I bought this device a few months back, but I haven’t had the opportunity to bring y’all up to speed on everything that I did over the summer yet. One day I had this idea in my head, and I typed into Google the words that came most readily to mind that expressed my idea. The words were “self healing rifle target ball”. Miraculously, the exact thing that I wanted popped right up:
It didn’t pop right into my hand, but I think I ordered it online for $20 to $25. In a nice turn of coincidence, the ball is 4” in diameter, which is the size of the target I’m training myself to shoot.
While paper targets provide the richest source of information with regard to each shot and the total shooting performance, reactive targets have the benefit of being, uh, reactive. This target has the added bonus of moving after it’s hit.
I’ve had the ball for a few months now, and haven’t used it too much since my experiments have required me to shoot paper. It doesn’t roll quite as readily as I would like, since it’s pretty heavy. I haven’t hit it with a .308 yet, only 9mm and .223. I’m sure if someone hit it with a .45 ACP its knockdown power would cause the ball to jump so far as to disappear out of sight, but I haven’t tried that either.
I was curious if it was retaining some of the bullets. I weighed it before and after a shooting session. I don’t know if it is retaining bullets, but I can’t think of any other reason that it would be gaining weight (candy, pasta, and baked potatoes???).
It did retain some of the bullets. It also looks like it might not be completely self-healing. I’ll keep you updated on what I do with it and how it handles it.