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NEW Quadrant Targets for WFTF practice … PICS

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    AngliaUSA
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    I love my original Steel Plinkers Quadrant Target …with 1″ killzone. 

    It is basically indestructible and I can shoot it all day long with any of my airguns including my .30 FX Boss and it just keeps on spinning …. 

    And even After 3 years of regular airgun pellet abuse it still looks like new (ish !) … no damage anyways ! 

    The only issue I had with the target was that it is so well built and made from such heavy gauge 3/16″ steel that if I set it out at 55 yds and shoot with my 11.5 ft lb WFTF rifles the paddles barely spin when struck…. 
    5.5 ft lbs at the paddle at 55 yds will knock down a Field Target but won’t make the original Quadrant targets spin properly 
    … move yes .. but not spin…. 

    So what to do ? 

    A quick email to Ben at http://www.steelplinkers.com and we came up with these…… beauties ! 

    Made from 1/8″ gauge steel … so slightly lighter and designed specifically with WFTF kill zones. 

    I shot them today with my 11ft lb JW60 Whiscombe and can confirm that they spin nicely when hit at 55 yds ! 

    Perfect for proper international WFTF practice …. as per WFTF rules 

    the 15mm one can be set out to a maximum distance of 20M or 21.8yds 

    the 25mm one can be set out to a maximum distance of 35M or 38.2yds 

    the 40mm one can be set out to a maximum distance of 50M or 54.7yds 

    So now I have the tools for decent wind dopping practice with feedback from the targets when I miss and a satisfying spin with I hit the kill zone … 

    NO strings required .. LOL 

    Anyway if you are interested in a set of these call or email Ben …. 
    he now has his metal cutting machines set up with the CAD dimensions for the non standard 15mm, 25mm and 40mm kill zones so if you are a diehard WFTF shooter 
    these just might be what you need for Christmas ! 

    A true bargain in my book for the quality of workmanship…… 

    But What about the cost I hear you ask …. $175 with shipping included for the set of 3 … so figure $58 each … 

    FYI: The original quadrant targets are only available with either a 3/4″ or 1″ kill zone and cost $46 each + shipping. 

    Happy Holidays to you all and continued safe shooting. 

    http://www.steelplinkers.com/Quadrant.html 
     

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    Matt247365
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    Really cool! Never seen a quadrant target. Makes me wanna make one :)
    Matt

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    broachoski
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    Just when I thought my spending was over, you come out with this info.
    I have one of his standard quadrant targets and it is fantastic.
    Now with these new options, I have to figure how to fit them in my budget.
     

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    spysir
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    Very nice. Hope he made a dozen extra as I know wftf shooters that have the heavier gauge one and would buy one the actually flipped ( once ) at “12fpe”.

    I’ve shot at the original quadrant target a bit, love it, an excellent tool at 50+ yards, and fun for all ages & skill levels.  Last year ( I believe) he came out with a “140fpe” “Field Target” which I reckon must be some fun for some folks ( and if I had the budget I would have one)  but not so much in the FT crowd I know. 
     Lighter quad, very cool.  Thanks for sharing.
    John

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    Goodtogo
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    I didn’t see those targets on the site? But still spent $84. Got to love the hobby!

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    AngliaUSA
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    Ben will make them as special order items .. just email or call him if you want one .. or a set.

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    Nueces
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    Thank you for posting this.  Really great.

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    chasdicapua
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    Yes , thanks for posting. I’m definitely going to get a set of three. 

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    jdc0313
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    Does Ben still make these targets? 

    The website is done and no way to reach him. 

    Thanks.

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    OkAirgunner
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    As far as I know Steel Plinkers is no longer in business. AOA does have the Steel Plinkers Field Targets made for them.

     

    Mark

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    FrankinFairfield
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    AOA sells them.

    Made by Dave in California

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    Centercut
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    How do we contact Ben? Or does Dave make them?  Can't tell, and web site link doesn't work…

    r/

    Mike

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    Motorhead
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    Dave who is in our SVFTC club best as i understand quit making any of the steel targets.  Sold AOA his master template drawings for all the FT targets ( Rhino types ) and pretty sure part of the deal was he was not make or sell Quads either.

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    Triggernosis
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    Is there anything that would prevent me from making and marketing an identical target?   Just call it something else. 

     

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    22Jim
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    Not that I'm aware of. The trick is making an affordable version. If you can do that you will have plenty of business. The targets are complex and require a lot of hand work. i believe both Ben and Dave stopped making the targets because it was more work than they could justify for what they were getting for them.

    Jim in Sacramento

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    rob_g
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    A friend and I made some quad targets. They were a bit of work but it gave us something to do on a covid Sunday last winter. Material costs for 10 sets of 3 targets was about $800 including paint, galvanizing and fasteners. We are selling the extra sets to recoup our costs. We aren't looking at this as a money generator as we just wanted a set for ourselves. My regular job pays a whole lot better per hour than making these lol. Once they are all sold we will have 2 sets of targets worth of profit that will subsidize the next set of targets I'm designing. At the end of the day nobody is going to get rich off these unless they set up proper manufacturing systems and sell a lot of targets. Most of the targets on the market today are light gauge material purely to keep costs down.

     

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    Triggernosis
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    I figured it would likely be cost prohibitive to make them, and make a profit.  I would think you would have to charge about $100 per target in order to just cover material costs.  Add on more money to make a profit and you're looking at a $200 target, which no one is going to pay.

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    Therealld
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    I doubt galvanize is really needed, and likely even the threaded fasteners and nuts could be replaced with steel rods welded in.  So if thirty targets used $300 in materials, I think a few bucks can be saved there, so maybe $25 per unit vs current almost $ 27 in material?

    So it looks like a part can be eliminated (besides the nuts) with full welding also, like one of the crossplates.  Still a lot of cutting and welding of close to 20 parts.

    But I suspect a decently equipped welding shop can sell them for around. $100 each + shipping if they can take 40 fpe hits without bending.

    I would buy a few, and feel all one kz size of around an inch is ok. 

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    rob_g
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    Therealld

    I doubt galvanize is really needed, and likely even the threaded fasteners and nuts could be replaced with steel rods welded in.  So if thirty targets used $300 in materials, I think a few bucks can be saved there, so maybe $25 per unit vs current almost $ 27 in material?

    So it looks like a part can be eliminated (besides the nuts) with full welding also, like one of the crossplates.  Still a lot of cutting and welding of close to 20 parts.

    But I suspect a decently equipped welding shop can sell them for around. $100 each + shipping if they can take 40 fpe hits without bending.

    I would buy a few, and feel all one kz size of around an inch is ok. 

    Galvanizing wasn't necessary but I lucked into a situation where a buddy was sending a large frame to be done so I only had to pay the per lb cost with no minimum charge. The paint and labor would be more money. Likewise with the bolts. You could certainly weld in bar stock. At the same time you must purchase the bar stock, cut it, weld it and clean up the welds and spatter. Painting would also need to be touched up or paint an assembled target. You also give up the ability to remove the paddles for maintenance or clean up. The small cost for a couple bolts and nuts now looks pretty attractive.

    There are many ways to design and build something. Each option has its associated pros/cons. Trying to save a penny might cost you a dollar lol.

    The different kill zone sizes were intended for FT shooters. I find the more I practice the further I set the targets out. It's nice to have some target size variation but that's just my opinion.

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    XSUltimate
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    Do you have a set for sale? Cost?

    Thx

    Dan

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