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|Wednesday, 11 January 2012 16:00|
The construction is heavy duty as expected since it gets shot at all day long. Weighing in at 50 pounds and with fairly pointy feet, I had no movement issues due to bullet impacts. Target impact functionality was great on both pistol and rifle calibers. It didn't seem to matter where the impact was as long as the target plate was hit, it would fall as expected. I didn't get to try it, but my guess is .22 likely doesn't have enough juice to knock the target down consistently. Placement of the SM-1 can be a little tricky depending on the range so a stand accessory is available for those who don't want to shoot too close to the ground.
For maintenance and long term use notes, the main target is removable with bolts, which are shielded by the front plate. Once the target gets good and assed up, one can flip it over to get additional life out of it. Additional cool guy target shapes are even available such as the half circle to makes things a little more difficult. The unit is weather resistant, but not weather proof. So a drizzle is no big deal, but a downpoor is no good. Generally it is not a good idea to keep the SM-1 outside 24/7. Battery life is estimated around 2-3 years before it goes wimpy and access is available through the top lid by removing 2 hex bolts in the rear.
Since it worked just as advertised I'm quite the fan. Very easy to use and reliable. Perhaps pricey compared to non moving metal, however a delight to use. Metal targets are a great way to determine hits without having to waste time walking back and forth down range; However at longer ranges or with multiple shooters on a line things can get confusing, so having a target that falls and resets keeps both solid confirmation and training speed.