As some of you might have noticed, I'm a very particular person when it comes to my preference in gear. When I decide to use something, it is because it works, and works all the time, every time. I have made the decision to use MGM Targets products for my personal training and competition layouts, and as a result I will be buying a large amount of their products in the coming months. This is a direct result of my experiences with their Auto-Reset IPSC target that I reviewed a few weeks ago. Their targets have proven rugged reliability and a sound investment, so I'll be laying out the cash to get the targets I need. This is especially good for you guys, because I'll be doing a full review on each and every one of them! As a result, donations will not be turned down.
Today we are going to be looking at the Flash target from MGM. It is a rifle target, designed to provide visual feedback at long range. As you can see by the photo above, it is a pendulum style target. The white board on the front of the target assembly conceals the orange board in the rear from the shooting position. When the 10" target face, or 5" head is struck, the target swings backward, revealing the bright orange board. This results in very obvious and easily spotted hits from a long distance without the aid of magnification.
The signaling boards on the front and rear are made from a polymer sign-board that is constructed similar to cardboard, but obviously this is plastic rather than paper. We had this target set out in a 15mph wind during the review, and these boards did not bend. They are rigid enough that they did not move enough to be visible from the shooting position at 300yds either. The front board is the larger of the two, and is white. Not painted white mind you, but actually white plastic. The rear board is smaller, so as to be more easily concealed by the front board, and is fluorescent orange. It's quite bright! Both boards have 4 different holes in them so you can position them easily and still make sure the target is functional even when firing from high or low angles.
Here you see the heart of the whole operation. There is a lot going on here! ... and no, that rust was not there from the factory. I un-boxed everything and threw it in the back of my truck. It slid around back there for about a week while it was raining! The horizontal bar is what attaches to the legs and holds the pendulum up off the ground. The main bushing is slid on that bar, and held in place by two locking rings, which are secured by hex screws. Beneath, there is a tab welded on which is where the vertical bar that holds the AR500 plate is bolted. The front and rear has two holes drilled and tapped to accept the signaling board supports. On the top of the bushing, a grease zerk is installed to provide easy access for lubricating the joint. While the chances of this happening are slim, I could see a stray bullet finding its way to that zerk, so I would rather see this mounted to the rear a bit. Obviously, having a bullet hit that collar isn't a good thing, which would be why the locking rings are removable. If this part is damaged, or any other part on the target for that matter, a replacement could be very easily obtained from MGM and installed yourself. Ingeniously designed to be functional and user serviceable!
In a view that clearly illustrates the build quality of MGM products, you can see the bottom tab which is very cleanly welded to the bottom of the collar. This tab has squared off holes that accept the grade 8 carriage bolts which hold the vertical support bar.
Here is the rear view of the pendulum itself. You can see the vertical support bar has a diagonal plate welded on, and two holes that allow the AR500 target face to be securely bolted to it. Two stickers that indicate the MGM contact information and a "don't be an idiot with this target" warning.
The final piece of the puzzle is the legs. Here you see one of the side plates. Very simple and effective. The plate has a hole drilled through it to accept the horizontal bar. It then has two steel studs welded to it, which slide inside of the square tube legs.
Travis Gibson has put together an instructional video, outlining the assembly of this target step by step. Here is the link to that video, and I suggest taking a look at it, as it will help you with your first time setup questions.
Enough talk and pictures. Lets get some rounds down range!
Beretta and I were very impressed with this target. We put over 100rnds of 308 into this thing at 300yds, and it just got more fun to shoot as the round count went up. It is yet another shining testimonial to the care that MGM's staff takes when manufacturing these targets. I hope you enjoyed this write up as much as we enjoyed blasting the heck out of that target... but it is unlikely! You'll have to get one for yourself and invite some friends over and let us know how it goes for you on the forums. If you did enjoy this review, please "like" it using the button below, and if you are a reddit user, submit or "up" it for us.
Until next time!