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    Print your own targets (link to do so)

    I am going shooting in a few days so I am printing some targets for the day. I thought someone may like to do the same; here is a link so you can print your own targets. There are about 50 different types; I hope this is not a repeat post. http://www.targetz.com/targets01.htmIf so sorry.

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    Great idea in a pinch!

    However, the cost of printing at home is still higher than the cost of buying targets at Wal-Mart.

    Plus, there is the fun to be had, standing in line at the checkout, carrying the silhouettes, while wearing both a gun and an evil grin, as the gramma behind you in line fidgets nervously.

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    Nice! Thanks for the link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eye95 View Post
    ...the cost of printing at home is still higher than the cost of buying targets at Wal-Mart.
    How about the cost of printing at work? In some places it could be VERY steep, but not at my office!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eye95 View Post
    Great idea in a pinch!

    However, the cost of printing at home is still higher than the cost of buying targets at Wal-Mart.

    Plus, there is the fun to be had, standing in line at the checkout, carrying the silhouettes, while wearing both a gun and an evil grin, as the gramma behind you in line fidgets nervously.
    Add in the fun of buying all of the ammo in your caliber of choice so the cashier is nervous too... I wipe out my Wal-Mart every time I go in, they never have more than 4-5 boxes of 9mm around at one time.

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    http://www.mytargets.com/

    These guys have a few targets as well as a ballistics log you can print.
    https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=h...cs%2520log.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbpeck View Post
    How about the cost of printing at work? In some places it could be VERY steep, but not at my office!
    What was your boss' telephone number again?


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    Quote Originally Posted by eye95 View Post
    What was your boss' telephone number again?

    Lol, but it sounds like he works from home, as do I. A printed sheet of paper costs me $0.05, so I can print 20 targets for a buck.

    The link is great, and I dowloaded about 15 designs I think my son will like when we go shooting next week. I'll let him pick his own! That should pique his interest (although he thoroughly enjoys shooting).
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    Sweet! I'm a college student, so I have a bunch of printing credits that I didn't use yet this semester. They are soon going to disappear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by since9 View Post
    Lol, but it sounds like he works from home, as do I. A printed sheet of paper costs me $0.05, so I can print 20 targets for a buck.

    The link is great, and I dowloaded about 15 designs I think my son will like when we go shooting next week. I'll let him pick his own! That should pique his interest (although he thoroughly enjoys shooting).
    It's the ink, not the paper that really costs. Off-the-shelf targets a lot bigger than 8 1/2 x 11 cost less than a nickel each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eye95 View Post
    It's the ink, not the paper that really costs. Off-the-shelf targets a lot bigger than 8 1/2 x 11 cost less than a nickel each.
    Really? Where?
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    Quote Originally Posted by since9 View Post
    Lol, but it sounds like he works from home, as do I. A printed sheet of paper costs me $0.05, so I can print 20 targets for a buck.

    The link is great, and I dowloaded about 15 designs I think my son will like when we go shooting next week. I'll let him pick his own! That should pique his interest (although he thoroughly enjoys shooting).

    I actually have several offices. I won't run a bunch of targets from my corporate printer - its unethical. Besides, my shooting club sells the thick, competition targets at cost on the honor system. They're always waiting at the range at a better price than I can get anywhere else.

    It seems to me that targets are one of the least significant expenses that come into the equation. By the time you've purchased guns, ammunition, eye & ear protection, everything else that goes in your range bag, oh - your range bag - and range time, the cost of a dozen paper targets seems pretty inconsequential. "Paper is cheap, ammo is expensive."

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    Quote Originally Posted by eye95 View Post
    It's the ink, not the paper that really costs. Off-the-shelf targets a lot bigger than 8 1/2 x 11 cost less than a nickel each.
    Having worked in the Graphic Design and Printing industry for nearly two decades, I can tell you that this is half-way right...

    In the printing business, paper is generally considered to be a negligable (read: no impact on final price of job) cost for printing a job. So yeah, paper--to a printer--is essentially "free".

    Ink, is only slightly more "expensive"--it's considered an "overhead cost" for the printing business. Stock, standard colors like black, blue, and red are purchased by the case by most printshops, and are always at-hand, so they are figured into costs like other "business consumables" like the coffee in the lunchroom, or the lightbulbs in the ceiling...

    Where the VAST majority of cost comes from in a print job is creating the art (typesetting/graphic design/photo prep) and the actual time on the press. So it's essentially the technical expertise of designers, pre-press operators and pressmen that the majority of the cost in ANY print job comes from--whether it's 100 wedding invitations, 10,000 newspapers, or 1 million best seller novels...

    Targets are a sort of oddball in the printing business. Since most targets are "oversized" (meaning bigger than 18"x24") printed on crappy paper, and manufactured in relatively small quantities, they are priced sort of high per unit, compared to other similar large-format print jobs like newspapers or wrapping paper.

    And also, there are only a small handful of printers in the US that are equipped to print large (life-sized) silhouette targets, so they can pretty much charge what they want.

    Hopefully I can get my BIG letterpress up and running in the next few months--then I can print anything I want up to 18"x24", and possibly larger if I get really creative with feeding the paper...
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