About a month ago, I was shooting at the Media
Day event just before SHOT Show
in Las Vegas. At one range, we were shooting a resetting target
that was shaped like a prairie dog. If I remember correctly, it
was out at about a hundred yards or so, so I really could not
tell much about it, except that every time I hit the target, it
would pop back up for more.
Turns out this is a target system from
VarmintTarget.com. The unit is self-contained in a large round
can with a removable top. The actual target is yellow, made from
some sort of urethane material best I can tell, and is the
self-healing type of target. I have shot this type of material
before, and it lasts a long time, but have never before used
this auto-resetting system. The target is easily replaced, when
it does eventually wear out.
The front of the container is armor plated
with a layer of steel to protect against 22 rimfire bullets, but
if heavier artillery is used on the target, the front should be
protected with sandbags or another material, or the whole
container can be buried for protection.
There are four different modes for the
target. It can stay in view until shot, and then reset itself,
or it can be programmed to stay exposed for a random amount of
time, and then to reset itself, and variations of these modes.
The varmint Target is motorized, and has a built-in battery. It
also comes with both 110 volt AC and 12 volt DC battery
chargers. The unit is totally self-contained and ready to go to
the range when it arrives. Watch the video to see the target in
The Varmint Target is a very useful, and fun
way to practice shooting, without having to constantly walk
downrange to reset targets.