TARGET REVIEW: PECKOVER'S NOCKOVERS
Created on 19th May 2009
MARK CAMOCCIO puts Derek Peckover's innovative new
Part of the undisputed success and popularity of both Field Target Shooting and HFT lies in the design of the target. The instant feedback to the firing line, as to whether the target was hit in the right place, gives an exciting edge and helps hold the interest of spectators. With original field targets collapsing when hit in the kill area target reliability has become key. Home-made targets have no place on a competitive, target course. One man who has been at the forefront of target design and who recognised this gap in the market is Nockover Targets founder Derek Peckover.
Nockover is now synonymous with high quality ultra-reliable target designs and his burgeoning order book shows that Derek is clearly doing something right. All produced from his workshop in Basingstoke, his targets still represent the industry benchmark. Derek has devised and produced two informal practice designs which are now available to buy. They are, as expected, made to his usual exacting standards.
Precision Practise: price £19.95 plus p+p
The Precision Practise target is constructed from the usual heavy-gauge steel (which is so strong it's practically bombproof) and incorporates a sturdy metal spike welded to the main body. Of course this means that this particular target has to be pushed into soft ground. Two kill areas are on offer with this design, which fly back when hit. The top one (45mm) will fall back and stay put until the slightly smaller bottom kill zone (40mm) is hit: its swinging motion then resets the top disc when hit. All very neat - but this latest design now includes ‘reducing rings' which can be swung into place over the larger kill areas, thereby creating two new kill sizes. With a 25mm reducing ring at the top and a devilish 15mm ring available at the bottom, this design is effectively four targets in one and is great for secret practice for the oncoming HFT/ FT season!
Double Turkey Top: price £23.95 plus p+p
This target is again of extremely solid all-steel construction and, assuming a modicum of oil is applied to the axis and joints from time to time, should last a lifetime.
The design is actually freestanding as it uses a very sturdy T-shaped frame, making it ideal both for those with limited access to open ground and club practice ranges alike.
Two turkey silhouettes (standard American silhouette size, with the body around 1.5" across) are hinged at the top, ready to be knocked down. When these are hit and fall back against a T bar an accurate shot to the 25mm kill zone aperture at the bottom resets the whole target (whether one or both turkeys have been downed).]
Many foreign-made copies of Derek's designs are now on the market yet the quality simply doesn't compare. Take it from me - these are the real McCoy, and really do represent a sound investment.
For more information please contact Derek Peckover:
T: 01256 654214
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