Target Cannon: Reusable reactive target

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

The Target Cannon is a reusable reactive target designed to be used with .22 LR firearms or high powered air guns.

The device has three vertical “barrels” which are loaded with blackpowder. A shotgun primer is inserted into the side of the barrel. The shooter aims at a hole in the front steel plating. Through the hole is a steel plunger that ignites the primer. The result is a big bang and lots of smoke.

It looks like a lot of fun and only costs 25c per target (according to the manufactures website. I do not reload. ). That even cheaper than the poor-mans-reactive-target (pool chalk).

More info at Target Cannon.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • John John on Jul 25, 2009

    I have to agree - seems like more trouble than it's worth to me. As long as we're talking .22s there's really no need for reactive targets (okay, they're fun - I'll admit that) and anything more serious, well, just use Tannerite if you want reactive as in "boom" or the good old bell on a string if you don't.

    Helium balloons also make for a fun and pretty challenging long-distance target as long as you happen to be in an area with some wind.

  • Sam Suggs Sam Suggs on Feb 16, 2013

    so guns fired bye other guns why not just fire your gun twice(: