target question

Discussion in 'Firearm Accessories & Gear' started by BeyondTheBox, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    So I'm wanting one of those gong style hanging targets, but everything I find seems to be specified for rifles. Why couldnt I shoot a handgun at it though?

    The link below is for one of these that includes handguns in the description, but it says a minimum distance of 100 yrds. Who shoots a handgun at 100 yrds? They must be referring to rifle distance, right? Do you think I'd be fine using this thing with my pistols at a distance of 10+ yrds?

    Just seeking opinions. Thanks guys.

    http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=862780
     
  2. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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  3. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    Yeah, but the 100yrds is in reference to rifle fire. I'm more than confident that 10yrds or further with any cal handgun is more than sufficient.
     
  4. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    Most handguns come no where close to 3000fps, so yes you would be fine. That rig is way over priced though. I would suggest lead bullets if you are shooting 10 yards.
     
  5. Macbeth666

    Macbeth666 New Member

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    If u can weld I'd make one. The target in your link doesn't look like it can stand up to rifles.. And it's made with 20 bucks worth of metal.. I made a swinger with 3/8" plate for the target and my ak dented it so bad it almost punched thru. And as long as the target of can swing its safe to say u can shoot it very close and not have to worry about a ricochet.
     
  6. Gonzilla

    Gonzilla New Member

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    Hitchcock45 on YouTube has one at 100 or more yds and shoots it often - check it out.

    Problem: I'm sure a good one will be heavy & expensive.
     
  7. shooterfan1974

    shooterfan1974 New Member

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    I believe I heard Hickock45 say once his gong is at 83 yards. And he regularly nails it with pistols. Love to hear him say "Let's go gong huntin'."
     
  8. teedoff

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    I have a bunch of steel gong and silhouette targets from gongshot.com . I buy only the AR500 hardness steel and it holds up great against .223, 7.62x39 and .308 . I shoot a min of 100yds with rifle. I set up the same targets at 15 yards for handgun work. I have put literally thousands of rounds on the targets and hardly seen any marks. A few small pits but nothing significant. There is nothing as satisfying during a range session and the music from the gongs.

    For more fun type practice I picked up a dueling tree from metal spinning targets, In this case I got the magnum type, which is rated AR400 hardness. This works great for .38 and bigger calibers. I got a second set of paddles for .22 which are a much thinner steel but swing fine with the .22.

    In both cases I was pleased with the quality and durability of the targets. Both places shipped quick and for a reasonable price.

    I am not affiliated with either place mentioned. Just a pleased customer.
     
  9. Gonzilla

    Gonzilla New Member

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    Man - sure looks like more than 83 yds... He seems to have the range dialed in and w fixed sights...:rolleyes:
     
  10. Ranger-6

    Ranger-6 New Member

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    You hit that steel just right, that bullet is coming right back at ya. I shoot hanging pots and pans so the bullet goes through, and still get the dong.
     
  11. teedoff

    teedoff New Member

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    All my steel is hanging from chain or mounted such that splatter is directed to the ground. Never had a problem with ricochets.