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 pictures, we took a completely different approach to the structure. With 3/8″ 500 Brinell steel for nearly all the “shootable” components, we were also able to simplify the target holding system. The .015″ kerf from the laser cutter wasn’t quite tight enough to hold the target in place when you wanted it to be held, but it was perfect when it came to releasing the target. To solve the problem, we added a single steel spring to the existing bolts. 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.
Made of all the same components as our original Whirly-Gig, the MGM .22 Rimfire Whirly-Gig® has one exception. The target faces are made of 3/16″ AR400 steel to allow the target face to be lighter weight so the target will drop to the ground. There is are no differences in any of the other parts from our extremely popular Whirly-Gig.
MGM .22LR Whirly-Gig® in action at OBRAMS (Old Bridge Rimfire Action Match Shooters) July Rifle Match. Shooters from neighboring states come to the New Jersey range obrams.org where rimfire only pistol and muilti-gun matches have caught on big time. Thanks Iggy for the video.
We have a video to give you an idea of how much fun this target can be:
Check out how easy it is to reset a Whirly-Gig® plate: