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Let's see your steel targets.

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by M2 Carbine, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine

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    I like steel targets because they last for many years and some react when shot, but mostly because I don't have to keep replacing paper targets.

    Years ago I found out how handy steel plate is when used for a backyard bullet stop. I made a couple bullet traps for paper targets and a couple swinging targets. For a lot of years this steel has stopped many thousand of bullets.

    Recently I added a steel plate (Gray) that was on the 50 yard line at the rifle range.
    With chains I hung a small 1/4 inch steel plate in front of the large plate. The little target has turned out to be a very active target, especially when shot rapid fire with a 22.
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    Two favorite steel targets are on the rifle range.
    One is a 2 foot square plate. I paint it black and outline a 18 inch white silhouette. This is normally used as a 52 yard small handgun target.
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    On the left of the black target is a white 1 foot square steel plate welded to a pole. This is also a good target since it is about COM size and it gives a satisfying ring when shot with a 22, as this young lady is doing here.
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    The final steel target is one I bought at a gun show. Hitting the bottom four targets causes them to flip up out of play. Then hitting the top target resets the bottom four. A nice pistol challenge, especially with a timer.
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    So, what steel targets are you shooting? I could use some more ideas.:)
     
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  2. eddief4

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    my range is paper only:sigh:
     

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    I'm jealous........i've never shot at steel.
     
  4. GreyEclipse

    GreyEclipse TheGreyEclipse

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    I have shot at steel but I don't own any.

    The ones I did shoot were not as nice as yours though. :crying:
     
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    Ironbar

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    So, I'm just curious. Is this pistol practice for when you're in a life & death situation with a bad guy who's half a footbal field away??
     
  6. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    Not mine, but I want to get back on this Texas Star. Shoot off a plate and it starts spinning.

    REVENGE SOON!
    Courtesy of Colorado4Wheel.
     
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  7. DeltaNu1142

    DeltaNu1142 Glock talker

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    I guess you've never seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

    I tried, but didn't find any instance of the term "self defense" in this thread.
     
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  8. M2 Carbine

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    That looks interesting. I wonder how that works.

    I built a rocking target that is a bit of a challenge but it's for paper targets.
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    I've thought of some moving/rocking/swinging steel targets but my range is a work in progress, so whatever I make has to be somewhat easy to move.
     
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    Plate racks in my backyard.

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  10. deutscheglocker

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    This was given to me by a fellow shooter. I may rework it as a hanging swing set.
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    These are 8" rounds I got from a guy on THR for $20 ea. They are AR500 plate and I will make a couple chain gongs and replace a couple of the spring plate mild steel with these.
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    These were the latest versions of my spring plates. 8" rounds welded to 2" pipe inserted into the springs. I had to raise the plates to prevent shooters from skipping bullets into the ground when they shoot low.
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    Here are some target holders, some self setting speed plates I got from MGM targets and the early spring plates I made using some dumwaiter springs
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    This is a swing set I made with 1/2" plate and 1" pipe
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    My next target is going to be a piece of 1/2" plate 20" by 22" hung like a gong. I'm going to have a mini group shoot and set it up at 200 yds. Pistol offhand only. I can hit pepper poppers at 100 pretty regularly. There was a bet on another forum which was the ability to hit a 12" sq target at 200 yds with 50 shots. The guy hit it on the 47th shot. This got me interested in setting up for longer range shooting. Thoughts?
     
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    I love that movie, I've seen it at least 50 times.
     
  13. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    Just a "T" shape on the bottom of the plate, fits in a notch on the arm and has a spring loaded retainer (for lack of a better term). When you shoot one off, the weight is thrown off and it rotates.

    This isn't me, just something I found to give you an idea.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn58fHRACV0

    ...about 30 seconds in.
     
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    This is what we welded up to shoot at in Peru.
    Cherokee Slim
     
  15. hogship

    hogship Patriot Extraordinaire

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    This steel target set was supposed to be made for 22's, but if you look closely, you'll see I have had to reinforce the metal plates.......they were bending out of shape.

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