Wednesday, October 17, 2012

On The Range #76: Shooting Steel

One of the things I've really enjoyed about shooting IDPA has been the steel targets.  I got my first taste of shooting steel when I took an NRA First Steps Pistol class and had the opportunity to shoot a Texas Star.

Anyway, I've been wanting to pick up some steel targets for shooting at home for a while.  I've got a few bookmarked online but just haven't gotten around to it yet.

Anyway, I picked up one of the cheap versions I've seen at both Academy Sports and WalMart.  According to the box it can handle any pistol round and rifle up to .30-06.

Took it out and shot it for the first time this afternoon.  It handled 9mm fine.  Not a dent.  Cheap Russian .223?

I shot one round at the target and inspected it and saw no more damage than done by the 9mm so I moved back further, around 30 yards, and went at it.  After I finished up I went to look at the target again and found that it was chewed to pieces.  Oh, well.  Lesson learned.  At least the top is still good to go.


Old NFO said...

You've got to watch those cheap ones, when they get chewed up, they'll start throwing ricochets back at you.

RobertM said...

Yeah, I'm glad I checked the damned thing when I did.