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Min safe distance for 5.56 on steel targets

PcouchPcouch New MemberPosts: 3 New Member
Folks I need some help finding the minimum safe distance for shooting 5.56 ball ammo at steel targets. Specifically, I am running a range for my team in Afghanistan and need to know how close we can shoot our M4 and M9 at steel e-type targets. Any info will help.

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  • SirGeorgeKillianSirGeorgeKillian Senior Member Posts: 5,463 Senior Member
    Any chance of ditching the ball ammo for frangible?
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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,803 Senior Member
    Hopefully, your targets are angled in such a way that the projectiles are deflected downwards, and are hard enough (500 on the Brinnel scale) for rifle use. 15 yards is as close as I'll run a course with steel under those conditions. If the steel is not angled or is cratered from rounds more powerful than it's rated for, all bets are off.

    Eye protection and body armor - make them mandatory. Fragments can do ugly things.
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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,546 Senior Member
    You must have some regulations to refer too in your unit.
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  • SirGeorgeKillianSirGeorgeKillian Senior Member Posts: 5,463 Senior Member
    There is always a chance that he is a private contractor. In that case, they could be flying by the seat of their pants...
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  • bruchibruchi Senior Member Posts: 2,581 Senior Member
    Always heard that the safe distance for 223 rounds on steel targets is 100 yards?
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  • rapier5316rapier5316 Member Posts: 312 Member
    100 yards will give the targets a longer life. Hanging the targets from chains also will redirect the splash into the dirt nearby.
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  • bruchibruchi Senior Member Posts: 2,581 Senior Member
    I got 3 AR500 metal targets, one is an 8" similar to this:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/AR500-hardened-Steel-Target-with-auto-reset-spring-return-/160733731750?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item256c7a1ba6

    Another 8" and a 6" that I hang from chains, no issues at 100 yards with 223, 7.62 and 308 but the ones hanging on chains really fly when you hit them with 308".

    Ebay is a great source for them and many of the sellers will ship as many they can fit on the flat rate shipping boxes saving you as lot of money there.
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  • bruchibruchi Senior Member Posts: 2,581 Senior Member
    I have to admit that on local 3 gun matches metal targets are sometimes positioned as close as 50 yards but those are targets that reset themselves via a spring and that ought to help some to reduce ricochets. A static metal target at a "close" distance might not be the wisest thing.
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  • PcouchPcouch New Member Posts: 3 New Member
    Pcouch wrote: »
    Folks I need some help finding the minimum safe distance for shooting 5.56 ball ammo at steel targets. Specifically, I am running a range for my team in Afghanistan and need to know how close we can shoot our M4 and M9 at steel e-type targets. Any info will help.

    Thanks for the help. We will stick to 100 as im not sure what kind of steel we are getting. I'll post how it goes after a bit of trial and error (with body armor of course).
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,005 Senior Member
    We used 25 yds at the shoot, the .223 was fine; but, we took some shrapnel
    hits from the pistol ammo.
  • bruchibruchi Senior Member Posts: 2,581 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    We used 25 yds at the shoot, the .223 was fine; but, we took some shrapnel
    hits from the pistol ammo.

    At one local IPSC pistol match we had metal targets at 25 yards, "Pepper Poppers" which fall when hit, a 9mm ricochet hit one of the guys who was watching the guy running the stage and he bullet went inside his leg, a doctor that was present took it out with a Leatherman tool, patched him up and was taken to the nearest hospital, couple of weeks later he had recovered 100%, it happens.
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,005 Senior Member
    I shot myself in the chest, as I posted before, shooting a refrigerator.
    No injury except a slight bruise.
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    I shot myself in the chest, as I posted before, shooting a refrigerator.
    No injury except a slight bruise.

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  • PcouchPcouch New Member Posts: 3 New Member
    Pcouch wrote: »
    Folks I need some help finding the minimum safe distance for shooting 5.56 ball ammo at steel targets. Specifically, I am running a range for my team in Afghanistan and need to know how close we can shoot our M4 and M9 at steel e-type targets. Any info will help.

    Ok, so needless to say we had a blast shooting our new steel targets. Thank you for all the great info. We found that the 5.56 will penetrate at 100m and up. 9mm will splash but not penetrate. M240B what steel? Lol
  • armymedicarmymedic Member Posts: 36 Member
    Just make sure to wear your reflective belts
    There are only three solutions for terrorism, 2 in the chest and 1 in the head
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