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Target Guide

AR500 Steel target recommendations

  • 1/4" Thick AR500 - .22 rimfire rifle and pistol.

  • 3/8” Thick AR500 all pistol cartridges and rifle up to 30-06  < 3,000 fps at impact. For shotgun use, up to 12 Ga bird shot is fine but use lead shot only. Steel shoot will bounce off the targets and cause significant problems. Rifle Calibers targets should be placed at 100 yards or further, Shotguns 35 yards or more.

  • 1/2” Thick AR500 all pistol cartridges and rifle up to .338 Lapua  <3,000 fps at impact. Up to 12 Ga Shotgun.


It is up to the shooter to test fire their particular cartridge on the target to ensure that it does not unduly damage it. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in reduced target performance and longevity and is not recommended.


We recommend that our targets be used at 100 yards or greater with rifle and no closer than 10 yards with pistol. 


Always wear safety glasses and ear protection while shooting.


Never shoot steel core ammunition, steel shot or armor piercing ammo at the targets. Doing so will cause significant damage to the target and can cause ricochets. Lead core ammunition is recommended as it fragments on impact causing minimal damage.


Always keep the bullet velocity below 3,000 fps by choosing the appropriate cartridge or distance from the target. Failure to do so will result in reduced target performance and longevity.


When shooting steel it is always possible for bullet fragments to land near/strike shooters or spectators. Everyone in the area, whether shooting or spectating, should always wear safety glasses and hearing protection.

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