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pluric
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2018-02-25 20:57:07  

I'm always messing around making targets for air guns. So many I've' forgotten where I've put them and what I've made. They turn up in a storage garage all the time. This weekend I was making 100 yard targets and some metal hanging balls for closer range. Pretty simple bend a U frame and weld some  nuts to the ends to hold the target bar.

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They fold flat for transport.

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I like electrical boxes to use for a rubber landscape mulch holder. I cut a hole a little smaller than a standard size paper.

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When the box is filled with mulch I put a piece of cardboard on top and the target page on top of that. Close the lid and it's held firmly in place. When it's shot up I replace the cardboard and shoot it up again.

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Some boxes have their own lock, others I just add a hasp.

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pluric
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2019-11-15 11:43:09  

Almost done with the Duck Shooting Gallery. I wish I could do videos, it's pretty cute when it's running. I'll have a wireless remote to turn it off and on.

Duck d

One bolt holds the duck target so I made a small circle target for a shooting event to add some more challenge and extra points if hit. Can change back quickly.

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Drive unit.

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I'm going to put removable legs on it so it can stand alone or on a table. Kind of nostalgic. 🙂 

 


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2019-11-15 12:07:19  

A rotating wheel that resets at the bottom position is a great idea!

Spraying with the door closed... not so much...

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pluric
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2019-11-15 12:40:42  
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A rotating wheel that resets at the bottom position is a great idea!

Spraying with the door closed... not so much...

😀 If you knew how many times my wife has stuck her head through the house door and asked: "How can you breathe in here?" Between the welder and paint it gets a little toxic. Too cold to leave the main door open.


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2019-11-15 12:57:27  

A single air change would reduce VOC by <80% without much heat loss. All that junk... er... thermal mass... yah know...

You posses the capability to produce a fume hood... remember that even IF your electrodes are free of contaminants, your base metal is unknown and welding can/will liberate impurities.

 

I can totally sympathize, super cold here tonight, had to quit rewiring a POS Jeep early when my hands went numb...

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pluric
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2019-11-16 12:46:53  

64 degrees??? That's shorts and tank top weather here. 😉 🙂 

Got a chance to try out the Shooting Gallery this morning. It's FUN! Called my son to run over for a little shoot out. Gave the ducks 25 points and the small circle 100 points. 

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We went through a lot of lead! Simple rules. 25 yard off hand, 5 shots. Mind game whether to go conservative on the larger ducks or go for the kill on the circle?

So far it survived the assault. 🙂 

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2019-11-16 23:52:37  

Testing to see if I can load a video.

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Fail, it says the file is too large. 6 second video? I have it on youtube but don't know how to get it here?


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2019-11-17 06:18:15  

@pluric

You simply paste the Youtube url into your post, it will auto embed.

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pluric
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2019-11-17 08:58:34  

Try again,


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pluric
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2019-11-17 09:53:33  

May have created a monster here. 😉 

 


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2019-11-17 13:35:19  

Great work! At what distance and with what kind of airgun do you plan to shoot them?(Edit: Just saw you had posted the distance-- that's challenging at 25 yards!)

Offhand shooting practice with moving targets is the most challenging and rewarding. I wish I could have a go at those targets. 

I really do envy people like you who have great design and mechanical skills. I wish there were some affordable commercially available target options such as you have built. 

Your next design should be a randomly timed pop up target that presents itself for a fixed time. Or better yet randomly timed start moving target!


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pluric
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2019-11-17 22:20:49  
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Great work! At what distance and with what kind of airgun do you plan to shoot them?(Edit: Just saw you had posted the distance-- that's challenging at 25 yards!)

Offhand shooting practice with moving targets is the most challenging and rewarding. I wish I could have a go at those targets. 

I really do envy people like you who have great design and mechanical skills. I wish there were some affordable commercially available target options such as you have built. 

Your next design should be a randomly timed pop up target that presents itself for a fixed time. Or better yet randomly timed start moving target!

Thank you.

We shot them, the duck spinner, today with a Beeman R7. It didn't have enough energy to flip a duck.I'm sure my Vermiator in a .177 would do it. Mostly it will be .22-.30.  We found 30 seconds, 5 shots was a good challenge. So much of our shooting is done timed it would be hard to have a random time stop if one shooter didn't get the same target opportunities as another shooter. I like the idea,

I know what you mean by limited affordable power target options. Caldwell made a shooting gallery for $300. I have one. Gamo had a back forth on a track that was discontinued. The ones I make are generally one off and with my limited equipment pretty time consuming. So I would have a hard time selling for less than $1,000. If I make a copy it takes less time because I've done the trial and error and that helps. 


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2019-11-18 01:15:50  

@pluric

If there were more commercially available airgun targets such as you have designed, or competitions that prioritized timed offhand shooting at moving targets, new airguns might focus more on ergonomics and shootability and we may be reminded why light low magnification scopes were so good.  There is a tendency to dismiss "plinking" as less than serious shooting, but I think plinking done right, at challenging and innovative targets, is actually a more comprehensive test of one's shooting ability, and is far more enjoyable as well. 5 shots in 30 seconds on moving targets using a single shot spring piston rifle is harder than most kind of shooting I can think of. 

I hope some company buys the rights of producing this from you and can offer this at a price the market will bear. One can hope!


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2019-11-18 11:23:13  

@functor

Agreed. Yesterday I had my son and his cousin over and it was a 3 way shoot out. Became as much strategy as to do you go for the small target for points or the ducks for easier points? It takes ten seconds for the small to come around. It was really fun! We were all using magazine guns. If single shots would have been involved we would have increased the time. Something about having a timer running and knowing what you have to beat plays a mind game with you. The smack talk doesn't help. 😕 My son loves to get in your head. 🤣 

I've ordered another motor and am going to make another one. Just something about the style and nostalgia feeling appeals to me. Plus it's more compact so easier to travel with.

I have no rights, so anyone or company is welcome to make them better/cheaper. 😎  I'm happy to provide a parts list if anyone is interested.

Rick


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2019-11-20 12:27:17  

Nice work Rick, I can tell it's cold in your area due to the target creations getting made. I guess fishing is done until it warms up. 

I can't wait to see what you create next. I need to find the time to build some motorized targets. I just can't seem to find the time at the moment. When I do find time I'll be calling you for advice. 🤯  making targets is very time consuming I wish there was a faster and easier way,  but I haven't found it yet. Well off to the shop I go, more cutting to do...⚒⛏

Dave


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2019-11-20 12:56:32  
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Nice work Rick, I can tell it's cold in your area due to the target creations getting made. I guess fishing is done until it warms up. 

I can't wait to see what you create next. I need to find the time to build some motorized targets. I just can't seem to find the time at the moment. When I do find time I'll be calling you for advice. 🤯  making targets is very time consuming I wish there was a faster and easier way,  but I haven't found it yet. Well off to the shop I go, more cutting to do...⚒⛏

Dave

Thank you. I took the spinning duck to an indoor event last night. They set it out at 20 yards and allowed .30 calibers. Big mistake! A support arm got bent back so the duck got jammed on the motor mount. Open range so I couldn't run out and fix it. Three of us shooting .22's shot it for several hours at 25 yards without an issue. I'll take it to the target hospital and tune it up. Next event I'll provide .22's for those who only have large bore guns. Too much energy at such a close distance for the poor thing. I find it quite fun to shoot timed and against others. 🙂 

Right now I'm working on a couple drop targets with a remote reset. Two prairie dog silhouettes will drop at an angle so they land on each other. It's for a timed race event where you shoot drop targets against the guy next to you. Then shoot the final prairie dog target to determine the winner. It's obvious if it's close, who was first to hit it because it will be under the other prairie dog.


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2019-11-20 13:37:52  

Lol, target hospital....yeah those .30 are tough on targets ...man on man shooting, that adds a new level to the game. That would be a blast. Like action pistol with pew pew...


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2019-11-20 13:44:35  

I made this up 2 months ago, it was time consuming to get it to work properly. Blast the tops full auto then,  precision to reset the tops...

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pluric
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2019-11-20 13:59:34  

Nice! Doesn't it take a fair amount of energy to get the top ones to reset? Damn, I wish I had your shop!  Needs more boobs. 😉 🤣 

Here is what I was talking about on the Prairie dog stop. Start upright.

Stop a

When shot down they cross each other so you know who's dropped first. Each will have a separate color.

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12v linear reset actuator.

Stop b

 

 


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2019-11-20 14:41:45  

Very cool, so the one actuator resets both at same time?  How fast is the reset ? 

It takes some energy to reset my tops, 30 fpe at muzzle will reset the target set at 50 yards.   I had to add the spring to assist in reseting so I could get it to work at 30fpe. 


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2019-11-20 14:57:38  

If we lived closer, we could make some cool stuff then we would have 2 boobs in the shop.🍻

And I apologize for posting a pick, wasnt thinking, dont want to hijack on your bad ass thread. 👍


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2019-11-20 16:40:00  
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If we lived closer, we could make some cool stuff then we would have 2 boobs in the shop.🍻

And I apologize for posting a pick, wasnt thinking, dont want to hijack on your bad ass thread. 👍

The more the merrier. 👍 Post what ever you have.  Don't worry about your shit looking better than mine. 😜 🤣 

Personally I find boobs better in pairs. 😎 

 


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2019-11-20 16:42:43  
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Very cool, so the one actuator resets both at same time?  How fast is the reset ? 

It takes some energy to reset my tops, 30 fpe at muzzle will reset the target set at 50 yards.   I had to add the spring to assist in reseting so I could get it to work at 30fpe. 

Yes, one actuator does both at once. Takes about 3 seconds. If you look at the upright photo you can just see a bar between the targets, it's a T bar. As it comes up it lifts both targets.


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2019-11-20 17:14:27  
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If we lived closer, we could make some cool stuff then we would have 2 boobs in the shop.🍻

And I apologize for posting a pick, wasnt thinking, dont want to hijack on your bad ass thread. 👍

The more the merrier. 👍 Post what ever you have.  Don't worry about your shit looking better than mine. 😜 🤣 

Personally I find boobs better in pairs. 😎 

 

Mmm, pairs.... 😁

Mine will never be as good as yours. Im going to look into the actuators. Care to post the link to the one you like ? That way we can all profit from your research. Heck I dont want to go looking it up myself and trial and error...you think one actuator will lift a set of silhouettes?

And once its lifted does it self reset the acuator arm down or do you have to hit the remote ?

Dave


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2019-11-20 17:47:32  
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If we lived closer, we could make some cool stuff then we would have 2 boobs in the shop.🍻

And I apologize for posting a pick, wasnt thinking, dont want to hijack on your bad ass thread. 👍

The more the merrier. 👍 Post what ever you have.  Don't worry about your shit looking better than mine. 😜 🤣 

Personally I find boobs better in pairs. 😎 

 

Mmm, pairs.... 😁

Mine will never be as good as yours. Im going to look into the actuators. Care to post the link to the one you like ? That way we can all profit from your research. Heck I dont want to go looking it up myself and trial and error...you think one actuator will lift a set of silhouettes?

And once its lifted does it self reset the acuator arm down or do you have to hit the remote ?

Dave

You have to make sure it's a high speed actuator. 50mm a second works well. I use one of these,

https://www.ebay.com/itm/12V-50mm-s-Linear-Actuator-Motor-High-Speed-50-400mm-Electric-Lift-Door-Opener/293025133967?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

You do have to push a return button.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Wireless-DC-Motor-Linear-Actuator-Controller-9-30V-Forward-Reverse-Control-Kits/191414880819?

Yes, one actuator is quite strong and can lift multiple targets.

 

 


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2019-11-20 18:56:18  

Ha, I learned video posting from your thread... 😘 plenty warm in the shop tonight...

 

 


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2019-11-20 19:30:09  

This thread makes me feel inadequate.

There you have it, the world according to John.


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2019-11-20 20:33:40  
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This thread makes me feel inadequate.

My privates make me feel that way. 😢 


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2019-11-20 20:37:13  
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Ha, I learned video posting from your thread... 😘 plenty warm in the shop tonight...

 

 

Wow, I'd never come out of the garage if I had that machine. I spend half my time grinding the slag off the back side of the cut and grinding the cut edges smooth. I feel like an ole time black smith beating metal on an anvil. Very cool machine! As ball park as you want to make it, how much is something like that?


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2019-11-21 06:39:13  

For starters you'll need a power supply with adequate duty cycle (100%?) and compressor to match.

You'll need between 75A and 130A of 240v. (note that NEC has de-rated ampacity of SER enclosed in insulation to 60C table)

 

That is where my knowledge ends, we've JUST learned to 3D print, CNC is still a little ways off.

 

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This thread makes me feel inadequate.

My privates make me feel that way. 😢 

Wow that ... uh... that... uh... huh.

Ok.

There you have it, the world according to John.


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Davec107
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2019-11-21 08:54:41  
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Ha, I learned video posting from your thread... 😘 plenty warm in the shop tonight...

 

 

Wow, I'd never come out of the garage if I had that machine. I spend half my time grinding the slag off the back side of the cut and grinding the cut edges smooth. I feel like an ole time black smith beating metal on an anvil. Very cool machine! As ball park as you want to make it, how much is something like that?

For a 4x4 plasma table depending on brand your looking around 10-15k, add another 2-3k for plasma cutter, throw in a compressor and a laptop and your ready your roll.  I have a 100amp service for the shop and my plasma cutter is a hypertherm 85amp running on a 60 amp 220 breaker. I can cut 3/4" inch steel, 1 inch if I start the cut on the edge. When all settings are dialed in, it is pretty much slag free cuts.

There are used set ups out there, thats where this one came from. Craigslist. Paid less than half the price of new. 


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