Thanks for the kind words. First off, congrats on the new addition to the family! That is awesome!
You did not buy my "mini" IPSC. You bought the 1/2 scale (for the record, sorry)
As far as the edge shots.... I don't care how your targets are cut. If you hit ANY steel target right on the very edge, you are going to lose a small little chip. Nothing that destroys a target or anything... just a little chip. It has NOTHING to do with the so-called "heat affected zone" (HAZ). Laser cut or water jet cut targets will perform exactly the same in this regard.
I never recommend steel ammo, but I have to admit I do shoot steel at my targets. Holds up fine. You do get the occasional pock mark, but these targets can handle thousands upon thousands of impacts. Just don't make shooting steel jackets a common practice and you will be good to go.
Thanks again! I like hearing what my customers have to say. Stay tuned as we will soon be doing another awesome group buy!