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ScottG 04-23-2008 11:26 PM

Make your own target stands
How many times have you gone out into the great outdoors to shoot and had to utilize whatever was laying around to hold up your targets? Well, one too many times for me. As I was walking back to my house from the mailbox one day, I spied an old chaise lounge frame on the sidewalk in a trash pile. Needless to say, a light bulb went on above my head. I blogged about it here.

Anyone else make their own?

Chester 04-24-2008 01:39 AM

Here's one that is easier to carry
Made from pvc pipe and i built one for just a few cents over $5.00 . PLEASE don't glue it.

Righteous 04-24-2008 02:04 AM

I use campaign posters

cpttango30 04-24-2008 02:07 PM

I make mine out of 3/4" PVC pipe

cut 6 2' sections, 4 1' sections, 4 4" sections
6 90* elbows
4 T-fittings
4 end caps

The main body is the 6 2' sections 2 elbows and 2 t-fittings all glued together. to form an H that is closed on top.

Take the 4 1' sections 4 4" sections 4 elbows 2 t-fittings and 4 end caps.
Glue the 1' sections to the t fitting on the two joints oppsite of eachother. Now Glue the elbows facing oppsite of the unused joint. Glue the 4 4" sections in to the elbows then glue the end caps on to the 4 4" sections.

I glue mine together so they do not fall apart. You can add sand to the feet and seal off with calking or epoxy or something like that. I do not glue the feet on so that can be taken off for transport. I use the foam craft board to mount targets too and just drilled holes in the PVC pipe and used 1.5" 1/4x20 bolts and washers.

opaww 04-24-2008 03:06 PM

I made mine out of 2"x2" I will photo it after I get back from Georga next week end

Doug1627 04-24-2008 03:24 PM


Originally Posted by Righteous (Post 22425)
I use campaign posters

Same here.

pioneer461 04-24-2008 04:42 PM

I once made one of PVC pipe, very similar to that one. I filled the bottom sections with lead shot to give it a bit of weight on breezy days. It worked well until my daughter put a round through one of the vertical pieces and the pipe disintigrated.

Although I didn't make them, I found that free standing garden plant hangers made of wrought iron, similar to the ones pictured, work pretty well. They are easy to move around and don't take up much room. Just stick 'em in the ground and using large metal binder clips, mount a piece of cardboard between them. Plus, they can take a bullet. :cool:

gnoll 04-24-2008 10:38 PM

so sorry for going a little off topic but look at this link for making your own targets

Doug1627 04-24-2008 11:09 PM


Originally Posted by gnoll (Post 22497)
so sorry for going a little off topic but look at this link for making your own targets

I believe that is tannerite. You can find the recipe by doing a google search. Saves money on the book that way.

ScottG 04-25-2008 01:21 AM

I'm glad to see that others of us go the do it yourself route. I tried using campaign/realtor signs, but sometimes they're not available. They also tend to not hold up very well. I was going to go the pvc/angle iron route, but when I found that chaise frame, I knew it wouldn't cost me anything but time as I already had all the parts in the garage.

It held up to six en bloc clips from my garand without failing, so it must be good to go. If a thirty aught won't knock it over, nothing will. Except heavy guns of course....

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