Photos by Ben Battles
The best reactive, no-guessing long-range-target solution out there?
There are few things in the shooting sports that are more fun than blasting away at reactive steel-plate targets. We use our stock pile of them all the time during reliability testing because of their ability to give us instant feedback. And, depending on how small the target is or how far away we place ourselves from it, they can also be a good gauge as to the gun’s mechanical accuracy. Plus, it’s just plain fun to shoot at auto-resetting, reactive targets compared to just blasting away at paper, and one company that’s building some of the smartest, most fun and well-built designs today is Revolution Targets.
Revelation Targets, a subsidiary of Pendleton Safes, has just introduced a new Portable Long-Range Torso Frame Target designed for precision rifle shooting at extended ranges of 1,000 yards or more. This lightweight (compared to Revolution’s not-so-portable Heavy Duty line anyway meant, more or less, to stay put), portable, counterpart of the company’s Long-Range Torso Frame Target features a revolving, 10-inch-diameter reactive hit zone that automatically resets, with a bright red, long-range hit indicator that guarantees positive identification of your shots at extended distances. This red long-range Indicator spins with the target’s hit zone and comes into view whenever the hit zone is struck. The Portable Long-Range Torso Target, frame and all components are made from your choice of 3/8” thick AR500 armor plate we tested ($680), or 1/2” thick AR500 armor plate ($820). A replaceable 2×4 wood section serves as the upright, and one pre-cut section is included with each target. This upright not only serves to lighten the whole system, but also allows you to cut a section to the desired length in order to make vertical height adjustments of the plate.
Revolution Targets makes a wide range of falling plate and torso targets that are fully revolving and auto-resetting and are built to military standards to handle constant punishment. We’ve been testing ours for about a month now, with an estimated 1,000-plus-rounds of .308 Winchester sent downrange at it, and other than a fresh coat of paint before each range session, it’s no worse for the wear. The Heavy Duty line is ideal for commercial ranges or for shooters with a dedicated shooting range for permanent set-up, but both lines share some very smart engineering. For more information contact Revolution Targets; Tel.: (770) 466-6181; Web: www.revolutiontargets.com