A target stand kit y'all might be interested in

tennmiketennmike Senior MemberPosts: 26,106 Senior Member
This target stand uses easily replaceable electrical conduit/galvanized water pipe of the target stand and has hooks to hang the targets. Being easily replaced, the legs and crossbar can be changed out quickly if some one 'accidentally on purpose' shoots the legs or crossbar. At least it's light and easy to set up!


If the U.S. Congress was put in charge of the Sahara Desert, there would be a shortage of sand in under six months.



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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,101 Senior Member
    A guy who is good at fab work, with the right tools, could build something similar....
    Overkill is underrated.
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 9,554 Senior Member
    A guy who is good at fab work, with the right tools, could build something similar....
    A guy not good at fab work could make those with a drill and a jig saw out of 1/2'' plywood. Wouldn't last as long but you could make a 3 gross out of a sheet
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  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 1,811 Senior Member
    I built 2 of these. Found the plans on the internet
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 26,106 Senior Member
    edited March 10 #5
    I've got a gas axe and can make an adjustable pivot to cut out the circular parts and hole in the middle. Legs is just a straight up cutting job. Hooks are easily made from 3/8" rebar and I have that, too. Also have a lot of electrical conduit. If I have time I'll make a few and bring them to the shoot.............with some spare parts. :)
    If the U.S. Congress was put in charge of the Sahara Desert, there would be a shortage of sand in under six months.



  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 19,577 Senior Member
    That's a good idea - I made mine outta 1/2" black pipe which screws together, but its heavier (both good and bad). Which reminds me, I need to replace a couple of bolts on that lashup before the shoot!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,412 Senior Member
    There just might be a spinner target made from 1/2" or maybe 5/8" armor plate this year, out around the 200 yard line, with a similar support structure. 
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  • GilaGila Posts: 1,079 Senior Member
    RugerFan said:
    I built 2 of these. Found the plans on the internet
    That's the way we all do it here.  PVC and pine 2x2s with cardboard stapled on to hold the targets.  They are cheap, don't weigh anything and are easy to make.  I like to shoot paper for sighting in everything and practicing trigger control with handguns. 

    I suppose making one of those hanging hook stands would only require a piece of conduit across the top with rebar hooks on the PVC stand.  Personally, when shooting objects, I prefer having them on the ground where I can keep shooting them as they jump around.  Another thing we do is put clays on edge all over the place, at various ranges.  There is nothing more fun than instant feedback.
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  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,211 Senior Member
    RugerFan said:
    I built 2 of these. Found the plans on the internet
    Optimistically, I would give that a 30 minute lifespan at a SE Shoot. What targets go through there is pure brutality.
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 19,577 Senior Member
    RugerFan said:
    I built 2 of these. Found the plans on the internet
    Optimistically, I would give that a 30 second lifespan at a SE Shoot. What targets go through there is pure brutality.
    FIFY.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 26,106 Senior Member
    RugerFan said:
    I built 2 of these. Found the plans on the internet
    Optimistically, I would give that a 30 minute lifespan at a SE Shoot. What targets go through there is pure brutality.
    Yeah, the phrase 'getting shot to doll rags' comes to mind.  :smiley:
    If the U.S. Congress was put in charge of the Sahara Desert, there would be a shortage of sand in under six months.



  • GilaGila Posts: 1,079 Senior Member
    RugerFan said:
    I built 2 of these. Found the plans on the internet
    Optimistically, I would give that a 30 minute lifespan at a SE Shoot. What targets go through there is pure brutality.
    The shooter is supposed to hit the target, not the stand... 
    No good deed goes unpunished...
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,101 Senior Member
    Stand is smaller than the target.

    Aim small, miss small. 
    Overkill is underrated.
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 26,106 Senior Member
    Gila said:
    Optimistically, I would give that a 30 minute lifespan at a SE Shoot. What targets go through there is pure brutality.
    The shooter is supposed to hit the target, not the stand... 
    I've seen pistol target stands at 10 yards at the Shoots die horrible grizzly deaths in short order. :D
    If the U.S. Congress was put in charge of the Sahara Desert, there would be a shortage of sand in under six months.



  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 19,577 Senior Member
    edited March 11 #15
    Mine was at 15 yards at last year's shoot - and survived. I was fairly surprised! It got the heck kicked out of it, but was still OK at the end of the day.
    Probably won't survive this year though.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • kansashunterkansashunter Senior Member Posts: 1,444 Senior Member
    Mine survived fine at the pistol range but CPJ said it was a tad overbuilt.
  • GilaGila Posts: 1,079 Senior Member
    tennmike said:
    Gila said:
    Optimistically, I would give that a 30 minute lifespan at a SE Shoot. What targets go through there is pure brutality.
    The shooter is supposed to hit the target, not the stand... 
    I've seen pistol target stands at 10 yards at the Shoots die horrible grizzly deaths in short order. :D
    I also have steel center fire targets that weigh a ton.  I guess at 10 yards they would be safe from wear and tear at the shoot...  :D
    No good deed goes unpunished...
  • FreezerFreezer Senior Member Posts: 1,496 Senior Member
    edited March 11 #18
    Mine are T shape 1/2 PVC. I keep them in an old lawn chair bag along with spare parts. I use light wire to hold the targets. simple, light and cheap. I do like the A frame idea and will try that with the PVC.

    I wish that guy would sell just the hooks!

    Scratch that idea light wire or a coat hanger will work just fine. 

    A PVC sprinkler elbow riser would work fine for the A frame.
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 19,577 Senior Member
    Gila said:
    tennmike said:
    Gila said:
    Optimistically, I would give that a 30 minute lifespan at a SE Shoot. What targets go through there is pure brutality.
    The shooter is supposed to hit the target, not the stand... 
    I've seen pistol target stands at 10 yards at the Shoots die horrible grizzly deaths in short order. :D
    I also have steel center fire targets that weigh a ton.  I guess at 10 yards they would be safe from wear and tear at the shoot...  :D
    Don't count on it.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 9,726 Senior Member
    Just ordered a set.  I’ll see if they survive one of my friends- who can destroy any target stand
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 19,577 Senior Member
    Iffin ya don't wanna lose it, don't put it forward of the firing line!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 26,106 Senior Member
    Just ordered a set.  I’ll see if they survive one of my friends- who can destroy any target stand
    Being the thickness of metal that they are, a well placed shot from a rifle could severely damage the leg braces and the hooks. But a fella with a acetylene torch could turn out those things from hot roll steel pretty quickly. Just weld the leg brace bits on a piece of flat stock with a hole burned through it. Small diameter rebar is easy to heat and bend for hooks. And I can buy a poo load of scrap metal at the place I buy from for $50 that would keep me in target stand parts. The legs and crossbars are kind of what I would consider consumables, ESPECIALLY at the Shoot! :D
    If the U.S. Congress was put in charge of the Sahara Desert, there would be a shortage of sand in under six months.



  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,412 Senior Member
    Shooting steel at less than 100 yards can get dangerous.  We've had numerous close calls with splash back, especially when people start shooting jacketed bullets at reactive targets intended for "lead only"  (That's a joke!)  A couple of years ago, a bunch of our teenage shooters started aiming at at the 2" center hole of a steel flywheel gong at the 200 yard line.  They were sticking an orange target dot over the hole, and anything that rang steel was a "miss".  They had to change the sighter several times because it got "Swiss-cheesed"!   
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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,412 Senior Member
    Instead of pipe just use 1" diameter solid round stock.  Anything short of a .50 BMG  would have a problem even denting that stuff, and the weight of it would make it hard to tip the frame over or knock it out of alignment with the line of fire.  I'm tinkering with the idea of making a spring loaded silhouette target out of heavy steel plate, with hay rake springs hidden behind it to make it reactive.  There's a 12 X 24 inch one on Ebay that's not too spendy.   
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 26,106 Senior Member
    The axles from a disc harrow would be the bees knees for the top crosspiece. Round or square, they'd take hits from FMJ bullets and just shrug it off.
    If the U.S. Congress was put in charge of the Sahara Desert, there would be a shortage of sand in under six months.



  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 5,685 Senior Member
    I've been taking quite a few steel targets to the SE shoot for several years now and I've modified them several times over the years and my current setup is about as durable as I can get them. The legs are rebar with a piece of chain strung between them and the target is hung from the chain with about 12" of heavy rubber belting. Any target that isn't AR500 will get shot to heck. I also learned that using too heavy a chain or plate gets tore up more as it sucks up the energy rather than dissipating it. I used to attach the target to the chain but the chains were getting cut on occasion and the rubber belting between the target and the chain helped prevent that. I've got a few 6" plates that probably have a few thousand rounds of ball across them and they're not tore up at all. The chains and rebar legs have been replace a few times though.
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 19,577 Senior Member
    My AR500 plate has a few dents that show up (slightly) on the backside - other than that, its still GTG.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 5,685 Senior Member
    zorba said:
    My AR500 plate has a few dents that show up (slightly) on the backside - other than that, its still GTG.
      I bought my plates several years ago and they're made in the USA but the cheap Chinese plates that Midway and a lot of other places are carrying are not as hard as they're supposed to be. My neighbor has one of the cheap ones and a 300mag round drilled right through it.
    snake284 wrote: »
    For my point of view, cpj is a lot like me
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 19,577 Senior Member
    I *think* mine is US made, but I don't remember anymore - forgot where I got it now. *shrug* It is what it is!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
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