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Targets and Target Systems

The strength and durability you find in our bullet traps is also found in our targets.

Selecting the proper steel wasn't an after thought, but our only thought. While surface-hardened steel is chemically treated for hardness only on the surface, our steel is rated to perform without cratering under extreme conditions. We're not alone in vouching for these ratings - they're also certified by the U.S. steel industry. Selecting the stronger steel was one of the most important decisions we made, and considering the performance, one of the best.

Fun Targets

Savage Range Systems series of fun targets are created for the commercial market. Designed with either moving, rotating or alternating pop-up targets, they offer fun and excitement for both practice and competition. The flopper targets, built using 3/8" AR500 steel plate, pop up a second target when the first is hit. Knock down the second target and the first pops up again. They can also be either pole mounted or ground set. The alternating targets mean a target is always at the ready - no resetting required! Our targets can handle shotgun slugs and center fire rifle rounds up to 3000 fps (no armor-piercing rounds).

Non-Reactive Targets

Reversible plates: All impact plates deform when shot repeatedly. This isn't a problem for our targets since we've made the plates reversible. Depending on the target model, you either remove the pin, flip the plate and reinsert the pin, or simply lift out the plate and flip it around. Turning them before they start deforming keeps the splatter pattern safe and predictable, so when you shoot, targets don't shoot back.

Most of our portable targets fit together without using tools and assemble by in a few minutes. Paper targets and wooden firring strips not included.

Hi-Power Silhouette

The plate is set at a specific angle for close-quarter use. Withstands most calibers including .223, .308 NATO, 30-06 300 win. mag. and shotgun slugs. Emits a loud clang when hit.

  • PLATE: 12" x 18"
  • Other shapes/sizes available.
  • DIMENSIONS: 18" x 48" x 56"
  • WEIGHT: 62 lbs.

Reactive Targets

Savage Range Systems's Reactive Targets are all constructed with the same 3/8" through-hardened steel for maximum strength. Reactive targets are available with manual reset, while some models have the option of pneumatic resetting. Custom fabrication is also available for any target requirement - all built with the same strength and durability found in all Savage Range Systems products!

Impact plates are painted blue for easy recognition and are rated to perform without cratering under extreme conditions!

Plates emit a loud clang when hit.

Adjustable bolts: We know people often do their training with different weapons, so we made it easy to change calibers without switching targets. A bolt located in front of each impact plate customizes any reactive target for varying power factors.

Deflection plates: The best design won't last long if it's left vulnerable to direct fire, so every hinge and reset mechanism on every target is protected by a 3/8" steel plate - the proper thickness to withstand direct hits without sustaining deformation or damage.

Reactive targets with Manual Reset

Gong Stand

Used for long-range rifle training. Impact plate swings in place when hit.

  • Maximum velocity: 3000 fps.
  • Minimum distance: 200 yds.
  • Plate: 12"
  • Weight: 50 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 36" x 36" x 48"

High Power Flopper

The plate is set at a specific angle for close-quarter use. Withstands most calibers including .223, .308 NATO, 30-06 300 win. mag. and shotgun slugs.

  • PLATE: 12" x 18"
  • Other shapes/sizes available.
  • DIMENSIONS: 18" x 48" x 56"
  • WEIGHT: 62 lbs.

2/3 Pepper Popper

Adjustable for power factor.

  • PLATE: 8" x 28"
  • DIMENSIONS: 5" x 18" x 36"
  • WEIGHT: 37 lbs.

Pepper Popper

Adjustable for power factor.

  • PLATE: 12" x 42"
  • DIMENSIONS: 5" x 18" x 48"
  • WEIGHT: 60 lbs.

Pepper Popper Crossbar

Clamping directly into the Pepper Popper impact plate, it presents a second target when the impact plate is hit and falls. Two 1" x 2" wooden firring strips slip into rectangular steel pockets and tighten with thumb screws. Adjustable for power factor.

  • TARGETS: paper, cardboard, 3D
  • DIMENSIONS: 32" x 1 1/2" x 4"
  • WEIGHT: 8 lbs.
  • TOOLS: Two 9/16 wrenches

Falling Head Plate

Adjustable for power factor.

  • PLATE: 8", 10" and 12" rounds. Other sizes/shapes available.
  • DIMENSIONS: 18" x 48" x 60"
  • WEIGHT: 60 lbs.

Electric Targets

Permanent Running Man System

The rail can be made any length (our personal record is 350'). Two target carriers travel along a 4" aluminum H-beam on 4" solid steel V-groove wheels. Grease fittings make periodic lubrication a no-brainer. On one end of the rail, four greaseable pillow-block bearing assemblies reduce friction, and we placed shock absorbers on both ends to cushion any over-run. The target system bolts to a concrete slab at least 1' wide running the length of the rail. We handle all the installation and provide directions for correctly erecting a ballistic barrier, such as a wall of railroad ties, leaving only the targets exposed.

DIMENSIONS: Go for it, and help set a new record.

MOTOR DRIVE: 90 Volt DC motor, 1/2 hp. Plug the controller cable into a generator or standard wall socket. The controller converts 110 volt AC into 90 volt DC, preventing high voltage from traveling downrange.

Hand-held controller for systems not using the Nexgen Target Control System

Operating both the permanent and portable versions, it connects the motor drive, delivering forward, reverse, variable-speed and dynamic braking with the turn of a dial

DIMENSIONS: 8" x 6" X 3"

WEIGHT: 3 lbs.

Portable Running Man System

While most electrical targets offer 80' our carrier gives you a minimum of 100'. Two 4" x 4" wooden uprights form the stand and fit snugly into steel H-bases. 2-12" and 2-22" steel stakes hold the bases firmly in place while the two tie-down straps ratchet down snare drum-tight after being staked into the ground. The target carriers travel on wheels that have permanently-lubricated bearings. The overhead support cable accepts up to three paper targets. And though it's one of the largest targets we offer, all the parts fit easily into most any trunk.

DIMENSIONS: 4' x 8' x 100'

WEIGHT: 167 lbs. Heaviest piece 50 lbs.

MOTOR DRIVES: 90 Volt DC motor, 1/2 hp. Plug the controller cable into a generator or standard wall socket. Or attach the power inverter to a 12 volt DC battery. The controller converts 110 volt AC into 90 volt DC, preventing high voltage from traveling downrange.

Pneumatic Targets

Savage Range Systems offers both Pneumatic Steel Plate Targets and Pneumatic Target Boards. Each is available for either portable or permanent use, with the only difference being a base that can be bolted into a concrete slab for the permanent versions.

All pneumatic targets utilize our "Pivot Mechanism" - instead of a single one-point bushing (with the nasty habit of breaking before ever wearing out), ours is supported on both ends of the shaft by greasable, pillow-block bearing assemblies.

Not sure how you want to configure the paper or board target? No problem! That's why we've designed the "Multi-function Target." One target that can be positioned four ways - Swing-out, Sideways Pop-up, 90° Turner and pop-up - to give you the most options. In less than a minute you can change your target to suit your training needs. Another example why Savage Range Systems is a leader in target design.

All pneumatic targets:

  • Have their electronics enclosed in a weatherproof box.
  • Use nylon air lines which last 30 times longer than polypropylene when exposed to UV rays.
  • Are suitable for both indoor and outdoor training.
  • Can be floor/ground mounted or overhead mounted.
  • Can be wall mounted, Hogan's Alley style.
  • Use a 110 volt power source.
  • Use push-to-connect fittings.
  • Can be built from stainless steel for corrosive environments.

Nexgen Target Control System

The Nexgen Target Control System is what the name implies... the next generation of target control! With a System Control Platform based on an Allen-Bradley/Rockwell Automations Compact Logix controller, mounted in a NEMA rated steel enclosure for maximum protection, Savage's Nexgen Target Control System brings outstanding performance and operation to pneumatic and Running Man systems like never before.

Imagine programming multiple "course of fire" exercises, with up to 15 steps in each, and storing them for future use.

The Nexgen system operates from a console that can be wall, desk or pedestal mounted, or can be programmed onto a dedicated laptop. System operations can be actuated with an optional hand-held remote unit up to 350 yards from the antenna! Yet, as advanced as the Nexgen system is, it allows for ease of maintenance, as all parts are off-the-shelf, so you don't need to return the system to Savage for repair or replacement parts since they are available to you locally!

Remarkable programming capability, multiple course of fire functionality, ease of use, remote capability and off-the-shelf maintenance truly make this the most advance target control system available... and of course, it's from Savage!

Nexgen Target Control System Key Benefits for both Running Man and Pneumatic Target Systems

  • Turning targets can be set to run simultaneously
  • Carriers can be programmed to automatically run course with multiple changes in direction and speed
  • Carriers can be coordinated/linked with each other or run completely independently
  • Motor controllers are DC regenerative drives, allowing the drives to reverse and decelerate a load faster than standard drives

Hand-held controller for systems not using the Nexgen Target Control System

Operating both the permanent and portable versions, it connects the motor drive, delivering forward, reverse, variable-speed and dynamic braking with the turn of a dial

DIMENSIONS: 8" x 6" X 3"

WEIGHT: 3 lbs.

 

Usage: Shotgun slugs (ONLY ON ANGLED PLATES) and center fire rifle rounds up to 3000 fps (no armor-piercing rounds)

Warning: There are many critical considerations in using steel targets safely. You must assume responsibility for reading and following the guidelines provided in our Safety And Use Guide, available as a down-loadable PDF in the Brochures and Literature section of our site. Failure to follow these guidelines can result in serious injury or death.

 

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There is more than just the initial purchase price to consider when you consider installing a bullet trap for a range.

Per Million Rounds - Based on a 12 lane range firing 60,000 rounds per week for 15 years.

An informed decision to purchase a shooting range includes a look at the initial purchase price AND the long-term costs. All operational costs - upkeep and maintenance, along with repair, replacement parts and disposal of environmentally sensitive materials - need to be considered.

Costs to consider include:

  • Installation
  • Operational costs
  • Disposal of any material, such as rubber, used to absorb the bullet's energy
  • Mining/Cleaning of the trap
  • Disposal of bullets, jackets and fragments
  • Longevity of the trap and its ability to sustain a steady volume of fire

Automatic Bullet Recovery System (ABRS)

For easy collection, Savage Range Systems pioneered the Automatic Bullet Recovery System (ABRS) with the Snail® System Bullet Trap.

As bullets decelerate, losing energy, they finally fall to the bottom of the chamber and exit through a bottom slot. They are then carried along a conveyor to a collection drum, behind the trap, to be either disposed of, or recycled. Just one more reason why a Savage Range System is considered the safest and most efficient shooting range available.

Snail® System Deceleration Chamber

In 1991, Ron Coburn invented the Snail® System - a bullet trap that decelerates a bullet rather than disintegrating it on impact.

The heart of the Snail® Trap is the deceleration chamber. Low angle entrance ramps guide the bullet into a circular chamber where it revolves, losing energy, until it drops down for collection.

This simple, yet ingenious, solution virtually eliminates lead dust for a safer range environment and has revolutionized the entire shooting range industry.

Snail® Systems Deflection Ramps Make the Difference

The Wet Snail® System, with low angle ramps and round deceleration chamber, results in virtually no airborne lead at the trap.

Unlike other steel traps on the market, Snail® Traps have always used low angle ramps (12° for rifle and 15° for pistol) that guide the bullet into the round deceleration chamber, where the bullet loses energy and safely drops into a collection area, ready for recycling. A .30-06 bullet will make approximately 130 revolutions in 2-3 seconds.

In the Wet Snail® Trap, a mixture of biodegradable lubricant and water encapsulates any lead particles that may be generated before they become airborne and inhaled by the range users. This results in a safer and cleaner environment for the shooter.