Falling Tree Target


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


Falling Tree Target

The Falling Tree Target: A Reactive and revolutionary twist to a standard Dueling Tree Target. We designed, manufactured, and patented this epic system back in 2016/2017. The best way to describe this system is a Dueling Tree, but with an amazing twist. The paddles drop each time you successfully rotate them. Your skill building commences the moment you begin training. Let’s talk about the Double Falling Tree Target.

Not A Dueling Tree, Something Better.

Our Falling Tree Target, although similar to a Dueling Tree, is very different. The reactive paddles will fall when successfully struck, which forces shooters to track hits. Poor hits result in the paddle returning to battery and not dropping. You will need to analyze closely EACH hit/impact. If the paddle doesn’t drop, follow through and send another round. It’s up to you to analyze the performance, impact, and reaction.

Stressing Target Focus And Analysis.

You will learn to focus on what your round is accomplishing, not just listening for a “Ping” of an impact. It is very possible to impact the paddle and fail to get a full rotation. Successful rotation will REQUIRE you to land your shots center and on target. Glancing blows on the armored shields MAY move the paddle, but you may not get a full rotation. Pay attention to inputs and outputs. Hone in your craft.

Single Paddle and upright: Perfect For Racing yourself and training solo.

The Single Falling Tree offers a huge value to anyone training to become better. You will find that this system challenges your skills while helping you to refine your shooting. Race the paddle to the bottom, or simply incorporate the falling tree into other drills on the range. The decision is yours: Train to a higher standard.

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