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Old 11-26-2011, 07:25 PM   #11
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When i worked for the prison system we were having our monthly SRT training. We happened to have an extra sheet of 1"1/2 ballistic "bullet proof" glass. We experimented with several different calibers, 9mm,.45acp, .40, .357mag, .38, .223, .308, and 7.62x39. ALL pistol rounds stopped about halfway through, and all rifle rounds went clean through without much resistance..
Inside 50 yards a fmj 22 wmr round will go all the way through 2" bullet proof glass.
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Inside 50 yards a fmj 22 wmr round will go all the way through 2" bullet proof glass.
Then it wouldn't be "bullet proof" glass now would it. Just say'n
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1\4 inch steel is good.

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I use 5/16" steel and our gunclub has a post on the side of the berm that marks the limit for shooting at steel. Meaning do not stand any closer than this white post if you are shooting steel. For Rifle I have a 3/4 " steel that we only shoot at 100 or 200 yards. It is about 18" in dia. All rifle bullets will pock the face of it but the FMJ Army rounds will go through it. When it gets enough holes I just weld them up and we shoot some more. All our steel we buy from a salvage yard for just the price per lb that kind of steel brings on the scrap market. I doubt if we have over $50 in 5 steel plates. I drill holes in the edge (2 places to keep it from twisting) and use a bolt and nut to fasten a piece of heavy chain to the top. then put a couple of nails in the bottom 2x4 that holds up the target board. Hook the chains over the nails. Simple but it works. Oh yah the bolts are about 4" long so it lets the plates hang down at an angle which allows the bullets to splatter down at the ground.
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Then it wouldn't be "bullet proof" glass now would it. Just say'n
Ya so they say
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I make all types of steel targets in my shop. I also have a CNC Plasma Cutting Table. For .45ACP use 3/8" AR500 plate. I use 1/2" to 5/8" AR500 for rifle targets. For safety sake, don't use steel targets any closer than 20 yards.


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There is nothing wrong with shooting steel, provided you select the proper material. As someone who regularly shoots steel plates I would suggest at least 3/8" steel with the "AR", or abrasion resistant, designation. As mentioned AR500 is a good choice.
There are many vendors that can provide targets and holders for a fair price. I purchased from Big Dog Steel and was very happy, he cuts with a waterjet to prevent damage.

A good hanger or stand becomes more of a challenge. You can purchase or make your own. I have found portable steel sawhorses work very well, the fold for transport, can be adjusted for sloping terrain and have proven very stable. I have used firehose and chain and there are advantages/disadvantages to each.
This is one with firehose:

Here shown with my wooden handgun range and steel hung with chain:

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