The Different Types of Air Gun Targets

Air gun shooting is a fun pastime. To be good, one must know the types of air guns and the correct ammo. You also need to learn about targets, which we discuss below.

Different Types of Air Gun Targets

Air gunners look to upgrade their shooting skills and accuracy by practicing on different targets. So, let’s check out the variety of targets available!

Different types of air gun targets are available that can help sharpen your marksmanship. These include paper, metal, spinning, reactive, knockdown, and even zombie targets! Plus, adhesive and specialized gel targets can be used to measure accuracy and penetration power. Switching up your target type every few sessions can help master aspects like breath control, aiming, grip strength, and trigger management.

A table may help understand the different types of air gun targets:

Type of targetCharacteristicsSafety Considerations
Paper TargetsInexpensiveHigh risk if shot at an angle
Metal TargetsDurableCan ricochet
Reactive TargetsProvide immediate feedbackCheck the manufacturer’s guidelines
Plinking TargetsFun and versatileCheck manufacturer’s guidelines
Airgun Target Bulls Eye

Reactive targets provide immediate feedback but maintain a proper distance to avoid injury. Plinking targets offer versatility but check the manufacturers’ guidelines before use.

Choose your air gun target wisely. Don’t miss out on exploring all the options and finding what best suits your needs. Enjoy the fun experience and stay safe while shooting!

For more information, see our post Air Gun Targets Used in Competition.

The Different Sizes of Air Gun Targets

Airgun targets come in different sizes, depending on their intended use and shooting distance. Here are some common sizes of airgun targets:

  1. 5.5 cm (2.16 inches): This is the size of the smallest targets commonly used in airgun shooting. They are often used for precision shooting at a short distance of 10 meters or less.
  2. 10 cm (3.94 inches): This is a common size for airgun targets used in competition shooting at a distance of 10 meters. They are also used for practice shooting at longer distances of up to 25 meters.
  3. 14 cm (5.51 inches): This is a common size for airgun targets used in field target shooting. Field target shooting involves shooting at targets placed at various distances and angles in an outdoor setting.
  4. 17 cm (6.69 inches): This is a common size for airgun targets used in silhouette shooting. Silhouette shooting involves shooting at targets shaped like animals or other objects placed at different distances.
  5. 20 cm (7.87 inches): This is a common size for airgun targets used in long-range shooting. They are often used for shooting at distances of 50 meters or more.

Be sure to choose a target that is appropriate for your shooting needs and always follow proper safety procedures when using airgun targets.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Air Gun Targets

When selecting the best targets for air guns, several factors must be considered. These include the type of air gun, target material, size/shape of the target, and budget.

The type of air gun is important as each gun has different specifications – e.g. projectile size, speed, and power. The material of the target affects accuracy and lifespan. The size/shape of the target impacts the difficulty levels of shooting exercises. The budget will decide how many targets you can buy and the overall quality of your experiences.

Choose targets that meet your requirements for accurate, safe, and enjoyable firing. Don’t forget to look cool while doing it – it’s all about the James Bond vibe!

You also need to think about what is behind the air gun target. For more information on this topic, see What Can An Airgun Penetrate?

Useful Tips for Shooting Air Gun Targets

Air gun shooting needs skill and accuracy. Here are some tips to help you improve:

  • Take the right stance and grip for stability.
  • Practice trigger control for a clean shot.
  • Always have a safe backstop to stop accidents.
  • Vary target distances and angles for a challenge.
  • Use different types of targets- paper, metal, or reactive– to boost aim and focus.
  • Clean your air gun for consistent shooting.

Different types of targets and distances will help you learn new skills. Moreover, use the right air gun for each target as they are not all the same.

Air gun shooting is a fun hobby or sport, but it needs responsibility and safety measures. Always wear eye protection and follow the laws regarding air gun use.

An example of negligence: a young boy hit the target but did not secure the backstop, causing the projectile to ricochet toward an unsuspecting bystander, resulting in injury. No matter how much you may know about air guns laws or protocols, take extra caution when handling projectiles.

Picking the right air gun target is similar to picking a partner – compatibility is key for a safe and enjoyable experience.


It’s essential to select the appropriate air gun targets for a safe and enjoyable shooting experience. Different types of targets are available, each with its own unique characteristics. To have the best experience, research each option and choose the right target for you.

Lawrence the Airgun Ranger