How hard is it to find an affordable steel target set? I know I used to have a devil of a time finding good and cheap AR500. Well, because of that experience, we are now offering AR500 targets for sale! And this is one of our favorite. It includes one 3/8" AR500 7x12 Silhouette, 2 chain hangers, and 2 pipe ends! Shop around! You won't find a better deal. What is not included is the pipe, chain, and bolts.
The main reason these items are not included is because this target stand is meant to be collapsible and customized. Maybe you want it 4' wide and 4' off the ground, while your neighbor only wants 2' x 2'. Whatever you want for your AR500 targets, you can get. Not including these items helps us keep the shipping cost low enough that it is manageable as well. Steel is heavy!
We also sell smaller gongs, hangers, and pipe ends. So make sure to check out our listing!
SAFETY NOTICE: 3/8" AR500 is rated up to .30-06 at 100 yards. Never shoot steel targets of any kind at closer than 100 yards with rifle calibers and never closer than 25 yards with pistol calibers. Rim fire and small calibers should never be used on thick steel either. They do not have enough energy to move the target and cause dangerous ricochets. Force Designs LLC is not responsible for any risk associated with using this product, improperly or otherwise.
**Plasma Cut Process**
The plasma cutting process is absolutely fascinating. An arc of electricity passes through compressed air, turning into plasma which then blasts through the metal being cut. The speed of the cut is totally dependent on the thickness of material, generally the thicker the material the slower the cut. There are so many variables that go into a great cut that it can be a challenge to keep track of, amperage, torch height, air pressure, compressed air humidity, consumable life, material being cut, etc. It is a very violent and amazing process. You can expect a nick where the cut starts, some slight edge taper, and some small serrations from cut speed changes. None of this impacts the use of the product. This is standard with most cutting processes but is still worth mentioning for full disclosure.
**Powder Coating Process**
Powder coating is not the same as using spray paint or an automotive style spray gun, which is what people envision when you mention painting. Powder coat is shipped in a...yep...powder. That powder has an electrostatic charge applied to it as it leaves the gun. The part to be painted is grounded. The grounded part attracts the powder that has an electrostatic charge, just like a balloon you rubbed on your head attracting your hair. Once fully coated the work piece is then placed in an oven at around 400 degrees for around 15 minutes (times and temperatures vary). Once it cools the piece is ready to go. This process creates a much more durable finish than typical wet paints and is very desirable in the off road and automotive industries. It is worth noting that each piece to be painted has to be hung with a ground wire. This can create a slight imperfection at the hanging point. While the hanging point will be difficult to notice, it is again worth mentioning.