Falling Tree Target

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Lead Time on this product: Approximately 4 Weeks at this time.


The Falling Tree is our Patented twist on a Dueling Tree target system.

From first glance it is obvious that this target system is not like other Dueling Tree style targets that you might have seen. Our objective with this system was to create a target that forces a multitude of different shooting fundamentals and to create an exciting system for shooters of all skill levels. Coupling this with our latest generation Breakdown Base makes for an exciting system that is built to last. Here are a few details surrounding the Falling Tree Target:

  • AR550 one piece paddle design:
    • Standard Paddle, 3/8″ AR550: Rated for centerfire pistols at 10 yards, light carbines (556/223, 300 BLK, 5.45×39, 7.62×39) at 50 yards
  • 22LR paddle:
    • 3/16″ material, rated for ONLY 22LR. This is a great option if you own a 22LR and want to use your Falling Tree.
  • Completely armored construction. Front shield is manufactured from AR500 steel to deflect glancing blows
  • Welded design = ultimate durability
  • CNC Laser cut track = perfect track, consistent function and reliability
  • Tracks are HARDENED after CNC cutting. The track is HARDER than the AR550 paddle which means maintenance is virtually ZERO
  • Warranty: if a weld breaks and the system does not function because of the break, you get a new system.
  • We recently released our Falling Tree WITH our Breakdown Base to create the ultimate Falling Tree system.

The Falling Tree target paddle rotates and drops with each successful center hit. This forces shooters to reacquire site picture quickly and follow the input of the system. Poor hits will result in poor paddle movement. Get those center, solid hits and you will get a solid swing and a drop with each hit. The CNC laser cut track is one piece and is not complex. Complexity means unreliable in the steel target world. We kept is simple, we hardened it so it is harder than the paddles, and we weld it in place. it is designed for serious use. It is also covered under our Utility Patent, which means we are the only ones producing this epic product.

US PATENT #10,119,795


The Falling Tree Target VS a Standard Dueling Tree:

Many folks wonder about the difference between our Falling Tree target and “normal” Dueling Trees, and it really comes down to how the paddle interacts with the impacts of your bullets. A Typical Dueling Tree will have multiple steel paddles positioned over top of one another, whereas our Falling Tree target has a single paddle. This single paddle, when struck with a solid hit, will rotate and drop with each hit. This forces shooters to pay close attention to what their round has done. It also stresses successful recoil management. Poor fundamentals will result in a frustrating experience, which is good! This target system forces shooters to be honest and accountable.

Why Choose this over a Dueling Tree?

The Falling Tree stresses many fundamentals that a Dueling Tree simply cannot. This is especially true when you purchase our Double Falling Tree. It adds a new level of excitement in a system that you won’t find anywhere else. The simple, robust design means it is reliable and durable and can stand even the rigors of competitive use. If you want to train solo, grab a single Falling Tree. For multiple shooters or to race, grab the double version. Read the specs section for all the details on this epic system.


Base Type Breakdown Target Base
Steel Grade 3/8″ AR550 Paddle
Assembly Fast, Tool-Less Assembly
Adjustable Lean? No. Fixed upright position
Upright Construction CNC Laser Cut track, 1/4″ AR500 Deflector Shields
Approximate Height 72″
Paddle Width 6″
Uses Competition, Training, Transitions, Shooting and Moving
Finish Painted
  • Pistol Use (9mm, .40, .45) 10 yards minimum
  • Rifle Use: (Rifle Falling Tree ONLY): Up to .223/5.56 NATO & .300 Blackout 50 Yards Minimum
  • Deflector shield/upright is 1/4″ AR500 and is designed to handle occasional stray rifle rounds
  • Approximate weight is 75 pounds assembled
  • Ships in multiple boxes

Frequently Asked Questions:

1.) Is the Falling Tree Rifle Rated?
  • It is light carbine rated. This system was NOT designed for heavy rifle calibers as the impacts from heavy rifle calibers is extremely violent on the system. This system was only meant for light rifles like .223/5.56 NATO, 300 BLK, 5.45×39, and 7.62×39.
2.) Can I shoot 308 at distances further than 100 yards?
  • Technically, yes. If you shoot a 308 at further distances, it CAN work with this system. However, you would need to walk all the way down range to reset the paddle. This system wasn’t designed with long range shooting in mind. If you want to shoot a reactive tree at distance, consider our Rifle Dueling Tree HERE.
3.) Are there multiple sizes of 3/8″ AR550 paddles?
  • No. We only offer the 6″ diameter target paddle. We experimented with quite a few variations and they simply were not as reliable as the 6″ diameter paddle.
4.) What sort of maintenance can be expected with this system?
  • We recommend keeping the system free of rust and touched up with our touch up paint. Other than that simply enjoy it and use it to train with purpose.
5.) How tall is the system?
  • The Falling Tree stands approximately 72″ tall from base to top.
6.) How many drops total are there?
  • There are 8 total drops. If you install the paddle INCORRECTLY, the leg will stick above the shield and you will have 9 drops. It will hang up on the first shot if installed incorrectly. We have seen this done a few times so be sure you are installing the paddle correctly. If you have questions, look at our pictures on this page and the manual included with your order.
7.) 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.
8.) 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.
9.) 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.
10.) 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. Andrew

    A MUST HAVE!!!!

    The falling tree is a must have for any range. It’s made from the highest quality steel and is durable enough for many thousands of rounds. The motion of the falling plate really demands you manage recoil and stay on your sights. It functions both as a stand alone drill or can easily be incorporated into other drills to work those rapid target transitions. Since the plate spins and falls it will really push your shooting to a higher level. Buy one and you absolutely will not regret it!!!

  2. James

    Premium Quality Product!

    “I’ve only had time to shoot the falling tree once so far but the overall quality of the product is excellent. The fit and finish is high quality. This product is produced and assembled with a great attention to detail. Detail that I appreciate.

    I’ve already placed my second order for some A-DAP targets!”

  3. David Addorisio

    Fun and Challenging

    This is a very fun challenging target. The design is great. I’ve used it to race and also as a set up to include in various drills. It’s nice because it’s always changing direction and height.

  4. Andrew

    Great to change things up

    The falling tree works amazing, is tons of fun to shoot and has held up well so far. Paired with a shot timer it makes for a fun change up from the normal drills.

  5. Heather

    Pistol Falling Tree

    Great quality target. Purchased as a gift for my boyfriend and he loves it. I also got an additional paddle that makes it even more fun; we added it about half-way down, flipped to the opposite direction and it makes this even more challenging. The design is great and the quality steel and manufacturing is outstanding.

  6. Logan

    Quality and loads of fun!

    After much research on dueling trees and falling trees, I decided to give the TA Targets falling tree a try. It did not disappoint. Very well designed and it operates flawlessly. We bought two, so we can compete head to head on the range and everyone loves the competition and the thrill of moving the paddles until they hit the ground. Thanks for making such outstanding products!!

  7. Shawn

    Pistol falling tree target

    “Great practice target – great quality. 9mm and 45 acp works well with this target. Delivery was awsome showed up the next day!
    Bang – Ding !! Can beat shooting steel.”