Paper targets are great, but that can get boring after a while, even for the most dedicated shooter.
Nothing is as fun as hitting steel targets, and few things are more satisfying as squeezing the trigger, the gun firing, then … wait for it …. wait for it … that sound of lead hitting steel. That’s music to the ears—like the sound of the Liberty Bell.
I’ve been to several shooting events at which I got to shoot on MGM Targets steel, and I haven’t found any other targets that are of higher quality. I’ve shot this manufacturer’s poppers, dueling trees, hex targets and my favorite, the plate rack. It’s always easy to tell an MGM target: The plates are cut as hexagons, just like MGM’s logo.
There are a lot of great steel targets on the market, but a couple of things set MGM Targets’ products apart. First: the quality of steel. These targets use true 3/8-inch AR500 steel that’s guaranteed 495 or higher on the Brinnel scale. Second: They don’t use welds, bolts, rivets or brackets on areas affected by the shock of the impact, such as the target and post. These can crack or break, thereby damaging the target and leading to possible splatter.
MGM’s targets are made tough for competition and professional shooters, and it also has a line for sportsmen that is priced to get more people shooting on their own steel targets.
One such product is the Steel Challenge plate rack—aka, “a plate rack in a bucket.” It includes two beam hangers (heavy-duty AR500 steel hangers to which you add 2x4s; it’s essentially building a sawhorse), six hooks you slide onto the vertical 2×4 beam and six hex targets you hang on the hooks.
Simply shoot the targets and have fun. There’s no rope to pull to reset the rack; nor do you have to go downrange to reset anything. Just shoot. Setup doesn’t require any tools—just three 8-foot 2x4s. You cut two of them in half for the four legs, and the other is left as is for the horizontal beam.
GOOD GEAR, REASONABLE COST
The MSRP on this is set at $449, but MGM usually has it for $299, delivered. Yes, that includes the delivery of a 55-pound bucket filled with a plate rack. It’s a good deal. Aside from the price, the best part is how portable it is: It can be set up and taken down anywhere.
MGM also offers a starter kit that includes two targets: the 10-inch steel challenge set (plate and post holder), plus the autopopper colt speed plate. To put together the 10-inch Steel Challenge, stick a 2×4 in the post-holder, slide the hook cap over the top of the 2×4, and hang the 10-inch Steel Challenger plate on the hook. It’s ready to go. The autopopper stakes to the ground and pops back up after each shot—no need to reset it. It’s $190.
I have been using MGM’s targets for well over a year, and they’re good gear. MGM Targets is also a family-owned company, and everyone works hard to take care of their customers. In addition, they have steel targets for everyone: $2,000-plus premium targets for professional or competition shooters down to the $200–$300 sportsman’s targets for everyone else.
MGM TARGETS: MGMTargets.com
Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in the February 2018 print issue of Gun World magazine.