Mounting Your Target

So you've got your hands on a target from Red Hound?  You lucky dog, you!  The next step is mounting it, and wouldn't you know, we have some recommendations for that.  Other methods may be used, but this is how we do it.

You'll need:

  • Size 3/8" Chain (cut to a length you like)
  • 1/2"-13, 2.5" or 2" long Carriage Bolts (x2)
  • 1/2"-13 Lock Nut with Nylon Insert (x2)
  • 1/2"-13 Hex Nut (x2)
  • 1/2" Large OD Flat Washer (x6)
  • 1/2" Split Lock Washer (x2)

 

We recommend using Grade 8 hardware when possible since it can handle higher forces.

Assemble it like this:

  1. Insert a carriage bolt through one of the square holes in the target.
  2. Place a split lock washer on the bolt, followed by a standard hex nut, and thread it all the way on.  Tighten it snugly against the back of the target.
  3. Place the bottom link of the chain over the protruding bolt, followed by a large OD flat washer.
  4. Finish up by threading on the lock nut (nylon insert end last) until at least 1/4" of the end of the bolt is protruding from the back.

Steel Target Hardware Mounting View

There are a ton of ways to hang the other end of the chain so we won't comment on that. 

Hanging the target will allow it to swing when hit which will help dissipate a portion of the round's energy. Using carriage bolts with a link of chain attached behind the target will make the target naturally hang so that it's bottom is angled away from the shooter.  This helps deflect spall (fragments of the round) into the ground. Bolts with domed heads (like carriage bolts) are preferred for the least uncertainty in bullet impact.  You should be shooting at the side of the plate that shows the heads of the carriage bolts.

You may want to attach your target directly to a post, or other stationary mount.  Red Hound does not recommend this and in fact advises against it since it does not have the benefit of the energy dissipation inherent in a hanging  target.  It is somewhat common to see shepherd's hooks used to hang targets.  While this does allow targets to swing, it does not keep the target angled down towards the ground.  They also leave the tip of the hook protruding through the target's mounting holes which increases the potential of ricochets, even if only slightly.  Always remember that distance is one of the best ways to prevent ricochets coming back to hit something they shouldn't.

You're ready to go!  Be sure to follow the minimum distance requirements and start shooting!