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As with anything new and different, you will probably need some direction and explanation concerning the use of these targets. Keep in mind that these targets aren't meant to register a bull's-eye in the "ten-ring;" the point is, these targets react to your hits. Newbold Targets are designed to provide shooters with a safer-than-steel and fun-to-shoot target alternative, one that allows bullets to pass completely through the target without ricochet or lead-splatter thrown back toward the shooter or spectators. These targets are available in many different sizes, shapes and colors. Our Snap-Back!...Fall-Down / Stay-Down!...and...Flip-Around! versions appeal to all target shooters—new and old, beginner and expert. Here's how you shoot and mount them:
We recommend that you shoot FMJ or lead roundnose ammo. Hollow-points will cookie-cut the material.
Newbold's L-Series™ Targets — can be mounted on a soft wood surface, such as pine-board 2X4s or 2X3s... so they’ll snap backwards with each hit (even double-taps) and then flip back to the upright position. One-piece L-Series targets feature a flexible hinge at the base (made of the same ElastiMAX™ material as the target). They don’t bend all the way back to a horizontal position. For example: The target moves, flexing backwards when hit with .22 Long-Rifle high-velocity rounds, but moves more with a .38 and still more with .45 caliber rounds. The best thing about the L-Series is that there is no need to go down-range to reset this target.
Use Newbold’s ElastiMAX™ (Self-Sealing) Nuts & Bolts — instead of steel bolts — to secure L-Series™ Targets to soft wood surfaces. These help to eliminate bullet-splatter and ricochet. Two ElastiMAX™ bolts with nuts are required per target. When mounting them on the wood stand, drill two 9/16" holes per target. Place the ElastiMAX bolts in the holes and tighten the nuts just enough to leave them a little loose. When they are a little loose, the target will flip back and forth more with each hit.
Use Newbold’s ElastiMAX™ Support Bases — for larger Round targets, Square targets and Bowling Pin target shooting, where the idea is to "Knock ‘em down so they Stay Down," L-Series™ targets "snap-on" to these support bases easily. When they’re shot with a solid hit, the target, along with the attached support base, falls over or falls completely off a post or stand. These Support Bases (made of the same material as the targets) also help to steady any L-Series™ Target on an uneven surface and provide more stability for the targets when you're shooting outdoors in breezy conditions.
Newbold’s K-D Pivot™ Targets — When hit, K-D Pivot™ targets fall over backwards and stay down until reset, either with a simple pull-string at up to 50-feet away, or by going down-range and manually resetting them. These knock-down targets rotate, front-to-back, on the Pivot Base. The Pivot Base (sold separately) is made of self-sealing ElastiMAX™, so the bullets pass through the base too. The Pivot Base is secured to the wood target stand with ElastiMAX™ Nuts & Bolts (just like the "L-Series" targets). Some shooters like to mount them upside-down because when you hit them this way, they flip back — like our HangTuff targets — except that the flipping motion is straight back and it stops moving in about a second, ready for the next shot.
Replaceable K-D Pivot targets are in-the-long-run considerably less expensive than L-Series targets because they are not as thick — 3/8" vs. 5/8" — and the Pivot Base remains usable (i.e., it does not have to be replaced as often as the target).
Newbold's Pepper Poppers — are essentially K-D Pivot-like targets, but on a larger scale (42" and 22" high) — they knock down when hit. The smaller 22" Popper can be reset manually or remotely with a string-pull/reset option. See photos and descriptions of the Popper Targets toward the bottom of the Order Page.
Newbold's HangTuff™ Targets — attach easily to the backside of a 2X4 with (2) wood screws (included). When hit, these targets move dramatically in all directions! The 2, 3 & 4-inch versions are best used with .22 caliber rounds; the 6 & 8-inch Squares and Rounds are designed for and move more violently when hit with .38s & .45s. You'll find that when you hit a HangTuff in the center, it will flip straight back. Hit it low in the center and it flips straight back — faster. Hit it left and you'll see a left twist, etc. These targets also move reasonably well when hit with rifle fire, especially in the 2 & 3-inch sizes with calibers like .22 Hornet and .223s, for example.