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Old October 8th, 2008, 09:13 AM #1
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Homemade Target Stand

I've been thinking about designing and building my own home made target stand to take along with me when I know that a facility isn't going to provide them or if I'm just not sure what to expect when I get there. Previously we've used large cardboard boxes, but I'm trying to make something reusable.

I'm thinking a 2x2 or 1x2 (furring strips) frame and maybe a removable (replacable) 1/4" ply backing for the targets. I could screw everything together with woodscrews or i could use nuts/bolts/washers tomake it easier to repair damaged members as it gets shot up.

I'm thinking a freestanding design versus having stakes or pins that need to be driven into the ground. If freestanding then I want it to collapse/fold or take down into two parts for easy stowage and transport.

I'm sure somebody out there has done exactly what I'm describing. Any thoughts on the matter??
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Use cardboard for a backer, and hinges inside the frame on the top left/bottom right, and outside the frame top right/bottom left. Just basically staple a peice of cardboard on, and it is rigid, remove it, and it folds right up, Unless it is to be sitting on something solid, or at least flat, using feet doesn't work well, Last one I built, I used big nails through the feet to both ancor and level the frame.
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here's mine

http://www.mdshooters.com/showthread...t=Target+Stand

I whipped another one up yesterday in about 10 minutes
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there is another thread floating around here that has a link on building this guy. If im honest i dont really like my setup very much. It relys a lot on the tension and friction of the wing nuts holding it up to stay up. HOwever it folds down completly to a few pieces of wood and meets most height requirements. I think if i were to change anything, i would make a tounge and groove type stand where a 2x4 slides into a slot at the base and holds everything up.

then i would add places to hang cans and clays
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Where are you thinking of taking it? Most ranges have rules about the materials and construction of target stands if you provide your own.

On the issue of free standing: unless you are going to provide a heavy base you'll want to design something with spikes to hold it in the ground. Even in a breeze a target stand makes a nice sail being tall and thin.
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I got my homemade target stand idea online;

http://www.alpharubicon.com/leo/pvctstandc.htm

the only think i did different because I didn't like the idea of drilling and using string....it looked too cheap.

I use ties to hold my binder clips into place (3 on top and one on left and right) and then clipped the binder clips to a cardboard backing. Works great except on windy days but that can't always be helped.

Altogether materials were under $20 and my neighbor and i did it in about 15 mins. take 2 minutes to build at the range and 1 min to breakdown.
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I've built mine out of scrap 2x4s. Two outer legs (2-2.5ft); two parallel pieces centered with a 2" gap between them connecting the two outer legs; two filler pieces screwed between the parallels leaving a 4" gap in the center. This allows you to use a 2x4 of whatever length you want that fits into the gap as the target holder. I use a 4ft length of 2x4 to staple the cardboard backer (I use IPSC targets or plastic sign backers- thanks 3rd Recon) to the top. It breaks down, does not blow over, and the 2x4 is easily replaced if shot up. I did it with all scrap wood....too easy.
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I always thought PVC would make a good target stand until I saw someone with one at AGC. (side note: AGC has specifics on materials and construction of target stands and if I had tried this, I'm certain the anal retentive RO's would have been on me like stink on poop.)

They were shooting an AR and one of their shots hit one of the uprights and shattered it like glass. Needless to say their day ended early. Mine are all constructed out of firring strips and I've hit them too many times to count. I usually just finish shooting, bring them home and pump some Gorilla glue into the holes and I'm good to go.
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Here's an easily collapsable and replacable stand on TBOT:

http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/edu24.htm


   
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