Swingin target report

Discussion in 'Range Reports' started by hobbles, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. hobbles

    hobbles Junior Member

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    4/2/13
    Afternoon Boys,
    I bought 3 of these targets from a man named freefire2 for $21.50 delivered. I got my target setup and am ready to try them out. I haven't fired my weapon since Dec 12 so I'm wonderin if I can still hit the mark. My wrist is a lot better now, almost can move it like normal so here goes. (and YES,, I need to practice more again)

    4/12/13
    But first the excuses.
    I have not fired my weapon since I broke my wrist back on Dec. 14th. My wrist still don't bend like normal yet and I can't get a good grip on my weapon to steady it.
    Ok, that's outa the way, now,, I got to try my new swingin targets and I like em. This is what they look like after I broke em in. And this is how they got that way.
     
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2013
  2. hobbles

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    Mornin freefire2,
    You might want to think about making the targets out of lighter metal, that might stop them from throwing the lead back at the shooter. Out of 60 rounds I got hit with the lead once.
     

  3. freefire2

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    Hi Hobbles- hmmmm, you got me thinkin' now. That's the first I've heard of this target throwing lead back. Thanks for the input.
     
  4. freefire2

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    Hobbles- I have made up a couple of different targets with the hanger in different locations. Both of these styles cause the targets to hang with a natural downward angle which should always deflect the lead downwards. I suspect that the lead is bouncing back from the original targets because they hang in a near-vertical attitude.

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    I offer you two options: a). I will send you both of these free of charge for you to test. If they work out then I will replace your set of three with your chosen design or b). I will refund your money from the original sale.

    Please let me know what you'd like.
     
  5. hobbles

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    Afternoon freefire2,
    I think the one in the bottom of the picture would be too much of an angel but I would like to try the top one. (I could be wrong now).
    I put a board on the ground under my targets to see if the lead was going down and out of the 40 rounds I tried that way, I only had about 3 rounds that landed on the wood. I also think that the round that came back at me might of been one of the rounds that I hit the top of the target with. It felt like I got slapped in the mouth but it never broke the skin on my lips.
    I would like to keep the extra one for my black powder target as I shoot it from 100 ft away and it is down hill, so I don't think that the lead from my smoke pole will ever come back at me, plus usin 70 grains of powder I think it will push the target out of the way. I will return the other 3 to you if you like but I would like to try the other design. I'm more interested in getting targets that I can use then getting any money back. I really like your targets, we just have a small flaw in them.
     
  6. freefire2

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    Hobbles- I will just send you both and you can try each, . . . and I too want you to have targets that you can use. No need to send back the original three; use them as you wish. I will get these two in the mail next week.
     
  7. hobbles

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    Ok and thanks..
     
  8. hobbles

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    PS:
    The design I have now would be great for shooters of high caliber weapons, I do believe they would hold up very well, just don't be close to them.
     
  9. hobbles

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    Afternoon freefire2,
    Did you get the other targets sent out?
     
  10. freefire2

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    Hi hobbles- sorry to say but, I got too busy to get them out. I do have them ready to box up and send now. I guess I did not keep your address so would you please TM it to me? Thanks.
     
  11. freefire2

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    hobbles- targets were mailed today. You should have them early next week.
     
  12. hobbles

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    These targets seem to be holdin up very well under my 9mm. Looks like I'm just chipping the paint off. I do believe these will last me a long time. I'm impressed..
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  13. freefire2

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    Great!! Hope they last you a long time. Have you had any more lead come back at you?
     
  14. hobbles

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    Mornin freefire2,
    No, I have NOT had anymore come back my way. I might have hit the target at the top or even hit the metal rod that was holdin the targets. As you can see here, most lead is hitin right under the target.
     
  15. freefire2

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    Glad to hear no more lead damage . . . to your face :). I had really intended for these hanging targets to be used with yard crooks which provides a very springy mounting that would absorb the hits even it they're high on the targets. Your mounting is much more rigid than the crook concept so I'm guessing that's what's caused the lead to come back at ya. You'll have the two new targets on Monday. Let me know what you think.
     
  16. hobbles

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    Got em, I'll test them out in a day or two, still gettin firewood for next winter.
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  17. freefire2

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    Good. Let me know how it goes.
     
  18. hobbles

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    Evenin freefire2,
    I got good news and bad news.
    I don't think it was lead that came back and hit me. I have noticed that my brass is for some reason now comin back at me, more and more. I'll have to look into that part. With that said I have also noticed that the targets with the angle on them DOES hit the rag that I have on the bottom of my targets WAY more often than the ones that don't have an angle on them. I will call them 0 degrees, 45 degrees and 90 degrees. I like the 45 degrees best, it's easier to see and hit. But,, the 0 degrees ones hold up better as you will see by clicking on the links below.

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    90 deg

    This is after hittin them 3 and 4 times.
    The 0 degrees ones hold up well as you can see here.

    All in all I like them and will shoot the 0 degree ones that I have. I do suggest you weld the 45 degrees ones better and sell them in the future as they are the BEST for throwin the lead down under the targets.
     
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  19. freefire2

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    Well, I guess I better pay more attention to my welding next time. I'm guessing that it's because I used mild steel rod and not SS this time. Guess the welds got brittle because of it. Lesson learned!

    OK, as long as you're happy with the 0 degree guys we'll just leave it a that. I assume that the 45 degree target is the one in the foreground of your picture above. Correct or no?

    Thanks for all of your input, hobbles.