I was first introduced to Shoot Steel targets at the Big 3 Media event I was helping set up the ranges before the event and got a good up close look at them. Some had been shot from prior events and you could feel just a slight peening. I was impressed with the size and thickness of the rifle plates and as I wasn’t wearing gloves assembling them I didn’t get cut on the edges.
They were smooth at the time I figured they were cut with a water jet, as AR-550 plate can be rough on shears and other cutting methods, but a little run through of their website corrected my thought as I saw they use a laser cutting method. Laser cutting allows for a more cost effective method of cutting while minimizing the damage to the tempering at the edge of the cut.
I ordered a small rim fire silhouette plate made of 5/16” mil-dtl-12560j class 1 steel. The hardness range is 363-400BHN. It is rated for pistol calibers up to 40 s&w and 45 ACP and rimfire cartridges minus the .17 wsm. My range at to moment only tops out at 75 yards and I tend to shoot rim fire much more. Having ordered online I found it was quick and easy and the target and base showed up within the week.
Getting home from work I was surprised by a rather heavy little package and a lighter bigger box. Having spent to many hours at the job I had almost forgot that some fun was on the way. It was quick work for my Finn Bear EDC to open the package. The target was well packaged in cardboard, wrapped like a book. In another small box was the upgraded mounting hardware to allow it to sit on top of a two by four. A third box held the base. The only thing required to make this a complete target is a two by four. The base has a big enough footprint to stabilize the target, but even still on another range I was knocking the target over until we threw a tire on the back legs. Steady rythmetic hits get the target rocking and it fell over forward. It wasn’t a problem but it got everyone else grumpy. The carriage bolt head takes some abuse from repeated impacts but that is a consumable item available from shoot steel or from any hardware store.
I plan on adding a few more of Shoot Steels fine targets to my range as I expand it out. It is always a good practice to have a proper backstop suitable to what you are shooting in case of misses. Shoot Steel has many different type of targets for everything from 22lr to 50BMG, and in multiple sizes and shapes.