New Official IDPA Steel Target

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The IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association), which has been overseeing the shooting sport of taking on real-life self-defense scenarios on a competitive platform since 1996, has decided it’s time they came out with an official steel target. Fans of IDPA and the concept behind it, whether competitors or spectators, should be happy to see these targets hit the shelves, but they aren’t the only ones. After all, although the target was designed with honing competitor’s skills in mind, reality is all serious shooters can use dedicated training and the tools needed to get it.

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The new target is the result of the IDPA collaborating with Action Target. It’s tough, having been made with AR550 armor steel, and reliable, thanks to the new patented hinges used on its reactive plates. And of course it was made with safety in mind with smooth surfaces so there aren’t any protruding edges or bolts to increase the risk of ricochet. Perhaps best of all is the fact that while it’s rated for standard handgun rounds it can also be used with rifles at a distance of 100 yards.

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This new steel target is called the PT IDPA Practice Torso, and it’s available right now on Action Target’s website at the starting MSRP of $339.00.

From Action Target:

“‘We were really excited to work with Action Target on this project because of their ability to take our requirements and come up with an innovative solution,’ IDPA Executive Director Joyce Wilson said. ‘Specifically, we wanted a steel target that encourages shooters to focus on accuracy. To do this, we diminished the sizes of the down zero zones by two inches to encourage tighter groupings in training which can lead to better scores in competition.’

While the PT IDPA Practice Torso is designed specifically for competitive handgun training, it is built with 3/8-inch AR550 armor steel which can withstand any standard handgun round and is also rated for rifle use at 100 yards. It is also designed with the safety of the shooter in mind with no exposed bolts, clamps or brackets for a completely flat shooting surface that produces predictable splatter patterns and reduces the risk of ricochet coming back at the shooter.

 ‘A lot of work went into the design of this target,’ Chris Hess, Action Target’s product marketing manager over steel targets, said. ‘Not only did we ensure that the torso dimensions of the target perfectly match IDPA regulation, we also created a new patent pending hinge design for the reactive plates that minimizes the number of parts needed and provides consistent reaction on every shot. This new design will soon be used on all of our reactive steel targets.’

The PT IDPA Practice Torso made its first debut at the 2014 IDPA National Championship held in Tulsa, Okla., where the prototypes were tested by competitors and IDPA executives. Two-time national IDPA champion and member of the Smith & Wesson shooting team Tom Yost was especially influential in the creation of the target and suggested improvements that led to the final patent pending design.

 ‘As a competitive shooter, this is exactly the kind of target I want to train with,” Yost said. “Practicing on steel helps build muscle memory for accurate shots better than anything else because it provides instant feedback that you can hear and see. Those habits built shooting on steel transfer perfectly to the official cardboard target.’

The PT IDPA Practice Torso comes with the buyer’s choice of a 1-foot, 2-foot, 3-foot or 4-foot stand and will begin shipping March 13.

Product Specifications:

– As Low As: $339
– Height: 5′ (with recommended 3′ stand)
– Weight: 59 lbs.
– Torso Dimensions: 12″ x 25.75″ (adjusted for target angle)
– Reactive -0 Square Dimensions: 3″ x 3″
– Reactive -0 Circle Dimensions: 6″
– Steel Grade: 3/8″ AR550
– Handgun Shooting Distance: 10 yards+
– Rifle Shooting Distance: 100 yards+ using ammunition below 3,000 fps”

Take a look on Action Target’s online store: www.letargets.com

You can learn more about IDPA on their website: http://www.idpa.com/



katie.ainsworth

Katie is an avid shooter, hunter, military journalist, and Southern girl. Firearms are her passion whether at the range or on a spot-and-stalk after a big buck. She’s a staff writer at The Firearm Blog and writes about guns, hunting, and the military for various publications both online and in print such as Outdoor Life, Handguns, and Shooting Illustrated. Shoot her a message at ainsworth.kat@usa.com


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  • txJM

    I get the feeling that these won’t be in wide circulation. Not at $340 a pop, plus shipping.

    • DonDrapersAcidTrip

      Not among the cheapskates that frequent this blog anyway

      • BryanS

        It would be fine for a club to buy… but I don’t see many people dropping $400 (after shipping) on a single target.

        In my case, it just isnt feasible.

      • txJM

        Third most popular gun blog in the world, and you feel justified putting it’s entire reader base in such a small box. You must be a real hoot at parties.

    • JSmath

      I’m not a complete cheapskate, but a man of many passions. At the end of the day, I’d much rather have 3 basic, smaller reactive steel targets vs. a single one of these.

      If I was wealthier, these would definitely start replacing the torso silhouettes I’d already own, though.

  • sianmink

    Ha Ha I see what they’re doing.

    So this is for IDPA. fairly higher volume use than your basic consumer steel target.

    Those swinging inserts are going to last a long while, and when they finally are too pockmarked or warped to use, are gonna be relatively cheap and easy to replace.

    This target is expensive in the short term, but a lot less so in the long term.

  • MountainKelly

    Only as much as a new Shield or can of ammo. So savings. Much cheap. Wow

  • Rex Krom

    I made 5 of my own. 12″x15″ 3/4 AR500 welded to some T-posts. Made all 5 for less than the price of one of these.

  • I always thought that the Reed Reactive Target was brilliant. It had angled plates representing the -0 zones in the head and chest mounted on a steel spine. The only way to knock it over was to hit the -0 zones or the narrow spine. You could fit a paper target over it and even dress it.

    http://www.parmarng.org/freeidaho/AlSkDjFhG/ReedReactiveTarget/ReedReactiveTarget.html

  • First saw these last year in Tulsa. These start shipping next week. We are getting one to test, and put it through “Our” paces, and will report back.