Roses are Red,
Violets are Blue,
I’m a broke-ass Prepper,
It’s Expensive? – Then Ef… You…
If that poem resinates with you more than the original rendition, then you’re going to love my quick tips for building your own head shot or hostage target with interactive elements. It’s re-usable, and can be made from things that you most likely already have laying around your retreat!
Whether you’re training for TEOTWAWKI, or for an upcoming competition, this tip will save you from spending $500 on the AR500 Steel Target with a hostage, and therefor allowing you to get new stuff and still sleep in the same bed as your wife at the end of the day.
My goal was to set out and create something from scratch without having to buy a thing. Since I had several cardboard targets laying around, I simply traced one onto a scrap piece of plywood, cut it out, put it on a stand, and painted it to protect it from the weather. Perhaps that’s a bit foolish since it’ll soon be riddled with misplaced rounds, but nonetheless, it seemed like a good idea a the time.
Take a moment and notice that I didn’t paint it white. Call it a personal pet peeve of mine, however since in anticipation of the unlikely event of the future-enemy standing still in white clothing with their chest squared to me, I decided to paint it black. When we filmed Own The Night, we actually painted our targets with camo, which made the training so much more realistic.
Since the build instructions are pretty simple to understand by just looking at them, I’ve included some pictures below, to corespond with the instructional video above.
If you have any questions on how you can assemble this, please feel free to leave questions and comments below!
As you can see from the image to the left, the support structure is very simple, and constructed from scrap plywood. The support beams are cut at a 45 degree angle to provide maximum strength.
Additionally, as you can tell from the top picture, I’ve also included a bolt facing upright, so a spare weight can be placed there to keep it from blowing over in the wind
… or if you’re a terrible shot.
Now let’s take a look at the back. I’ve left the back unpainted, to make it easier for you to see what’s going on in the pic.
First, the balloons are simply stapled to the back board. Below that is a spot to clip the balloons to.
Further down is an alligator clip, attached to a piece of Paracord, or similar rope. It continues down through a pulley, which is then attached to a metal ring.
Based on how far away you are from the target will dictate how long your additional rope needs to be. When you’re ready to shoot, you simply pull the string, and a balloon pops up.
If you want to get all highspeed, you can keep the line tight and off the ground, while secured to a steak. When you step on the line or trip it, the balloons will release… thus allowing you to train by yourself if you don’t have a buddy to pull it for you.
The close up to your left shows you specifically how to attach everything on the back. It’s a very simple design, yet very effective especially with a gentle breeze.
Ok, so let’s assume that you don’t want to spend the money on a helium tank. Then what do you do? The answer is simple…
Continue your support beams up to their full height, 8 feet. Above the silhouette target will be another board measuring roughly 12-18 inches tall, and attaches from beam to beam. You simply inflate your balloons and secure them to the top board, so when the strings are pulled, the balloons fall down into position, instead of float up. Hope that makes sense.
Helpful Hint: You can always get plenty of free balloons by attending an opponents political rally to gather up bucket-loads of their logo’d balloons to “Help Re-Distribute” them.
If you’ve enjoyed this article, please feel free to ask questions, or leave your comments below!