Precision airgunning is becoming more and more popular with shooters as some startling little-known facts are becoming more and more apparent. Firstly, it's fun. It's also the best practice you can get - airguns are extremely accurate and give much more feedback to the shooter to help develop the skills required for great marksmanship. It's convenient, there's no need to drive any distance to get to your local range. And it's a year round activity - unlike most shooting sports it doesn't matter if there's snow piled up outside.
So - helpful folk that we are here at PCE, we have put together this page with
everything you need to develop your own personal range - target traps, carriers
systems, targets and pellets. If you have any further questions or need
additional information about
RIKA or other
Target Shooting Equipment,
contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
What You Need for a Home Range:
1. At least 36 feet in distance.
2. Somewhere to hang a target trap.
3. Preferably peace and quiet.
4. Last but certainly not least - a SAFE environment for your family and pets. Ideally a range should be in a
garage or basement, not where there is likely to be unsuspecting traffic.
Remember the 10 meters starts just in front of your foot and ends at the target face. Target center should be as close to 55 inches in height as practical. It's nice to have a bench to rest your gun and gear on (between shots that is), and if you don't intend installing a target return system, it's nice to have a spotting scope on the line.
This is a basic target trap that can be hung on the wall either as a semi-permanent fixture or taken down between training sessions. Thanks to the sprung backing plate, pellets will not leave the trap. Trap is designed to take the standard size Edelmann target, so if you are breaking in a new shooter be sure that the area immediately surrounding the trap is safe for wayward pellets.
By using a manual target changer you can more closely simulate match conditions, as breaking a shooting cycle by walking forward to change targets is far from ideal. It also precludes the need for a spotting scope, as shot groupings can easily be checked by winding the target carrier back a few feet from the wall.
Gehmann Manual Target Changer, including both rifle and pistol target carriers and backstop.
World Champion - Details
RIKA TARGET SYSTEMS are designed for
universal use, strongly built and assembled
for precision shooting. This system can be
used for air-rifle, air pistol or 10m
crossbow. A fine die-cast aluminium housing,
a powerful quiet running motor, a steel yoke
support and detachable sound absorbing
bullet trap are strongly built components of
this flexible system. The support and
traction cables can be removed within
seconds and the special stop system assures
the position of the target holder at the
correct target position, with millimetre
Quick and easy conversion. The world
Champion system is used for air rifle , air
pistol and with the conversion kits
available as optional extras, the system can
be used for three position air rifle and
extended into a perfect 10m crossbow target
Large round headed buttons provide maximum
operating function for forward and backward
movement. These buttons enable the shooters
to stop and release the targets directly.
This can be quickly and easily adjusted for
the various disciplines, without utilising
any other tools.
The standard bullet trap is designed for
safety, long-life and satisfaction. From
shooters worldwide recognised as a robust
The World Champion system can be easily set
up for crossbow competitions and can also
provide a high quality for permanent
An adjustable intermediate panel, sold as a
conversion accessory, are also designed
specifically for three-position & air rifle
shooting. This brings the target direct to
the shooters, allowing an easy charge of
target even when shooters are in prone or
The revolutionary Pro Catch sound absorbing
bullet trap is an optional accessory. Pro
Catch misses nothing and on the other hand
enables to catch the pellets and keeps the
area and the floor below the targets free of
lead. The drawer, integrated in the
lead-catching tray has five times the
capacity of the standard bullet trap which
can be emptied in seconds.
RIKA`s commitment and superior technology is
guaranteed for top class performance in a
world class, highly competitive
environments. The RIKA World Champion has
been recognised for many years at several
international competitions and training
centers-e.g. In München Hochbrück Olympic
indoor shooting stadium.
RIKA World Champion Target Return System
For a PDF file showing how to set-up the system - Click Here
We stock Edelmann targets, which we believe to be the best available. Printed on the finest cross grain card it will punch clean clear holes, allowing easy scoring even with a loaded target.
As well as standard single bull targets we have a selection of strip targets
to further reduce costs for home practice or club use.
For full details of Edelmann targets see: PDF file about Edelmann targets
The most most common question we are asked is, "Which is the best pellet for
my gun?" This of course a difficult question to answer, but before we get
too involved, let's put it into perspective.
As long as we're talking good
quality match pellets (such as H&N, RWS, Vogel, etc) even the worst
grouping pellet will still easily hold the x-ring on a pistol target. This means
that even a high level competitor is not likely to ever benefit much from batch
testing to find the ultimate grouping pellet in his pistol. Having said that
however, it's a nice feeling to know that your gun/pellet combination
shoots a tight one-hole group, and the effort of testing for peace of mind could
be considered time well spent, if only from a self-confidence point of view. But
you should never have the illusion that it will make a noticeable difference to
Air Rifle is a little different,
since a ten ring of .5mm makes the best possible accuracy far more important.
Anything less than a tight slightly oval hole would mean perfect scores are not
Just to further cloud the issue,
simply knowing the diameter of the pellet used in the factory to shoot the best
group does not mean your gun will always shoot the best group with that
diameter. We see just as much variation between pellets of different batches,
even if they are sized exactly the same. So you may well have one testing
session when a 4.49mm .53 gram pellet may shoot the best. Twelve months later,
with different batches, the winner could easily be a 4.50mm in .50 gram. There
is no way of knowing in advance.
Our advice? By all means if you can
test your gun easily, do so. If you shoot a pistol and have no way of testing
it, stick to the factory test diameter and be happy. If you shoot something like
an IZH, which comes with no test target, try standard sized good quality pellets
and you will have great accuracy. Testing single stroke pneumatics and spring
powered guns is very difficult anyway. But try to keep the whole concept in
perspective, it's not worth losing any sleep over.
This is a typical factory test group from a match air pistol. Some
factories will specify which pellet size was used, as well as brand of
This is the ten ring of an air pistol target - the inner ring is the
x ring. Size is relative to both groups shown.
This is a relatively poor group shot from a rest, using a less-than-ideal
pellet size for the pistol. As you can see, every shot would still easily
break the x ring.
Vogel Sport pellets, available in 4.49 and 4.50mm
Vogel Match Pellets;
Yellow - .50 gram for old single stroke pneumatics and spring powered pistols,
available in 4.48, 4.49, 4.50 and 4.51mm
Green - .53 gram for pre-charged pistols and all rifles, available in 4.48,
4.49, 4.495, 4.50, 4.51mm