Zig-Zagging Target Tests Gunners’ Skill (Jan, 1933)
Zig-Zagging Target Tests Gunners’ Skill
THE Field Artillery, U. S. Army, has long experienced difficulty in obtaining practice against fast-moving targets. To meet this need, the Artillery Corps has recently perfected a target which can be towed behind a rapidly-moving automobile and yet zig-zag across the landscape like a drunken jackrabbit.
The device consists of a sleeve target mounted on a tripod, the tripod being secured to the rear of a sled made of galvanized iron and having a bow constructed of boiler plate. The wire used in towing is 3,300 feet long and attaches to the sled with a bridle arrangement which gives stability to the target.
A clever device has also been invented for use in making turns at full speed. It consists of a wooden platform pegged to the ground and upon which is mounted a bicycle wheel countersunk in the platform to prevent the wire from running under the wheel. Two blocks release the wire when the polo ball, threaded onto the wire ahead of the target, comes in contact with the contrivance. By threading the tow wire through several wheels, the target assumes a zig-zag course without requiring the car to change direction.— Courtesy of The Field Artillery Journal.