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Old 11-04-2018, 12:02 PM   #1
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Dueling Tree?

Who has one that they really like?
What brand?
Anyone have one that they don't like?

I think I need one, but don't know what to get.
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Old 11-10-2018, 03:39 PM   #2
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Dueling Tree?

Originally Posted by RustyIron View Post
Who has one that they really like?

What brand?

Anyone have one that they don't like?



I think I need one, but don't know what to get.
I have two, both from Custom Metal Products (CMP), in rimfire and centerfire. They also made my Texas Star.

Mine are rated for 15 yards minimum for both.

I think there are others that allow you to shoot closer.

15 yards can be challenging for many people.
Center fire is 6Ē and rimfire is 4Ē.

I like mine a lot. Theyíre really fun.

I do a few different drills.

1) shoot same paddle side to side. Itís challenging to shoot this way.
2) zipper drill. Shoot up from bottom and then down the other direction.


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Oh! At least now I know what a "Dueling Tree" is.
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Our gun club has a nice dueling tree on the "plate range" Ö I have no idea the brand but it is a lot of fun. This part of the range has multiple plates, swingers and the tree. Including a "falling plate rack" as well. All are for handgun calibers and rimfire rifles only. I love shootin' steel.... instant gratification.
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Thanks, CDR.
I ended up getting one from Jumping Targets. It's among the cheapest of the expensive dueling trees, but I think it's worth it.

I was tempted to make my own. But after looking at this, I think there would be a lot of R&D before getting one that performs as well as this. Also, it would seem that material is more important than I originally would have thought. This one is made of AR500. Generic hot rolled will crater and end up with holes in it. Even if I got the material, I couldn't cut and weld it.
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Thanks, CDR.
I ended up getting one from Jumping Targets. It's among the cheapest of the expensive dueling trees, but I think it's worth it.

I was tempted to make my own. But after looking at this, I think there would be a lot of R&D before getting one that performs as well as this. Also, it would seem that material is more important than I originally would have thought. This one is made of AR500. Generic hot rolled will crater and end up with holes in it. Even if I got the material, I couldn't cut and weld it.


Mine is AR500 also.

There are do it yourself kits that are half price, but it doesnít factor shipping.

Iím also not a welder.

YouTube people are shooting theirs at 10 yards, I believe. Iíll stick to 15. Iím not in a race.


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Iím also not a welder.

YouTube people are shooting theirs at 10 yards, I believe. Iíll stick to 15. Iím not in a race.
I can weld better than most. The problem with AR500 is once you weld or burn it, the hardness is gone. Submerged plasma or water jet is the way to go when working with that material.

My tree is rated for all rifle calibers, so I'm not really concerned about handgun distances. I started off at 15 yards, and did fine with all the guns except my favorite: an HK with big clown sights. The sights completely covered the 5 3/4" lollipops!

I don't know if I should rethink my sight choice, or be content knowing that I can quickly pick up the sights under the most adverse conditions. After all, what are the chances that I will ever need to protect myself from a psychotic 5 3/4" pinhead terrorist at 15 yards?

I don't have fixed drills. Sometimes I go side-to-side, like you said. Sometimes I'll line 'em up one way, or sometimes just push them around in any pattern that seems amusing.

If anyone is reading this and is on the fence about getting a dueling tree, just do it. They're really a fun toy. I can't wait to get a buddy out there and do some real dueling.
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