Vital Zone Target Plate

Original price was: $325.00.Current price is: $300.00.

Lead Time on this product: 1 - 10 Business Days Typically



The A-DAP target system was designed to be a potent and capable target system. Our focus was on extreme durability and portability in a package that offers more value than anything else on the market. Our opinion of course. But after thousands of customers are rocking our A-DAP system, the word has spread: TA Targets manufactures an elite level of steel target systems built for serious use.

You are looking at the Vital Zone target plate and paddle. If you need a full system (Our Vital Zone system), please click HERE. This target plate does not include mounts or bases when purchased separately.


Many people already have our target bases and because of this we wanted to offer the Vital Zone Target plate on its own. This includes the C Zone target plate, A Zone paddle, Laser cut bracket and ALL hardware assembled and ready for use. Please NOTE: This does NOT include the A-DAP top bracket. You must purchase an A-DAP top bracket and this target requires the A-DAP 2.0 Top Bracket. You can find the A-DAP top bracket HERE.  This Target Plate offers the ultimate combination of C Zone size while retaining the accountability of a smaller paddle. Shooters will immediately be able to identify when they put rounds successfully into the A Zone.

This Vital Zone Target Plate ships painted just like our other systems. No cutting corners here.

The 3/8″ Vital Zone Target Plate For The A-DAP System.

Our Vital Zone Target Plate is a C Zone shape and size but with a reactive A Zone Paddle. It measures approximately 12″ wide and 24″ tall. It is designed to function with either our A-DAP Top Bracket or our A-DAP Armored Posts. The back side of the Vital Zone target plate features our CNC formed bracket with adjustability in mind. This bracket is designed to attach to our Gen 5 A-DAP Top Bracket and offers three lean angle settings. The bottom most hole results in the steepest forward lean for longevity.

Forward Lean Dispels Fragmentation And Absorbs Bullet Energy.

Bullets fragment upon impact of our 3/8″ AR550 Vital Zone Plate. Having a forward lean AND movement does a few things for the system. First, it helps to absorb the impact of the incoming rounds. This is simply physics. Because forward lean and movement absorbs energy better, the system experiences a much longer life over fixed plates. Once the bullet impacts and fragments, the movement and lean deflect the fragmentation directly towards the ground. Because of the meticulously designed position of the plate over the base, fragmentation entirely misses the targets base. The 3/8″ AR550 Vital Zone Plate packs all these features into one amazing target plate that forces accountability during training. The Reactive paddle lets shooters know when they’ve done their part. The A Zone paddle is humbling and challenging.

AR550 Steel Is The MINIMUM For Our Products.

Our select grade of AR550 steel is the highest quality we have found on planet earth. Tested and produced to exacting specifications means more reliability, better consistency. Performance is so good, in fact, that the Mini Vital Zone Target features a ONE YEAR warranty. Buy once, cry NEVER. Spend more time focused on training, less time worrying about your target systems.

Incredible Acoustic Feedback, High Levels Of Accountability.

Although small in size, the Mini VZ Target plate features an amazing ring. Shooters will be able to immediately determine successful hits. The small size also forces a high level of accountability in all shooting scenarios and drills.

Want to buy a full system? Shop HERE.

Mount Type A-DAP Gen 5 Top Bracket (Or Armored Post)
Steel Grade 3/8″ AR550 Steel (paddle and plate)
Assembly Fast, Tool-Less Assembly
Adjustable Lean? Yes. 3 Settings available.
Brackets Laser Cut, CNC Press Brake Formed to Perfect Angles
Approximate Height 24″
Approximate Width 12″
Shape C Zone Shape
Finish Powder Coated


1.) Why do you emphasize AR550 steel so much? Answer: AR500 steel is fine for low volume, long range shooting. It simply is not durable enough for our customer base. Our customers train with fighting weapons at engagement distances. These distances often are as close as 30 yards with rifles. The ONLY solution for this training style is our A-DAP system and Our AR550 Steel.

2.) What makes this steel so great? Answer: For one, it has an EXTREMELY tight tolerance spec. In other words, lot to lot, each plate is nearly identical in hardness. This is crucial for consistency in performance. We track each heat and lot number and ensure that our customers are getting the most robust systems in the world. We trust the system and steel so much that we placed a One Year warranty on our 3/8″ target plates.

3.) What does the warranty cover? Answer: Under normal use with our recommended ammo types and distances, these targets are lifetime targets. If users follow all our recommendations and there is a failure, we simply replace the plate. We have a full disclosure of our warranty process at the bottom of our home page. It is rare that we replace products under warranty simply because failures are far and few between. That being said, you can rest assured that if there is a premature failure, we will get you squared away with a new plate fast.

4.) Which size should I get: Reduced C Zone or C Zone? Answer: Our Mini A-DAP system (reduced C Zone) is our most popular target system to date. Some of this is due to the amazing price point and smaller size of the Reduced C Zone. The C Zone is a close runner up to the Mini A-DAP. It really all comes down to preference and objectives. The Mini A-DAP system is better for stressing accountability. The C Zone is great for drills where precision and small size of target isn’t the most critical. The C Zone also shines as shooters begin to push the distances further out. The C Zone rings louder than the Mini A-DAP, although both ring like bells. For customers who want EVEN MORE accountability, the Vital Zone really does shine. This is a VERY humbling and capable target plate.

5.) Can I use this target plate with other bases or mounts? Answer: Technically you “can” do whatever you want. Although we HIGHLY recommend against it. Look, this isn’t a sales pitch: we designed our systems to work well together. From the positioning of the plates, to the lean angle, to the stability of our bases: It was all designed to work as a system. For that reason, we ONLY recommend using our target plates with our top brackets, posts, and bases.

6.) How close can I shoot at this target plate? Answer: Pistols at 10 yards. Rifles up to 7.62X39 (ammo 3000 FPS muzzle OR less) 50 yards. Magnum calibers 100 yards+. Ammo must be copper jacket, lead core. Frangible is acceptable as well. Under no circumstances use steel core, penetrator, or armor defeating ammunition.

7.) Does This Product Fall Under Prop. 65 Warnings? Answer: 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

Manuals and Instructions: 

Vital Zone Product Instructions.

All instruction Manuals.