Back in September, I reviewed the MGM full-size IPSC AR500 steel target. I gave it high-marks and you’ll be happy to know that it’s holding up just fine. Of course, the fact that I have yet to shoot a single center-fire rifle bullet at it probably helps. I was going to buy another MGM target when I ran across a local supplier of AR500 plate targets and decided to one give a whirl. So . . .
I plopped down my $165 and went home second-guessing my decision to buy a target o which I’d done zero research. Thousands and thousands of rounds later and I can say for certain that this baby’s been fully researched. The Muzzleblast “Man on a Stick” (as it is affectionately known) has taken everything from .44 Rem Mag, .45ACP, and .40S&W to 30-30, 7mm Rem Mag, .300 Win Mag, .30-06, and .308 without complaint.
At one point I was keeping track of how much lead the target took. After a couple hundred of magnum-caliber rifle shots, hundreds of .357 Magnums, and who knows how many .308 Win rounds, I gave up. The plate is holding up just fine and I suspect that I have only burned through half of the target’s life. The center post, on the other hand, has been replaced numerous times thanks to, um, “misplaced” shots. I just use cold-rolled tube-stock that I buy locally for about $24 for four pieces.
Compared to my MGM full-size target, the lighter weight of the 1/2-size IPSC target combined with the lighter base demands the use of some sort of spike to keep the target from rotating or rocking and falling over. I use four 20d nails from the “Big Box Store” that can be had for about $0.20 a piece. While you’re at Home Depot, Lowes, or Ace, you will want to pick up some extra carriage bolts, too – especially if you’re going to use this target with magnum-caliber rifles.
After about 50-60 rounds of 7mm Rem Mag, the heads of the carriage bolts start to pull away from the shaft and the target begins to wobble. Eventually, the head of the carriage bolt pops off and the target spins around and needs to be fixed. I eliminated this problem by putting the target out to 200+ yards, but will occasional bust a carriage bolt with a direct hit. The main point is that if you plan on shooting a Man on a Stick with a centerfire rifle, take a supply of extra bolts with you to the range.
Overall, I really couldn’t be happier with the Muzzleblast AR500 Steel Target. The company is small but makes quality stuff and will stand behind their products. They are working on their website as I type this, but Fred and the guys are quick to respond to email and you can reach them at the contact information below.
– ½-size IPSC target (aka the Man on a Stick)
– 8” circle, 10” circle, full-size, and 2/3-size IPSC can be ordered as well (call or email for pricing)
– Made from waterjet cut AR500 steel plate
– Base and post are welded steel
– Retail Price: $165 and includes shipping within the continental U.S.
– The Hitch Cover pictured above is also available ($25 shipped)