When it comes to target shooting, steel targets are often the sought out solution. However, choosing the right type of steel for the situation at hand is imperative for several different reasons. To select the best target, you must know a little about the available steel grades. AR500 targets handle high-velocity impact without compromise. Two extremely important features.
As manufactures of AR500 steel gongs and silhouette targets, our team at Alliant Metals would like to take this moment to cover a few basics surrounding steel target shooting. With increasing demand, we’d like to remind you that shooting steel is an activity that requires experience and discretion.
There are several grades of steel available for target shooting, and knowing the properties of each is crucial. However, with a little research, you’ll quickly realize that AR500 is the best and most recommended choice. As the strongest grade of steel, AR500 provides superior abrasion resistance, making the steel less pliable. This feature is extremely important as dents or divots can cause shrapnel to ricochet in unpredictable directions.
Beyond the safety features, the strength of AR500 allows for extended longevity. Having AR500 targets that withstand thousands of practice rounds is not uncommon. Although the ability to handle multiple, high-velocity impacts is there, over time, it’s imperative to remember that all targets should be replaced. Delay in doing so could end in harmful results.
Another difference you’ll find among targets is the recommended distance and thickness of manufacturing. While 3/8” is the most common, at Alliant Metals, we opt for ½ inch on all of our targets.
For pistols such as 9 mm, a ¼” thickness is generally sufficient with a 20-yard standing distance. A target that is 3/8” is best for rifle shooting. However, the recommended standing distance varies depending on the caliber used. When you increase the thickness to ½” you can consider a 300 win-mag, 22/250, 338 Lapua, and a 556 green tip. Depending on the thickness of your target and weapon in hand, distances will depend on the velocity of the gun.
Again, following manufacturers suggested instruction for all guns and target shooting is imperative to the number one task; safety.
Another feature you’ll notice about our targets is that they’re all enabled to hang. Whether you mount them on a stand with mobility or hang them from a professional post, a swinging steel target is always safer than an immobilized one. When the gong is hit, the target swings backward, allowing the shrapnel to penetrate outward and down in most instances. If using a stand, proper set up will help to eliminate bounce-back projectiles.
Yet another choice you’ll face when selecting a steel gong target is the diameter. The smaller the target, the more precise the shot. Having a range of sizes in a target area allows for the optimal shooting practice.
While our company produces AR500 targets, we take no responsibility for the use or possible repercussions involved with target shooting. For more information, contact our team at (800) 543-1453.