I want more stuff like this! It is important to understand that steel targets are designed and tuned for a spectrum of velocities and bullet energy. Sign up for the All Outdoor weekly email and never miss our most popular stories.
Ideally, a steel target will be so hard that it would never deform, but over time any steel target will eventually wear out. Steel targets make for a cleaner range and more efficient range visits due to the time saved from setting up targets and checking to see if you hit the target.
Even if all reasonable safety precautions have been met, accidents can happen. Action Target eliminates these other angles, which delivers a safer target system. Action Targets have a full line of both rimfire and centerfire targets to choose from. To further complicate the safety of the issue, he invited everyone on the shooting line to shoot at the targets, which just adds to a whole bunch of bullet angles hitting the steel target. One point I will make is that the Evil Roy stands are front heavy and are un-footed, so if you are setting up on softer ground, you may need a few pieces of wood to prevent the un-footed feet from sinking in.
This fear has generally limited my steel shooting to. All this put me on a quest for a better, safer, steel target for rimfire and centerfire handgun and rifle rounds. The problem is that many people are seriously mis-using these steel targets and creating a potentially hazardous or deadly shooting environment around them.
Action Targets recommends a 10-yard minimum with rimfire and handgun rounds and a 100-yard minimum with centerfire rifle rounds.
The exception is the 45-degree angled target head I tested which allows centerfire rifle shooting at distances as little as 50-yards. Twitter Auto Publish Powered By: He exclaimed he had never had an issue with ricochet, but after I moved to a different range I heard another shooter on that shooting line was hit with splatter and had a minor cut.
No other target manufacturer goes to these lengths to assure the safety of its steel targets. Select your target and go have fun shooting.
If you have watched any shooting sports or tactical TV, then you know steel shooting targets are hugely popular for all areas of sport, target, and tactical training. Angled Steel Targets dissipate the energy of the bullet though both impact and a degree of deflection which prevent the target from taking 100 percent of the impact force.
It is critical to ensure you are shooting beyond the minimum stated shooting distance by the manufacturer with the intended cartridge. Action Target has used high-speed video and lead splash capture markers to determine the safest optimal angles possible for its targets.
Here is what I found — not all steel targets are created equal. The advantages of steel targets go way beyond just the cool sound they make when hit. There are a number of primary factors that significantly minimize that risk, including target and stand design, steel material, surface smoothness, and the angle of the steel itself.
Long sleeves, jeans, and head protection is suggested, and where possible shoot hollow-point or frangible ammunition for added safety. Always wear safety glasses when shooting, and especially when shooting steel targets.
Shooting Distances, Bullet Material, Speed, and Caliber The problem is that many people are seriously mis-using these steel targets and creating a potentially hazardous or deadly shooting environment around them.
Many ranges see enough such ricochets from steel that they permit only paper targets with pine wood based stands.