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PT Tatanka

  • Category: Steel Target
  • Brand: Action Target


With a reactive steel plate that swings from side to side, the PT Tatanka is a fun new twist on the classic cowboy action buffalo.

The reactive hit zone on the PT Tatanka is similar to the PT Hostage. When struck, it swings from one side of the target to the other giving visual confirmation of an accurate shot. Unlike the PT Hostage, the hit zone is located within the target head making it possible to easily see near misses. This nested reactive target zone provides shooters an opportunity to enhance their target acquisition, accuracy, and speed skills.

The PT Tatanka is made of through hardened AR550 armor steel for maximum safety and durability with both handguns and rifles*. The shooting surfaces are completely flat and smooth with no exposed bolts, clamps, or brackets allowing for safe shooting without unpredictable ricochet or bullet splatter. The swinging plate is easily installed and removed from a bracket mounted on the back of the target making it easy to paint the reactive plate and the target face different colors if desired. The bracket is made of AR500 armor steel to minimize wear and tear from the friction of the reactive plate's swinging motion.

NOTE: The stand and feet are made of mild steel and are not intended to withstand the force of a bullet. Shooting the stand and feet may result in damage.

- Height: 4’ (with recommended 3’ stand)
- Weight: 65 lbs.
- Reactive Plate: 6” diameter
- Head Plate: 26” x 22” buffalo shape
- Steel Grade: 3/8” AR550 armor steel
- Handgun Shooting Distance: 10+ Yards
- Rifle Shooting Distance: 100+ yards using ammunition below 3,000 fps

*Please refer to the Steel Target Safety Rules before shooting on any steel target, and learn more about steel hardness and target design by reading The Science Behind Steel Targets.


Can I shoot a rifle at the PT Tatanka?: Yes. The PT Tatanka is designed for use with rifles at a distance of 100 yards using ammunition under 3,000 fps muzzle velocity. For more information see the Steel Target Safety Rules.

What is the ideal stand height for the PT Tatanka?: We suggest mounting the PT Tatanka target head to a 3’ static stand for maximum stability.

Can I order a PT Tatanka in AR500 steel?: The PT Tatanka is only available in AR550 armor steel which is rated for rifle and handgun use.

Can I attach the PT Tatanka to an PT Practice Stand?: Yes. You can mount the PT Tatanka to an PT Practice Stand but we recommend using the low mount setting to ensure maximum stability.

Is the entire target made of armor steel?: The PT Tatanka head plate and swinging plate are made of AR550 armor steel. The brackets holding the swinging plate are also made of armor steel (AR500) to better withstand the friction caused by the moving plate. The stand is made of mild steel and is designed to effectively shed bullets but may be damaged by direct shots.

Why is the target head angled?: All of Action Target’s portable steel target heads are slanted downward to deflect the majority of bullet splatter toward the ground to increase safety. For more information see the Steel Target Safety Rules.

Can I replace the swinging plate if I lose or damage it?: Yes. Action Target offers replacement parts on the online store.