What is plinking ?

Plinking is a fun way to practice pistol or pellet gun shooting. Targets to be targeted may include soda cans, plastic bottles, glass jars, cans, bowling pins, cups, water-filled balloons...


Not being officially recognized, pliking can be practiced with all calibres, the most commonly used being the 4.5 mm and the .22. Generally limited or even prohibited in shooting clubs, this activity is carried out in a safe place.

Rejected by some, plinking is considered by others as the best way to shoot. They can plink almost anywhere (as long as it is a secure area) and above all, at a lower cost. They do not need to join a club and use homemade targets. Plinking attracts all types of profiles. Shooters can be hunters working on their accuracy, someone teaching teenagers the tricks of shooting, or a group of Sunday shooters having a good time with friends.

5 good reasons to do plinking

• Traditional cardboard targets are sometimes boring

With plinking, it is possible to shoot at original targets such as corks, golf balls, empty bottles, cards, flower pots, jars, insect pests and matches.

• It's a great activity !

Plinking is an excellent exercise to learn how to pull and work on your accuracy. It can be done alone or in a group in a secure place.

• Targets are cheap

This is the major advantage of plinking. Recovered targets can be used from right to left, made by yourself or purchased at a lower cost. The Jean Pierre Fusil armoury markets targets that are not expensive and more playful targets that expel a colored liquid when they are touched.


Realistic targets made of recyclable foam soaked in a biodegradable liquid
The can lets the soda flow on impact
Resists about a hundred impacts!
Available in watermelon shape

3D targets with oozing impacts

• A practice to train during the hunting season

Plinking allows you to train for the next hunting season. It is used to keep your hand in place and even improve your shooting accuracy !

• No stress with plinking

Plinking is a fun, recreational and activity with no stakes. There is no competition or score like on a shooting range. The sessions are stress-free! The goal is to relax and have a good time.

5 tips to practice plinking safely

• Delimit the shooting area

This is the priority number 1 to carry out this activity! The shooting area must be carefully identified and delineated. All measures must be taken to avoid intrusions by foreigners, especially children. It is absolutely vital that no one can enter the line of fire.

• Choose the shooting area

The ideal is to make a judicious choice of exercise place . The area must be safe and free of objects that could be damaged. When settling in a peri-urban environment, where gardens are juxtaposed, it is essential to keep the scope discreet and out of sight. Not everyone shares the passion of plinking!

• Deny access to the site

When training takes place in an enclosed area, it is necessary to lock all doors from the outside. Warning signs can be installed near the various access points to repel any curious people. All you have to do is attach them to the doors to keep the children on alert.

• Focus on steel targets

Steel targets are to be preferred in the practice of plinking. Any target can be used, but those made of steel are more thick, durable and resistant to bullet impacts.


4 moving targets in the shape of animals
Targets rotating around the axis during impact
To be planted in the soil

The Gamo mobile plinking target

• Soundproofing cans and other items

The soundproofing of boxes has several uses. First, their life span will be increased since the padding will absorb a large part of the impact. Secondly, the risk of ricochet is reduced to a minimum. And finally, the typically loud impact noise will be considerably reduced, which will help to maintain good relations with the neighbourhood!

Weapons for plinking

Plumb or ball weapons are generally used to practice plinking: handgun (revolver or pistol), rifle, air rifle, CO2 or PCP... The recommended calibres for target shooting are 4.5 mm and 22.