As first world issues go, strolling downrange to vary your targets is fairly horrific. Trekking a whole lot of yards in Texas in August, battling warmth and snakes? Fuggedaboudit!
Joking apart, once I shoot at a public vary I’m normally annoyed by the lengthy intervals between ceasefires. With the flexibility to sometimes place just one goal downrange, shooting a bunch of accuracy teams with completely different manufacturers of ammo can take for-freakin-ever. Obviously a non-public vary solves this, however that isn’t at all times an choice.
So, along with common laziness, the Auto-Advance Target System solves “real” points as effectively. The targets come on a spool — a 50-foot roll — that’s inserted on the prime of the system. The targets are printed on a skinny, but sturdy vinyl sheet.
An empty (however not for lengthy) spool on the underside is pushed by an digital motor and powered by eight AA batteries, pulling the targets down from the highest. Tension is adjusted on the prime to make sure the sheet stays toight like a toiger.
The Auto-Advance Target System ships with a roll of the bullseye targets you see in my images, however different goal kinds can be found as effectively. Small bullseyes, silhouette, and varmint targets are all on Amazon beginning at about $13 shipped PRIME for an 18-inch by 50-foot roll.
The complete shebang suits in a 24x10x10 container (give or take), and assembles with ease. Simply stick the usual electrical conduit tubing — low-cost and straightforward to exchange at any house items retailer — into the suitable holes and stack the goal components on prime like legos.
It took me lower than 10 minutes the primary day out of the container, however takes nearer to a few minutes now that the goal is spooled, the batteries are in, the strain is adjusted, and that I don’t must discuss with the instruction handbook. The unit breaks again down in the identical time and is straightforward sufficient to get again into its container.
The vinyl goal sheet reveals clean bullet holes, although they type of seal up a bit behind the bullet. The small holes, significantly on the black bullseye space, may be troublesome to see from a distance. It’s straightforward to measure center-to-center or edge-to-edge while you’re up-close, although.
Purely for the good thing about TTAG’s readership and positively not on accident, I pegged the Auto-Advance’s prime panel with a 55 grain .223 spherical at 100 yards. Lyman states solely that the metal safety plates are “rated for use with all rimfire calibers.” Okay, however for a goal that works out to 200 yards I believe it’s honest to count on
idiots reviewers testing a product’s sturdiness to shoot centerfire rifle calibers at it, too.
On the plus facet, whether or not rated for it or not, the metal plate shrugged off the totally intentional .223 affect pretty effectively. Some lacking powdercoat and a shallow dent that was barely reciprocated on the opposite facet is all it needed to show for my thorough, pre-planned product testing.
The spall from that well-placed shot tore a gash by way of the target. No drawback; I merely hit the underside button to advance the roll till that reminder of my success disappeared onto the underside spool, then hit the highest button to cease the system.
My solely criticism concerning the Lyman Auto-Advance Target System: there’s no stiff backing and the goal sheet can transfer within the wind.
Increasing the strain on the highest spool, thereby forcing the motor to drag the goal tighter, helped. But in significantly gusty circumstances, which I skilled on my first vary outing with the Auto-Advance, the wind was capable of pull some goal out from the highest spool.
I’m pretty sure I may use a plastic target backer or any ol’ sheet of cardboard, minimize to measurement, and shoehorn it in there (both taped or clipped to the entrance of the vertical pipes, almost certainly) to assist the rear of the goal sheet.
On this windy day I moved the Auto-Advance Target in entrance of the vary’s present plywood goal stands, utilizing it as a wind block. On calmer days the Lyman system was excellent.
Whether it’s laziness, Texas warmth (which we’ll simply go forward and file underneath a distinct class from laziness) or a gradual ceasefire schedule on the vary, the Lyman Auto-Advance Target System offers you 50 ft of targets in the identical footprint as a typical, single goal stand, with push-button comfort out to 200 yards. It’s powerful sufficient and works as marketed.
Specifications: Lyman Auto-Advance Target System
Overall dimensions: 24″ extensive x 29″ deep x 60″ tall (variable)
Weight: 30 lbs
Target Roll: 18″ extensive x 50′ lengthy vinyl sheet
Remote system: 433.92MHz, 200 Yard functionality
Battery requirement: Transmitter: 9V / Receiver: Eight x AA
MSRP: $149.95 ($112.49 retail at Amazon HERE)
Ratings (out of 5 stars):
Quality * * * *
Solid for the worth and works nice out to the recommended 200-yard most vary. The use of easily-replaceable conduit as a body was a good suggestion. While I’d desire that the metal safety plates have been precise 3/8″ AR500 armor, this could greater than double the price of the Auto-Advance Target System, which shrugged off the .223 spherical anyway.
Utility * * * *
Push-button, auto-advancing comfort! Four goal kinds to select from is best than one.
Customize This * * *
Vary the peak of the goal stand by utilizing shorter or longer lengths of conduit. You may even shut the hole between prime and backside spools to reduce the impact of the wind…in case you belief your intention! On the draw back, there are solely 4 targets to select from right now.
Overall * * * *
A goal that auto-advances out to 200 yards makes shooting extra enjoyable and handy. The Lyman Auto-Advance Target System works precisely as marketed.