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There's free time on the horizon and that thermal imaging riflescope isn't doing you any good in the safe. It's time to throw some lead, so here's 8 DIY thermal targets for any shooting environment.

 


 

THERMBRIGHT TARGET 

IDEAL CLIMATE

  • Any
MATERIALS
  • ThermBright™ target
  • Backing material (poster board, cardboard, etc.)

PROS

  • Highly visible
  • Precise shot placement
  • Convenient

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Limited use

DIRECTIONS

    1. Remove adhesive backing from ThermBright target.
    2. Adhere target to backing.

 


 

 REFLECTIVE TAPE

IDEAL CLIMATE

  • Any
MATERIALS
  • Dark-colored backing (poster board, cardboard, etc.)

  • Reflective tape (HVAC tape)

PROS

  • Affordable
  • Customizable

CONS

  • Limited use

DIRECTIONS

    1. Apply reflective tape to backing in a desired target pattern.
    2. Repeat as space allows.

PRO TIPS

    • Slightly angle your target towards the sky for the best thermal contrast.
    • We tested highly reflective HVAC tape (left) against standard duct tape (right.) HVAC is the way to go. Leave the duct tape in the drawer.

 


 

 BLACK TAPE & REFLECTIVE BACK 

IDEAL CLIMATE

  • Any
MATERIALS
  • Backing (poster board, cardboard, etc.)
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Dark-colored tape (black tape, black electrical tape, etc.)

PROS

  • Affordable
  • Uses household items
  • Customizable

CONS

  • Limited use

DIRECTIONS

    1. Tear a section of foil slightly wider than the backing.
    2. Facing the most reflective side of the aluminum foil down, lay the backing on top of the less-reflective side.
    3. Fold the foil around each edge of the backing, securing it with tape. Repeat until the backing is completely covered.
    4. Apply reflective tape to backing in a desired target pattern.
    5. Repeat as space allows.

PRO TIPS

    • Slightly angle your target towards the sky for the best thermal contrast.
    • We tested black chalk board tape (left) against black duct tape (right.) Both performed well, so feel free to use any dark-colored tape.

 


 

 ADHESIVE TOE WARMERS

IDEAL CLIMATE

  • Cool
MATERIALS
  • Backing (poster board, cardboard, etc.)
  • Adhesive HotHands® toe warmers

PROS

  • Quick assembly
  • Immediate hit/miss confirmation

CONS

  • Single use
  • Uses non-household items

DIRECTIONS

    1. Remove adhesive backing from toe warmers.
    2. Apply to target backing.
    3. Repeat as space allows

 


 

FROZEN WATER BOTTLE

IDEAL CLIMATE

  • Warm

MATERIALS

  • Disposable water bottle

PROS

  • Affordable
  • Simple solution

CONS

  • Single use
  • Requires foresight
  • Requires cold transfer to range

DIRECTIONS

    1. Freeze water bottle overnight.
    2. Keep cold during transportation to the range.

 


 

FROZEN STEEL TARGET

IDEAL CLIMATE

  • Warm

MATERIALS

  • Steel target

PROS

  • Uses existing equiptment
  • Simple solution
  • Reusable

CONS

  • Limited timeframe
  • Requires foresight
  • Requires cold transfer to range

DIRECTIONS

    1. Freeze steel target overnight.
    2. Keep cold during transportation to the range.

 


 

FROZEN ALCOHOL & WATER MIXTURE

IDEAL CLIMATE

  • Warm

MATERIALS

  • 91% isopropyl alcohol
  • Water
  • One-gallon Ziploc® bag
  • Measuring utensil

PROS

  • Uses household items
  • Endures multiple shots

CONS

  • Limited timeframe
  • Requires foresight
  • Requires cold transfer to range

DIRECTIONS

    1. Mix a 5:1 ratio of water to isopropyl alcohol into the Ziploc bag until about halfway full. Vent as much air as possible and seal.
    2. Freeze Ziploc bag overnight, lying flat.
    3. Keep cold during transportation to the range.

 


 

HEATED STEEL TARGET

IDEAL CLIMATE

  • Cool

MATERIALS

  • Steel target
  • Adhesive aquarium heat pad
  • Power source

PROS

  • Permanent solution
  • Allows long shooting sessions
  • Immediate hit/miss confirmation

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Requires power source
  • Preheating required

DIRECTIONS

    1. Adhere heating pad to the back of the steel target.
    2. Identify a safe power source and pre-heat for 30 minutes before shooting.

 


 


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