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Old 06-18-2019, 03:23 PM   #1
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Made this for grandson's BD. Large targets are Mason jar lids. Small targets are teaspoons with loop bent into circle on all thread rod with tubing spacers. Large target knock down small targets flip up and stay. Pull string all reset.
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Old 06-18-2019, 03:29 PM   #2
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That is pretty dang cool.
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Old 06-18-2019, 03:36 PM   #3
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I like it!
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Old 06-18-2019, 03:44 PM   #4
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Sweet!
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Old 06-18-2019, 03:48 PM   #5
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Haha that’s awesome.
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Old 06-18-2019, 03:48 PM   #6
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dang cool! I would build one, but my oldest and his wife have not blessed us with a grand kid yet!
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Old 06-18-2019, 03:50 PM   #7
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That cool!
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Old 06-18-2019, 03:55 PM   #8
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What a great idea!
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Old 06-18-2019, 03:56 PM   #9
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Thanks guys. Think he's gonna like it. Giving him th bb gun too, then I thought, what's he gonna shoot. Besides the neighbors windows ?;
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Old 06-18-2019, 04:15 PM   #10
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Thanks guys. Think he's gonna like it. Giving him th bb gun too, then I thought, what's he gonna shoot. Besides the neighbors windows ?;


It is great that you are giving him something safe to shoot at. I would set up little plastic army men in my sister's sandbox to practice my sniper skills I was under strict instructions not to shoot birds. I did anyhow and got away with it until our neighbor asked my dad what he thought was killing all the sparrows that they kept finding under their big sycamore tree. I didn't see my BB gun for a month after that.
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Old 06-18-2019, 04:46 PM   #11
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Planning on him winning BB's five at a time to shoot when he can tell me each one of the 10 commandments of shooting.
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Old 06-18-2019, 05:41 PM   #12
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I would think spoons being dished and made of metal would have terrible potential for ricochet injury with steel bb's

Have you tested it by shooting it with bb's?

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Old 06-18-2019, 05:45 PM   #13
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I like it !
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Old 06-18-2019, 06:00 PM   #14
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I would think spoons being dished and made of metal would have terrible potential for ricochet injury with steel bb's

Have you tested it by shooting it with bb's?
If they were stationary I would agree. They are not. They spin on a piece of all thread rod. Yes, I have tested it a couple hundred times, it's fun an hard to stop testing. He will be wearing shooting glasses, so will spectators. Thanks.
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Old 06-18-2019, 06:32 PM   #15
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I also have a piece of plastic tarp material hanging about 4 inches behind the spoons to absorb any energy bb might have left before it hits the back of the box. If he misses the spoon completely, the bb goes thru the tarp, hits the back and doesn't have enough juice to come back thru the tarp. Very high odds that it won't find the hole it made on pass thru.
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Old 06-18-2019, 06:43 PM   #16
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I like it.
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Old 06-18-2019, 06:50 PM   #17
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I would think spoons being dished and made of metal would have terrible potential for ricochet injury with steel bb's

Have you tested it by shooting it with bb's?

I am with Lungbustr BB’s shouldn’t be intentionally shot at hard objects.
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Old 06-18-2019, 07:01 PM   #18
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Thanks for your input.
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Old 06-18-2019, 07:13 PM   #19
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Sweet build, grandson is gonna love it !!!
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Old 06-18-2019, 07:19 PM   #20
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Did you guys not notice that the spoons are hung on the rod so they will spin when hit? That takes all the energy so there’s no bounce back. Same concept as the spinning .22 targets that are safe absorbing 40 grains of lead traveling 1,200 FPS.
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Old 06-18-2019, 07:24 PM   #21
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how cool!
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Old 06-18-2019, 07:59 PM   #22
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Looks great!
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Old 06-18-2019, 08:18 PM   #23
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This looks great! He will remember this forever.
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Old 06-18-2019, 08:53 PM   #24
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Thanks for the positive comments and constructive criticism.
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Old 06-19-2019, 06:23 AM   #25
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Did you guys not notice that the spoons are hung on the rod so they will spin when hit? That takes all the energy so there’s no bounce back. Same concept as the spinning .22 targets that are safe absorbing 40 grains of lead traveling 1,200 FPS.
I sure did 22 lead bullets will flatten on a steel plate(unless it is a glancing or angled hit) expending a large majority of its energy a steel BB just bounces transferring its energy in a different direction
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Old 06-19-2019, 06:36 AM   #26
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freakin awesome!
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Old 06-19-2019, 06:56 AM   #27
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That took some time to build. Super cool!!
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Old 06-19-2019, 08:42 AM   #28
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I would set up little plastic army men in my sister's sandbox to practice my sniper skills.
We did the same as kids, but it was sandbox war.
My buddy would shoot at my army men and I'd shoot his, knock all your buddies men down and you won.

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I would think spoons being dished and made of metal would have terrible potential for ricochet injury with steel bb's

Have you tested it by shooting it with bb's?
I know the metal spoons will give the desired sound when hit, but bb's are occasionally going to be directed back at speed. I think the concern is legit.

Another good idea for bb targets is ice cubes.
They break like glass and get smaller by melting with each miss.

Great idea, your grandson will love it!
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Old 06-19-2019, 09:10 AM   #29
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We did the same as kids, but it was sandbox war.
My buddy would shoot at my army men and I'd shoot his, knock all your buddies men down and you won.



I know the metal spoons will give the desired sound when hit, but bb's are occasionally going to be directed back at speed. I think the concern is legit.

Another good idea for bb targets is ice cubes.
They break like glass and get smaller by melting with each miss.

Great idea, your grandson will love it!
I agree that an occasional bb might bounce back, that is the reason he will be wearing shooting glasses, shooting under adult supervision. Heck we used to shoot them at each other in the late 50's........no eye protection.........different time/different world.

I've tried to make this as safe as possible, all firearms are inherently dangerous. If he gets hurt I have my daughter to deal with......yikes. Maybe I won't give it to him.
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Old 06-19-2019, 10:52 AM   #30
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I agree that an occasional bb might bounce back, that is the reason he will be wearing shooting glasses, shooting under adult supervision. Heck we used to shoot them at each other in the late 50's........no eye protection.........different time/different world.

I've tried to make this as safe as possible, all firearms are inherently dangerous. If he gets hurt I have my daughter to deal with......yikes. Maybe I won't give it to him.

I think he'll survive. I also think once he runs out of BBs let him ride a bike without a helmet. If he gets thirsty let him drink water right from the water hose


The target is pretty dang cool and I want one!
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Old 06-19-2019, 11:05 AM   #31
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That is a really cool target.
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Old 06-19-2019, 11:46 AM   #32
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Awesome!
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Old 06-19-2019, 12:35 PM   #33
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I like it and I believe most of the energy from the BB will be transferred to the spoon with not enough energy left to bounce back onto the shooter unless you are very close. Did you make some kind of catch so you can reuse the BB's?
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Old 06-19-2019, 12:45 PM   #34
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Yes,the whole thing is in a closed top box.most of the bb's if tested it with I picked up. Just wave a magnet around the inside.
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Old 06-21-2019, 06:43 AM   #35
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For those who are o.k. with this, build and use at your own risk. Not responsible for accidents. Hope you can tell by this drawing I made after I built the target.
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:20 AM   #36
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That is awesome. I like it a lot. Would you mind sending some more pictures. I would like to make this for my boys. Ill PM my number is texting is easier.
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:41 AM   #37
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It’s all fun till he shoots his eye out.
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Old 06-21-2019, 10:09 AM   #38
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It’s all fun till he shoots his eye out.
Going to have to get past his shooting glasses with side shields. You take a chance when you get out of bed in the morning. Thanks for your concern.
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Old 06-21-2019, 10:33 AM   #39
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Add me to the wet blanket crowd. Really cool that you made that for him, but what happens when he hits the thread rod, tubing spacers, backboard, etc.? This is asking for trouble.

Sorry. There's just too many SAFE ways to shoot a BB gun to try this one.

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Old 06-21-2019, 10:42 AM   #40
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Look like a lot of fun. Would love to try out my Droz Blackbird, Russian maid automatic bb gun, on it.
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Old 06-21-2019, 11:02 AM   #41
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I'd be willing to bet that the skull xray was from a direct fired BB not from ricochet BB at 25 feet, thru safety glasses.
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Old 06-22-2019, 10:37 AM   #42
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After a request for more pics from Double GG due to his interest in construction, I couldn't figure out how to attach photos to a pm. So I decided to try and post them here.

Disclaimer: After all the controversial comments on this build I must say "build and use at your own risk". I do believe there is some risk involved in any shooting sport. If you do build, please use eye protection and obey all of the "ten commandments of shooting." Have fun. Teach your children well.
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Old 06-22-2019, 10:39 AM   #43
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Old 06-22-2019, 01:31 PM   #44
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You will also need these 2 plan drawings.
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Old 07-05-2019, 10:31 AM   #45
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Finished product.
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Old 07-05-2019, 12:05 PM   #46
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I like it. Good job.
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Old 07-05-2019, 01:45 PM   #47
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Man that’s pretty danged cool.
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Old 07-05-2019, 07:42 PM   #48
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Nice. Really like it. Sounds like common sense is in place too.


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Old 07-05-2019, 07:46 PM   #49
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I think it looks great! The kid will love it. Great Job. Probably about as dangerous as getting carpal tunnel syndrome from his video game.
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Old 07-11-2019, 05:29 PM   #50
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Looks great! Simple idea may be to plasti-dip the spoons/targets? Going to be a blast!
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