So now that I'm shooting at an outdoor range I realized I needed a target stand. Because scavenging at the range for a backdrop to support my targets sucks! I put some thought into it, analyzed the logistics and came up with an idea. What you see here is a result of intense research and development, massive amounts of resources and ..... beer!
What I needed had to be portable because my 500yd range is not in my backyard. Portability then necessitated that it be lightweight - I mean who the hell wants to lug around 100lbs of target stand? So I decided that pvc would do the trick. Now that I had that detail figured out I remembered that I own a TJ - how the hell can I fit a target stand in that? Well wouldn't you know it that my genius solved that little problem too - make it in multiple components. Man am I friggin smart or what?
I went over to Chateau de Depot and perused the pvc piping. I was initially looking for 2" but settled on 1 1/2". Why you ask? Well the Depot just didn't have all the parts I needed in 2" that's why! I grabbed what I needed, I even grabbed some accessories that would make my stand ultra tactikool and better than your stand!
Here's a list of materials,
(9) pieces of 2' 2" pvc sched 40 (remember I own a TJ so 2 10's was not an option)
(4) 90deg elbows
(2) 90deg sweeps
(2) female threaded couplings
(2) plugs - not installed yet as the Depot was out of them
(4) 45deg elbows
PVC primer and glue
(2) large cardboard boxes
(4) 2" velcro straps - i had these left over from another toy project - apparently 2" straps cut into the ladies skin too much.
(1) 2' length of stickie backed velcro
Mash all of that up and what do you get? This,
1. First I assembled the base legs - and wouldn't you know it it was on this part that I made my first and only mistake. I should have started drinking sooner!
These will separate from the upper portion of the stand allowing it to lay flat in the back of my TJ.
2. Then I assemble the lower portion of the upper stand. I added a cross brace at the bottom to help with stability - hence the reason for the 90deg sweeps.
3. Then I assembled the top portion and the top bar. I "arched" the top crossbar to prevent/minimize sag. Although I don't think this will be an issue until i use a wood backdrop.
4. In order to ease assembly/dis-assembly I put a healthy drop of gun oil on the WYE fitting shoulder. This allows the base legs to slip in and out and even allow for adjustment on uneven terrain (to a certain degree).
So now your asking yourself "I wonder what happened to the cardboard and velcro?". Well just relax a damn minute and I'll get it to it! Jeez!