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Don’t Cheap Out, shooting targets -You Get What You Pay For

Mild steel shooting targets suffer from pitting, holes, cratering and other deformations that are dangerous because they cause your bullet to be deflected in an unpredictable manner. Additionally, when considering shooting targets cheap steel targets are not at all cost effective because the targets simply do not last very long with normal use. Here is a photo that shows you how mild steel targets can look after even a few shots.

AR 500 armor plated metal shooting targets are built to withstand continued use and when used correctly can last almost indefinitely. Steel shooting targets give instant feedback and are much more effective at improving your skills as a marksman.

Steel shooting targets offer a lot of benefits over using printable targets for shooting. One of the greatest benefits of steel shooting targets is that they have instant shooter feedback. When you use steel shooting targets you will know straight away what shots are hitting and what shots are missing the targets. With free printable shooting targets you often have no idea what shots hit the target and this can be quite frustrating for shooters.shooting targets

It’s the feedback that makes these shooting targets more effective

When your bullet hits the shooting targets, there needs to be a visual indicator which may come in the form of wobbling, spinning, bouncing, exploding, falling or even rocking. The use of high contrast paint on the surface being used will actually increase your chances of seeing this but you need to ensure that the paint is replaced on a regular basis.

The painting can also be used for purposes of reducing the visibility of the shooting targets in some instances. Visual feedback is not strictly limited to steel shooting targets. It can also be provided to the same extent by plastic and cardboard so long as there are some hit sensors. If you want to have good results, it is better for you to use targets that can easily be reset without having to carry out the resetting manually. Of course metal shooting targets takes care of all of this.  

The noise produced leaves no question about whats hitting the target here. The steel being used as a pistol target shooting should be able to produce a “gong” when it gets hit. There are several factors which will affect the quality of the gong expected from a particular type of shooting targets. They include things such as the thickness and size of the target as well as the angle and distance at which the target is mounted. Your rifle target shooting is mounted in such a way that it is mobile when hit then the gong may end up being louder as well as more effective. You may have to spend a lot of money on acquiring the shooting targets but they will be worth every penny in terms of the training time and the ongoing cardboard replacement they are able to save you.

This will also reflect in the rate of paper target replacement. Shoot More and Use Your Time More Efficiently The steel shooting targets will greatly improve efficiency during the shooting sport training on top of the audio and visual indicators. You can reduce the time that you spend changing the cardboard and paper shooting targets and use that time to do some actual shooting. The 20 or 30 minutes you save on a daily basis by shooting targets more often will eventually count when you look at it cumulatively in the course of a year.

This will especially count if you are working with a big department. Reactive shooting targets are more fun and people find them to be quite entertaining and this is a plus for your training program. Most people would rather go for shooting scenes which are intriguing and tactical rather than using paper shooting targets all day.

Metal shooting targets move and ring loudly to let you know they have been hit

They would rather go for rifle targets that spin, fall, dodge, drop and charge. People will most definitely come back when the training you offer is interesting. There are many companies which are manufacturing the steel targets for shooting range use and it is thus becoming difficult for people to get accurate information. A look at the data provided by the American Iron & Steel Institute that is located in Washington D.C. Is meant to help people get accurate comparison and evaluation. So what exactly is Steel? This is basically a metal alloy which is made out of combining iron and different amounts of carbon. The alloy may also contain other elements such as manganese, tungsten, chromium, and nickel among others.

The quality of the steel produced is dependent on the composition of the different elements as well as the process used to make it. Altering the processes such as heat treatment, rolling and finishing will definitely result in different types of steel. This means that there are basically so many types of steel that can be created as the process gets modified. There are up to 3000 types of chemical compositions that can be used to come up with steel. This is mainly because of the different alloys available as well as the treatment methods that can be used to come up with the steel.

The Quality and Hardness of the Steel Steel shooting targets need should have a Brinell Hardness Number (BHN) of more than 500 if it is to be considered safe and functional. This is the type of steel that should be used to make the targets. Other factors that come into play include impact resistance, toughness as well as strength. The Brinell hardness is determined using the amount of resistance that is offered to the penetration of a carbide steel ball which is 1.6 mm in diameter and 12.6 kg. This is given as a ration of the load applied to the size of indentation.

More about metal target hardness

This test is internationally accepted as the standard measurement for steel hardness. FACT – Steel Hardness is determined by 2 Factors The first factor is the chemical composition which mainly depends on the carbon and other alloying elements being used. The second factor is the way in which the process of heating and cooling is controlled. These two factors usually determine the quality of the steel produced. For more about shooting targets make sure and check out the national shooting sports foundation. FACT – Steel Hardness is important for safety The hardness of the steel is important for shooting targets because it will generally determine the splatter patterns with the smoother surfaces being more predictable. When steel of the shooting targets is not hard enough, it can end up developing dimples, craters, dimples and other forms of deformations. When a bullet lands on the deformed surfaces, it is hard to predict the splatter and this is unacceptable as a training environment. There are a few steel mills that have the ability to produce the quality of steel required for targets despite the many steel mills presents all over the world. 

The companies may have differences in the way they manufacture their steel but at the end of the day they all seek to ensure that they make similar sheets of hard steel. There are some suppliers of shooting equipment who attempt to make sales by making up non-existent differences in the steel quality of the equipment. There are some who go out of their way to claim that the kind of steel they use is the hardened type as opposed to the one which is surface hardened and referred to as AR500 steel and is commonly used by most people. This is a great website to find a place to shoot targets if you live in the city, or have nowhere you can shoot. metal shooting targets You need to watch out to avoid being caught up in cases where the equipment you have is just over-hyped. The fact that the Brinell hardness number is greater than 500 does not mean that it is actually rated above 700. Getting hard steel for shooting targets is a priority for most people but this may also mean that one gets to spend more to get the hardness they need. Tests were conducted and it was realized that the difference between a 500 BHN and 535 BHN is not that much when a bullet is used for testing.

This difference can only be spotted when one used a gauge to measure. The steel that is very hard can also be used for training purposes or even ballistics during training. Which people get to use the best steel for shooting targets? You basically need to carry out proper research so that you are able to find out the truth regarding the steel before you choose to purchase it.

This knowledge will serve you well when you decide to buy steel targets. FACT – There are existing differences in the steel being used when it comes to quality Most people would not want to hear this but the truth is that there are some steel shooting targets that are made from steel that is inferior in terms of quality especially if they are made for home use.

There are also some manufacturers of the commercial pistol targets who use substandard steel as well. One should basically avoid using targets that are made of such steel because they are vulnerable to deformation, pocking as well as cratering. This makes them very dangerous to the users. You need to avoid any steel that has a BHN which falls below 400 as well as the steel that is below 300 in the T-1 category. FACT – You need flat surfaces if you are to have splatter patterns that are consistent The flatness or smoothness of steel is affected by two things.

It can be affected by the quality of steel used that ends up pocking, getting deformed or forming craters. This can also be influenced by placing bolts, clamps as well as brackets on the way. So why would this end up being an issue? This is mainly because you can predict the pattern of bullet splatter on a flat surface. This will vary if the steel gets damaged. There may be some bullet ricocheting or getting fragmented when one decides to shoot steel shooting targets and this issue can be addressed when one designs the targets properly so that the degree of safety is higher.


FACT – Your targets last longer when the bullet energy is dissipated It is common for a bullet that strikes a still target to focus all the energy towards the point where it firsts gets into contact with the steel of the shooting targets and this weakens the steel at that point. When your targets are tilted at an angle that is lesser than 90 then some of that energy will be deflected instead of being absorbed. If the target is tilted and mobile at the time of contact, there will be more deflection than the absorbing. No Steel Target is Indestructible It is clear that all the steel shooting targets that are available out there can be damaged depending on how badly they are used. It does not matter how hard the steel is that is being used in the shooting targets or what kind of design it has, if it is used incorrectly and abused, it will still end up being damaged.

FACT – Heat is the basic destructive force that is generated by bullets The bullets that come into contact with a steel surface of the shooting targets are known to concentrate some heat energy which ends up altering the hardness of the steel and at the same time damaging the face. The amount of heat generated is usually proportional to the speed and mass of the bullet. This is basically why the bullets that are shot from rifles are known to be more devastating to the steel shooting targets than the ones which come from the handguns.

FACT – The distance of the rifle also has a role to play The distance from which the rifle shoots also affects the extent of the damage likely to affect the steel shooting targets. The damage coming from the shot from a rifle which is a 100 yards away will still damage the steel target even if it has a 550 Brinell hardness. It still comes down to the quality of the steel that you use as well as the type of ammunition being used on the steel. The damage is still possible despite the tilt on the steel target. You can choose a type of steel shooting targets that are meant to work with your specific rifle. It is hard for one to project the effect expected on the steel because so many variables come into play.

These variables include things such as bullet velocity, barrel length, type of ammunition and the manufacturer of the manufacturer. You can establish how your target gets affected by firing a shot from 100 yards away then check the extent of damage. You can then move closer by a few yards if there is no damage. Keep adjusting till you find the optimal distance for your particular rifle and ammunition. People are satisfied by different levels of dimpling on their steel shooting targets. It is important for you to ensure that the handgun and rifle targets are separated.

Rifles are generally used at a longer distance than a handgun during training with shooting targets for a variety of reasons.

FACT – The distance that a shotgun is a minimum of 100 yards The shotguns have the highest potential for damage from the lead returned from poor quality shooting targets. Do your best to stay at a safe distance. FACT – The same quality of steel used in shooting targets is needed for regular ammunition and frangible ammunition Most of the time the frangible ammunition is lighter than the regular ammunition. Lighter bullets travel at a higher speed which means that they are likely to have more damage on the steel shooting targets. The frangible ammunition works with the steel shooting targets and even shooting targets as well so long as it is designed to work with that particular ammunition.