To provide you with a better price our targets are shipped unfinished and unpainted. Typically one side of the target will be cleaned to facilitate a cleaner laser cut. The targets may have mill scale and light surface rust (due to transportation and storage). The mill scale is due to the heat treatment process that AR500/AR550 steel goes through to bring the hardness to 500/550Bhn.
The majority of our products are made entirely from USA made steel, with a select few products using steel made in North America and Europe. We work with a select few mills that provide what we feel to be the best AR550 available. Not all AR550 is the same, even if it has the same hardness. Each mill has slightly different alloys and heat treatments.
You may hear other target companies claim to use armor plate or ballistic tested steel. We order from mills that provide this service but choose not to have out material tested. The NIJ certification teste test has nothing to do with long term durability and only ensures that the material can withstand a few hits. Our targets are designed to last thousands of hits, not just a few dozen. Keep this in mind when other companies claim to use certified armor.