Do you warranty your targets?

YES! We have built our reputation upon 100% customer satisfaction. We will warranty the AR500 targets from any defect as long as the targets are used within our guidelines/specifications. Click here to read APTS Guidelines/Specifications. We completely stand behind our product and will repair or replace anything that is not right. If you are not pleased with your target, we will accept returns within 30 days minus the cost of shipping.

What kind of steel do you use to make your targets?

We use American made AR500 steel. PLEASE make sure whatever company you purchase your target from, that they are using AMERICAN made AR500 steel. Not all AR500 is created equal and you will not get the same quality from non-American AR500

Can you explain what AR500 steel is?

Sure! (The “AR” stands for Abrasion Resistant; the “500” is the Hardness rating)
The hardness of material is measured as BHN (Brinnel Hardness Number). This number is calculated by the “Brinell hardness test” which is conducted by pressing a metal ball (usually made of tungsten carbide) of known hardness and diameter into a metal plate with a standard applied force. The Brinell Hardness Number (BHN) is calculated from the diameter of the indentation created in the metal by the ball. The larger the indentation, the softer the metal is.
Brinell hardness of material can range from 5 to over 4,000. Your average mild steel has a BHN of 130. American Precision Target Systems uses material with the highest BHN rating designated as AR500 Armor Steel. AR500 can literally withstand thousands of rounds from reasonable distances without damage, provided you use them properly. Upon request/special order we can manufacture our targets using AR550, which would be more specific to rifle shooting.

Is all of your AR500 steel made in the U.S.A?

YES! We require material certifications from our suppliers that show this on every purchase.

Why is it so important for targets to be made out of AR500 steel?

Anything less than AR500 can be a safety hazard and will not provide you the same performance. Softer steel will crater. When bullets hit craters, they will ricochet out in any direction causing a safety issue for the shooter or any other spectator. At APTS, not only are the target plates made of AR500 steel, but for longevity sake, any exposed brackets and all pivot points are made using AR500 steel as well.

What damages AR500 steel during manufacturing?

HEAT!!! Applying excessive heat to AR500 steel will soften steel. Anyone applying heat is completely defeating the purpose you use AR500 steel in the first place. It is extremely important the AR500 steel is manufactured using as little heat as possible. PLASMA cutting requires a lot of heat. We laser cut all of our AR500 which uses minimal heat. The heat required during WELDING is another way that the AR500 metal hardness can be compromised. Welding brackets to the back of the AR500 metal is adding a heat affected zone to the target, which will make the target crater more easily. Cratered targets allow bullets to ricochet and may cause a safety hazard for the shooter and any spectator.

Some of your competitors plasma cut their AR500 targets, why is that so bad?

Plasma cutting applies excessive heat to the AR500 steel. HEAT compromises the hardness of metal. Anyone plasma cutting AR500 steel is defeating the purpose of using AR500 in the first place. Softened metal will not withstand the bullet impact as well and will easily crater or chip. Cratered targets allow bullets to ricochet and may cause a safety hazard for the shooter and any spectators. American Precision Target System’s only laser cuts the AR500 metal. Laser cutting uses very minimal heat.

Some of your competitors weld brackets to the back of the AR500 targets, why is that so bad?

Welding applies excessive heat to the AR500 steel and HEAT compromises the hardness of steel. Welding brackets to the back of the AR500 metal is adding a heat affected zone to the target, which will make the target crater more easily upon bullet impact. Cratered targets allow bullets to ricochet and may cause a safety hazard for the shooter and any spectator. American Precision Target System DOES NOT weld ANYTHING to the AR500 target face. You will not have any welded heat affected zones on our targets!! Another reason welding brackets to the back of targets can be a problem is that it does not allow the target face to be reversed for even wear. As you shoot at targets, the material will eventually “cup.” A cupped, non-flat surface allows bullets to ricochet in any direction causing a safety issue for the shooter or any other spectator. Being able to reverse the target avoids cupping of the target face. Not only are American Precision Target System’s target faces reversible, there is literally no time involved in flipping them!!

Is it true your targets do not require any bolts, screws or tools to assemble and you can set them up in seconds? How?

YES it is true!! That is one of the many reasons our targets are so awesome! Your time on the range shouldn’t be spent putting your target together and lugging extra tools and bolts….and remembering to bring those tools and bolts to the range! You can literally set our simple targets up in seconds. The dueling tree takes a minute. Some of our other, more complex targets may take a few minutes. Watch any of our product videos and see how fast and easy it is!

How hard is it to transport your targets? I don't have a truck.

You will love how our targets break down and how easily transportable they are. As long as your car can fit the length of the center support angle, you don’t need a truck for most of our targets. The target stands disassemble in seconds and are very compact. Most could fit in your front seat! Check out some of our product photos/videos to see how transportable they are when disassembled.

What is the galvanized finish that you have on most of your targets?

Most of our target components will come with a clean, galvanized finish.  With this finish, you will not constantly be getting rust and grime from your target onto your vehicle and hands. Galvanize protects from rust and keeps your target clean. It will also keep your target cooler to the touch than raw metal. The galvanized finish makes your target more durable and protects the steel from nicks, scratches and scrapes. Please keep in mind that galvanize is a functional finish, not a cosmetic finish. We DO NOT galvanize the actual AR500 targets that you shoot at. Those will come to you with NO finish. This way you can paint them with any color you choose.

Why is it so important to reverse your targets?

Not only does reversing your targets give them double the life, but not reversing them creates a safety issue.  As you shoot at targets, the material will eventually “cup.” A cupped, non-flat surface allows bullets to ricochet in any direction causing a safety issue for the shooter or any other spectator. Being able to reverse the target avoids cupping of the target face. Not only are American Precision Target System’s target faces reversible, there is literally no time involved in flipping them!!

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See the above illustrations.  This popper was taken out to the range one time and you can see in the side view (2nd photo) how much the AR500 can cup, potentially causing an unsafe situation as mentioned above.  Avoid this by reversing your targets regularly!!

Your target plates are reversible for double the life, how often should you turn them?

Another benefit of not having anything welded or bolted to the back of our targets is that it allows our targets to be fully reversible. Reversing our targets is so easy that we recommend just flipping them every time you go out shooting just to give them even wear and tear and to avoid cupping. There is literally no time involved in reversing our targets!!

Do I need to worry about ricochets with your targets?

It is actually possible for ANY steel target to have ricochets if they are not set up properly. Our targets are positioned at a 20° angle and all the upright parts of the target assembly (base, center support, etc.) are designed in a way that there are minimal flat surfaces facing the shooter when assembled correctly. Lack of upright, flat surfaces drastically reduces the chance of ricochets.

How long does it take for my target to ship?

We will ship any in-stock targets within 3-5 business days. Some items may have a lead time. It is best to call us at 480-668-0024 or email us at info@ShootSomeSteel.com to get an accurate lead time. We will reply within an hour during our business hours. We want you to get your target as soon as possible so you can start having your fun.

How does my target ship?

Please click here for shipping information.

Where do you ship to?

We ship to the continental United States. If you would like to ship to Alaska or Hawaii, please email or call for a shipping quote. At this time, we do not export.

How do you keep your prices so competitive with such a high quality product?

We have 30+ years of steel manufacturing experience along with a facility that is fully equipped to make product around the clock. This is how we are able to keep our targets affordable with the quality that our customers have come to expect. Furthermore, our innovative products are streamlined to have minimal welding and most do not have any nuts or bolts to mess with at assembly and packaging. Our innovative designs are not only great for our customers, but it also allows our standard target assemblies to be produced very quickly in our well-equipped facility.

What makes your designs and quality superior?

Our designs are created from a precision stand point. Our designers and precision engineers have functionality in mind constantly. Their passion for target shooting combined with their talent and expertise of aerospace engineering provides the best, most innovative target on the market. Furthermore, we are not a shop that builds your targets in a garage. You are getting a precision product that will work every time.

Is there ANY maintenance required on your targets?

Under heavy usage, there is possibility of lead getting lodged between the tab and slot on some targets, causing difficulty removing the plate from the brackets. You can easily prevent the chance of this occurring by wiping a thin coat of any general purpose grease to the inside edges of the slot. Even chapstick will do!The only other maintenance would be if you want your target plates painted. All the AR500 target plates ship unfinished, leaving the color option up to the customer!

Why do your targets lean forward?

Our targets lean forward for safety reasons. At American Precision Target Systems, we manufacture most of our targets leaning at approximately a 20° angle. Shooting a target at this angle will direct bullet fragments toward the ground and not at the shooter.

What is the minimum safe distance for shooting your targets?

Please click here to see our guidelines for recommended safe shooting distances.

Can I shoot my rifle at your targets?

Please click here to see our guidelines for recommended bullets to use on our targets.

Do you ever run any specials or coupons?

YES! Periodically we will offer coupons and run specials. Click here for any current offers.