Column: Four new products for frequent shooters

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The PD Ultimate Target Stand is a stable, rigid target stand, which is designed to accommodate any size paper or cardboard target. Because the P3 is adjustable, it can support targets as small as 5 inches, as well as standard IPSC cardboard. It breaks down in seconds, so it’s perfect for a weekend shooter. MSRP is around $60. Staff photo/ Lee Williams

The PD Ultimate Target Stand is a stable, rigid target stand, which is designed to accommodate any size paper or cardboard target. Because the P3 is adjustable, it can support targets as small as 5 inches, as well as standard IPSC cardboard. It breaks down in seconds, so it’s perfect for a weekend shooter. MSRP is around $60. Staff photo/ Lee Williams

Published: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 11:51 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 11:51 a.m.

I’m always looking for more ways to make shooting easier, safer, quieter and more fun.

Here are four new products — I have tested every one — which should be a boon to frequent shooters.

The P3 Ultimate Target Stand from CTK Precision

I liked this product within two minutes of opening the box, because it took only two minutes to assemble the stand.

The PD Ultimate Target Stand is a stable, rigid target stand, which is designed to accommodate any size paper or cardboard target.

There’s none of the wobble associated with other stands. It gets its stability from its 24-inch angled legs, which work on any type of terrain.

Because the P3 is adjustable, it can support targets as small as 5 inches, as well as standard IPSC cardboard.

It breaks down in seconds, so it’s perfect for a weekend shooter. It’s also cheap enough — MSRP is around $60 — so you can purchase several to create scenarios involving multiple targets.

For more information, go to ctkprecision.com.

EZ2C Targets

EZ2C Targets were developed by shooters — a family of shooters, in

 EZ2C Targets are good, old-fashioned paper targets, which use orange where most targets use black ink. They show up better behind a front-sight post or reticle, and it's easier to see the bullet holes. There are more than 23 different styles, from bullseyes and dart boards to tactical. STAFF PHOTO / LEE WILLIAMS


EZ2C Targets are good, old-fashioned paper targets, which use orange where most targets use black ink. They show up better behind a front-sight post or reticle, and it’s easier to see the bullet holes. There are more than 23 different styles, from bullseyes and dart boards to tactical.
STAFF PHOTO / LEE WILLIAMS

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“Over the years we got bored with the same old black targets and frustrated with our inability to see where our shots were landing,” the folks say on their website.

EZ2C Targets are good, old-fashioned paper targets, but they are orange where most targets use black ink.

As a result, they show up better behind a front-sight post or reticle, and it’s easier to see the bullet holes. There are more than 23 different styles, from bullseyes and dart boards to tactical.

They’re also cheap.

MSRP for an 11-inch-by-17-inch pad of 40 targets is around $7.50. Bigger orders receive bigger discounts.

Another reason I like them is that they’re customizable. A gun shop or range can have their name and/or logo printed directly onto the targets.

That’s a nice touch.

For more info go to ez2ctargets.com.

SoundVision Eye Protection

Those of you who wear eye-pro and ear-pro for any length of time

SoundVision® Eye Protection are designed to eliminate the painful pinch that occurs around the temples, when ear-pro pushes eye-pro into your head. They are designed for shooters or anyone else who wears hearing and vision protection. Staff Photo/ Lee Williams

SoundVision® Eye Protection are designed to eliminate the painful pinch that occurs around the temples, when ear-pro pushes eye-pro into your head. They are designed for shooters or anyone else who wears hearing and vision protection. Staff Photo/ Lee Williams

know about the painful pinch that occurs around you temples, when the ear muffs push the eyeglass frames into your head.

It also creates a space, which allows sound to enter.

There have been several attempts fix this, including one promising design that mounts the glasses to the ear-pro with magnets. The best selling point about SoundVision Eye Protection is that you get to use your own ear protections. The kit, which has an MSRP of around $24.95, comes with several Velcro patches for you to attach to your hearing protection.

The manufacturer claims that hearing protection increases by up to seven decibels, because the gap is eliminated.

While they work great for shooters, they’re perfect for anyone who wears hearing and vision protection.

For more info go to fullpro.com.

Swab-its®

I sometimes think I’ve spent years of my life cleaning guns, so I’m always interested in anything that can expedite the process and remove some of the drudgery.

Enter Swab-its.

They’re foam swabs of different shapes and sizes that are perfect for swabitscleaning firearms.

The first thing you’ll notice is there’s no lint or residue that’s left behind by traditional cotton swabs or paper products.

These things are tough, and withstand all of the harsh chemicals used in cleaning firearms.

While they cost more than cotton swabs, they’re far worth the price.

For more info go to swab-its.com.

I hope these reviews have been of help.

If you encounter an interesting new product and want to let other shooters know, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

If we don’t run into each other at the range, you can reach me at (941) 361-4975, by email at lee.williams@heraldtribune.com or by regular mail, 1741 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You also can follow me on social media at www.facebook.com/TheGunWriter or www.Twitter.com/ht_gunwriter

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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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