Homemade Shooting Targets – Your Essential D.I.Y Guide

Because who wants to spend a lot of money on things you’re going to shoot up in any way?

Let’s face it: shooting a clay or paper targets is fun, but it can get pretty mundane after you’ve been targeting them for some time. Homemade shooting targets are fun to make and can help you up the ante when it comes to the challenge aspect of target practice, which is exactly why we’re going to show you how to make them, at home, at almost no cost, except for time and effort.

Homemade Shooting Target Number One

Tin Cans

If you’re using smaller rounds such as a .22 for pistols or rifles, using a traditional tin can (or ten) is a no-fail idea for target practice. There’s something super satisfying about the sound of a tin can being struck, and the occasional air flip can only help boost that feeling of gratitude once you hit the target. Consider lining the cans up in a row, dropping them one after the other, or building a pyramid tower with them, knocking them off one at a time.

Homemade Shooting Target Number Two

Tic-Tac-Toe Paper Range

If you’ve got a friend who’s willing to play a competitive target practice game with you, the tic-tac-toe paper range idea can be great fun. You can use a plain sheet of paper, and depending on the shooter and his or her skills, the size of the target can vary. As long as you’re not using anything solid for the backing or the frame, the classic game of tic-tac-toe can be a great way to practice your shooting skills.

Homemade Shooting Target Number Three

Balloon Shooting

Balloon shooting target is a great way for you to practice shooting moving targets without spending oodles of money in the process. On a breezy day, using balloons as targets can be a great way to help you master the art of moving target shooting since the balloons will be floating around from side to side.

Homemade Shooting Target Number Four

Reactive Shooting Targets = Fruits

home made shooting targets

Fruit is a fascinating target, especially when they’re used as targets for a range of different calibers. Lighter caliber firearms can easily create impressive pictures once they’re shot at, depending on which kinds of fruits and vegetables you’re using. The good news is that this target practice requires no clean up afterward since the birds and critters around your yard will do the cleanup work for you once you’re done target practicing.

Homemade Shooting Target Number Five

Bags or Bottles

For shooters looking at easy ways to study bullet entry and exit patterns, bags and bottles are great targets to use. You can just fill some bags or bottles up with flour or sand, but do keep in mind that this objective will require a decent amount of cleanup after practice. You can also consider using biodegradable materials as you learn more about what each type of bullet does during the entry and exit processes.

Final Thoughts

We’ve shown you how to make your own homemade shooting targets, and the best news is that most of them are totally free to put together, you just need to sacrifice a little time and effort to get them up and running. We hope that you have enjoyed reading this post and that you’re keen on trying out one of the five ideas we just gave you. Remember that while target practice can be loads of fun, staying safe should always be the number one aim of your game.

Need More Ideas?

While we tried to arm you with as much information about homemade shooting targets as we possibly could, we know that it’s nearly impossible to name all the fresh ideas you can use to make your own target shooting range at home.

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Hi! I'm Dave - an air rifle enthusiast and a bit of a geek to be honest. When I'm not out at the range or on a hunting trip, I enjoy writing about different air rifle products and accessories.