If you follow these Steel Target Safety Tips , you can be assured of having a great day banging the gong.
Most manufacturers of steel targets carry product liability insurance and have lawyers on retainer. You can trust that those two powerful forces would come together to put the stops on their client’s product line if steel target safety was a big issue.
Shooting firearms safely always demands your utmost attention. After all, you are responsible for every round you fire until it comes to rest. Or, as I like to say, every bullet you fire comes attached to a lawyer. If you’re including steel shooting targets in your mix, here’s what you need to know to keep it all safe:
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe shooting distances and calibers for the type of steel target you are shooting. AR500 is a great grade of steel for targets. Usually lead or copper jacketed ammo will be safe to use, but your target’s manufacturer knows best. If you can’t find their recommendations, as them.
- Mount targets on an angle of 5° to 30° from the ground. This helps deflect bullet fragments towards the ground and greatly increases the life of your steel shooting targets.
- Avoid shooting at damaged or pitted ar500 steel targets, or at least shoot at distances greater than 50 yards, to avoid the increased risk of ricochet and dangerous splatter.
- Keep your targets protected with a fresh coat of paint whenever the painted surface begins to show signs of wear.
- Reverse your targets, periodically, if your particular steel target supports that. This will greatly extend the lifetime of your steel shooting targets.
That’s all there is to Steel Target Safety. Of course, common sense and gun safety are an important part of any shooting plan, so make sure you always follow these safety rules:
- ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
- ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. …
- ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
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