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Old June 4th, 2015, 04:12 PM   #1
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Shooting ar500 steel ?

I have read the manufacturer's standards! What is the realistic distance to shoot ar500 targets w 165gr wwb fmj m&p 40? I feel a person should be able to safely shoot within a reasonable pistol distance. Thanks for your insight!
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Old June 5th, 2015, 05:54 AM   #2
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Minimum safe distance in USPSA matches is 7 yards, to avoid splatter/ricochet. The plates eventually get "stretched" and cup from hundreds of impacts, but simply reversing the surface as soon as you see cupping results in them getting bent back the other way.

The same plates at that distance barely slow down rifle rounds which will punch clean through. I would shoot AR 500 inside 75-80 yards with a .223, and past 100 yards for .308.

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Old June 5th, 2015, 02:44 PM   #3
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What Jeff said, again wise words.

For rifle, 25m/25y minimum, because of the increased velocity and higher velocity of the splash.

We shoot steel with pistol at 7y all the time, either mild or AR500.

AR500 REALLY shines when you shoot it with rifle, so that would be a true dual purpose target.

I got mine from Steel Shooting Targets - Magnum Targets

Heres 10" AR500 with AK47... doesen even SCRATCH the surface!

Heres up close with 9mm

As always, shoot safe!
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Old June 15th, 2015, 04:09 PM   #4
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Personal use vs. club use...

It's amazing the punishment that club plates take. Steel, with a pistol, is 'safe' within 7 yards, but that's not to say that there won't be splash-back. Eye protection is mandatory and there will be times when you get hit with a fragment hard enough to sting. Back off to 10 yards and the foregoing is still true, but will happen much less often (10 yards used to be the minimum distance for USPSA).

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I was at an IDPA match the other day and a guy shot a popper at about ten yards and a fragment came back and hit him in the leg, hard enough to really sting pretty bad, though it didn't draw blood. Good thing he had long pants on.
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Old July 14th, 2015, 03:43 AM   #7
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The closest I shoot my mild T1 steel and ar plate targets from is 15 feet (with pistols)which you will definitely get some fragments flying back at you obviously always wear safety glasses when shooting steel
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