Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Friends, Firearms, Fun

This last Saturday some friends and myself met at the farm for a few hours of work and shooting therapy. I was eager to try out the new target I had received from Grizzly Targets.

I have never been a fan of paper targets, sure they have a purpose for sighting in and some competition but they lack real world feel.
Grizzly calls this new target the  AR500 Trifecta Reactive Target. From past experience this steel is tough and won't be destroyed by any normal hunting or hand gun round. We have shot it with almost everything short of a 50 BMG with very little sign of damage so under normal shooting it will last longer than your gun.

One of the things I liked about the 3 different target surfaces was it allows you to transition between aim points like you may encounter in real world shooting, like a follow up shots or multiple targets. The little stickers are more for display as they disintegrate after one shot but it would be fairly effective to spray paint the targets with high visibility paint for easier acquisition at a distance. 
We shot it with a verity of weapons including a great number of 22 rounds. The 22 LR won't make it totally retract down but it does move enough there is no doubt you had a solid hit. The 38 special and 44 special were a blast to practice with.
Another beauty of the target is it is easy to move around so it can be placed in close for hand gun practice or even out past a hundred yards for practice with a scoped rifle. 

Senior has his newest holster system to try out it involves a quick release so it can be reattached to another mounting point, ask him to explain it more if interested.

After a few hours of 'abuse' the target was noticeably used  but in no way damaged.

Interesting side note, I like to reload and I cast a lot of my own bullets like the 38 specials shown in the first picture, due to the nature of this target all the energy is taken from the bullet by the target and a great number of the lead bullets will lay at the base of the target which I just pick up and return to my lead smelting pot to reuse, I call it "Gunners Going Green" that should make the anti gun people and liberals feel all warm an fuzzy.


  1. That's interesting. I wonder if a thick steel back drop with a shelf on it would save even more spent lead for adding back to the smelting pot? Kinda a shroud you place behind and around the target itself. Maybe ricochet would be too much of an issue with that.

    1. PP, I guess a piece of steel as a back drop would work if it was angled such to deflect missed rounds down toward the ground.

  2. You folks have a good system for practicing your skills. I think doing it as a group helps you overcome the inertia that keeps a lot of people from loading up, going out, shooting, coming back and cleaning, the whole 9 yards.

    1. Harry, shooting with friends makes it more of a fun day for sure. Thanks

  3. Looks like a great time was had by all. Cool.