Dueling Tree Steel Target

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Lead Time on this product: Approximately 1 -3 Weeks

Our Rifle Rated Dueling Tree steel target is radically different than systems you may have already seen on the market. From a first glance, it might look similar to others, but in reality this system is in a class of its own. So what makes it different?

  • AR550 paddles available in (3) sizes and ratings
    • Reduced/556 paddles (most popular) are rated for all centerfire pistols and light carbines
    • 308 paddles are rated for 6.5CM and 308win (and all similar calibers)
    • 22LR paddles are rated strictly for 22LR
  • Completely armored construction. Front shield is manufactured from AR500 steel to deflect glancing blows
  • Solid welded design = ultimate durability
  • Warranty: if a weld breaks and the system does not function because of the break, you get a new system.
  • Base versatility: (2) base options to fine tune for your uses

Our Rifle Dueling Tree is what all Dueling Trees SHOULD be. Buy with confidence knowing you are getting the best systems on the market. This system is built and designed with American quality and meant for a lifetime of use. No gimmicks. No shortcuts. No cheap, low spec materials. High quality, made here in Pennsylvania.

Licensed under U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,994,348 and 6,994,349


From the ground up this Dueling Tree steel target is far superior to other designs on the market. That isn’t just sales pitch material, we mean it. We knew that the market was filled with dueling trees made from mild steel with AR500 paddles, and we also knew shooters needed something more. This market was hungry for a Dueling Tree that could handle anything from center fire pistols to calibers like 308 winchester. We started with the goal to create just that and it landed us here, to our Rifle Dueling Tree.

What makes this steel target different from the rest?
  • Entirely Armored. There are NO exposed components on this Dueling Tree target that are mild steel.
  • Armored Gussets. The paddle gussets are also manufactured from armored steel. This equates to less wear and tear, longer life, less maintenance.
  • AR550 Paddles: The paddles are manufactured from our AR550 steel to exacting tolerances.
  • Your Choice of either a 20″round base or 26″ round base (26 is recommended for ultimate stability)
  • Forward angle dispels fragmentation toward the ground
  • Each paddle locks into the gussets so it is impossible for them to jump out during use

If your Dueling Tree uses mild steel for the upright it is not Rifle Rated. Period. Read the specs section for a full rundown of the paddle options, caliber and distance ratings. 

We became extremely worn out by companies talking about their “rifle rated” Dueling Trees only to find out they are selling their customers Dueling Trees that have mild steel uprights. If the upright is mild steel, it is NOT rifle rated and it WILL be dangerous if used with carbines. Don’t take the risk. Other companies offer expensive “additional upgrades” to their Pistol Dueling Trees to make them “rifle rated”. We skipped all that nonsense and decided you deserved the best Dueling Tree on the market, no games, no gimmicks. This Dueling Tree is designed to last you forever.


  • Offered with two steel base options
  • Standard Tool-less construction. Easy setup, Easy Teardown
  • Entire front shield is manufactured from high quality AR500 steel. Armor anyone?
  • Available paddle upgrades make this the most versatile Dueling Tree on the market.
  • Entire System features a forward lean for fragmentation deflection to the ground
  • Reduced Paddles: Rated for Pistols at 10 yards, .223, 300 blackout, 7.62×39 at 50 yards
  • 308 Paddles: Rated for 308 at 100 yards and further. Note: Smaller calibers will not rotate the 308 paddles. Minimum caliber recommendation is .243.
  • Also note that this system MUST be set up on leveled ground to remain the most stable.
  • Approximate weight of complete system varies depending on the base and paddle options chosen. Standard package weighs approximately 135 pounds assembled.
  • Ships in multiple boxes depending on options selected.
  • Bases are not meant to be used as targets. Damage may occur if bases are intentionally shot.
  • Not intended for steel core or penetrator ammunition
  • *NOTE: Distance recommendations are determined with lead core, copper jacketed ammunition with a muzzle velocity of 3,000 FPS or less. Faster ammunition may require further distances to avoid possible dimpling of the plate.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Which Paddles should I purchase?
  • Our recommendation for most shooters is to purchase our “Reduced” paddles. These paddles are rated for center fire pistols (like 9mm, 40 S&W, 45 ACP) and are also rated for light carbines (556/223, 300 BLK, 7.62×39, 5.45×39). This is the most versatile paddle. Note: It will not work with 22LR as it is too heavy. If you shoot mostly bolt action rifles in heavier calibers, we would recommend also grabbing the 308 paddles
When should I consider the 308 paddles?
  • If you mostly shoot 308 or 6.5CM, these are the paddles for you
Will the 308 paddles work with pistols?
  • MAYBE. This completely depends on the caliber. 10mm? Probably. 115 Grain 9mm? Probably not. The 308 paddles are much heavier to work well with the added energy a 308 dishes out. For this reason, smaller calibers will struggle to turn them, even at closer distances
Can I use 308 on the reduced paddles?
  • Yes, at distances of 200 yards and further. Closer distance use is violent on the smaller paddles. They will take it for a long time, but it does introduce more wear and tear on the system.
Where are these products produced?
  • We produce our products in Lancaster County PA. We oversee every step of the process, QC, production, packaging, and shipping. From start to finish, TA Targets is manufacturing high quality systems for hard use. Our owners own the machinery, facility, equipment, etc. We have invested heavily in newer specialty equipment to further streamline our processes and increase quality even further.
Is the Armor Plating on the targets US material?
  • No. The “armor” we use for the strike plates (actual target impact plates) is made from a proprietary material that is manufactured in Sweden. this is the best material we have found in the world. We were largely dissatisfied with the QC of American made strike plates and had too many issues with quality control. Eventually we hope a US manufacturer creates a material that is as available and as stringent as our Swedish plate. For now, this is the best material to service our customers. US Manufactured AR500 and AR550 is used in areas that are NOT main strike plates. Some examples of this are the Rifle Dueling Tree Shields, Plate Rack Shields, Arachnid front shield and hostage brackets.
Where does the rest of the steel come from?
  • Traditionally all other steel used in our systems is US origin. During the “covid pandemic” the supply chain has experienced extreme pressures. Under some circumstances some of our tube steel and angle had to be purchased from Canadian raw materials. We do our absolute best to minimize this, not because of quality concerns, but because we deeply desire to produce our products from US steel. We will not use Chinese steel plate, angles, or tubes. Rest assured.
Does This Product Fall Under Prop. 65 Warnings?
  • Maybe. Just in case, be sure not to eat the paint or lick the target before or after you’ve shot it. If you are just curious, led tastes horrible and will probably cause mental damage. If you have done it once you are likely to do it again. Handle at your own risk, if you choose, you may wear an industry grade hazmat suit and gas mask with a HEPA filter and good luck charm on your wrist. For more information visit https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65
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  1. Jade Goforth

    Christmas present review!

    I bought this for me and my husband 1st Christmas as a married couple and he loved it! He actually already has the A-DAP Target System that my parents bought him last Christmas and he loves that one as well! For Christmas last year the target my mom ordered was out of stock and TATargets actually upgraded the steel he was suppose to get so he could have it for Christmas which I thought was so generous! These targets are very well made and their customer service is out of this world as you can tell! He already wants me to get him the falling tree target next and he said that one day he will own all the targets that TATargets makes because of how great these targets are made! We love you guys! Keep up the good work!

  2. Matthew Parsons

    Great for transition training

    Seriously. If I am looking for a new steel target, there is only one company I consider and it’s TA Targets. I have this dueling tree (among others) and it is a solid target with a great design. It’s a TON of fun to shoot with a friend or even use it solo to help practice transitions. I highly recommend it.

  3. Peter Demick

    Dualing tree

    Never had so much fun while honing skills .. The excitement of changing out mags while 5 are on the other side and making that last hit… The quality is excellent . Have had many others over the last 15 years and these are the best.. Pete