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are freaking SWEET!!!!

Can't wait to have our first match, hopefully we'll have some dates soon. Man are we going to be able to do twice as much shooting in half the time!

Targets are very well made and work like a charm!

Thanks Mike!

Billy Lo

Heres a pic, the backs still needed to be attached but I just had to snap a quick shot of them, enjoy!

http://www.graybeardoutdoors.com/phpbb2/album_pic.php?pic_id=919
 

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Billy. If I had paid the $ you paid, I would want them right. I have gone to a great deal of work to get all my targets right. I’ve had a good look at several of mikes targets, some had feet on some did not, some of the frames get twisted up real quick some not. So no I’m not joking, the rules in this case are very simple, make them like the drawings out of the materials specified and put feet on them to the specifications. Done deal, no ambiguity clean cut. As an engineer just the way I like it, specifications and drawings no one should ever get it wrong. I know it’s not important but if the companies who make the cast animals can get it right, all seem to have a dimple on the back so you cant get them wrong, then I don’t see a problem with a commercial company making resetables right.

Sillywetshooter. Not quite. They face Chickens right, Pigs and Turkeys left, Rams right.
As I see it, it means were ever you go, every thing should look the same.

As a side, any know what “Heliarc” means? I know its TIG welding, but were did the word come from? It’s not in any of my dictionaries.
The word is used in Rule 4.1 Air Gun silhouette targets.
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4.1 requires that all targets of the same TYPE face the same DIRECTION. IOW a shooter facing 2 banks of 10 should not have one bank of any animal facing left and the other facing right. (Or a mix of the two.)

A careful read of the rule indicates that the drawing is for scale/dimension/shape. I see nothing stating that the drawing governs direction. And that's the way it's been interpreted at every match that I've ever attended. I don't think that you can take the two separate sentences in that rule (one covering the need to follow the drawing for scale and the other governing target direction) and overlap them or run them together. (At Raton, at cowboy and hunter pistol nationals last year -- where targets fall under the same rule structure -- one side of the animals was painted white and the other was black. The competitors were given the option of voting before the matches to have the targets placed so that the side painted to contrast most with the berm was available. It was, of course, mandated that ALL targets on the range show the same side, the decision wasn't up to individual shooters.)

AFAIK there is no requirement for any particular target to face any particular direction...at least I've seen them set facing either right or left at many registered competitions.

Mike's targets have been used for years now at registered matches without complaint.

I need to talk with GC (once he gets back from exile in the desert) about some other stuff and I'll ask about this one while I'm at it...but I think we're REALLY nit-picking here.
 

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Re reading that, I might be wrong about target facing at cowboy last year.
I know that we did it at hunter pistol but it might not have been done at cowboy.

There's no real reason why I should remember that -- I was only a line officer at both! :roll:
 

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Nomad/ Billy. It's not important I agree. My point is, if I give some one a drawing and a specification then I expect it to be made to drawing. I do it all the time, most of the parts I get made would not work if the shop decided to reverse the drawings, not one of my drawings say item must face this way or that way, you don’t even need to say make to size and shape, that’s why you have a drawings! Sorry to me made to drawing is made to drawing. Plain and Simple. Why do all the cast animals face the way they are in the drawings? Sorry for nit-picking its your $. Just pointed out what I see, and I still don’t see that they are made to drawing, so they do not conform to the Rules. You have to agree with me on that point. The fact that there are lots of them in use and by that fact, they are accepted and used fine. I’m sure it makes little or no difference to final scores. May be I should keep my observations to my self next time.
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The problem is that that shop analogy is apples to oranges.

There's no question that a part designed to interact with any other part HAS to be made specific to the design drawing. But silhouette targets are stand-alone. They don't have to be oriented any particular way to "work". (And reversing them really doesn't change the surface area of the "presentation".)

IMO, unless you can find a specific passage in the rules requiring that a particular animal face a particular direction (I don't know of any) then the orientation is up to the match directors/target setters/accident/whomever/whichever/whatever. ;-)

Dealing with that from the competitors' standpoint is "part of the game".
 

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Dave,

I don't think any of us needs to "keep his observations to himself".

We do get a little contentious once in a while -- it's harder to argue in writing (and keep it civil) than it is in person -- but exchanging ideas is healthy for the sport. And this is about the only place where we're all "together" often enough to make that happen!

(This is given, naturally, with the understanding that anyone who doesn't agree instantly and completely with everything that I say is an A--!) :-D :-D :-D
 

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Dave,

My apologies, I really thought you were joking. Could you please tell me what is wrong with my targets? I held a copy of that target over each animal and they were perfect. Remember it could be the photo or the angle of it that is deceiving you. I would really like to know. About them facing different ways. I have never seen that done. Well I have but guys were too lazy and really didn't care about turning them the same as the others.

The only legitimate "problem" I could see is one Nomad mentioned about them not having feet. When viewed set up from distance they do appear to have feet. Only thing is they are not out in front of the animal. When I get to the range I will set them up and post some pics.

I'll contact the NRA about it to see if they are legal for competition. I'm sure they know of Mike's targets. Don't know if they will reply to me though, still waiting for a reply from my last letter.

Got myself some great blank Award Certificate paper today from Sam's club. Can't wait for our first match!

B
 

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There seems to be one thing that is getting overlooked in this discussion. If you look at the patterns for the smallbore silhouette animals on the NRA web site:

http://www.nrahq.org/compete/dept-silh.asp

The direction the animal is facing is the opposite of the direction they face when in use. At least this is the case on all of the smallbore cast iron animals that I have seen. In use, the chickens and rams face left and the pigs and turkeys face right. This is the opposite direction indicated by the "official" patterns. That being the case, it really doesn't seem to matter which direction they face. In addition to this, there is no reference to front or back on the patterns. This would seem to indicate that they are for size and shape only.
 

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Guys,

First:

I don't think that I referenced 'feet' anywhere in my posts on this.

Second:

The drawing that is being referred to as the reason for this thread shows no feet. (Which rule REQUIRES feet? The reference to foot size for free- standing targets doesn't make feet mandatory for other types any way that I read it.)

Third:

Where IN THE RULES is anyone getting the left-right facing requirement?

Fourth: (This one's the kicker!)

According to GC there is no requirement for feet and as long as everything in any bank faces the same way, the targets can face EITHER right or left.
(He told me that National level comps have been held using both footless targets and with targets facing either way. That HAS to establish precedence over any speculation that is being done here!)

Fifth:

Reading things into the rules makes for REALLY silly arguments. Lets run with the rules that we have and not get too Klintonian about this stuff.

Haven't we picked this nit to death?
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Don't give me that BS.
Rule Book
Page 13. On the one-fith scale targets used in Smallbore Rifle all feet should be 1 inch wide by 2 inch long.
Air Gun silhouette feet should be as follows:
Etc. Etc

Appoliges on the back of $3.50 bills please. (Cost of rule Book)

Now y'all got me Pi$$ Off
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When you start arguing over the direction an animal faces you must have too much time on your hands. LOL

Does anyone really care if an animal is looking left or right?
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The problem is that that shop analogy is apples to oranges.

There's no question that a part designed to interact with any other part HAS to be made specific to the design drawing. But silhouette targets are stand-alone. They don't have to be oriented any particular way to "work". (And reversing them really doesn't change the surface area of the "presentation".)

IMO, unless you can find a specific passage in the rules requiring that a particular animal face a particular direction (I don't know of any) then the orientation is up to the match directors/target setters/accident/whomever/whichever/whatever. ;-)

Dealing with that from the competitors' standpoint is "part of the game".
 
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