Picking a Target
If you are in the market for steel targets, please read this page first.
Choosing a Thickness and Material:
1/4” AR400 Designed to handle centerfire handguns up to 45ACP. The 1/4” AR400 works with 38sp, 9mm, 40S&W and similar calibers. Great for shooters looking for a deal on handgun targets and rimfire targets. For club and training use please see our 3/8” AR500.
3/8” AR500 Designed to handle magnum handguns and rifles up to 308, also great for 223/5.56, 5.45x39, 7.62x39 and similar. These targets will handle rugged everyday handgun use associated with clubs and training.
1/2” AR500 Designed for rugged daily rifle use, including 300 and 338 magnum rifles
3/4” AR500 Designed for 50BMG, also works with 416 and 408 calibers.
Gong vs Static:
The static targets are perfect for handguns and short action rifle calibers. They offer easy setup when compared to a gong target. They work great when hung from a shepherds hook (we don't recommend this for targets larger than 12"). Shepherds hooks are $5-6 at your local hardware store. The statics also allow for faster follow up shots as the target stops swinging much faster than a gong target. When mounted using a 1/2” carriage bolt the target may be shot repeatedly without waiting. This is particularly beneficial when practicing double taps. The static targets also work well for 223/5.56 when hung from a shepherds hook. For a more robust setup, take a look at our static stands for the ultimate portable yet stable and robust package. The static targets are not designed to handle more than a .308 Win rifle. If using larger rifles gongs are a better option.
The gong style targets work well for long action and magnum caliber rifles. The targets also work well for magnum handguns. The stand on which the target is hung can be designed to withstand heavy use. Take a look at our gong stands for a very rugged yet portable stand.
Caution: Bullet fragments may come towards the shooter and spectators. All persons in the area must have ear and eye protection. Bullet fragments may cause harm to shooters, spectators and objects near the target.
Use steel targets at your own risk. Shooting at steel targets can be dangerous and caution must be taken to ensure safety.