Birchwood Casey Mule Kick AR500 Steel Target First Look

Birchwood Casey Mule Kick Target with Windham Weaponry SRC

Unfortunately, my shooting range doesn’t have steel targets. So, for a while I’ve been thinking about picking up a steel target of my own that I can transport to and from the range. The key is that it needs to be something I can easily transport and set up. Fortunately, Birchwood Casey just announced the release of their Mule Kick AR500 Steel Target.

The Mule Kick Target, pictured above in its pristine, pre-range condition, is 15 ½ inches in diameter and made of 1/2” AR500 steel. It is rated for centerfire handguns and rifles up to and including magnum calibers. According to the target’s specs, handguns require a minimum distance of 25 yards, while rifles require a minimum distance of 100 yards. High velocity rounds (3000+ fps muzzle velocity) or magnum calibers should only be used at ranges of 200 yards or more. These specs will certainly accommodate most of the shooting I do. And the best part is that this steel target is something I can easily take back and forth to the range.

Until now, I have spent the majority of my range time shooting paper targets. While this works well for the firearm and ammo testing we do, my family is constantly requesting steel targets. So, with any luck, the Mule Kick AR500 Steel Target is going to bring all kinds of happiness to my household. Stay tuned for updates!

Birchwood Casey World of Targets Mule Kick AR500 Steel Target:

  • Item: 47305
  • Innovative stand works on any terrain
  • 15.5″ diameter, 1/2″ thick AR500 steel
  • Made in the USA
  • More Info: Birchwood Casey

Also Shown…

Windham Weaponry SRC (Sight Ready Carbine) Specs:

  • Model: R16M4FTT “SRC”
  • Weight: 6.30 lbs (without magazine)
  • Length Overall: 36.125” (32.375” with Telestock collapsed)
  • Model: R16M4FTT
  • Caliber: .223 Rem. / 5.56mm NATO
  • Type: Rifle
  • Action: Semi-Automatic, Gas Impingement System
  • Capacity: 30 + 1- Ships with one 30 Round Magazine (accepts all std. sizes)
  • Safety: Manual Lever with Indicator Markings on Both Sides of Receiver
  • Receiver: M4A4 Type Flat Top Upper Receiver
  • Receiver Material: Forged 7075 T6 Aircraft Aluminum with Aluminum Trigger Guard
  • Receiver Finish: Hardcoat Black Anodize Finish
  • Bolt Material: Carpenter 158 Steel
  • Barrel: 16” M4 Profile, Chrome Lined with A2 Flash Suppressor
  • Barrel Material: 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium 11595E Steel w. M4 Feed Ramps
  • Rifling: 1 Turn in 9” – Right Hand Twist
  • Stock: 6 Position Telescoping Buttstock with Windham Weaponry Logo
  • Forend / Pistol Grip: M4 Double Heat Shield Handguards / A2 Black Plastic Grip
  • Rear Sight: None – Ready for optics or other type accessory sights
  • Front Sight: None – Picatinny Rail Gas Block – Ready for accessory sights
  • Packaging: Hard Plastic Gun Case with Black Web Sling & Operators Manual
  • More Info: Windham Weaponry

Samson QR Trijicon MRO Base:

  • Material: 6061 T6 aluminum with steel QR mechanism
  • Coating: Type III mil spec hard coat anodized
  • Weight: 2.3oz. (0.14375 lbs)
  • More Info: Samson QR Trijicon MRO Base

Samson Quick Flip Front & Rear Sight Package:

  • Material: 6061 Aluminum
  • Quick Flip Spring Deploy
  • Front Sight: HK Halo
  • Rear Sight: A2 Dual Aperture
  • Front Sight Weight: 1.31 oz
  • Rear Sight Weight: 1.55 oz
  • More Info: Samson Manufacturing

Trijicon MRO (Miniature Rifle Optic):

  • Magnification: 1x
  • Objective Lens: 25mm
  • Clear Aperture: 0.805 in (20.4mm)
  • Adjustments: 1/2 MOA per click
  • Adjustment Range (Windage): 70 MOA Total Travel
  • Adjustment Range (Elevation): 70 MOA Total Travel
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 2.6×1.7×2.0in (66x43x51.0mm)
  • Weight: 4.1 oz (116g) – with battery and without mount
  • Illumination Source: LED Powered by a CR2032 Lithium Battery
  • Battery Life: 5 years of continuous use on Day Setting 3 (5 of 8) at 70°F
  • Waterproof Depth: 100 ft (30m)
  • Brightness Settings: 8 Total Settings (2 for use with Night Vision devices, 6 day settings, of which 1 is super bright)
  • Housing Material: 7075-T6 Forged Aluminum Housing
  • More Info: Trijicon