Target Stand

Discussion in 'Range Report' started by dog2000tj, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    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! :D

    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! :p

    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) WYE's
    (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! :mad: These will separate from the upper portion of the stand allowing it to lay flat in the back of my TJ.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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).
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    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! :rolleyes:
     
  2. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    continued

    Here is what happened to the velcro and cardboard, :p

    1. I installed the 2" straps o the top and bottom crossbars. I cut up the 2" stickie backed velcro and applied them to the backs of the cardboard.
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    2. So now all I need to do is pack this baby up, bring her to the range, set her up, velcro on my backstop and affix my targets. :cool:
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    Here are some detailed pics,
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    Now if there are any Gov't procurement folks reading this I have a special offer for you. I can supply these beauties at the nominal cost of $1499 each, minimum order of 100,000 units. :D

    Oh I almost forgot. If any of you decide to use this information for your own gain, remember one thing above anything you have read here ..... do not forget the beer!
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    :D
     

  3. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    That looks pretty neat. I built the much simpler one in the DIY forum. I'm a simple man. :)
     
  4. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    That looks awesome. What happens when you have a flyer and it hits the stand? If I built something like that it would be all crooked and twisted.
     
  5. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    It may have been the beer, it may not have. I don't know, i'm not a doctor. But I was looking for the DIY section and your post for 2 days and couldn't find it before I decided on just doing my own :eek:

    What's a flyer? :p Our range has a nice dirt mound out around 100yds. So I shoot into that for a few rounds to get the scopes dialed in close then move on to the paper. By the end of 10rds I've got her set. The stand is just over 2' wide and the backer is about 16" wide. Hopefully I won't send anything that far off but you never know. If the pvc gets hit it shouldn't be all that hard to cut in a coupling.

    Thanks for the kind words. I'll let you all know how she performs later today when I hit the range.
     
  6. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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  7. hnealg

    hnealg New Member

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    Be prepared!

    I built a stand similar to "Drriley"s using a 2'x4' piece of corrugated plastic acquired from a sign shop to support the targets themselves. I also cut extra side and top pieces to replace the damage that will happen when you do get that "flyer" -also some extra T's and other fittings are recommended (that too will happen!)

    Last bit of advice, in the feet of the stand, drill some holes so that 6" nails can be used to anchor it to the ground on windy days. That target makes a great sail. And if it's not a solo range, you would have to wait and stare at your gun until "range cold" is called before you can go down and stand the target frame back up--and it will probably blow down again.
     

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  8. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Man you boys need to be more accurate with your shooting.
     
  9. hnealg

    hnealg New Member

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    Yea--but...

    This may very well be true, but considering that not all my shooting is "Bench rest" with bolt action rifles. Rather it also includes rapid, defensive-style deployment of semi-auto weapons, both rifle and pistol, an occasional "oops" is not that surprising. That is why I planned for easily replaceable parts.

    And that's the rest of the story.
     
  10. Glasshartt

    Glasshartt New Member

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    At the last gun show. there was a guy there with portable spinner targets. They were made like the PVC stands, but made out of metal pipe. The spinners hooked on the top crossbar. They looked easy to transport and a little more versatile than the PVC stands.
     
  11. Angry_bald_guy

    Angry_bald_guy Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I like this idea. They shouldn't be to hard to make multiples of either...
     
  12. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    Well my stand worked out great, no flyers and no shots too bad to hit the pvc either. :D I like the idea of drilling holes in the base and using nails to keep it secure on windy days. ;) Next weekend when I get home from work I'll add that little detail and pick up some spikes from le Depot.