to the line. They were home made, as anyone else seen them?


19-05-2004, 12:28 PM
Turns out that I am not the only one thinking along these lines
Electronic targets (http://www.centershot.com/products/Polytronic.htm)

Ridge Walker
19-05-2004, 01:14 PM
Old remote controled car Little bit of work to fix a trget holder.
Set to any distance you want. You don't have to move.
:D :D :D :cool: :cool: :cool:

20-05-2004, 10:44 AM
our 12 range uses washingmachine motors
maybe more durable than car wiper/window motors;those aren't made for very frequent use