Birchwood Casey Shoot-N-C Targets Review

Birchwood Casey Shoot-N-C Targets Review

Practice can indeed make perfect, but when it comes to shooting, aiming at a piece of paper can become a little dull. This is why some shooters prefer to set their sights on bottles or cans as there is a more gratifying feel to hitting those. Reactive targets are where it’s at, and that is what the Birchwood Casey Shoot-N-C paper targets are supposedly all about.

The targets in question are very bright in color and have a coating of black paint that breaks away from paper when it’s hit. This makes it easy to see a direct hit from a long distance.

There are certainly plenty of options to choose from when shopping for Shoot-N-C targets, as they come in a variety of different sizes. You can get a small 1-inch target or go bigger with 12-inch targets. You can also but packs that come with targets of different sizes. Prices usually fall between $5 and $30, but you can find plenty of good deals for them on, such as a mixture of over 100 targets for under $5.

We tested the 3-inch target, which we attached to a piece of cardboard. From a distance of a little over 20 yards we fired at the target with a 22 caliber pellet rifle and were happy to see that the target worked as advertised.

As fun as it was to see the results of the target bring hit, the Shoot-N-C targets are not without their flaws. After seeing the colors basically explode with a hit, the reaction to a hot diminished with a close grouping of shots. Basically a few hits on the target would render the visible aspect of it useless.

This issue is supposedly fixed with the use of the 1-inch targets. These smaller targets should be placed over the spots that have been hit to extend the life of the original target. We tried doing just that, using a low-powered BB gun to try and hit the fresh 1-inch targets. It was a way to test this technique, as well as to see how the Shoot-N-C targets reacted to the BB pellets.

It was not immediately apparent whether or not the pellets had hit the target, which meant having to go take a closer look. There was obviously not enough power to dislodge the black paint, but more than enough to make the 1-inch targets fall off the one below. Some of this inability to stick may be down to the cold weather we were experiencing.

Despite these little flaws, we would still give the Shoot-N-C targets a thumbs up. Forget about trying to use low-powered guns and instead use them for long range shooting when using a sight. There is a definite feeling of instant gratification when you see that black paint come flying off the target when you score a direct hit.


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