Canadian Bull Target

You know that Canadian Bull target which is used to zero a weapon e.g. a M16 rifle? Why is it called a “canadian bull”? It does not look anything like a bull to me… and why is it specifically ‘Canadian’?

I’m not sure what you are asking here, optimystique. There are “bull’s eye” targets that I’m sure can be obtained in Canada as well as other places, but I am not familiar with a “Canadian Bull target.” I’ll take a look at Google, but I think I won’t find anything like what you describe.

It’s mentioned once in this US Army Training Manual. (Warning: MS Word .DOC.) No description of what it is, however.

How is it mentioned? What terminology?

As follows:


  1. Introduction.

a. Small Arms Alignment Fixture Components.

(1) Pressure relief valves.
(2) Hinge locks.
(3) Battery boxes.
(4) Voltage Meter
(5) Battery test button.
(6) Canvas bag.
(7) Power switch.
(8) Toggle switch.
(9) Display windows.
(10) Canadian bull target.
(11) Fuse[/quote

Well, Q.E.D. and optimystique, ya got me on this one. That is the strangest list of components that I have ever seen in connection with Small Arms Alignment. Is the section title, “1920s Style Death Ray,” by any chance?

The complete manual title is:


There’s a contact address if you wish to enquire further:

FORT BLISS TX 79918-8002

You know, that’s kinda weird. I was gonna make a joke about the sar’nt majah not knowing what he really needed to sight in a rifle.

When I was in Army basic training in the fall of 1969, we used Canadian Half Bull targets to zero both weapons we qualified with - the M-14 and M-16.

The target was simply a black horizontal rectangle about 6 or 8" wide and 2" tall, with a 1x1" white block out of the bottom center. It was printed on (I think) 1/4 or 1/2" graph paper. The weapon was aimed so that the white block sat on the front sight blade. It was used at either 25’ or 25 meters, feet I think. Although the weapon was pointed at the target, the point was not to hit the target but to hit an X below (M16) or above it (M14). The idea being the bullet was still rising with the M16 and would hit the aim point at either 100 or 200 meters, whichever it was. I forget that.

With an M14, the bullet was higher at the target location and would have fallen by the time it got to the 100 or 200 meter spot.

Being so close when you shot, you didnt have to waste time walking down and looking - you could see where you hit when you shot.

Being on graph paper you could adjust where you hit by clicking up/down or left/right one click for each grid square.

I liked it but I have never seen one since and nobody seems to know what I am talking about.

Added: I was in the US Army - I have no idea why it was called a *Canadian *Half Bull.

At this stage, the question should be modified to talk about Zombie Canadian Bull targets.