Gear Review: Right Now Range 2.0 Target System

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Tyler Kee reviewed the Right Now Range (v1.0) in 2015, exclaiming that it was the “most words that have ever been written about cardboard.” Upon receipt of a test sample…of cardboard…I chuckled at the thought.

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This is literally a folded-up box of cardboard. And it’s the most fun I’ve ever had with cardboard. Can I say cardboard again? No living room fort can top this!

The Right Now Range (RNR) 2.0 is an improvement on the original design. Apparently, 1.0 was a little too large to display for many retailers. In form and footprint, RNR 1.0 was a PC powerhouse at a LAN party; clunky, but effective.

RNR 2.0 is a MacBook Air; sleek and highly portable. The beauty is that this MacBook Air will only cost you all of $13, down from the RNR 1.0’s $30 price point.

Initial opening, showing the stakes, extra paper targets, instruction manual, and bungee hangers for aluminum cans (Anner for TTAG)

Upon arrival at the range and ready to deploy the RNR 2.0, I sliced open two stickers holding the package together, crumpled up the instruction manual, and proceeded to assemble the target.

I wanted to test the ease of set-up in the most natural and manly manner possible—sans guidance. I’ve attempted this routine with a family camping tent, to my wife’s endless amusement.

The RNR 2.0 was set up and ready for action in less than a couple of minutes of neanderthal-level problem solving. Take that!

The printed, illustrated instructions clearly indicate, “Hey bubba, insert Tab A here…and if you don’t know what Tab A is, it’s also labeled.”

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If you need the instructions, here it is. Note the warning at the bottom, stating shotgun or archery use will accelerate wear and tear.

The RNR 2.0 includes several stakes for securing the unit to the ground. West Texas soil is rocky and unforgiving, but after hammering in a couple stakes, the RNR 2.0 never budged. In soft topsoil you could likely push the stakes in by hand. Once secured, I have no doubt the RNR 2.0 would reliably hold a coke can on top of the platform.

The RNR 2.0 in it’s natural state (Anner for TTAG)

The RNR 2.0 features a variety of pre-printed targets, several of them overlaid on silhouettes of small game, which are ideal for instructing a young hunter. The RNR 2.0 also features cutouts that hold seven clay pigeons. I mounted the clays in a slight breeze, and watched a 15 mph gust knock over four of the clays.

After a West Texas wind gust (Anner for TTAG)

I cut a 1/2” relief notch in the clay mount area and was able to secure the clays slightly deeper into the cardboard frame, and didn’t have another issue with the clay mounting system.

A 9-second modification allowed the clays to sit deeper and brave the West Texas winds (Anner for TTAG)

After 200 rounds of .22 LR shooting, the RNR 2.0 proved its merit as a fun and efficient target stand. I routinely use large sheets of cardboard as a target backer, and until a rainstorm blows through and warps the material, I’ve found it holds up well to numerous bullet holes.

The RNR 2.0 is no different. Even after 200+ rounds, the RNR 2.0 held strong and invited a refresh using the included adhesive replacement targets. Installing a few reactive clay pigeons adds to the fun and satisfaction, and extends the life of the entire setup.

The RNR 2.0 isn’t for everyone. Many outdoor ranges won’t allow non-paper targets or anything that may contribute to debris on the range. However, for the backyard shooter who doesn’t have a dedicated target mount, the RNR 2.0 is an excellent host.

I propose it as the ideal set-up for casual plinkers searching for a couple of hours of fun on a Sunday afternoon. It’s far easier than steel, and the clays provide immediate feedback on hits. All you need is a safe backstop.

The RNR 2.0 is on the shelf at my local Tractor Supply for a whopping $13. I’ll be picking up a fresh model as soon as my daughter is old enough to learn how to shoot.

Pros
Inexpensive
Very portable, easy setup
Fun!
Excellent training platform, especially for young hunters
Re-usable, particularly for rimfire or air gun shooters

Cons
Not weather-resistant
Limited use for shotguns…though that may be the fun you’re seeking

Specifications: Right Now Range

Assembled size: 22″H x 36″W x 4″D
Price: $14.99 ($12.99 at my local Tractor Supply)

Rating (out of five stars):

Overall * * * * *
The RNR 2.0 is a self-contained target system that any backyard shooter can hand carry, install in a couple minutes, and appreciate during a whole afternoon of busting clays and punching paper. And there’s plenty of room for 3D targets, too. You could spend an hour and more resources assembling your own target frame out of 2×2’s and scrap cardboard yet produce less entertaining of a setup.

 

comments

  1. avatar M10 says:

    Enjoyed your article – brief, informative, and humorous. I had no idea this product was out there. Thanks, and nicely done!

    1. avatar Anner says:

      Thanks!

  2. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

    not that we’ve ever tired of airgunning in the ‘burbs, but some cheap simple newness can’t be bad. of all the stuff we’ve thought to knock about with pellets clay is so obvious we overlooked it. time to catch up and leave my pals a mess of fragments. fifty yard extension cord and a shop vac?

    1. avatar Anner says:

      Clays are biodegradable, though judging by the mountain of fragments at any skeet range I don’t know how long it takes. My grandpa’s farmland seemed to eat them up quickly with a decent rain.

      1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

        that’s what i told the professor when i threw the orange peel out the bus window. he countered, “yeah but it looks like shit until then.”
        aesthetics aside, on a lawn they might be tough on the ol’ mower blade.

        1. avatar Geoff “Guns. Lots of guns.” PR says:

          I think it will accelerate wear on the blade.

          Your professor and my dad are ‘Soul Brothers’ when it comes to bitching and whining, pissing and moaning…

  3. avatar possum" they can take your badzooka, I hunt with landmynes" Fudd says:

    Back yard targets. That’s the benefits of Pabst Blue Ribbon, a free target with every empty can.

    1. avatar Jedi Wombat says:

      Possum makes me laugh.

    2. avatar LKB says:

      Heck, I recall back in the 1970’s that the cardboard box for a case of either Lone Star or Pearl beer actually had a printed bullseye target on the bottom.

      1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

        my next favorite type of handy.

      2. avatar Geoff “Guns. Lots of guns.” PR says:

        You really need to ask the ‘Lone Star’ company to make another one…

  4. At $30 I was waffling. At only $13 it’s a steal for an afternoon of plinking.

    1. avatar Geoff “Guns. Lots of guns.” PR says:

      I had completely blown it off at 30 bucks. Just way too expensive for this boy.

      For 13 clams, I damn sure would consider picking one up.

      LKB got me thinking about beer companies printing targets on their 24-packs. Someone in Texas really needs to contact every beer company out there (especially the micro brewers) and twist some arms to make it happen…

  5. avatar Bruce says:

    I checked TSC’s website and it is $12.99…but they say it is not sold in stores, at least not here in the Northeast. So they want $9.99 to ship it. Gets too expensive then.

    1. avatar Neely Burks says:

      Hey Bruce! We are working to get the shipping cost down. Hope to have an improvement here very soon. In the meantime, TSC does offer Free shipping for in-store pick up if you have a store close by!

  6. avatar GunnyGene says:

    Buy Hunt pizza at your local choke and puke gas station. Every box has pre-printed targets on it.

    1. avatar possum says:

      Made me look , yup

  7. avatar LazrBeam says:

    TSC is one of my favorite stores. We get our doggies food there. Decent deals on Carhartt T-shirts, too. So, next time I’m in there I’ll be looking for this target. Would be better and less of a headache than my homemade deal. And any remnants of clay pigeons will disintegrate in due time.

  8. avatar CGinTX says:

    I sucked it up for the old 1.0 version, and forked over the $30 as I had a very specific need for an easy backyard shooting range at a rental cabin. We shot it with arrows, .22, shotguns, put cans on top of it, and really it held together nicely so I didn’t feel like a litterbug when I packed it up and left. BUT…$30 was a bit steep to order another. It looks like pretty much the same fun at about half the price. I’ll see about their “S&H” costs but it looks promising to buy one for fun today, and one more to keep in the garage for fun on short notice. Thanks for (re-)introducing the 2.0 version to us!

    1. avatar Anner says:

      It was literally my pleasure. I pulled up the stakes when I was done and I intend to use it again the next time I have a new shooter out.

  9. avatar Edward Rogers says:

    I recently used a 1.0 version – Easy to set up, easy to reclaim. I purchased some target stickers, to cover up the holes, so I’m very happy to know they’re now included.

    they should expect my order in the near future.

  10. avatar BASHer says:

    While not quite as feature packed I have found that road side advertisements for credit repair, pressure washing, fast internet, and the purchase of ugly houses make for very cost effective backstops by which I mean free. Those tacky signs are a blight and it puts a smile on my face to pull them out and toss them in the bed for re use at the range.

    Pro tip: Get a cordless drill and a long 3/8″ bit to drill through dry hard soil to let the weak little metal legs drop in.

    1. avatar Ing says:

      I’ve used a few of those signs in my time. They do make great target backers, that’s for sure.

      After elections, I do the municipality a favor and help the candidates comply with the law by picking up all their leftover signage (in my state, campaign materials are supposed to be removed within 6 weeks after the election, but they never are).

      1. avatar BASHer says:

        Setting clays on edge using whatever rubble is lying around to prop them up is my go to target for new shooters so that they get some instant feedback. And in the spirit of conservation clays that are mostly intact can be salvaged from the skeet range for use as static targets for rifles.

        For more challenging frangible targets charcoal briquettes are hard to beat. Aim small miss small.

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