Is clearing dueling trees easy as shooting the breeze? Do the Texas Star, Whirly Gig, or drop turn targets seem a minor feat to you? Perhaps you need a target that takes it to the next level in challenging your skills. The Irish Plate Rack can certainly provide that challenge.
I pulled up to the range the other day and saw a new steel target just waiting to be shot. The Irish Plate Rack, from North Salt Lake Welding, consists of eight 8″ steel plates that you must hit off their arms. Here’s where it gets challenging: Once the first plate is hit, not only does the spinner that the plate was attached to start to go around, but a weight falls off a rod behind the spinner. That tilts the entire horizontal arm, and a slider weight in the center accelerates the movement. The other spinner will start to rotate as well, and the other rod will release its weight. It looks like some sort of crazy carnival ride, and is very challenging to shoot well. The quickest and most accurately I was able to clear it with a pistol was 8.71 seconds with 9 rounds fired (at a distance of 21 feet).
The target itself seemed very well made, and all of the bolts and critical joints were shielded and did not seem to collect fragmented jackets and/or lead. The target itself is fairly easy to reset. The wire springs that held the plates onto the arms had a finger hole for leverage. Another nice touch was a pin that prevents the main drum from rotating as you are resetting the target, which is attached via a chain so as not to get lost. Once everything is reset, pull the pin and the target is ready to go. The target can also be staked down if used on a slope or in wind. At $1450.00, it is on the expensive side as far as targets go, but is comparable to a double Texas Star or Whirly Gig. The Irish Plate Rack proves to be quite a challenge for competitors who have not encountered one before. If one is a competitive shooter, or just looking to hone one’s skills at hitting moving targets, it’d be an excellent addition to the range.
Videos of the target below:
(This next guy smokes it)
Thanks to Aaron Hughston Shooting School for range time and target use