Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tips for Choosing the Right Steel Targets

The most satisfying targets to shoot have to be steel targets. The impact on steel provides an audible ‘ding’ letting you know you’ve successfully struck your target. They are also extremely durable and able to withstand thousands of impacts before showing any signs of wear and tear. But, not every type of steel is designed for use with firearms and using an inferior material can cause serious injuries caused by dangerous ricochets and shattering of metal plates. So, we’ve put together a list of tips for choosing the right steel for your firing range.

  • Know What You’re Ammo Can Handle – It’s important to be intimately familiar with the ammunition being used when on a gun range. If jacketed, armor piercing or magnum ammunition is being used, a harder steel will be necessary to avoid damaging the steel, which can cause the metal to crack and pit.
  • Always Use Abrasion Resistant Steel – It’s a good idea to use abrasion resistant steel for all shooting targets, as it is designed to allow bullets to disintegrate upon impact. Using less durable metals including aluminum or copper targets can cause punctures as well as dangerous ricochets. Using abrasion resistant steel to manufacture targets ensures they will last for years to come without any signs of compromise or fatigue.
  • Always Use the Proper Accessories – If you’re going to safely shoot steel targets, make sure to only use target stands and accessories designed for the firearms being used. Proper setup of targets and stands will provide additional safety and ensure an injury-free shooting experience.
  • Perform Your Own Tests – Performing your own tests will help determine which steel targets will be needed for the types of ammunition you enjoy using. After performing tests using different calibers & grades of steel, you’ll have a better understanding of how your ammunition performs when striking the various types of AR steel.

Choosing the right type of steel targets can be confusing, and understanding what to consider when buying steel targets can be a nightmare. We use AR200 steel for our 1/4" rimfire targets and AR500 steel for larger calibers & magnum ammunition. Always make sure to start from a safe distance & use protective gear when shooting targets to reduce the likelihood of accidents and injuries. How do you choose what type of steel targets you’re going to use? Share your thoughts with us below!

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Benefits of Using AR500 Steel for Targets

The Benefits of Using AR500 Steel for Targets

When it comes to target practice, few things are more rewarding than the sound of the bullet striking a steel target and seeing it react as a result of your accurate shot. If you’re considering a purchase of steel targets for use on your property or private range, be sure they are constructed out of AR500 steel. While mild steel targets are cheap and readily available, they lack many important features provided by AR500 steel targets.

AR500 Steel Construction

AR500 steel is an abrasion resistant alloy constructed specifically for harsh conditions and long-term use. It is heat treated for through-hardening purposes and resistant to high impacts for a range of distances and calibers. The AR500 plating is so strong and reliable, it’s used in the development of critical components in power plants and is commonly used for ballistic plate body armor.

Our targets made from AR500 steel are cut using CNC lasers. Unlike plasma torches and other cutting methods, lasers minimize the heat transferred to the metal which can cause metals to become brittle after cutting. This reduces hardness and increases the likelihood of cracking after repeated impacts. The area most affected by cutting the material is called the heat affected zone (HAZ). CNC lasers greatly reduce the HAZ, thereby keeping the steel as close as possible to its originally hardened state.

AR500 Steel Target Benefits

The rigorous development process of AR500 steel makes it a great material to use in the production of steel targets. Some of the benefits include:
·       Will not crater or pit upon impact
·       Greatly reduces chance of ricocheting bullet parts
·       Does not lose its audio response over time
·       Highly rust resistant
·       Will outlast the competition

AR500 steel targets will not form craters or be pierced through upon impact, which is fairly common when using mild steel. Craters and pits are dangerous because they create the possibility of spraying part of a bullet or jacket back to the shooter. This doesn’t happen with AR500 steel due to the hardness of the material. Piercings can also cause the target to lose its audio response over time making it difficult to discern if the target was hit. Since AR500 steel is so difficult to pierce, this concern can be eliminated when the right materials are being used to make steel targets. The final and perhaps most important feature of AR500 steel targets is that they will last a lifetime. This is a feature that is only accomplished through rigorous development and the highest quality standards. With AR500 steel targets, you can rest assured that you are getting a product that’s safe, reliable and the best in the industry! Shop our selection today to find the highest quality AR500 steel targets and target accessories.