by Tom Gaylord Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Pyramyd Air Poker Game
The new Pyramyd Air Poker Game comes with 15 large paper targets and 7 different games.

This report covers:

  • The package
  • Let’s look at a game
  • A game of skill
  • Assessment

Okay — I know you readers are all clever guys (and a few gals), and I know many of you are tightwads, just ike me. So, the idea of buying a paper target game would never fly — except for one thing. I read every comment made on this blog, and fully a third of them deal with targets in some way. As airgunners you are obsessed with things to shoot at, [REB]!

The package

When Pyramyd Air first sent me the Pyramyd Air Poker Game set of games, I thought they were lame. But then I read the directions to the seven different games in this package and learned otherwise. They aren’t lame as long as you are a good shot. Or, to state that another way, maybe I was lame for thinking these are lame. In this package of 15 paper targets are at least seven good games that can be played with a pellet rifle. Some are games of skill and some are games of luck. You can vary the distance at which you place the targets, so the difficulty is entirely up to you. It can be a relaxing game for your children or a cutthroat game of marksmanship between two determined marksmen. Also included in the set is one deck of cards. It’s a standard deck, so they can be used conventionally for card games, but they are really there to help with the scoring. When shooters hit a card on the target they are given that card to keep track of their progress. There is only one of each card in the deck, so a second hit on the same card counts as a miss in my book.

Let’s look at a game

I won’t go into all the games, but the full set of rules may be seen on the product page linked above. However, let’s look at one game of chance. The targets appears to the shooters as the backs of all 52 cards in the deck.

Pyramyd Air Poker Game back
The shooters see only the backs of the cards like this.

Each card is different — just like in a real deck. The shooters shoot any number of cards — according to the game being played (one each for high card, five each for 5-card stud or 7 each for 5-card draw). Then they turn the target around to see what cards they hit. Those cards determine their poker hand, or high card. Played this way, this is a game of chance. The rules suggest shooting at 10 yards with a scoped rifle, but you can vary that and admit even more chance into the game.

Pyramyd Air Poker Game face
The side the shooters can’t see has the card faces. It’s like being dealt cards face down.

A game of skill

Want a real challenge? Each shooter shoots the spots on a pair of 10s at 50 yards or beyond. I shoot at bullseye targets for my reviews and I get away with a lot. I am interested in how small a group a particular gun can shoot — not in how accurately that gun is sighted. The thinking is, if the gun can put them all into the same place, you can always adjust the sights. What happens, though, when you have to hit something specific? How many shots will it take to touch all the spots on two 10-spot playing cards? Probably ten shots per card for couch snipers and a whole lot more for those who have to do it for real. Alternate shots with a friend and the first one to hit all 20 spots on his cards wins. I’ll bet there will be more than 40 shots fired! Alternate shots with a friend and the first one to hit all 20 spots on his cards wins. I’ll bet there will be more than 40 shots fired!

Pyramyd Air Poker Game 10-spot
This target is labeled Pyramyd Poker, but I call it 10-spot for obvious reasons. Try hitting each spot when the card is out at 50 yards.

Good target paper

I wondered how good the paper is, so I tested it with low-velocity pellets from pistols. The first shot came from a Webley Hurricane and was a wadcutter pellet moving about 350 f.p.s. The second shot was a wadcutter fired in a Beeman P1.

Pyramyd Air Poker Game good paper
A wadcutter impacting at 350 f.p.s. tore the paper but made a clean hole (arrow 1), while a wadcutter going 100 f.p.s. faster just punched a clean hole in the target (arrow 2).

Assessment

For what you pay you get a lot of play value with this target set. Yes it costs $10, and yes, you could print out or draw targets that cost you nothing, but for the person with no time, this is a solution. It’s perfect for family reunions, Cub Scout/Boy Scout meetings/functions and any other time when you just want something done right and done have the time to do it yourself.