Gopher Auto-Reset Popper


VTAR Popper System is more than your average popper steel target.

We coined the acronym “VTAR” from the words “Variable Tension Auto Resetting”. Our popper targets are far more than your average popper target system. Use this system for competitive training or standard firearms marksmanship. The VTAR system incorporates the loud accoustic feedback of our A-DAP system in a compact, low-to-the-ground package.

Included with your purchase:
  • 3/8″ AR550 Gopher (8″w X 14″t) target plate with laser cut, CNC formed angles bolted to the back
  • (2) Laser cut & bent VTAR legs
  • Laser cut & Bent Base Center Section
  • All necessary hardware for the VTAR system
  • (4) target stakes (required when using the spring kit)

Step up your training and add a reactive system to your range.


    This hardware kit includes (4) Grade 8 carriage bolts, (4) Washers, and (4) Locking Nuts. Exactly what you need to replace the bolts on your target plate. 


Gopher Auto-Reset Popper Target

We built the Gopher Auto-Reset Popper target be far more than a competition target. After all, most of our customers are not focused on competitions. So why would we create a popper that is only meant for USPSA? The answer is: we wouldn’t. Instead, we injected the DNA of our A-DAP system into our poppers. Regardless, these systems are time tested. Built for hard use and real training.

What makes the Gopher VTAR Popper special?

We eliminated the competition size and shape targets of the past. Henceforth we now offer the VTAR system with a few plate variations, and this one is our Gopher variant. We built this version of our VTAR system correspondingly with purpose for hunters/marksmen who are engaging critters at distance. The realistic size and shape is perfect for dialing in your hunting rig BEFORE you hit the field.  Even if you are not hunting prairie dogs or gophers, this system is a great way to push the limits of your skill and gear. Users can use the spring kit to take advantage of the resetting capabilities of the system. OR: simply remove the spring kit and the target plates will fall over when struck.

The base and all components are cut, bent, and formed to exacting tolerances.

The design and function of the VTAR system is unlike anything else on the market. We designed it to be fully adjustable and therefore adaptable to your training needs. Whether you are training with your sidearm or bolt gun, the VTAR system will deliver.


Mount Type CNC laser cut and Bent base
Steel Grade 3/8″ AR550 target
Assembly Fast, Tool-Less Assembly
Adjustable Lean? Yes
Brackets Laser Cut, CNC Press Brake Formed to Perfect Angles
Approximate Height 26″
Approximate Width 8″
Shape Gopher/Prairie Dog (approximate size)
Finish Powder Coated


Frequently Asked Questions: 

What is the Weight of One of These Systems?
  • This version of the VTAR Popper weighs approximately 33 pounds FULLY assembled. It will ship in a 24X12X6″ Double wall box. Some assembly will be required upon receipt.


How much movement can I expect from this system?
  • Obviously, this really depends on the caliber and distance of use. On one hand, bolt action rifles in larger calibers will really rock the plate. Whereas smaller handgun calibers will allow a smaller amount of movement. The amount of spring tension used may cause movement to vary. For example, you may choose to use maximum spring tension if you desire to NEVER have the system fall over. This may be particularly ideal at shooting clubs or any situation where our customers do not want movement and do not want to walk downrange. One thing to note, using the system in this manner CAN result in more wear and tear on the strike face. Movement is important to dissipate the energy of the bullet impacts.
How do you use the limiter pin?
  • The limiter pin limits movement. The problem to overcome is smaller calibers cannot overcome harder spring tension. So rather than have multiple sets of springs that users need to change, we opted to have a limiter pin for smaller calibers. This pin limits the movement of the plate to a point where the lesser spring tension can still return the plate. It is a balance of spring tension and distance. Too far and the plate will not return as there isn’t enough spring tension. On the other hand, too much tension and the plate will not move at all with lighter calibers. Hence for lighter calibers, we recommend the limiter pin in the FRONT most position. In this position, use a weaker spring tension. For larger calibers rather, use the limiter pin in the rear most hole and add more spring tension. Basically adjust spring tension to your calibers, distance and shooting needs.
Can I increase tension to keep this plate from moving at all?
  • Absolutely. Some ranges don’t want movement, they just want to make sure no member has to walk downrange. You can use these poppers like that if so desired.
Are poppers available in 1/2″ AR550?
  • Not at this time. 3/8″ AR550 is the perfect balance of cost and durability/strength for this system. Rest assured, it is designed for hard use.
What material is the base manufactured from?
  • The base is plain mild steel. It is NOT intended to be shot or impacted by rounds. Always shoot VTAR poppers directly perpendicular to the target plate.
Where are these products produced?
  • We produce our products in Lancaster County PA. In other words we own every step of the process, QC, production, packaging, and shipping. From start to finish, TA Targets is manufacturing high quality systems for hard use. We have invested heavily in our processes and systems to create the most elegant, robust systems on the planet.
Is the Armor Plating on the targets US material?
  • No. The “armor” we use for the strike plates (actual target impact plates) is made from a proprietary material that is manufactured in Sweden. This is the best material we have found in the world. We were largely dissatisfied and have had too many problems with quality control from American Manufacturers of AR550 grade steel. Eventually we hope a US manufacturer creates a material that is as available and as stringent as our Swedish plate. For now, this is the best material to service our customers. Although US Manufactured AR500 and AR550 is used in areas that are NOT main strike plates. Some examples of this are the Rifle Dueling Tree Shields, & Plate Rack Shields.
Where does the rest of the steel come from?
  • We source the remaining steel and raw materials In the US.
Does This Product Fall Under Prop. 65 Warnings?
  • Maybe. Just in case, be sure not to eat the paint or lick the target before or after you’ve shot it. If you are just curious, led tastes horrible and will probably cause mental damage. If you have done it once you are likely to do it again. Handle at your own risk, if you choose, you may wear an industry grade hazmat suit and gas mask with a HEPA filter and good luck charm on your wrist. For more information visit https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65