Any home made range carts or wheel kits? I have a Creedmore service rifle shooting stool but I need a wheel kit and can't find anything I like. The creedmore one has wheels that are too small. The Stallings Machine is unavailable and others only come with the whole cart.
I'm figuring I can assemble and axle and wheel set up but I'm not sure what's I do for a handle. Also I was looking at this muck cart thing to maybe start as a base. Please help if you have any ideas for a wheel kit.
Has anyone built a wheel kit with a stanard service rifle stool? There must be some out there and I'd love to see some suggestions.
December 29, 2011, 10:50 PM
December 29, 2011, 11:31 PM
I use a trash can strapped to a two wheel dolly. Everything I need goes in and it stays very dry.
for food I take a soft side small cooler and use frozed small bottled water and drink it as it turns back to water. I will put a couple of the small lunchibles and a small tupperware bowl of fruit in it also. in the soft side I will put like 2 frozen bottles of water and 2 cool unfrozen ones with powdered gatorade mix in them and something like a can of fresca also. will get the rest of my water on the range.
In my can will go the following to give you a idle.
1 set of gore-tex
1 small umbrella for sun
1 small lawn chair
a pair of tennis shoes as I find them more comfy when in prone or just waiting, pits or scoring.
my rifle and ammo for the day with enough extra for a few alibi,s
a small shootng stool with things like shooting glove, hat, mags, ect.
1 shoot mat
I also take a small back pack for trips to the pits with things like snacks, a nice rope for the target frames, bug spray, sun tan lotion and a few extra bottles of water.
December 30, 2011, 06:45 PM
I bought a Al Ewing wheel kit back in 1990 at Perry. It has small wheels and maybe at times it would be nice to have bigger wheels, I don't know. I have had more problems at a local ranges than at Perry when it comes to transporting gear
At Perry you really don't walk all that far. You want to keep your gear compact some what. They run a train back and forth between the line and he pits. The train is some flat trailers hooked together and pulled by a tractor. Even if you miss one and start walking you will get picked up. Of course most walk the 200 yards for stage 1 &2 but the train is nice for 300 and beyond. It would simply take too much time to herd everyone if they had to walk during the pit changes. Keeping a 200+ people focused going each way is not easy. But they have had a little over a hundred years to figure it out.
Some people leave their gear behind the 3 or 600 yard line staging areas so they are not fiddling with it in the pits. It's left covered so it doesn't get wet if it appears it could rain. Camp Perry is a pretty safe place, heck even the kids have guns.
December 30, 2011, 09:26 PM
After you finish shooting and you are going to be shooting next back at say either 300 or 600 you need to move your gear back to that yard line as they will not tolorate your gear left at a previous yard line.
The reason most folks use a cart made from what ever is because you will be moving it some distances.
If you happen to be lucky enough to shoot on rodriquez range its not bad but on viali it makes it rough as you will need to push or pull it at least to gate at the range entrance. about half of the folks go ahead on that range and take their things down the range road instead of waiting to try and find a space on the train out to the 200 yard line as most trains in the mourning are being used to haul folks to the range from far reaching places on base. If after you get to the 200 yard line or close and cut over the rest will be getting it to your firing position and if you are on the low end you may be walking another 150 to close to 250 yards to get to your position.
Say for example I draw viali target 31 and I am which I do and stay in a hut on the east side by commercial road my pulling day will go like this.
400 yards to the gate at viali. 800 yards to get to the 200 yard line. 250 yards to get to my spot on the line. move back to 300 thats 100 yards. move back to 600 thats 300 yards. back to the road 250 yards. to the gate 400 yards and back to the hut another 400 yards.
so just pulling or pushing it may be like 2500 yards and if you happen to pull twice you may end up just walking 1600 yards or so without the cart.
During the matches on viali you can not walk down the road to or from the pits unless its before colors or rodriguez is finished firing for the day on the road between the ranges. you must either go over the center middle wall or the far left road to enter or exit the pits as above.
you may plan on what to do when you find out at checkin what your game plan is going to be.
if on rodriguez dont worry your day will be easier and you should be off the range early with alot less pushing or pulling.
In the 10 years I have shot at perry I have only shot a individual cmp match on rodriguez 1 time. it was nice as I was able to run my stuff back to my mod and then catch the train to the pits. I do love drawing the relay who finishes early and I am back in my hut before the firing is over.
December 31, 2011, 11:57 AM
2500 yards? Wow I had no idea it could be that much.
By the way, where do you get water on the range? I thought each shooter had to supply his own water and food? Can I get water on the range.
December 31, 2011, 02:34 PM
At Perry they provide water coolers on the range. On the hottest of hot days I've heard them ask shooters to not fill the 2+ liter water bags from them when they were having trouble keeping them filled.
Anyway, I don't have a picture of my range cart assembled because for local matches I find it's easier to schlep everything from my car to the firing line, and we can drive to the 200/300 lines and 600 line for the most part.
For Perry, my dad fashioned an axle out of a piece of rod, which is held to the lower legs by a pair of U-Bolts on each side. Into this he drilled two locator holes for cotter pins or clevis pins. You pop on pin onto the inner hole, slide on a washer, a wheel and bushing, another washer and then the outer pin. Repeat on the other side. It works pretty well, obviously you have to measure everything to get the clearances right. He made it several years ago for me and I have yet to experience a problem with the setup, other than the fact the the leverage and pivot location isn't ideal with heavy loads, but it's a small fact for the easy disassembly it gives me. (I drive a Corolla and the idea was to make the cart easy to break down for travel.)
I have to go now, but I'll try to come back and describe the upper part of the cart later. Maybe even find the pieces and assemble it for some pictures.
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January 2, 2012, 01:15 PM
A number of guys at Canton McKinley use a Folding Wagon. I bought one a few months ago and have been very happy with it: http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/product.jsp?productId=prod3080161
January 2, 2012, 07:12 PM
going to go see if my local sams club has those
January 5, 2012, 09:40 AM
I picked up one of those at a local Costco last summer when my son and I started in USPSA. Works great!! I took an old beach umbrella, fixed a piece of PVC pipe to the outisde of the cart, and secure the umbrella with a pin through it and the PVC. Now we have some shade during summer matches. :D
January 6, 2012, 03:27 PM
I got to post this picture of the Fluffymobile. Carries 21 long guns, rides four, and a bunch of gear:evil:.
I made one from scratch after discovering how inexpensive it is to purchase used aluminum from the scrap dealer down the road. I can literally pick this thing up with one finger when not loaded and it is strong enough to haul 3 long guns and 2 hand guns with all the ammo and accessories I can carry. I used the wheels and axle (metal rod) off an old cart I had laying around. In all, I paid about $30 to build this one.
January 29, 2014, 10:20 PM
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