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Discussion in 'GSSF' started by whiskerz, Nov 11, 2005.
I am in the Atl. area looking to buy one. any good deals ? Thanks, W.
52 Jack Meadows Rd.
Douglasville, GA 30134
Contact: Dan Meadows
He builds the ones GSSF furnishes at matches.
First class gentelman to deal with!
PM me for more info, we have one.
We found someone local who built one for us to use at Glock matches.
I am amazed at the number of people I have met in our area that are welders, and willing to build this type of stuff, and for very reasonable prices too.
No matter who you buy from get a firm delivery date, somebody waited a looooooong time before theirs was ready. Some folks do plate racks as a sideline to their other business.
a good set of blueprints and my uncle would build one. He has the steel. HMMMMMM
Im thinking poppers and steel D1's
Be aware that there are two basic styles of plate racks.
The full size, "Bianchi" rack has spacing of 12 inches, edge to edge, between the plates. This is the size of the racks that GSSF itself provides at matches and I believe it is the same as DEJ/FL's rack. This spacing makes the entire rack 10 feet long and it weighs something like 300 pounds. Unless you have a tractor with hay forks, a forklift, or rig up some type of wheeled trailer to handle it, it takes about 5 strong backs to move one around.
A "speed" rack uses 6 inch spacing, edge to edge, between plates. This results in a rack about 2/3's the size and weight of a full size "Bianchi" rack. It is also easier to move, as well as less expensive.
I think I would go with a "speed" rack, myself.
Any other opinions out there?
The important thing in learning how to shoot a plate rack is to learn to shoot one plate at a time and NOT wait to see if you hit it or not.
You need to learn to move from one plate to another, taking one shot at each, and keep moving. To learn this, you do not necessarily need a full up plate rack.
Another possibility you might consider is to have six 8" plates constructed, but weld a length of steel to the backs of them and "hang" them from some sort of overhead support.
These would not fall over; you would just "ring" them and paint them from time to time. The support system could be built of wood and would be much cheaper.
You could obviously space these any way you want to with little trouble.
Another possibility; There was an outfit, whose name escapes me, that made PLASTIC plates that do fall over and were remotely resettable. You could mount as many as you wanted, in this case 6, along a 2 x 4. You have to use FMJ bullets as hollowpoints have a "cookie cutter" effect and the plates will not last as long.
Both the plastic and "hanger" option mean you can also practice with .22s, a much cheaper option.
Another option is to use inexpensive paper plates stapled to a 2X4 setting on a couple of saw horses! That's what we use until we got our plate rack. Same practice skills, place your shots on the paper plates and after a while, go out and replace them!