Allen EZ Aim Silhouette Target Set: For All the Guns in the Range Bag

What can you say about paper targets? Chances are, not much. For most of us, it is just something to shoot at. Truth be told, I would rather shoot steel. It is fun and you don’t have to be an expert marksman to register a hit. You can also safely avoid the wrath of the resident tree huggers. But if you are serious about improving your marksmanship, a set of well-appointed paper targets are a great learning and diagnostic tool. While I tend to shoot the same bullseye targets, they do not fit the bill in every situation. Recently, I came into an Allen EZ Aim Silhouette target set and it is one of the few sets that can get through a day at the range regardless of what is in my range bag.

M&P 15 with Allen EZ Aim target

What’s Under Wraps

The Allen EZ Aim target set comes with a cardboard head/torso target measuring 23 inches wide and 35 inches long. The set also comes with a pair of 12×18-inch IDPA adhesive reactive targets and two replacement centers. Both the reactive targets and the replacement centers come with black and orange pasters to mark or cover your shot holes. The replacement centers cover up the 9 and 10 rings of the reactive targets and comes with 12 pasters: six black and six orange. The targets themselves come with another 18 pasters each: six orange and the remainder black.

Allen EZ Aim Targets with adhesive reset targets
This is one of the few sets that can get through a day at the range regardless of what is in my range bag.

Silhouette Target — Range Applications

The Allen EZ Target set is reusable and suitable for a host of different firearms at different ranges. The blue cardboard silhouette requires a heavy staple to secure to a target stand, but once secure, it is the perfect target for close-range concealed carry pistol drills. It is also useful as a rifle target, especially when the silhouette can be folded and placed low to the ground. That can simulate the head and shoulders of a target that is harder to hit but more realistic. The silhouette does not automatically highlight shot impacts like the IDPA targets, but the pasters can be used to differentiate different runs on the target. I also found the silhouette to be particularly useful when shooting old military rifles that often require a six o’clock hold on a human-sized target to score an effective hit.

Allen EZ Target at the range
The Allen EZ Target set is reusable and suitable for a host of different firearms at different ranges.

The two IDPA targets included with the set can be repaired and reused through several runs or across several rifles or handguns. The 12×18-inch black target with scoring rings is a generous size for handgun shooting out to 25 yards and iron-sighted rifle, working out to 50 yards. At that distance, it is easy to see the bullseye and reasonably easy to see holes in the target without a spotting scope.

At 100 yards, the orange bullseye is still barely visible. However, I found the black outline of the target interfered with the black outline of most iron sights at that distance. Even so, I could see the bullseye crisply when paired with a rifle with a low-powered optic, or my Smith & Wesson M&P 15 wearing a Sig MSR red dot. I quickly got the idea of attaching the orange repair centers on the periphery of the main target so I could shoot multiple groups.

Are Allen EZ Aim Targets worth the money?

Paper targets are as thankless, but as essential as range gear comes. At times it can feel like a letdown when you are used to shooting steel or tin cans, but it is a necessary diagnostic tool that allows you to see how you shoot. While the Allen EZ Aim set does not reinvent the wheel when it comes to paper targets, if a long day at the range is coming up, this is a wise buy.

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