• steel target shooting safety Four Steel Target Shooting Myths

     

    There are several common misconceptions about steel targets and the practice of shooting them for competitions, protection, training or just for fun!

    We’re here to clear the air about some of those myths. These are very important as most of them have a direct correlation to your safety while steel target shooting.

    Myth #1: Don’t spend money on knock-overs or steel targets, just go to the junkyard for cheap/free steel.

    Not a good idea! Scrap steel, rotors, brake drums and other types of steel you would find in a junkyard are very different from steel that’s manufactured specifically to shoot. You run a high risk of bullet ricochet when shooting just any old type of steel.

    Myth #2: I can ask my local welder to make steel shooting targets for me.

    This is risky. The process of manufacturing steel shooting targets takes specific knowledge about steel types, welding techniques and ballistic design. It’s better to trust an expert! Our targets are precision cut with a CNC plasma cutter and submersed in water to cool to maintain the integrity of the steel, ensure the longest lifespan and safety.

    Myth #3: Steel targets aren’t durable or meant for a lot of shooting.

    If they are designed correctly, steel targets can last you awhile and take a lot of impact. Our steel targets are great for most pistol and rifle calibers, including .223, 20-06 and 308 high-powered rifles.

    Myth #4: I can shoot steel targets from any distance with any firearm.

    No! It’s important that you read the safety info when purchasing our steel targets. They are not designed for use with center fire rifles or shotgun slugs, to name a couple. Rifle ammunition muzzle velocity should not exceed 3,200 feet per second at point of impact and you should stand at least 100 yards away.

  • 12in. X 20in. 2/3sc. IDPA/ISPC Steel Target Understanding Proper Steel Target Shooting Safety

     

    When hunting, engaging in shooting sports, or using a firearm in anyway, safety should always be your main concern. If you’re even the least bit experienced, you probably know the Cardinal Rules of Firearm Safety, as well as the importance of wearing proper personal protective equipment, such as safety glasses, long sleeves and closed toe shoes. Here’s what you need to understand specifically about steel target shooting safety:

    While steel targets are a rewarding way to sharpen your shot, they come with one major precaution: Bullet fragmentation. When a bullet impacts a steel target, fragments will deflect or ricochet away from the target at a high velocity. As long as you practice the safety steps listed below, you will drastically minimize the risk of unpredictable bullet fragmentation:

    1. Make sure targets are facing downward at a 20 degree angle.
    2. Hang the targets loosely to allow the target face to absorb energy and swing back deflecting bullet fragments to the ground.
    3. Keep objects such as other targets, target stands and any other solid objects away from your shooting target to reduce potential secondary ricochet.
    4. Stagger multiple targets or use plywood to absorb fragments between targets.
    5. Do not place the targets over hard objects on the ground such as rocks or concrete.
    6. Inspect and replace any significantly deformed or damaged steel targets that may cause an unpredictable ricochet.
    7. Do the same for any target hardware (bolts, hooks and stands) that is damaged and may also cause unpredictable ricochet.

    Follow these steel target shooting safety steps, and you’ll be well on your way to a fun, safe and enjoyable shooting experience! Click here to browse through our products and find your next set of Knock-Overs, Gongs and more.

  • Man using Competition Silhouette steel shooting target All About Silhouette Competition Shooting, Part 1:

    The sport of silhouette competition shooting is exciting, challenging, relatively inexpensive and a fun way to develop your shooting skills. In this 2-part blog, we’ll discuss the history of the sport, the rules, and how you can get started.

    History

    Silhouette shooting has been around since its origin in Mexico in the 1940’s. Today, it is shot all over the world with everything from air pistols to black powder rifles. Commands to load, fire and cease fire are generally given in Spanish to honor the sport’s heritage.

    The Rules of the Game

    The object is to knock as many silhouettes as possible off their pedestals. It’s a simple competition with simple scoring: You receive 1 point for knocking a silhouette animal off its stand, 0 for anything else.

    A match can consist of 40, 60 or 80 shots at the same number of animals. For example, in a 60-shot match, you would shoot 15 rounds at 15 chickens and the same for pigs, rams and turkeys. Distances vary depending on the animal at which you’re shooting.

    You shoot at silhouettes in sets, also known as banks. Each bank consists of 5 shots which you have 2-1/2 minutes to complete.

    Mastering the Game

    Although the rules are simple, becoming an expert at silhouette shooting is not easy. The small, silhouette animals are placed between 40 and 100 yards, you must shooting standing, and a moderate breeze can throw off your shot. Concentration is of the utmost importance especially as the game goes on.

    In a 60-shot match, novice shooters may score in the 20’s, most in the 30’s and 40’s, and a few will break 50. A perfect score of 60 is very rare. If you’re interested in getting involved competitively, don’t worry – shooters are classified into handicap groups based on talent level.

    Regardless of your score, toppling a silhouette is a satisfying and exciting experience that will leave you wanting more! You can look into the NRA’s Silhouette Programs here and look through Magnum Target’s Silhouette Knock-Overs here. Stay tuned for part 2 where we will go into more detail on what it takes to get started in the world of silhouette competition shooting.

  • Firearm rules and safety The Cardinal Rules of Firearm Safety

    If you’re a gun owner, we’re sure that you’re aware of all the basic rules of firearm safety. At least, we hope. It never hurts to have a reminder though, especially when dealing with these powerful weapons.

     

    Regardless of how experienced you are with firearms, a safe shooting experience should always be a primary concern. If you’re a novice and want to begin using firearms, read and remember these rules. If you’re a seasoned veteran, this is your friendly reminder. Feel free to save and share these rules with anyone who may need them.

    1. Treat all firearms as though they are loaded – you wouldn’t point a loaded gun in an unsafe direction or look down the barrel. Don’t do it with an unloaded gun either. Always treat firearms in the same, cautious manner whether loaded or unloaded.
    2. Point the muzzle in a safe direction at all times – point when you’re ready to fire at you’re desired target. Don’t ever point the muzzle in unsafe directions just to do it.
    3. Keep your finger outside of the trigger guard – until you are ready to fire, hold the firearm in a way which keeps your finger off the trigger.
    4. Know your target – be sure of your target and what is behind it. When target shooting, it is important to consider any potential ricochet that could occur.

    Follow these 4 rules, and you can have a safe, enjoyable and rewarding shooting experience! Firearms are deadly and powerful weapons, but it’s important to remember that you are in control. They are also a lot of fun and sometimes even necessary to own and operate.

    Follow the cardinal rules of firearm safety closely and never have a bad shooting experience. If you or someone you know is a beginner, Magnum Target is here to provide the perfect targets for you and to ensure a safe experience.

  • How to hang steel shooting targets How to Hang Steel Shooting Targets

     

    At Magnum Target, we take pride in offering the highest quality shooting targets around. If you haven’t used our targets before, the product speaks for itself!

    Having a great product is only half the battle. If you want to have the safest and most effective target shooting experience possible, it’s necessary to learn how to mount or hang steel shooting targets the right way.

    First, we design our targets to be versatile. We want them to have many hanging/mounting options for your convenience so most of our hanging targets are designed to work with a variety of inexpensive Shepherd’s hooks which can be found at Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc.

    Before you mount a steel target, it’s important that you inspect it thoroughly for damage. Any steel target that is deformed or damaged in any way can cause ricochet’s and be very hazardous to your safety.

    When hanging, the targets should be loosely hung and face downward at a 20 degree angle. This allows the target face to absorb the impact of a bullet and swing back, deflecting debris to the ground below the target.

    Avoiding the ricochet of bullets is essential and something you should always remember to ensure safety. Stagger multiple targets and use materials such as plywood to absorb fragments between targets. If you notice any hard objects, such as rocks or concrete sticking out of the ground be sure to remove them.

    Finally, make sure you hang steel shooting targets at the proper distance. When using handgun calibers, shooters and spectators should stand a minimum distance of 10 yards away. When using a high-powered rifle, stand a minimum of 100 yards away.

    Don’t skim over the importance of hanging steel shooting targets the right way! This is a necessary step to ensure maximum safety and to improve your shot. If you have any questions, we’re always here to help through every step of the process. 501-804-1501.

  • shooting tips 5 Shooting Tips for Better Accuracy

     

    Whether you’re trying to tighten up your shot for competition or defense, or both, it’s a learning process every step of the way. Beginners and advanced marksmen can become more accurate by following these 5 shooting tips.

    Know your rifle

    Mastering your firearm of choice is the first step in becoming a better shooter. You will first need to make sure that the distances and types of targets match the gun you’re using. Then it’s time to get to know your gun better than anyone. Learning the specific trigger and quickly being able to reload or clear a jam are essential steps in becoming a more competitive and defensive shooter.

    Learn to read the wind

    Most aspects of shooting – the target distance, gun model, and your stance – are an exact science. The wind is not. The only way you can get better at reading varying wind speeds and direction are to practice at long-range distances. This leads to the next tip.

    Practice makes perfect

    Again, no matter how many times you have done it, you can always do a little more to perfect a skill set. First, practice safety. Second, practice using your specific firearm. Finally, practice different types of target shooting. Once you have mastered one type, move on to the next to become better-rounded.

    Find the right targets

    Not all targets are the same! Find targets that are designed for use with your particular firearm. Set your targets in safe locations and at proper distances, and don’t ever use a steel pistol target that has been deformed or damaged.

    Make adjustments

    Mostly because of varying weather conditions and the many types of firearms, competitive target shooting can sometimes be a trial-and-error sport. As long as you’re always practicing safety-first, try shooting from new spots at varying distances. If one way isn’t working, don’t keep repeating it.

  • Target Shooting Target Shooting – A Hobby, A Job, A Necessity

    What shooting a gun means for one person, means something entirely different for the next. Carrying, owning and shooting firearms have a rich history not only the U.S., but pre-dating our country and tracing all the way back to the 13th century were the first (very primitive) firearms were invented.

    Today, firearms still hold an important place in our society and regardless of what you use them for, target shooting and practicing the proper use of these powerful tools is of the utmost importance!

    The Hobby

    You may be a novice, just entering a fascination with guns and all that you can do with them, or you may be an experienced gun-owner and operator.

    Either way, Round Hanging Targets, Knock-Overs and Flat Top Gongs, for example, are all types of steel shooting targets that will help you refine your craft. Whether you’re into competitive shooting events or you just like to hunt, target shooting can certainly make your hobby more enjoyable.

    The Job

    In this category, we most often think of police officers. It is law enforcements’ job to protect the well-being of the public and its citizens and firearms are often necessary for them to carry out that duty.

    Law enforcement officers are obviously trained properly before they’re able to serve and target shooting is a big part of their training. For officers looking to be the best in their field, Magnum Target has a wide range of steel targets manufactured for law enforcement.

    The Necessity

    Now, you can say that firearms and target shooting are necessities for competitive shooting sports, hunting and police officers – and you would be correct. But here, we are talking specifically about the necessity for average citizens to protect themselves and their families.

    Regardless of your experience with guns, if you feel the need to protect yourself and exercise your right to a firearm, call Magnum Target at 501-804-1501, visit our website and view our products at www.magnumtarget.com and make sure you’re ready to aim and fire when the time is necessary!

  • Recreate your hunt with Magnum Target silhouettes and knock-overs Recreate Your Hunt with Magnum Target

    When you are out hunting, trapping or fishing, the goal is to locate and take down your prey. Out in the wild, there are a lot of different things that can happen to change your approach or shot. You could be dealing with high winds, long shooting distances, various obstacles or maybe you have been out in your tree stand for hours and haven’t seen a single creature.

    The best way to prepare for the hunt is to try to recreate the atmosphere and event. That’s where Magnum Target comes into play. You can train your muscles and brain to react to the conditions and make sure you hit your mark with a steel shooting target.

    The first thing to think about is what type of animal you are looking to take down. Magnum Target offers different silhouettes and knock-overs that are shaped like different animals. Match what you will be hunting with the steel target from Magnum Target.

    The next thing you want to think about is what type of firearm you will be using while you are out in the wild. Magnum has your shooting needs covered by offering targets for high power rifles, pistols, .22 LR rim-fires and air rifles.

    You can also choose between different target materials and sizes to make sure you get the perfect fit for your shooting needs.

    Before you put your hunter orange and camo on, make sure you are well trained with a steel target from Magnum Target. You have invested a lot of valuable time and money in a hunting trip and preparation will be the key. You may only have one shot to make it count.