AR500 Steel Target Review

AR500 Steel Targets

Of the different types of steel used to make targets, the AR500 is one of the best steels for use as a target.  Why?  AR500 is one of the most impact and abrasion resist alloys available.  I’m sure there are harder alloys, but for use as a target, it’s the best you can get.  Look around online and you will find many shops selling steel targets of various shapes and sizes to suit your needs.  AR500 steel targets aren’t the cheapest, but they will last you a lifetime if used as intended.

Up until last month, I had shot my share of targets made from paper, cardboard, soda cans, beer bottles:  you name if, I’ve shot at it.  However, I felt it was time for me to step up and finally invest in some quality steel targets.  After conducting my research, I found an eBay seller who was selling 10″ round AR500 steel targets at a reasonable price.  I needed six targets and since this seller was offering quantity discounts, I contacted eBay seller James at Target_Zone.  After we settled on a price, I paid him and within a few days, the targets arrived in the mail.  Thanks to Target_Zone for a great deal and the fast shipping!

The mailer took a beating during transport

The mailer took a beating during transport

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~ John, Modern Bushman

DIY Homemade Target Stand

 

In my opinion, having a firearm for personal or home defense is a good idea.  I understand that not everyone feels the same way and I agree that a firearm isn’t for everyone.   But if you’re going to have one, it’s definitely a good idea to train with it.  In fact, I feel proper training is as important (if not more important) as having ammo.

That being said, if you’re going to shoot, you’re going to need targets.  And while paper targets will do the job, nothing during training is more satisfying than hearing the “gong” from hitting steel targets.

But before you can start putting steel on steel, you’re going to need a couple of things.  First you’re going to need AR500 steel targets and second, you’re going to need a way to hang the targets.  Here’s how I built my target stand to support two 10″ AR500 steel targets.

DIY Homemade AR500 Steel Target Stand

I recently purchased 6 – 10″ AR500 steel targets from an eBay vendor Target_Zone.  I chose to purchase from this vendor for several reasons, but the most important one was the hanging tabs.  These targets appeared to have the sturdiest tabs and in the correct position for how I planned on hanging it, but more on the targets in my AR500 Steel Target Review.  For now, back to the DIY target stand.

Unpainted vs painted.  White makes it easier to see your hits.

AR500 Steel Targets ready for hanging

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~ John, Modern Bushman

DIY Tactical Gun Belt

DIY Tactical Gun Belt

Here’s a great way to carry your AR-15 magazines and a pistol at your favorite shooting grounds without buying a whole another rig.  I came up with this solution because when I go shooting at the desert, I either have to carry my magazines in a chest rig or put them in my pocket.  Nothing in the middle.  For those times when I just want a few magazines, but don’t want to wear a chest rig, I wear my DIY Tactical Gun Belt.

DIY Tactical Gun Belt

DIY Tactical Gun Belt

If you already have a Voodoo Tactical MATRIX backpack, then you’re in luck.  The main component to this system (the belt) comes with the Voodoo Tactical MATRIX backpack.  Basically, I removed the waist belt from the backpack and removed the securing velcro.  Take caution when removing the waist belt:  it’s got velcro on both sides of the belt.

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~ John, Modern Bushman

Vortex Viper PST 1-4x24mm rifle scope – AR15 optics Part 2

So it’s been awhile since I tested the KonusPro 1.5-6x44mm scope and in that time, I hit the internet again in search for the ideal scope for my needs.  I just want a scope that has illuminated reticles, some sort of ranging capabilities, and variable power starting at 1X.   Well, the searching paid off because I came across a very well built scope.  The VORTEX VIPER PST 1-4X24MM scope.

Vortex Viper PST 1-4x24mm Rifle Scope:

First a little about the scope.  It has all the features I’m looking for plus the added benefit of being shock and waterproof.  Nitrogen purged, fully coated optics, a neat ranging scale reticle, and backed by what I’ve heard to be excellent customer service (hopefully I will never have to use it).

Leupold rings for the 30mm main tube

Leupold rings for the 30mm main tube

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~ John, Modern Bushman

KonusPro M30 1.5-6x44mm rifle scope by Konus Optics – AR15 optics Part 1

Regardless of the time in history, both the early and modern humans have had to defend themselves against predators of all sorts.  Be it man-eating dinosaurs, enemy combatants, or zombies, man’s need for effective self-defense is ever present.  If your hands are all you got, something as simple as a power-packed punch is enough to stop a threat, but when it comes to saving your butt, nothing beats overwhelming your threat with what the U.S. Army describes as a force multiplier: in this case, an AR15 topped with optics to get you on target fast.

One of the last steps in completing my bugout/defense rifle was to top it off with some sort of close to medium range sights.  My two basic choices were either an electronic red dot type sight or a variable power optic sight.  After much thought, I decided on getting a traditional optic with variable power.  Basically, I wanted a scope that could be used for close quarters, but have some magnification to aid in target identification at longer ranges.

After much internet research, I decided the next step was to check out Scope City, a local optics vendor.  Mike at Scope City was very helpful.  Before I go any further, let me tell you about Mike.  Just a few minutes of speaking with him, I could tell he wasn’t just a salesman trying to sell his gear.  Instead, he told me that his knowledge of optics was mostly in binoculars and spotting scopes.  He then showed me several of the scopes he carried, mainly the Konus scopes.  Up until I had spoken to Mike, I had never heard of Konus so I was alittle skeptical about its quality.  Then the unexpected happened.  Mike offered to let me “try out” the scope.  Yes, you read correctly.  He let me take the scope home, mount it, take it out to the desert and test it out ’til my heart was content.  Mike’s philosophy was since his knowledge of rifle scopes were minimal, why not let someone test it out for us and get a feedback?  Great, I thought… I’ll try the KonusPro M30 1.5-6×44. He even threw in the mounts.  Thanks Mike!  Below is Mike’s actual business card.  Give him a call if you’re out of town or just stop by if you’re around.

Scope City

Scope City

KonusPro M30 1.5-6x44mm Rifle Scope by Konus USA:

What’s in the box:
• scope
• lens tissue
• flip up lens caps (not the best)
• allen keys for the turrets
• warranty card

KonusPro M30 boxed

KonusPro M30 boxed

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~ John, Modern Bushman