What do you use for an outdoor target holder?


November 17, 2008, 10:07 PM
If you shoot at an outdoor range, what are you using for a target holder? I've seen some fancy contraptions brought to the range where I shoot, and I've seen a refrigerator box and beer cans set out downrange.

If you use a commercial contraption, post a pic.

If homemade, please post a pic and tell us about it.

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November 17, 2008, 10:14 PM
Old political signs like the ones that stick into the ground and have corriagated(sp) plastic on the sign part.

November 17, 2008, 10:15 PM
The IDPA group uses wood 2 x 4's to make bases, and 1 x 3's to make uprights. We've made a few hundred to leave around the club by now. It's a pretty common design; I've seen them at different clubs all over the country.

Bases are made in the shape of a "H", with two 2 x 4's as cross beams with a piece of 1 x 3 sandwiched in between as a spacer. The legs of the uprights slide right into the space it leaves.

I've seen similar designs for bases made from PVC tubing with elbows and other connectors. Uprights are thinner pieces of wood slid into the joints put into the middle of the bases. The PVC bases work better in indoor ranges where there is no wind.

November 17, 2008, 10:21 PM
I've got my own range at home where I do most of my shooting. As far as target holders, I just use several large pieces of wood cut from the trunk of a tree. I usually have something about 3 feet wide and 2 feet long. So far they have held up, as nothing seems to exit them. I'm looking forward to taking a splitting maul to them and pulling some bullets out though.

November 17, 2008, 10:32 PM
The for sale sign from the real estate company that was infront of my house when we bought it. I called them 4 times to come and get it, after about 6 months, I decided it would make a hell of a target holder.

November 17, 2008, 11:21 PM
Tie two PVC tubes into opposite corners of a plastic milk crate. That's it.

At the range, stick two furring strips or other cheap 1 x 1.5 uprights into the two tubes and staple your targets or your cardboard backers to them.

If it's windy, dump rocks into the milk crate.
Carry stuff in the milk crate to and from the range.

Each PVC upright can be about a foot tall. It doesn't matter.

November 17, 2008, 11:26 PM

This works great (hope the link works). Jammit Target Stand.

November 18, 2008, 01:19 AM
Old pallets with a fence post stuck in the middle.

November 18, 2008, 05:32 AM

November 18, 2008, 03:19 PM
I don't have a pic handy, but I usually just lean a board against or through a wire fence and staple cardboard to it for a backing. Spend some time mending the fences though...

Carlos Cabeza
November 18, 2008, 04:18 PM
+1 for the real estate sign.
Just take out the sheet metal insert and replace with 3/8" plywood. Then take a stapler with you to the range. After a few hundred rounds you need to replace the wood.

November 18, 2008, 04:26 PM
possum813, roflmao

Mostly the ground.

November 18, 2008, 04:35 PM
Made these for the range at the farm, set in concrete at 50-100-200 yards. Swingers are 3/4" thick.


November 18, 2008, 04:49 PM
Pvc pipe and 1x2. I didn't add the end caps. I didn't glue all of the pieces together I just glues the 90 and t sections to straight sections. This way you have 5 pieces that fit in a bag fairly well. I have added some eye bolts to the the front and one on the legs and use some tent anchors to keep the wind from blow them over.


November 18, 2008, 04:52 PM
real estate / politico sign +1

easy peasy, freesy.

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