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How to Safely Hang Steel Targets

The number one concern everybody has when shooting is safety. The gun you shoot, the targets you use, and the range you go to are all secondary to safety. One element of safety that is perhaps a bit overlooked is the way you approach hanging shooting targets. There are multiple factors that matter in how to configure your steel target systems, and we will cover a few of the most pertinent factors in this post.

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The Best Guns in Video Games

Even if you’re not into settling down for a few hours to play a video game, you can surely appreciate the artistry that goes into their design. And it really doesn’t matter if you can immerse yourself enough to believe they can do what the game promises—video game guns are incredibly amazing, and we’ve put together a list of some of our favorites.

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How to Build a Gong Stand

One of the best things about target shooting is the versatility of the sport, and especially when it comes to the steel target systems you can use. One such system is the gong stand, and in this post, we’ll discuss how to build a gong stand. You can build your stand in a number of configurations, so for the purpose of this post, we’ll go over important guidelines to keep in mind for safety, as well as other considerations to take.

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Shooting Mistakes That Can Affect Your Accuracy

If you’re having a hard time hitting your mark when you’re shooting, before you throw in the towel and decide you’re not any good at this, we have a few suggestions to try first. We all make mistakes, even those of us who have been at it for a long time. We grow comfortable, fall into bad habits, and things can start to go downhill. When that happens, it’s time to regroup. Go through our checklist below, and next time you’re at the range, go through the list to ensure you’re concentrating on each point.

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Where to Buy Shooting Targets

Even if you’re not into settling down for a few hours to play a video game, you can surely appreciate the artistry that goes into their design. And it really doesn’t matter if you can immerse yourself enough to believe they can do what the game promises—video game guns are incredibly amazing, and we’ve put together a list of some of our favorites.

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Shooting Mistakes That Affect Your Accuracy

If you’re having a hard time hitting your mark when you’re shooting, before you throw in the towel and decide you’re not any good at this, we have a few suggestions to try first. We all make mistakes, even those of us who have been at it for a long time. We grow comfortable, fall into bad habits, and things can start to go downhill. When that happens, it’s time to regroup. Go through our checklist below, and next time...

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Tips for Taking Kids to the Gun Range

Going to the shooting range can be fun for the entire family, but before you go, you should be prepared for what it will be like to bring kids with you. It doesn’t matter how old they are—kids of all ages bring their own set of challenges, and you should be ready for any scenario. We’ve put together a guide to help you have the best chance of success when you take your kids to the gun range.

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4 Things You Should Not Use for Target Practice

We at XSteel Targets are committed to gun safety, and while we know that you’re probably not always going to use AR500 steel targets for your target practice (even though you should!), there are things we would like to caution you against using. There are things you probably having lying around that you think would be fine for casual shooting practice, but before you line things up on a fence, we’d like to go over some guidelines.

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The Best Steel Targets for Long Range Shooting

It goes without question that safety is the number one consideration when you're using a firearm. Whether you're going out for a day at the shooting range, engaging in a competition, hunting, or something else, you must be aware of your environment at all times and know how to safely use your gun. One of the considerations you need to take is regarding the type of weapon you're using and the target.

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What to Wear to the Shooting Range

When you go shooting, you can't just wear anything you have on. While you might take all the right cautions when you're at the range, the truth is, anything can happen to anybody and anytime. Even neglecting to wear the right shoes can land you in the emergency room, which is never how anybody wants to spend the day. At XSteel Targets, we manufacture metal shooting targets out of the best steel for targets: AR500 steel. All our products...

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What Steel Should be Used for Shooting Targets?

If you're in the process of building a shooting range, you're likely faced with a number of questions regarding the design. Where you might have the overall layout under wraps, you're probably nailing down the smaller details, like what types of targets to use. Paper targets are easy, but they only last a few rounds before they have to be replaced. Plus, there's a lot of running back and forth when you need to change them, which can become tedious...

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Common Gun Range Commands

An important part of shooting at a range is knowing the commands that the range safety officer (otherwise known as the range master) will call out. These commands are for everybody's safety and must be followed to the letter. If you're not sure what these are or what they mean, we'll fill you in! At XSteel Targets, we manufacture the best AR500 steel targets for handguns, rifles, shotguns, and...

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Three Ways to Improve Shooting Accuracy

You might be brand new to shooting or a seasoned veteran, but regardless of your experience, you should always work to grow your skills. Which, if you're looking at a website for metal gun targets, you're likely working on that already. However, if you're looking for ways to get up to the next level, we have a few ideas to try. XSteel Targets makes AR500 metal gun targets...

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Silhouette Targets to Get You Ready for Hunting Season

Hunting season is well underway, and keeping your shooting skills fresh is important now more than ever. While you could probably be satisfied with several types of targets, why not get a bit more of a realistic experience and check out our steel silhouette targets? These come in a variety of animals and look great on your range. At XSteel targets, we specialize in AR500 steel targets...

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Where to Buy Shooting Targets

An important part of shooting at a range is knowing the commands that the range safety officer (otherwise known as the range master) will call out. These commands are for everybody's safety and must be followed to the letter. If you're not sure what these are or what they mean, we'll fill you in! At XSteel Targets, we manufacture the best AR500 steel targets for handguns, rifles, shotguns, and...

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How to Shoot a Texas Star Shooting Target

The Texas star style shooting target is a fun and challenging target to use on the range, but if you know how to shoot a Texas star target, you’ll have a much better experience. It’s part of the reactive shooting targets class, which means that when you hit your mark, it’ll move. You’ll not only hear the satisfying ping when bullet hits steel, you’ll get a visual cue as well. When you’re searching for fun gun targets to buy, this one should definitely be on your list!

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Gun Range Etiquette

The last thing you want to do is show up at a gun range for the first time and be asked to leave (or worse, hurt somebody) because you failed to follow the etiquette. Learn the basics of gun range etiquette here, which will make your next trip to the range even better. Get the best AR500 steel targets at XSteel Targets. We use only laser cutting methods...

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Fun Gun Targets You Need to Try

It doesn’t matter if you’re shooting for your occupation, competition, or recreation. You need to have a little fun here and there. You could slap up a piece of paper to shoot at, but is that much fun? We’re going to venture a guess and say no. You need a range setup that’s fun and engaging and that will help you improve your accuracy and skill at the same time.

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The Best Steel Targets for Long Range Shooting

It goes without question that safety is the number one consideration when you're using a firearm. Whether you're going out for a day at the shooting range, engaging in a competition, hunting, or something else, you must be aware of your environment at all times and know how to safely use your gun. One of the considerations you need to take is regarding the type of weapon you're using and the target. Small caliber handguns require...

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Ways to Mount a Steel Torso Target

If you've purchased a steel torso target, you've got a variety of ways you can mount it. You want something that works for your gun, your range, and your shooting goals in mind. However, while it might be tempting to grab whatever scrap you have laying around to create a DIY stand, safety should be your number one priority when mounting steel targets. XSteel Targets uses the toughest AR500 steel...

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What to Bring to the Shooting Range

In addition to the safety equipment you'll need, there are other items you'll want to bring to the shooting range to have the most successful day possible. Some ranges are equipped with amenities to make your time more comfortable, while others might not be much more than a grove nestled between two hills in the middle of nowhere. Be prepared for your day so you can spend more time shooting and less time running back to civilization...

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Tips to Make Steel Targets Last Longer

After you've invested money in setting up the perfect shooting range, you want to make sure those targets you've purchased last as long as possible. AR500 steel is tough and long lasting, but failing to care for them properly can make them wear out sooner than you would like. XSteel Targets makes premium quality AR500 steel targets...

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The Key to the Best Steel Targets

When you're searching for the perfect targets for your shooting range, you're likely faced with thousands of options. We all know that steel targets are best because they last so much longer, among several other reasons. But what makes one type of target stand out above all the rest?...

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The Best AR500 Steel Rifle Targets

Rifle shooting has different requirements than other types of guns. They can range from less powerful models to extremely high-powered guns that can shoot targets from several thousand yards. Depending on the type of rifle you're using, you will need to select the best AR500 steel rifle targets for you. XSteel Targets is your source for steel target systems...

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How to Build a Dueling Tree

When you're planning your shooting range, one part of this should be a dueling tree. It's an incredibly fun part of your range, but importantly, provides an excellent challenge to improve your skills. We've been asked many times how to build a dueling tree, and put together this guide. XSteel Targets is the best place to get your AR500 steel targets. Every one of ours is cut using a laser...

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The Best Steel Pistol Targets

If you're a pistol shooter, you want to use the best steel pistol targets for your weapon, purpose for shooting, and range. You can't throw up just any target and expect to get the most bang for your buck. You need to determine which one is best suited to your needs, care for..

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The Best Steel Targets

A critical element of steel target shooting safety is the angle of the targets. The steel is harder than the bullets, so on impact, the slug shatters and creates projectiles in several directions. Because of this, you need to know how to angle them to prevent injuries. XSteel Targets has the best AR500 steel targets...

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A Guide to Steel Target Systems

Target shooting is far more than setting up a target and taking aim. Yes, it can be that simple, but we wanted to go into some of the various facets of the sport. This week, we're going to cover steel target systems. Setting up a system can make your practice more challenging and fun, and can push you to...

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Safety Equipment for Target Shooting

If there's one thing that's true about target shooting, it's that there's no such thing as a bad day of shooting. That said, a great day of shooting can turn tragic if proper safety precautions aren't handled ahead of time. No matter how experienced you are, a split second of carelessness can turn into...

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The Best Portable Steel Targets

Even if you belong to a gun club or have a shooting range set up on your property, having more portable options for your target practice is an option. Mounting steel gong targets to stands or plunging steel poppers into the earth are quick and easy, and if you don't have your own space, you can easily transport them to...

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How to Use Steel Targets Safely

Safety is the biggest consideration you have to take while using guns. While this might seem like a no-brainer, even those who take gun safety to the highest level can still make mistakes that could end up being deadly. When target shooting, you need to keep in mind...

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The Best Steel Targets

Even if you belong to a gun club or have a shooting range set up on your property, having more portable options for your target practice is an option. Mounting steel gong targets to stands or plunging steel poppers into the earth are quick and easy...

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How To Build Your Own Shooting Range

Many gun enthusiasts spend a fair amount of time practicing at the range. This is important to not only improve marksmanship, but also to improve safety practices. But as many of us know, the cost to join a gun club can...

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How to Paint Steel Targets

Steel targets require paint, whether you’ve purchased a target that comes unpainted, or the ones you already own have been subjected to enough wear and tear to need a fresh coat. We at XSteel Targets ship all our targets unpainted...

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