I've got no clue what a Whirly-Gig® was in the "old" days, but I know what it is today. THIS is a Whirly-Gig®, as far as MGM is concerned. I'm fairly sure Terry Ashton in Texas invented this, and I want to make sure everybody knows that. I don't know if he dreamt it up himself, or brainstormed it with somebody, but it is one of the most incredibly innovative and FUN targets we've ever come across!
There are a few things we had to do differently because Idaho doesn't have easy access to some of the Texas oilfield materials that Terry uses, but we think it came out OK. I think you'll like it too.
As you can see from the photo, we took a completely different approach to the structure. With the laser cutter and 3/8" 500 Brinell steel for nearly all the "shootable" components, we were also able to simplify the target holding system. To solve the problem of consistently releasing the target when hit we created an asymetrical base to the plate and we added a single steel spring to hold it until it's shot. To set up for the next shooter, all you have to do is slide the target under the spring and it will easily fall into the "keyhole" that holds it.
MGM HexPlate™: MGM's exclusive HexPlate™ hexagonal shaped targets are made of premium MGM AR500 steel. The hexagonal shape offers up to 13% more target area than the same size round plate, and everyone will see the immediately recognizable MGM hex logo shape and know it as a genuine MGM Targets product, synonymous with quality, reliability and value.... Leave Nothing To Chance™.
Please note, early iterations of some MGM hexagonal shape targets were made measuring ‘tip to tip’ measurements. Since that time, all MGM HexPlate™ targets have been standardized with the hexagonal shape measured by ‘flat to flat’ dimensions which correlate to a 13% larger area than the same diameter round plate. The ‘flat to flat’ standard has also been adopted and approved by the USPSA. We apologize for any inconvenience. - 17 August 2016
This target is also available in a .22 Rimfire Version. Please see our .22 Rimfire Targets section of our website for more information.
We have a video to give you an idea of how much fun this target can be:
Whirly Gig Assembly demo.