New Steel Target From Birchwood Casey

When it comes to spending time with your favorite rifle, there are two absolute truths: there’s no such thing as too much ammunition or too much target practice. If you enjoy a little auditory feedback with your target practice, odds are you’re a fan of steel targets, and there’s a new one out from Birchwood Casey you just might enjoy. The new steel target is called the Boomslang Gong and it’s designed both for easy transportation and feedback that lives up to its name in the form of a loud, resonant gong. Its also a swinging target, so you can see it move freely on impact. The Boomslang Gong is 9 1/2 inches in diameter and made of AR500 steel.

Perhaps one of the greatest things about this steel target is the fact it can be used both with handguns and a variety of rifles including .300 Win Mag and .338 lapua magnum rounds. Birchwood Casey recommends shooters stay back at least 100 yards with rifles and 200 yards when using high velocity rounds. So whether you want to work on your self-defense handgun skills or prefer an afternoon of marksmanship with your large caliber rifle, this target has you covered.

Take a look on the company’s website at MSRP $155.60.

From Birchwood Casey:

“The Boomslang Gong has a diameter of 9 ½ inches and is constructed of tough ½-inch AR500 steel with an extremely stable base for hours of shooting enjoyment. The target breaks down and the base folds flat for easy transport to and from the range. With a resounding gong and dynamic movement at each hit, shots on target are easy to hear and see.

The Boomslang Gong is rated for centerfire handguns and rifles up to and including .300 and .338 Magnum calibers. Minimum distances from the shooter to the target are 25 yards for handguns and 100 yards for rifles. High velocity rounds – (3000 + FPS muzzle velocity) and magnum loads should be used at a minimum distance of 200 yards.

The Birchwood Casey Boomslang Gong is proudly made in the USA.”

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  • Tassiebush

    Looks pretty handy. In fact I totally need one! Being certain of a hit and not having to keep changing paper or reseting targets would be great!

  • Turner72

    I can get a similar plate off ebay for less than $50 shipped. $100 for the thin metal stand? Nuh uh.

    Love some of their cleaning tools, but their targets (.22 at least) are garbage.

  • Marcus D.

    I love he idea of steel targets, but shooting handguns at 25 yards? I hardly ever shoot that long, usually about 15 yards or so. I don’t understand the prices either; $150 seems steep for a flat piece of steel $2.00 worth of chain and a couple of bolts, and a rebar frame to hang it on. Yes yes I know that AR500 is special–but is it really that special, or are we just paying for it?

    • Nunn Yabizz

      If you like your personal safety then yes, it’s really that special.

      • Marcus D.

        How so? It is an easy matter to angle a plate to eliminate ricochet.

        • GearHeadTony

          Most rifle rounds will just blow right through regular mild steel, even at an angle. If the steel is very thick (and heavy), like an inch or more thick, it will stop the rounds but they will make divots which change the angle of the face of the steel. These divots can send ricochets in seemingly impossible directions, like straight back at the shooter. Mild steel is just not a good choice for a rifle target. I have a set of AR500 targets that have seen thousands of rounds of .308, SS109, 5.56 ball and 7.62×39 with bimetal jackets, they are still smooth as glass.

          • Marcus D.

            The original comment was about using this target, made of AR500 and not mild steel, for handgun rounds at no less than 25 yards. I do not understand why the distance has to be so great, and especially since most people practice at 10 to 15 yards (or less). I understand full well that high velocity and heavy rifle rounds present a different set of issues. And the point about whether AR 500 is “special” is in reference to the cost, not its quality. The only thing “special” about this steel is that it is heat treated and quenched.

  • Amanofdragons

    I think for this, you’re paying for the name. I’ve bought steel gongs an inch thick and 18 inches for less than this. A lot less. Built the stand for less too.