Pop Packs are filled with environmentally safe, water-soluble gel, and they explode when hit. With their different colors, numbers and shapes, they’re great for target-decision drills—and they’re a whole lot of fun.

Pop Packs are filled with environmentally safe, water-soluble gel, and they explode when hit. With their different colors, numbers and shapes, they’re great for target-decision drills—and they’re a whole lot of fun.

Let’s face it: Shooting holes in paper over and over can turn your range session to a snooze fest in short order. After all, paper targets don’t do anything other than display a small hole when shot. Steel plates offer a more exciting alternative, but they’re costly, and lugging them around is cumbersome. So how can you add some excitement to your training without a ton of cost or hassle?

Enter Pop Packs from Triumph Systems (triumph-systems.com). Co-founded by former Navy SEAL Jared Ogden, the company offers several unconventional targets. The Pop Packs come in a box of a dozen. Each pack measures about 5×3.5×1.5 inches. The top of each pack has three hanging holes, but you could simply staple the pack to a cardboard or wooden target backer.

The packs are filled with a highly visible, environmentally safe gel in one of three colors: magenta, green or yellow. Each pack also displays one of the following shapes: circle, square, triangle or the Triumph Systems’ shield-shaped logo. The packs come with nine number stickers (three 1s, three 2s, and three 3s).

When your bullet hits the Pop Pack, the colorful explosion of gel leaves no doubt that your aim was true. If you’re closer than about 10 yards, you’ll likely be adding some color to your range attire—as my fellow shooters and I discovered on Handguns & Defensive Weapons when we used these on one of our episodes last year.

(Ed. note: This episode—No. 9, Plinking with Purpose—is currently available for viewing via the My Outdoor TV app.

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