We hate working on equipment at the range, so when we build a product, we want it to be "zero" maintenance. Most, if not all the "Brand-X" trees feature some kind of a post with an arm behind it that pivots. There is a target of some size or shape welded to that arm. Mike had nightmares about that whole design, and to convince himself he wasn't delusional, he bought one of the competitor's trees. "We broke the first target off of it in about an hour - 480 rounds, and much of it was 9mm. But hey, it was cheap..."
The MGM Dueling Tree is available in 4 or 6 target configurations. Our post is an angle iron, solid steel. The target hinges are the same 1" solid round bar design we use on our plate racks, so I know they are good for a zillion rounds. And of course, we still use only premium 3/8" thick AR-550 plate, aka 550 Brinell hardness steel for our 6" MGM HexPlate™ heaxagon shape target faces - The MGMhex is a sure sign you've got a real MGM target. At a glance, our price may seem like more when compared to Brand X, but we'll bet you'll never have to replace these. Therein lies the value.
See the 4 Plate Dueling Tree in action below. Please note that this is an older video, the dueling tree now ships with the "MGM Hex", hexagon plates as shown in the picture above.
If you want to use our dueling tree as a rifle target you must purchase a rifle grade shield. Select "Armor Shield for Rifle Use" in the Armor Shield dropdown box below.
Target swing and bolt length: The bolts are that length by design. We found that when we put shorter bolts on there, the target plates could actually swing PAST 90 degrees, and the end of the bolts would wedge themselves on the inside edge of the angle iron post. The target has been shot hundreds of thousands of times with no issues in the traditional dueling tree configuration, even though they are slightly short of the full 90° as they are.
If you have any issues or challenges, please let us know. Also, if you have a new application or way to use this target, we’d be interested to hear about that as well.