Walmart AR500 steel target - CHAMPION range and target (2023)


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Excited about this video today, we went and picked up some ar, 500 steel from walmart.

It's about 25.

We are gonna shoot at it.

A whole lot of pistol calibers and rifle calibers.

Some of these are probably not supposed to shoot this.

But let's take a quick look at the calibers we're.

Gonna shoot in this video today.

First, the pistol calibers we're, gonna shoot 22lr, 380 nine millimeter, a 38, a 357 magnum, a 40 and then a 45 and the rifle calibers we're going to shoot a 30 30, a 308 winchester, a 30 out six, a 300, win mag, a 450 bushmaster a 45 70.

And finally, a 12 gauge slug on the back of this thing.

It tells you what type of guns you're supposed to use.

And at what distances at the end of the video I'll, put a still picture of that in case, you guys want to read it and read all the instructions on how to use it, but let's get to shooting.

This is going to be a whole lot of shooting, but interested to see how this walmart, ar 500 steel stands up to all of these, especially these heavy, big bore rifles, but let's go have some fun.

We got the target hanging here.

You can hang it up.

However, you want to I use some rope because that's what I had handy, and I could get too quick here's, how we're going to do this.

We got a whole lot to shoot and test out against this target I'm going to start grabbing the guns and start shooting we're just going to keep the cameras rolling what I'm most interested to see is which pistols and which rifles are going to smack that plate and make it swing back the hardest.

I think I have a pretty good idea, but let's get to shooting it's going to be a whole lot of fun testing out this walmart, ar 500 steel.

One thing I got to mention when you're shooting steel, you absolutely have to be safe, make sure that the angles are right on the steel.

You don't want the steel to be a fixed object.

Normally obviously there can be ricochets with bullets when you're shooting steel make sure that you're being absolutely safe.

And that you're standing far back away that being said, let's start off with the 22 and get to shooting here.

See how all these pistols do I'm just going to keep picking up these guns and shooting them 22 here.

I think I missed well, I cut that one I like hearing that plink, it definitely has the plink so we're.


Now, let's, take another one with the 22.

I was honestly pretty surprised at how much those 22lrs for my pistol had that plate swinging, but let's shoot this some 380.

see how we do against this walmart, ar 500 steel.

This is a taurus spectrum, 380 here that really spun that steel don't, miss that one it's taking the 380.

let's move on to the nine millimeter.

Let's see how we do here with the nine millimeter I'm surprised at how much this pistols are swinging this steel here, let's move on to some 38.

now we're going to shoot some 357.

I think this sucker is really going to rock that plate, 357, magnum now, we're going to shoot some 40.


I like shooting that sig there, very nice pistol.

Now last of the pistols let's shoot some 45 acp.

I think I might have frayed my rope that's all the pistol calibers I'm gonna secure that target a little bit better and we're gonna go shoot the rifles.

This should be pretty fun that target held up very well against every single.

One of those pistols.

None of these marks whatsoever has any sort of indentation or anything my rope.

However, got pretty frayed.

So I went and got quite a bit of wire again, closest thing I could grab that should hold up to the rifles we're about to shoot.

But if you're going to use it long term, I recommend you get a chain or something strong to hold this target up.

But let's go load up the rifles we're going to run right down the line starting with the 22 rifle should be a lot of fun.

I think most of these rifles are dialed in we're shooting pretty far downrange, just to make sure we're being safe let's start with this ruger 1022 see if we can hit that still down there, there's something cool about hearing that ping after you shoot it.

If you don't have a ruger 10, 22 you'll probably need to get one whole lot of fun to shoot and they're cheap to shoot.

Now we've got a ruger american chambered in the 308 smack that plate.

I smacked it a little bit harder than that 22.

There let's go grab another one.

We've got another ruger american this one chambered in the 30 out six same, scope setup, love.

These scopes that I have on these ruger.

Americans they're, bushnell banner, scopes I'll, put a link in the description down below.

If you want to check out the banner, scopes let's, see if we can hit it with the 30 out six down there smoke that plate that scope's still dead on too let's.

Go grab another one.

Now we have a 300 win mag.

This is a remington 770 chambered in 300, win mag, 300, wood, mag that sucker's.

No joke came down here to check the target real quick.

And we already have a hole all the way through here you can see from those rifles.

There was the 308 then the 30 out six, then the 300 win mag.

So already we've got a pretty good dimple there from the 308, a really good dent from the 30 out six.

And the 300 win mag, went all the way through this quarter inch, ar, 500.

So we still got the 30 30 the 45 70 and the 450 bushmaster to shoot I'm already going to go ahead and say, do not shoot these with a 300.

Win mag.

Let's get up shoot some more.

Now we've got a model, 94, 30, 30., I'm, gonna go ahead and load up two, because I really like to shoot lever.


Let's, see, what happens? 30, 30 at the walmart? Ar, 500.

We rocked it there with that.

First one we'll have to wait for it to stop swinging before.

We shoot it again here, it's sitting a little crooked, but let's see if we can still hit it.

Oh, we hit it.

And we knocked it clear off the set there so I'm gonna have to go reset up gotta love a good labor gun that model, 94 scored some points there.

Knocking that clear off.

We got the target hung up after knocking it down with the 30 30.

got a 405 grain 4570 here.

I'll see what happens when we shoot this with the 4570? It definitely rocked that plate.

There we're gonna have to restring it looks like it kind of jacked her up.

Now we have a ruger american ranch chambered in 450 bushmaster.

This is a 300 grain.

Soft point.

Another big old heavy hitter here.

This we've got a one times power.

Zoom red dot optic on it.

Yeah, baby.

I love the 450 bushmaster that put a whooping on that plate, too all right? We've got one shot left and that's going to be with the 12 gauge slug.

So let's see what happens? This is just your average two and three quarter slugger here.

I honestly have no idea if I can hit that plate way down there with this shotgun.

I do not practice with these sluggers.

So we smoked it I'm gonna call that a lucky shot let's go down there.

Take a last look at the target see.

What happened shooting this video was a whole lot of fun.

We got to shoot a whole lot of guns.

Bottom line.

I think this is great for shooting pistols.

You could shoot this all day long, 357, magnum, 45 acp had no problems plates.

Big enough to hit with pistol calibers, even from quite a ways away didn't make any dimples with pistols rifles.

However, the only rifle that didn't make a dent in this sucker was a 22lr.

The 308 made a good dent right there.

The 30 out 6 made a really good dent right there.

The 300 wind mag went all the way through that's, another 30 30 shot, which also made a dent.

Then with the slug we hit down here that made a pretty good dent there too.

And then the 4570 made a dent as well right? There, that's a pretty good dent.

And then the 450 bushmaster made a good dent right there as well like I said, every single rifle made a dent in this sucker.

But I've got to give props to the 300 win mag.

If you have a 300 win mag, you know how awesome they are and look at what it did to this plate blue hole cleaned through it.

So 300 win mag wins for this video, but walmart, 25 dollar ar, 500 plates.

Great for pistols.

I wouldn't recommend shooting them with rifles unless you're shooting from real far away.

I gotta give a huge shout out and a big.

Thank you to heavy metal, guns and outdoors for supporting us and helping us make this video.

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If you haven't already, stay tuned for future videos, you.


How thick do AR500 targets need to be? ›

Distance and Thickness of AR500 Targets

For pistols such as 9 mm, a ¼” thickness is generally sufficient with a 20-yard standing distance. A target that is 3/8” is best for rifle shooting.

Is AR550 stronger than AR500? ›

AR500 and AR550 are both designed to withstand many rounds of shooting. AR550, however, is slightly harder and is generally considered acceptable to use with rifles. This difference in hardness might not be noticeable upon the first few rounds of shooting, but AR550 will have more long-term durability.

How long do AR500 steel plates last? ›

A: Our FragLock™ coating is designed to last for 20-years. The ballistic steel core of our body armor has an indefinite shelf life as long as the coating is not compromised and exposes it to moisture, to include sweat.

How close can you shoot steel targets with 556? ›

While it's true that 100 yards or more is typically recommended for shooting standard steel targets with 5.56 FMJ or Ball ammunition, the distance at which it's safe to shoot steel can vary depending on several factors. One important factor to consider is the design of the steel target itself.

What is the difference between AR400 and AR500? ›

AR500 steel plate is chemically similar to AR400 steel plate, except the hardness range is higher and it has more carbon and manganese than AR400. These elemental differences help the steel achieve a higher surface hardness. To be classified as AR500, the hardness needs to clock in between 477 BHN and 550 BHN.

Which is harder AR400 or AR500? ›

AR 500 is similar to AR 400, but 25% harder because it contains more carbon. The hardness range of AR 500 is between 470 BHN and 530 BHN, making it more brittle than AR 400. This contributes to AR 500 steel plates being used in shoots and conveyors, where there is more sliding abrasion.

How much does a 10x12 AR500 plate weight? ›

Size: 10"x12" Weight: 7.875 lbs. Single Curve. Laser cut.

Does the military use steel or ceramic plates? ›

The US military uses ceramic plates for their rifle-rated plates. Having a plate for protection prevents blunt force trauma and stops rounds outside of Kevlar's certified threat level of protection.

Is ceramic armor better than steel? ›

Ceramic is better at absorbing and dispersing energy than steel. This will result in less broken ribs, broken sternum, and collapsed lungs. Ceramic does better against supersonic armor-piercing bullets than steel. You can add Kevlar to ceramic to reduce the force of a bullet.

Do steel targets need to be angled? ›

Steel targets need to have a perfectly flat surface in order to be safe for shoot- ers and bystanders. The use of brackets and bolts to hold targets in place cre- ates angles that make bullet splatter unpredictable. Also, improper welding of the steel creates soft areas on the steel that can crater or pock.

Can you shoot green tip ammo at steel targets? ›

You can't shoot green tip ammo at most shooting ranges because it's made to penetrate steel, and most indoor shooting ranges use steel to catch bullets. While the steel backdrop would likely still stop a green tip bullet, it would incur a lot of damage, costing the range a lot of money.

Is it OK to shoot steel targets with FMJ? ›

FMJ ammo or ball ammo can work well with steel targets due to their reliable feeding and stable flight characteristics. They provide good penetration and are commonly used for target shooting and training purposes.

What caliber can AR500 stop? ›

AR500 steel is a special high carbon steel hardened to withstand repeated shots, bullets simply bounce off or vaporize upon impact. 3/8" AR500 steel targets work great for calibers from 9mm through . 30-06 including . 380, .

What rounds does a AR500 stop? ›

To put this in perspective, your average NIJ-Listed Level AR500 armor will only stop a 7.62x51 at 2,750 ft/s. Our Duritium® Level III+PS plate will not only stop multiple shots from the same bullet, but it will also stop a 5.56x45mm (M193) bullet at 3,252 ft/s with multiple shot resistance.

What is an alternative to AR500? ›

The SR500 has a minimum hardness of 500 HBW, making it a superior alternative to AR500 plates. It is perfect for use in ranges, targets, and other armor applications, providing unparalleled protection to those who use it.

Can you roll AR500 steel? ›

Yes! But it takes a special metal supplier with experience in fabrication services. The steel's rigidity and high abrasion resistance actually make it an ideal candidate for roll forming and AR500 can be cold rolled if you keep the bend axis transverse to the rolling direction.

What is the difference between mil a 46100 steel and AR500? ›

What's the differences between MIL-A-46100 armor vs AR500? ANSWER: First of all, MIL-A-46100 is a military grade, whereas AR500 is an Abrasion Resistant grade. Another difference is their Brinell Hardness.

Is AR500 bulletproof? ›

Spartan™ Omega™ ¼” AR500 bullet proof plates have been given a Level III protection rating by the NIJ. This means it will withstand all caliber handgun rounds up to .

Is Hardox the same as AR400? ›

Here is where the strength of Hardox really stands out. The same thickness of Hardox will outlast standard AR400 by as much as 40%.

Can you roll AR400 plate? ›

Ford Steel is a leading provider of AR steel plate forming services. Wearalloy 400 and 450 can be cold formed in a press brake or rolls.

Can you bend AR400 steel? ›

AR400 is made for improved formability with low levels of carbon and sulphur for inclusion shape control. Up to . 75" can be cold bent to minimum inside bend radius of 3t (where t is the plate thickness) with the bend axis transverse to the rolling direction.

How heavy is level 3 armor plates? ›

The weight of Level 3 body armor can vary depending on the specific type and brand. However, most non-polyethylene level 3 plates weigh between 6 and 8 pounds.

How much does a military armor plate weigh? ›

AR500 steel is a material that has been used by the military, armored car companies, and several body armor manufacturers and retailers such as ourselves. Although, only 1/4” -5/8” thin, steel core body armor plates can weigh anywhere from 5lbs - 11lbs depending on the size, cut and coating.

What size plates should I get? ›

People shorter than 5'2” (157.5 cm) will be best suited with 9” x 9” or 8” x 10” plates. People taller than 5'2” under 6'3” (190.5 cm) will best be suited with 10" x 12" plates. People taller than 6'3” can readily employ 11x14 (280x356).

What body armor do Navy Seals use? ›

SAPI and ESAPI are the most technically advanced body armor fielded by the U.S. military, and are constructed of boron carbide ceramic with a Spectra shield backing that breaks down projectiles and halts their momentum.

Does steel body armor expire? ›


While steel body armor lasts about 15-20 years before you need to replace it, standard ceramic body armor only last 5-7 years.

Do rifle plates expire? ›

Very simply put, properly made ceramic plates have no expiration. The expiration date on armor is the expiration of the manufacturers warranty.

What's the best metal for body armor? ›

Titanium armor and helmets are similar in hardness to hardened spring steel. It has approximately 35-40 HRC by Rockwell. But the most important thing is that titanium is 40% lighter than any steel. This quality gives titanium an obvious advantage when compared to tempered steel.

What is the toughest armor plate? ›

In fact, Level 4 (officially 'Type IV') armor represents the highest level of protection there is. Note that 'NIJ Certified' means the Level IV plate is a 'Listed Model' on the NIJ Compliant Products List [CPL].

What metal makes the best body armor? ›

Two of the best hard body armor options are steel and ceramic armor. Both have low backface deformation and are less expensive than polyethylene, which makes both of these exceptional options for rifle-rated protection.

How close is it safe to shoot steel? ›

100 yards (91.44 m) is usually the minimum distance allowed for shooting a steel target with a rifle. Not all rifles have the same firepower, so this may not always be necessary, but if you're not sure about the quality of the target, 100 yards (91.44 m) should be the minimum.

Do bullets ricochet off trees? ›

For example, depending on the angle of incidence, a tree could cause a ricochet. If the angle is acute enough, and if the tree does not absorb all the bullet's energy, the bullet will ricochet or deflect.

How thick do steel targets need to be? ›

Thickness and distance to the target

Manufacturers recommends at least 1/4" thickness (6.35 mm) with 500 Brinell value for pistol shooting with common calibres such as 9 mm, . 40 S&W and . 45 ACP, with a safety distance of 10 yards (approx. 10 m).

What does a black tip ammo mean? ›

Black Tip Ammunition

Small-arms ammunition with a painted black tip is armor-piercing ammunition. This ammo is designed to penetrate through various levels of battlefield armor, depending on the parent cartridge. Usually, these cartridges have a hardened penetrator around which the rest of the bullet is constructed.

Why is green tip ammo not allowed? ›

These rounds, commonly known as “green tip” rounds because of their color coding, are designed for use with the AR platform in the popular caliber of 5.56. However, if you haven't heard already, the ATF is withdrawing these rounds from the civilian market citing their armor piercing capabilities.

What does blue tip ammo mean? ›

Ammo Tip Colors Explained

Blue tipped military ammunition are incendiary rounds. Manufacturers designed these rounds all the way back in WW2. Experts built the rounds to shoot down aircraft by igniting their fuel tanks. These rounds are generally painted, or dipped in blue paint.

What are the downsides of steel ammo? ›

Perhaps the biggest drawback to steel-cased ammo is that it is not easily reloadable. For some shooters, this is not a big hurdle as the ammunition is so cheap that reloading is not a major issue. It would probably cost more to process and reload 1000 rounds of steel cased ammunition than to buy a fresh case of ammo.

Why do ranges ban FMJ? ›

A small portion of ranges do not allow it because a few military FMJ bullets have steel cores that damage bullet traps. So, FMJ is usually fine, but some ranges are dead set against it.

What ammo is safe for steel targets? ›

The best type of ammo to use for shooting steel targets is FMJ (full metal jacket). As a general rule, the softer the bullet is, the better. If your bullet is too hard, you risk dinging or denting the steel target, making it more of a liability.

What is the thickness of AR500 armor? ›

Level III AR500 Steel Core Hard Armor Plate

BAO's steel plate measures approximately . 25” thick (with base coat) with a weight of 7.875 lbs in a 10×12 shooter's cut configuration.

How thick is AR500? ›

These 3/8in. thick AR500 steel targets are rated to 3200 fps at 100 yards. Steel shooting targets are manufactured to from new high quality 3/8 inch thick AR500 steel plate made in the USA.

How thick is AR500 level 4? ›

With a profile of . 75" thick, our level IV body armor features a thinner profile compared to what's currently being offered on the market at 7.5lb's per plate.

What thickness of steel will stop a 9mm? ›

A bullet-resistant panel just 1/4-inch thick can stop at least three 9mm bullets fired dead on from just a few feet away.

What will AR500 body armor stop? ›

This means that its level 3 body armor protection is rated to stop 7.62x51 M80 NATO Ball (. 308 Winchester) at a velocity of up to 2,750 FPS, and special threat tested to stop 5.56mm M855/SS109 (Green Tip) at a velocity of 2,750 FPS.

What thickness of steel will stop a 556? ›

Despite its hardness it's still bendable and weldable. 5.5 mm thick VHH steel will usually be adequate to stop a NATO standard 5.56 mm calibre bullet SS109.

What is the difference between AR450 and AR500? ›

The greatest differentiator between AR450, AR400, and AR500 is the hardness that each achieves. Typically, AR400 is between 360-440 Brinell, while AR450 is around 429-495 Brinell, and AR500 between 460-544 Brinell.

Can you bend AR500 plate? ›

Yes! But it takes a special metal supplier with experience in fabrication services. The steel's rigidity and high abrasion resistance actually make it an ideal candidate for roll forming and AR500 can be cold rolled if you keep the bend axis transverse to the rolling direction.

Can 5.56 penetrate level 4 armor? ›

We can talk about what calibers a Level IV armor plate will stop, but it's just as important to know if an armor plate will stop multiple hits. Essentially, a Level IV plate that is NIJ-Listed has to be able to stop at least a 5.56x45mm 62 grain steel core, NATO M855 (SS109), 7.62x63mm M2AP.

What caliber can penetrate level 4 plates? ›

Level IV is the highest rifle plate rating under the NIJ personal body armor specs at this time. A level IV must stop a single hit of 7.62MM AP “Black Tip”, which is effectively a . 30-06 Armor Piercing bullet.

Can level 4 armor stop 556? ›

5.56mm/. 223 Green Tip Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) ammunition has a part steel core. Level IV armor is the best choice for protection among the armors on the CPL.

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