More than steel targets. Much, much more.
When I went to the UPS Store to pick up the target, the clerk asked if I was collecting bricks or lead pipes. I told her no, this is the latest in firearms targets. I took the HUB out of its box to show her. We were both amazed at the sturdiness and quality of the HUB. This is meant to last with 3/8" AR500 steel, no welds, and grade 8 bolts holding it all together. The clerk remarked that targets have changed from the days of paper bullseyes. I agreed.
The HUB comes fully assembled with the exception of having to add the bracket for a 2X4. Like I said, nothing is welded. Hefty grade 8 3/4" bolts attach the bracket to the target. Insert a 2X4 into the bracket and a Striker Targets stand and you are ready to go.
The target is meant to mimic a human silhouette. The chest area has a circular, 6" hole cut in the center that allows the shooter to shoot a plate to reset the head portion of the target. In other words, you take a head shot and then shoot the chest to reset the head. This is the "Reactive" part of the target and worked flawlessly throughout the day.
The AR500 IPSC Reactive HUB I received can be used for rifle or handgun rounds. Striker Targets recommend that minimum distances be used, for instance 9mm is 8 yards (other common handgun rounds ie: .40S&W and .45ACP are 12 yards), .223Rem is 200 yards, and .308 Winchester is also 200 yards. Striker Targets warns that the rifle distances are a guide to protect the target. If the target is damaged, they warn that the target is unsafe at 50 yards or less. Striker Targets put together a handy distance list HERE.
Besides the Reactive HUB, Striker Targets manufactures the Reactive Alien Target, an IPSC Heart & Hostage Reactive Target, Rocker Targets, Knockdown Targets, and variations of the Reactive HUB itself.
Striker Targets is more than high-quality AR500 targets. They are also a leading company for plate armor, soft armor, and tactical gear.
Do you need a complete Level IIIA vest? Check. Level IIIA inserts for your plate carrier? Yep. A plate carrier? Got it. AR500 hard plates? No problem. Striker Targets is a one-stop AR500 and tactical gear shop.
After a day of shooting, the target held up well. The edges held up and there was some dimpling across the surfaces. I plan on writing a long-term review of the HUD next spring after many, many more rifle and handgun rounds. I guess it’s a good thing that Striker Targets sells more than targets because I fully expect this target to last a long time.
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