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Shooting at "Reactive Targets"?
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This past weekend I was at a co-workers/friends birthday and I got into talking with him and two other people from work. Word got back to one of them who I don't get into detailed conversations with that I own several firearms, he told me lets get together (All four of us) and go shooting on his uncles property. He is getting his 1911 back and really wanted to shoot some shit up, he is even going to provide me with some ammo to shoot through my firearms. He's a decent guy, served in the Middle East and seen some crazy shit.

He is going to have several items to shoot at: Water Melon's (Dying to test my Federal HST 9mm ammo on these), some busted TV's and a bunch of old fire-extinguishers. My concern though is shooting at the fire-extinguishers will cause ricochets and send bullets back my way. I think this is quite likely with my 22LR and 9mm plus his 45. My AR-15 I am not so sure. If this was M855 I was shooting I am willing to bet the rounds would pass right through like it wasn't there. However, I am bringing the 250-300 rounds of steel cased ammo and some XM193 (Which I plan on not shooting, just in case we really have the urge to tear it up). I feel we have a chance that the steel cased stuff might not penetrate and cause the rounds to bounce.

Also I am bringing the last of my hyper-velocity 22LR ammo that screams at 1600 FPS, think that might be safe to use on a fire-extinguisher? Shrug

So please share your thoughts. I am hoping this works out and this becomes a regular thing because shooting at paper while enjoyable gets a bit dull after awhile plus now I would have a place to use a bump-fire stock and on my M&P 15-22 it would make affordable full auto fire a reality for me. Big Grin
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(09-19-2012, 11:00 PM)LifeInPa Wrote: Also I am bringing the last of my hyper-velocity 22LR ammo that screams at 1600 FPS, think that might be safe to use on a fire-extinguisher? Shrug


I shot my mosin nagant at fire extinguishers at 50 yards, loads of fun. I'd say it is ok to shoot it with a .22, just keep some distance away from it (and wear safety glasses)

12ga slug vs watermelon is also a sight to behold!
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I'd keep at least 10 meters back from any metal targets and wear proper eye and ear protection. Generally rifle rounds will punch straight through, though if you're using a .22LR then you might not get full penetration. There may not be ricochets from a .22LR, but I'd still maintain a minimum of 10 meters from the target and wear proper eye protection.

Pistol rounds should be fine at that distance as well. When setting up for USPSA matches we maintained 10 meters between the shooter and the steel targets. Anything closer has a higher chance of ricochets and bullet fragments splashing back, but from roughly 10 meters and out the risk becomes much more minimal.

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The most fun I ever had was getting to shoot an old Caddy with a 50 cal incendiary round and seeing the engine go POOF!!
That was a blast, unfortunatley our range allows us paper only and we also set clays up on the hillside. Thats about it and yes it does get boring Undecided
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Thanks everyone for the responses, I am thrilled to hear that I shouldn't have issues. He said we would be shooting at 30 yards which is a safe distance it seems. Oh and GlockGirl are you looking to adopt another son? You really know how to have fun. Big Grin
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(09-20-2012, 09:06 AM)LifeInPa Wrote: Thanks everyone for the responses, I am thrilled to hear that I shouldn't have issues. He said we would be shooting at 30 yards which is a safe distance it seems. Oh and GlockGirl are you looking to adopt another son? You really know how to have fun. Big Grin

Hell I won't be able to have that kind of fun anymore LOL.
I did save the emblem off that car Big Grin
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(09-20-2012, 09:20 AM)glock19girl Wrote:
(09-20-2012, 09:06 AM)LifeInPa Wrote: Thanks everyone for the responses, I am thrilled to hear that I shouldn't have issues. He said we would be shooting at 30 yards which is a safe distance it seems. Oh and GlockGirl are you looking to adopt another son? You really know how to have fun. Big Grin

Hell I won't be able to have that kind of fun anymore LOL.
I did save the emblem off that car Big Grin


Aww, well you know where to find me if you change your mind. Wink

One of these days I gotta find a place that has full auto weapons. My dream is to open up on a junked car with a full auto M1928 that's equipped with a drum magazine. :p
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I got back last night from 3 hours of shooting on this guys property and what an experience, this was the first time I ever had a chance to shoot at anything other than paper. I also got to try different positions other than sitting on a bench and shooting off bags. I think my new personal favorite is shooting off one knee. As for the targets we shot at plastic bins, golf balls, hard wood wood, golf balls, fire extinguishers and almost a TV. My host was worried it would piss off his aunt (Her land) so we didn't get to do that. Still it was a lot of fun, wish he had more than 30 yards of clearance before the swamp/forest but enough. I still have the range when I want to do 50+ yards stuff.

The local Wal-Mart which I had the fun experiences with only had a small selection of 9mm ammo so I ended up buying a 100 round box of Remington UMC JHP's for $27 and it does some quite devastating damage to a metal fire extinguisher. It was dusk at time and it made a far greater flash than the Tula I typically fire. I forgot to put my headset on for one magazine of the UMC and regret it, my hearing didn't recover until today. I felt like I was under the spell of shell shock after it happened. We only got to run 40 rounds through my AR before we stopped, he was concerned the neighbors might make a noise complaint to the cops. I wish one of us could land a shot on the gold ball at 10 yards with the AR, it probably would have vaporized the gold ball. Sad

Sadly I didn't get many photo's, I wish I had a video after one of us poped the fire extinguisher with a hyper velocity CCI 22 hollow point round and it was quite impressive.

Golf Ball, standard velocity 22LR, M&P 15-22 Rifle:

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Golf Ball, hyper velocity 22LR, M&P 15-22 Rifle:

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Fire Extinguisher, Hyper Velocity/Hollow Point 22LR, M&P 15-22 Rifle/9mm UMC JHP, M&P 9:

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Fire Extinguisher, 9mm UMC JHP M&P 9. That long hole was my best group with the M&P, 7 yards.:

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Fire Extinguisher, 9mm UMC JHP M&P 9 and 22LR Hyper Velocity/Hollow Point, M&P 15-22 Rifle:

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Fire Extinguisher, 9mm UMC JHP and 22LR?? One, the other or both:

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I am going back next week and they are covering me on the 9mm. We want to get a target stand for when we shoot paper/cardboard. We have a lot of junk at work that we can take and use as targets. They have another fire extinguisher and I am hoping to get video next time. Big Grin
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That the reason I shoot on my property. I not the type of person that has the mind set to constantly punch holes in paper.

I celebrate the X-mas holidays by shooting at X-mas bulbs at 50 to 100 yards depending on what firearm I am using.

I finished off my old computer tower, printer, and monitor at 50 yards with a Smith 500.

I have shot golf balls, baseballs, softballs, watermelon, oreos, steel gongs, steel plates, apples, oranges, propane cylinders, pop cans, plastic liter bottles filled with liquid, clay pidgeons, rolling tires with targets mounted in the center, and when I really want a challenge I made a target 8 foot by 16 foot out of 3/4" plywood---painted a bullseye that measures approximately 5 feet by 6.5 feet that I shoot pistol at from about 250 yards.

I am considering taking my 91 GMC junker out to the north 40 and use it for a target before towing it to the bone yard.
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MOUNTAINORACLE;10936 Wrote:That the reason I shoot on my property. I not the type of person that has the mind set to constantly punch holes in paper.

I celebrate the X-mas holidays by shooting at X-mas bulbs at 50 to 100 yards depending on what firearm I am using.

I finished off my old computer tower, printer, and monitor at 50 yards with a Smith 500.

I have shot golf balls, baseballs, softballs, watermelon, oreos, steel gongs, steel plates, apples, oranges, propane cylinders, pop cans, plastic liter bottles filled with liquid, clay pidgeons, rolling tires with targets mounted in the center, and when I really want a challenge I made a target 8 foot by 16 foot out of 3/4" plywood---painted a bullseye that measures approximately 5 feet by 6.5 feet that I shoot pistol at from about 250 yards.

I am considering taking my 91 GMC junker out to the north 40 and use it for a target before towing it to the bone yard.

Your quite fortunate to have that kind of land. We only have a half acre and are surrounded on all sides by neighbors. I only shoot air pistols/rifles on my property. I don't know where you live but I am sure guys like yourself could make a few extra bucks by inviting members to shoot on your property, especially if you're not too far from a city or enclosed community. It's quite addictive shooting at cinder blocks and stuff.

BTW, are you shooting those christmas lights with open irons at those distances?
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