Shoot and see with Shoot-N-C

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The circles are more utilitarian, and offer basic bulls-eye practice.

I’m not a paper puncher. I prefer reactive targets. I grew up poking holes in pie plates and perforating Coke cans. Shooting always had an element of plinking involved. When I began shooting as part of my profession, I graduated to more durable targets. I know more about metallurgy and the composition of steel than most writers, all of which I picked up on the job. Yet sometimes I need to see exactly where my shots are hitting, and steel doesn’t do that very well. There’s a time and a place for paper.

And I recently moved and I’ve developed a new-found appreciation for store-bought targets. I’d been living in the backwoods of Virginia where I had access to a privately owned range. The range master trained students for ISPC and IDPA. The range was clean, well manicured, and almost always quiet. When I needed to sight in a rifle, or align sights on a pistol, I could set up a paper target and do what I needed to do. But most of the time I was banging on steel.

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Though it isn’t easy to capture on camera, the Shoot-N-C colors are easy to read.

I’m now in the wilds of Arkansas. I’ve got the land for a new range, but haven’t established the infrastructure. It will take time. Still, I have work to do. I have guns to review. I need to see what I’m shooting, and I need to have something truly portable, at least until I decide on the location of the berm. The most convenient package I’ve found is from Birchwood Casey, makers of the Shoot-N-C line of stick-on paper targets.

Shoot-N-C Sharpshooter Stand and Target Kit

You probably know Shoot-N-C. Most shooters do. Most varieties use a black paint over a yellow background. The adhesion of the black on the yellow is just strong enough to keep it from rubbing off easily. When a bullet strikes the target, the impact knocks a hole in the paper and knocks off a ring of the black paint surrounding that hole, exposing the yellow beneath it. This all may seem fairly obvious, but it is some high-tech material science we too often take completely for granted.

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The stand comes taped to the back of the target board.

Most of the Shoot-N-C targets have adhesive backs, which let you stick them to a board, fence post, tree, etc. The Sharpshooter kit comes with a corrugated plastic board and a metal stand. It isn’t unlike a small real estate sign, or political ad (both of which make great improvised targets). The stand is deceptively simple. The metal ends slide up inside the corrugation, and the cross bars support the board (on the top end) and allow you to stomp it into the ground (on the bottom bar).

Once you shoot the board, you begin the process of designed obsolescence. It will eventually prove useless, but it will take a while. The large stick on targets will cover the board. New targets can be stuck directly to the old. In theory, since you are such a good shot, you’ll only eat a hole in the very center of the board.

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For sighting in at varying distances, or for more precise shooting, I like these squares.

What’s in the box?

1 – metal frame

1 – 12″ x 18″ backer board

1 – 12″ x 18″ Silhouette

1 – 12″ Bull’s-eye

1 – 12″ Sight-in

1 – 8″ Bull’s-eye

54 Pasters

It could be more fun if it came with 54 pasties, but you take what you get. The variety of styles is useful. Large oval rings, small circles, minute of angle squares…. I find that four targets get shot up rather quickly when I’m out reviewing guns, so I have picked up a couple of other options. I like BC’s deer targets, and I even shoot up some stylized bad guys. The pasters are about the size of most impact marks and allow you to reuse a target (especially if you have a random flier or two). The larger targets are typically sectioned off to allow you more opportunity to shoot them up good.

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The group sizes look slightly larger on a Shoot-N-C than on normal paper.

While a Shoot-N-C isn’t visible from 100 yards, it is through a good scope, a spotting scope (of course) and most binoculars. I was sighting in a troublesome muzzleloader recently and couldn’t see where the shots were hitting. I put up the largest Shoot-N-C we had and went back to the bench. When we pulled the trigger again, there was no doubt. The gun we had sighted in perfectly at 25 yards wasn’t even on the paper at 100. We had a problem, and it was easy to see (or not see, in this case). If only it was as easy to fix the problem with the gun.

The Sharpshooter kit is reasonably priced. With an MSRP of $12.70, it isn’t going to break the bank. While that’s more expensive than simple plinking, it can really be a benefit for everything else. If you’re sighting in for the fall season, or trying out a new pistol, the Shoot-N-C may be the way to go. You get the stand, and they’re neat, contained, and easy to clean up. Not bad.

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The philosophy here is simple. Sight in on the rings, move back and fine tune. Or miss high…

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The photo of the deer from 25 yards seems proportional to an actual buck at 100. From 100 yards, the deer seems really far away.

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The stand slips easily into the board.

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For sighting in at varying distances, or for more precise shooting, I like these squares.

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I keep some of these guys on hand, as I can aim at various points to get the most out of one target.

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My only real complaint is that the bad guys are so short.

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The pasters on some targets are like miniature targets themselves.

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After you’ve peppered one, simply stick on the next.

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The lifelike targets offer nice reticle patterns for sighting in rifles.

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I also appreciate how this instructional image both breaks the bulls-eye pattern and shows you where to shoot.

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They’ve not included the back part of the deer, which is a subtle reminder not to shoot one back there.

Stand & Target Kit, 4 Targets, 54 Pasters. Includes: 1 – metal frame, 1 – 12″ x 18″ backer board, 4 – Shoot•N•C® targets (1 – 12″ x 18″ Silhouette, 1 – 12″ Bull’s-eye, 1 – 12″ Sight-in, and 1 – 8″ Bull’s-eye, and 54 Pasters) – See more at:
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  • Santa Walt July 21, 2014, 6:54 am

    This is the political season. That makes it very easy to get something on which to put the stick-on targets. Just ask a political candidate for one of his/her yard signs. Then you have the backboard and the metal stand. If you wanted to be really honest, only get the signs from the candidates you would vote for, put them in your yard. After the election, you’ll can have a large supply of target boards. All you need then is to go to a local store and get the stick-on targets. Of course there is a size limitation, but I have learned that the backboard material of any size you need can be gotten cheaply from you local sign maker. The same wire holder as used on the political signs can be used even for larger sizes. I haven’t made a check on this, but it seems that this might be a bit cheaper. The less you pay for the target, the more money you will have for ammo.

  • John L July 14, 2014, 12:16 pm

    Due to advanced age, well not that advanced yet, I use these targets exclusively. Makes it easy to see at a hundred yards with only the rifle scope. Especially when sighting in a new rifle or scope I feel these save money when compared to premium ammo prices. Saves a lot of time at a busy public range when the ability to check targets has to wait for a cease fire. Plus my local ACE store has them, so no hassle to find.

  • josh July 10, 2014, 11:36 pm

    Key to good handgun shooting is to focus on the front sight only and pull the trigger the same time every time!!!! Muscle memory is a good thing and the only you get that is repeating the same motion over 5000 times…. practice is key

  • josh July 10, 2014, 11:32 pm

    I agree there is a time and place for reactive targets and paper!!!! I have always enjoyed shooting golf balls with my .22lr pistol and rifle!!!! When it comes to fine tuning your gun though you need paper….I just wish there was competitive handgun shooting with the 9mm around my area!!!! I’m small town USA… 😉 shoot and see is a plus for me!!!! Worth the money for sure!!!

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