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October 11th, 2007

Good Deal on Steel — LV Steel's Reactive Targets

One of our favorite forms of competition is varmint silhouette at 400 to 600 yards. It’s difficult to see hits on paper at these distances, so we like to use a reactive target during practice sessions. Gongs are good but they’re a bit oversized for this kind of work. A smaller-sized, self-resetting “popper” target is ideal. LV Steel Targets LLC. offers a full range high-quality, durable, and reasonably-priced steel targets, including the spring-loaded “poppers” we prefer. Designed for hard use from centerfire rifles, LV Steel’s targets are made from rugged 3/8″ or 1/2″ thick Armorcoat 500 steel plate. Spring tension is adjustable and the targets break down for storage and transport. With a fresh coat of white or orange paint, you can see your hits several hundred yards away.

LV Steel Targets

LV Steel’s owner, Kurt Stone, tells us: “We have shot thousands of rounds at our targets and never had one break. They have been tested with .300 Win Mags at 200 yards and did fine.” In 3/8″ thickness, Target #1 is $165.00, #2 is $155.00, #3 is $145.00, and #4 is $220 (shipping extra). Our friend DesertFrog reports: “I’ve had a #2 target for the last 4 months and it has become the only target I take with me in the desert. On my 6.5×20 I could easily see the hits up to 747 yards. It’s easy to take with you and install. A definite MUST if you go shooting outside a range. The quality is awesome.”

LV Steel Targets also offers swinger targets (photo below) and stationary targets on steel posts. You can preview all the targets at If you have questions, or need a custom target design, contact Kurt Stone, (702) 258-7597 or info [at]

LV Steel Targets

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October 11th, 2007

NSSF Offers $1000 Prizes to Outdoor Mentors

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is running a “Step Outside” sweepstakes to promote outdoor actitivities, rewarding those who act as “mentors” for new hunters, shooters, and anglers. Five $1,000 gift certificates to Bass Pro Shops will be awarded. The NSSF notes that “Research shows that 48 million men and women would accept an invitation to go shooting if invited. The mission of ‘Step Outside’ is to increase participation in and support of shooting, hunting, fishing and archery. To accomplish this goal, ‘Step Outside’ encourages individual outdoor enthusiasts to mentor newcomers by inviting them to participate in these traditional outdoor activities.”

NSSF Step Outside Sweepstakes

To enter the “Step Outside” sweepstakes, you must have participated as a mentor in at least one “Step Outside” activity — shooting sports, hunting, archery and fishing — between April 30, 2006 and December 15, 2007. You also need to go to the NSSF Website and fill out an online questionaire describing your mentoring activities. Winners will be selected at a random drawing on January 4, 2008.

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