View Full Version : The Irish Plate Rack target

August 15, 2013, 02:56 PM
There's a new target on the competition scene.
It's a combination of the rotating, swinging Polish Plate rack, and two spinning Texas Stars.
It looks like a terrific, and irritating challenge.
There's a couple of youtube videos that show it in action.
Here's one:

From watching it, there doesn't really seem to be any way to practice for it.
While it's not too likely that very many ranges will have one, any time soon, Check it out and see if anyone can come up with a way to beat it.
It's quite an invention.

August 15, 2013, 03:17 PM
The way to shoot it is to pick one array of 4 targets and shoot it like a star. Once you finish it the remaining weight will cause it to be pretty much stationary with the remaining 4 targets on the bottom. From there is is another easy 4 targets (as long as you focus and make good shots).

August 18, 2013, 01:54 AM
I want one

August 18, 2013, 07:42 AM
That contraption looks like it was designed by someone in the business of selling ammo.

Looks like it would be a kick in the butt.

August 18, 2013, 10:22 AM
It looks like fun.

August 19, 2013, 07:07 AM
Can these type targets provide each shooter the same shooting challenge?

August 19, 2013, 08:33 AM
Sure they can, as long as it works the same for everyone.
And it will, as long as it stays together.
The challenge is how it's engaged.
Some methods will be better than others, and that's where the skill of the shooter comes into play.
Skill differences are more important in the outcome than variances in the operation of the target.
But the trick is figuring out a way to practice for it, other than actually buying one for the back yard.
A texas star, for example, can be made pretty easily, I have one made from an office chair base.
It doesn't work exactly the same as the real thing, but it's close enough.
The polish plate rack is harder, but can also be sort of duplicated with some rudimentary parts and pieces.
But this thing is outrageous.

August 19, 2013, 08:36 AM
Can these type targets provide each shooter the same shooting challenge?

Yes and no. I haven't shot the Irish Plate Rock, but like the Texas Star or any other out there we all have the same opportunities. So its no more fair for one or the other.

But there is no guarantee conditions would be the same for each shooter. Things change in any type of shooting. There is no control. A cloud might cover the sun for one shooter and not for the next. Wind shifts, rain comes up.

But the target itself is fair to all unless the plate setter doesn't get the plate back on its holder the same way. But that's not a real problem, the shooters I've met always seem to be fair to their fellow shooters.

August 19, 2013, 12:41 PM
For the most part yes, they are fair to each shooter. However, sometimes a shooter will catch a break and have a shot hit the stand and knock a plate off or have a falling plate knock another off. Each shooter understands that it is just part of the game and that sometime they will have the same 'luck'. No hard feelings of any kind, just a laugh, a pat on the back and a, "looks like the bullet just scared that plate off!" ;)

August 22, 2013, 10:37 AM
I'd like to see how the plates are held on to the frame.

August 22, 2013, 10:54 AM
Here's videos for a few home made Texas Stars that show how the plates can attach.


August 22, 2013, 12:20 PM
Thanks. I'll be out in the garage welding if anybody is looking for me.