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Rolling Tire Pistol Target version II

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Rolling Tire Pistol Target version II

#1 Post by Rapidrob » Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:49 pm

20 years ago I made a rolling target launcher that worked well but time was hard on it. The NM weather dry rotted the wood.
Yesterday I made a new one out of 1x8 x 12' planks, a hinge and a trip rod/rope. This time I used a Trap Door release device which is 100% dependable to let the tire roll down the trough It is 12 feet long and seven feet high.
I drug it out to our range today to have the members of my club try it out. The launcher only takes ten minutes to set it up and bolt the legs in place.
A tire target is placed in the trough at the top of the launcher
It worked perfectly as I hoped it would.
The released tire rolls about 25 yards and is a real fun target to shoot at with pistols/revolvers. The target is an old tire carcass with heavy card board stuffed into the wheel opening and a bulls eye target stapled to it. If I mount the paper target off-center it is very difficult to hit.
We held an impromptu pistol match today and everyone had fun trying to hit the target. After a few runs the club members got pretty good at hitting the bulls eye target.
I ended up winning by hitting it six/six times in the scoring rings using my CZ-27 pistol. I was lucky today.
Here's a photo of the tire rolling device.
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#2 Post by indy1919a4 » Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:21 pm

Now that is a neat economical cool target..

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#3 Post by sowbelle » Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:42 pm

very cool
Looks like a blast with my 1917 .45

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#4 Post by indy1919a4 » Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:46 am

When using light caliber rounds do you need to worry about ricochets when the rounds hit the thicker parts of the tire

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#5 Post by steamer » Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:51 pm

Sounds fun. Curious - what distance was the group shooting the target at? and what was your approx. lead on it?

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#6 Post by AMraider » Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:01 pm

I really need to move to NM!

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#7 Post by Rapidrob » Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:00 pm

Shooters are ten yards away. No lead needed just don't stop your swing. The bullet is moving far faster than the target is rolling.
There is a START and STOP marker for the shooters safe fire zone.
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#8 Post by steamer » Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:45 pm

Very nice - and congrats on winning the match.

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Re: Rolling Tire Pistol Target version II

#9 Post by Rapidrob » Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:39 pm

I was using my .32 ACP reloads and a cast bullet moving at 1,200 FPS. It's almost like cheating.
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