How to make exploding rifle targets

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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Target shooting requires a way to determine how effectively the target has been hit. You can make an exploding rifle target that will let you know every time you hit it. You will need a few household items and some basic tools, as well as supplies from a hobby shop or gun store. Your exploding target should only be used at a gun range or other safe firing location.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Newspaper
  • Empty cereal box
  • Telephone book
  • Duct tape
  • Bulls eye target sheet
  • Double-sided cellophane tape
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue stick
  • Exploding ball pellets

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  1. 1

    Place a sheet of newspaper on a table to protect the surface. Stand the empty cereal box on the newspaper. Insert the telephone book into the cereal box. Close the flaps of the cereal box. Tape the flaps closed with strips of duct tape. Lay the cereal box on its back side.

  2. 2

    Place the bulls eye target sheet face down on the newspaper. Apply strips of double-sided tape to the target sheet. Place the side of the sheet that is taped onto the front of the cereal box. Smooth the sheet onto the cereal box with your fingers.

  3. 3

    With the utility knife, make a series of holes on the circles of the target sheet, as well as a hole dead centre on the bulls eye.

  4. 4

    Heat up the glue gun for two minutes. Apply a dab of hot glue to one of the holes made in the target sheet. Place an exploding ball pellet into the hole. Let the glue set for a minute. Repeat this procedure with every hole made in the sheet.

  5. 5

    Stand the exploding rifle target you have made on a shelf at an approved gun range.

  6. 6

    At an appropriate, safe distance from the target, begin firing. You will see and hear where you have hit the exploding rifle target each time a bullet strikes a ball pellet.

Tips and warnings

  • Aways wear approved eye and ear protection when firing at a gun range.
  • Make sure you are aware of all local and state laws regarding the transporting of a rifle and ammunition to a gun range.

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