I had the pleasure of being able to test out some steel targets that was generously given to me by shootsteel.com. I will be honest and tell you that this was the first time shooting at steel targets. And I am now addicted. Evan at shootsteel.com sent me two different target packages for me to test out. One was a 3/8” AR500 12'20' Static Target package and the other was a 9.6x20 package in the 5/16” surplus material.
The 12”x20” package includes the following from their website:
The static targets are cut to fit a 1/2” carriage bolt to be mounted to a steel post, 2x4 or other structure. The static targets are designed for centerfire handgun use, through small caliber rifles(up to 223) may be used as well. These are great targets for clubs, instructors and individuals.
The other package included the same things, except a different size static target. This second package was only rated for use of up to a .45acp. I used 3 different calibers when testing out these targets, 9mm, 40, and .45acp. I wanted to get a feel for how it handled all of them, even though they were rated to at least .45acp. I started with the 9mm and went from there.
When I received the package I was quite excited to open it out and check them out. It was quite heavy considering all the things that were included in each package. I took out each piece and set the items for each package together so that I was able to get them set up. Setup of the targets wasn't too difficult. All that was needed to put them together was a 2x4. I purchased a 10ft long 2x4 and then cut it in half so I had one for each target. Once together, I just needed a nice enough day to go and test them out. So the day came, and we headed out to a friend's place and got things all set up. Setup was super quick as they targets were already put together and while heavy, not too difficult to pack up and bring them to the location.
The first ting of the first bullet hitting the target was awesome. From that first ting, I was hooked. Excitement aside, the targets held up well to each of the calibers. There was minimal damage/impact made on either of the targets. The bases that the 2x4 was attached to was heavy enough that there was no concern of the targets falling over while shooting. The hanger for the target with its spring was great as there was give to absorb the force of the bullet. Over the course of testing there were probably 100 rounds used overall.
Overall, I thought the targets were great quality and would definitely recommend that you check them out and consider purchasing from them. They have a variety of sizes, packages, target stands, parts, etc available on their website. They even have reactive and airsoft/pellet targets.
I want to say thank you again to Evan for hooking me up with these targets to test out. Can't wait to go shoot steel again!
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