Review: Grizzly Targets AR500 IPSC Hostage Target and 18″x24″ Rectangle Target

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If you have been watching any of our recent TFBTV videos you know that we have picked up a couple of sponsors, one of those being Grizzly Targets. As soon as the Grizzly Targets AR500 Steel Targets arrived at my house I had to get them out of the packages and get them put together.

Grizzly thought out the design of these targets well requiring only cut two-by-fours to complete the stand. I took the IPSC hostage target and the 18″x24″ rectangle target with my father and I to my gun club so my Dad could break in his new to him Colt Python.

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Here is a better view of the ISPC ABC zone steel plate and “bad guy” swinger. The “bad guy” swinger is 1/4″ thick and the plate itself is 3/8″ thick. It looks too pretty, gonna have to fix that soon. You can see the replaceable 1/2″ carriage bolts used to attach the plate to the mounting hardware.

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Grizzly did a great job with the mounting hardware.

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The bases are galvanized to prevent rust and have mounting stake holes cut to make sure the target stays up regardless of what you hit it with.

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Here is the 18″x24″ 3/8″ thick rectangle target, pretty self explanatory I think. I found that I enjoyed shooting this target the most.

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Again, you can see the heavy duty hardware that the 18″x24″ plate rides on.

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I broke out the testing implements. My USP Compact 9mm, Sphinx SDP Compact, M&P 22, NAA 22lr revolver, and Dad brought out his 4″ Python.

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I shot the targets a bit then decided I needed to paint them. While the coating they ship with is pretty darn tough, I really do like seeing the impacts a bit more clearly.

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I did the same with the 18″x24″ plate.

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I set Dad loose with his Python. I have to admit, it was really cool watching him reconnect with a firearm that he carried concealed in the 70’s. He often talked about how much he regretted selling it before my birth, I really am grateful that my friend Yale who was able to find me a Python that my Mother and I could afford to get him.

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I stepped up to the plate (Groan ….) and took a few rapid fire shots on the hostage target. It took the beating well.

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After Dad and I shot the heck out of both targets (there were several re-paintings) it was time to pack it up. The targets took our range outing rather well, I look forward to many years of service out of the Grizzly Targets.

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You can see the “bad guy” swinger took the impacts well. Dad seemed to like hammering the “bad guy” with .357 mag.

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The 18″x24″ plate took a nice beating too, I still had 100 rounds of 12 gauge I wanted to let loose on it before we headed home. I had to move ranges though, don’t want to tear up the backstops with a crap ton of tiny little pellets

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At the shotgun range I decided I wanted to take as much of the paint off as I could. I wish I had brought some stakes because I knocked it over a few times mag dumping a loaned Mossberg 930 JM Pro.

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I have to admit, I am rather pleased with the Grizzly targets. Shooting steel really brings a new dimension to my range trips, if you haven’t tried it I highly recommend it.

Grizzly has several options that fit just about any budget. The IPSC hostage target has a MSRP of $299 – $349. The 18″x24″ plate has a MSRP of $265. You can check out all of Grizzly’s offerings at their website here.

Steve (The Editor) says: Grizzly sponsor TFBTV, but have had no input into this review. This review was NOT paid for by Grizzly. We have reviewed Grizzly targets in the past and always had good results, which is why I asked them to sponsor TFBTV.

UDPATE: Grizzly sent  us a 20% off coupon code for TFB reader. Use the code tfb20 in the checkout.



Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Cal.Bar

    Actually, that flat metal connection welded between the plate and the top of the target stand looks awful thin. Most other steel targets I have used have a large bolt or other interface. The entire weight of the target AND all of the force of the impacts is taken right there. I foresee that piece failing long before the AR500 plate does.

    • Patrick R.

      We shall see. Alex and I are heavy shooters and will put thousands of rounds onto these plates in the near future. We will update as we have failures.

    • thedonn007

      I agree with your assesment. A square tube would be much more robust.

      • Swarf

        It really wouldn’t.

        You guys have got some serious armchair nitpicking going on.

        I’ve been welding professionally for near 20 years and I’m pretty sure that connection is not going to be an issue.

        Now maybe you’re a more experienced welder or a mechanical engineer who knows better, I certainly don’t claim to be some kind of expert, but, in my opinion, this target looks…

        Bulletproof.

        *puts on sunglasses*

        Yeeeaaahhhh!

    • Kelly Jackson

      Where did you get your physics degree? “All of the force of the impacts” isn’t taken on that bar, the bulk of that energy is going to be spent moving the heavy steel target.

      • Patrick R.

        He stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night, isn’t that enough?

    • Grizzly Targets

      @cal_bar:disqus We’ve put thousands of rounds on these as have quite a few contractors. Holds up nicely.

  • notalima

    I picked up a target tree set and 12″ 1/2 gong about a year ago from Grizzly. With the feet and t-Caps (does look like they sell them anymore) I can set up a 161 wide target stand with multiple steel plates, spinners, etc. The gong works just peachy, but the possibilities for setting up 8+ steel targets of various types really made this a winner.

    • Grizzly Targets

      Thanks for the compliment, you should be able to find the T connectors under the BYOR section of the site.

  • Bill

    I’m really digging the systems that utilize springs to absorb and dissipate some of the energy. I’ve also sacrificed several virgins in gratitude for the invention of the cordless impact driver, which makes repairing shot nuts and bolts a trillion times easier than using lowly hand tools. Way more efficient than back in the day when everything was welded together and if it broke, you were stuck without a welder.

  • Swarf

    He often talked about how much he regretted selling

    I have yet to see a sentence about someone selling a good firearm that didn’t contain some variation of the word “regret”.

    • Patrick R.

      I sold my XD Sub-Compact in .40 S&W many years ago and am elated that I don’t still regret selling it for a moment.

      • Swarf

        “Good”

        • Patrick R.

          Some people think the XD is a good gun, I normally don’t correct them though.

          • Swarf

            I only have one gun I would sell, but I can’t because it’s that craptastic!

            Screw you Chiappa 1911-22. You suck.

          • Patrick R.

            I had one of those for a few weeks, and it is a truly crappy gun.

          • Swarf

            It’s one of the things that baffles me about the gun world.

            If Ford produced a car as reliable as Chiappa’s 1911-22, they would be ridiculed and sued.

            Yet gun manufacturers sell unreliable, poorly functioning and downright unsafe products that we– theoretically– might have to trust our lives to and we just shrug and act like it’s par for the course.

            What gives?

            There’s an idea for an article; explain that bullshit.

          • Patrick R.

            I wish I could explain it. The Chiappa 22 cal upper was worse though, I was blown away at the lack of QC on that thing. It was easily the worst gun related item I have ever owned.

          • Swarf

            And yet we’re supposed to trust them to make a shotgun with three barrels that won’t rupture like the San Andreas after taco night.

          • Tassiebush

            Luckily that shotgun is actually made by Akkar in Turkey. I think chiappa just brands it.

    • John

      I sold two Taurus pistols, didn’t like either of them. Actaully, one went back to factory and my money was returned when it failed to function, it was .38 special and the timing got so bad the cylinder would not long spin (Yikes!).

  • Pmdata

    What is the black material hanging behind the grizzly target stapled to the 2×6? Is it a backstop for fragments or just a place to hang paper targets?

    I really want one of those hostage targets.

    • Patrick R.

      That is cut up conveyor belt from a local gravel mill used to hang targets. It is surprisingly bullet resistant and provided free to my sportsman’s club.

      • Pmdata

        Thanks. Off to find some.

        • Patrick R.

          Glad I could help. The only thing I don’t like about it is sometimes it is hard to get a staple into it. Most of the time it is fine though.

        • Bill

          ….and it weighs a ton and is no fun to cut, but it does hold up to a lot of rounds

  • Grizzly Targets

    haha that wasn’t what I was expecting to hear!

  • Tassiebush

    The “bad guy swinger” keeps giving me the chuckles. It conjures up all sorts of colourful IPSC scenarios based on scenes from “the Ladies man” movie.

  • Tassiebush

    It looks like a pair of very solidly made targets. I can’t really see either of them failing.

  • Glock Guy

    Ooo. I like these products. Very practical.

  • Glock Guy

    What is the minimum safe distance for shooting steel targets like these? Just wondering . . . .

    • Duck from Duluth

      I’ve seen 30 yards for pistols and 100 yard minimum for rifles.

    • Duck from Duluth

      And never use Steel shot on any metal targets