Evil 3-Gun Targets: Swinging Texas Star

Prior to today, I had never seen or heard of a swinging star target, but now having seen them, they will haunt my competition nightmares. Called the “Death Star” by many who have encountered it, the swinging texas start adds lateral and vertical movement to the standard rotation.

In short, shoot it quick or have your trigger finger timing down pat. With the swinging motion, the rotational speed is increased dramatically and adds an element of unpredictability to the standard star target.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Anonymous

    I’m going to have nightmares about trying to hit that target now. O_o

  • Dracon1201

    Oh… Oh god.

  • Nicholas Chen

    oh yeah nvm I see is swinging. That sucks.

  • Zach

    Helpful hint: shoot from the top down, it keeps spinning to a very minimum.

    • Zach

      Oooooh crap I didn’t watch the video. I’m. I’m done. That’s too much.

  • As somebody who shot their first Ironman last year: I feel blessed they didn’t have these. The spinners were enough thanks.

  • Joshua

    that is absolutely evil, who in the world thought that was a good idea

  • JumpIf NotZero

    The guy with the BAR makes me want to get an M1 out of storage and run some drils 🙂

    • HSR47

      DO IT!

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Seems that would promote “ambushing” instead of “tracking”. I tend to ambush anyhow but yea I can see that being a challenge!

  • Have you seen the “Irish Plate Rack”? It has a pair of independently rotating “four-leaf clovers” of plates on opposite ends of a rotating bar.

  • Will

    We have been shooting a variation of this in Cowboy Action Shooting for over fifteen years. But we use SAA revolvers and or lever action rifles.
    After a bit of practice, say…. 2,000,000 rounds and ten or so years,
    It becomes slightly easier…. 😉