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Target stands

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by jeanderson, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. jeanderson

    jeanderson Making America great again! Platinum Member

    Apr 11, 2012
    Kind of a boring subject, but just wanted some recommendations...

    Went to my first outdoor range Saturday and really liked it, verses indoor range. Shot my G23, M&P 22 and new 22 rifle. They had a number of barrels setup, all backed by old tractor tires (and about 200 acres of woods). I had my stick-on Birchwood Casey targets but had a hard time finding something that would hold them - everything had lots of holes (naturally).

    Just wondering what others here use for targets. Have seen easel style targets and target stands that you stick 1x2s in. Not sure what you do then; just get some cardboard or do they sell target backs and stand together? Any input would be helpful.
  2. Hines57

    Hines57 Simple Member

    Jan 17, 2001
    On the road
    I make my own out of PVC, costs like $10



    Last edited: Jul 22, 2012

  3. jeanderson

    jeanderson Making America great again! Platinum Member

    Apr 11, 2012
    I think you're a better shot than me. I'd be afraid of taking out one of those side supports. :whistling:

    Nice setup though.
  4. Hines57

    Hines57 Simple Member

    Jan 17, 2001
    On the road
    Nothing to be afraid of, it's $1.00 worth of plastic. I don't even glue the parts together.

    2 90* elbows, 2 T's and a couple of sticks of PVC. The middle horizontal bar has 2 T's that are the next size larger so they just slide up and down. 4 plastic wire ties and 4 paper clips. Attach the target to the top two, slide the middle bar up, clip it on and the weight of the bar holds it tight. The bottoms are cut off to a point, stick it inn the ground.
  5. jwest46

    jwest46 Rebel Yeller

    Sep 21, 2008
    Do a Google for 'pvc target stand' or similar. There are lots of plans out there for inexpensive but very functional target stands. Will also see other ideas for using sign frames, etc. Got tired of paying for indoor range fees when there are public places available (NWA's, etc.) for little or no charge. Not to mention outdoors is more fun.
  6. elliotb33


    Sep 2, 2011
    Just read my ranges rules says you must use their stands....which are always f'ed up. one day went out with my dad and they only had 1 stand that could be used the other 4-5 were in half. If you have that bad of a shot you need to quit.
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2012
  7. CJStudent

    CJStudent Fenced In

    Nov 3, 2005
    In that case, I'd ask the RSO or somebody working for permission to use yours in that situation; I'd be willing to bet they'd grant it, and you'd be good.
  8. Steve in PA

    Steve in PA

    Mar 1, 2000
    I prefer wood over PVC, even though I have made PVC stands in the past.

    Some scrap 2x4's, firring strips and dry wall screws.


  9. Ceapea


    Apr 12, 2010
    Here in Michigan, if political signs are too close to the voting location (within 500' I think), the school (usually a school) has to take them down and toss them. I work on BAS controls for many schools and I grab them from the dumpster, after asking of course. They make great target stands.
  10. jeanderson

    jeanderson Making America great again! Platinum Member

    Apr 11, 2012
    Thanks for the ideas all. The PVC setup looks clean and easy to construct, though I worry about how hard the ground is where I shoot and driving the base in. The wooden one with base looks easiest to setup but probably harder to replace parts when hit. Maybe I'll try the PVC with some sort of flat base.

    I can hit a target that size pretty reliably at up to 25 feet. It's the wife that's a little wild, but getting better.
  11. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Southern Maryland
    A couple of years ago, a hailstorm did quite a bit of damage to our area.

    Several contractors did 're-hab' work on the homes in my neighborhood.
    These contractors put signs up, in the yards.
    The signs were plastic, with metal 'wire' frames that they pushed into the ground.

    When the work was done, they left the signs.

    I use that sign as my target frame.
    I asked my neighbors, and I wound up with all of these 'used' signs.

    Shoot 'em up. . . . toss 'em into the recycle bin. (Or, use cardboard to make more 'backers'!

    Cost - Free. :supergrin: Free is good.:wavey:
  12. Texas357

    Texas357 Señor Member CLM

    Jan 3, 2007
    One guy at my range uses the retired tripods that hold flowers at a local cemetery. Slot a piece of cardboard and it holds ok.

    I got one of the metal stands from brownells that you just put 1x2 furring strips into. A tent stake helps keep it much steadier. Staple cardboard across the furring strips, then staple targets to that.

    Also, the do-all ball and "top-hat" targets are nice, except when they get caught in a hole and won't move. They really jump for rifle rounds though (clear to the top of the berm sometimes).
  13. Schrag4


    May 21, 2010
    Wichita, KS
    The vertical strips can take a few rounds and still work ok :whistling: They're pretty cheap to replace too. My brother and I have built 6 of those wood target stands and they work quite well.