Target stand


May 12, 2012, 10:40 PM
I want to make a target stand any ideas.

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May 12, 2012, 11:33 PM
Are you hanging steel or paper, is it going to be permanent or do you need it to be portable, and how many targets do you want to hang from it?

May 12, 2012, 11:38 PM
Have you looked at the stands available? Do you have the means and knowledge to make one better and cheaper? You might, I just want to make sure you know what is already out there.

May 12, 2012, 11:42 PM
The box o truth has a nice one

May 12, 2012, 11:54 PM
Most of my target stands started out as pallets and refrigerator boxes. They have to be heavy and stable, 'cause 45 mph winds are a daily norm around here.

They end up as fire starters, of course.

May 13, 2012, 12:03 AM
There are a ton of options here.

You can nail or screw a couple 2X4's as bases and use anything from furring strips to 1 1/2" sq X 6' long pieces that Home Depot sells

If you have any welding experience and a source of metal, you could make something like the dark blue stands I made. I used 1/4" plate for the base and 2" tube steel for the stand supports. 1 1/2" sq. X 6' long

Here are some other ideas

Mauser lover
May 13, 2012, 12:13 AM
I'd go with a stand like what was recommended in post #4, a pvc base with wood stand.
If you need it to stand up in wind, just stake it down, or make the base longer.

May 13, 2012, 12:16 AM
You might look at what's available at Brownells & the pricing, unless you're determined to build it yourself.
They're not all that expensive & they have different designs.

Otherwise, you can think up something pretty simple with PVC pipe, or 2x2 strips on a 2x4 base.

May 13, 2012, 01:13 AM
I have one like this -

and the price isn't too bad, for something welded up in the USA.

It uses 1x2's for the uprights, and you can staple cardboard across these for target support. Standard IDPA targets fit easily.

For storage, just slide the 1x2's / cardboard out of the base, to make the whole thing flat enough to fit in a pickup bed or car trunk.

If you shoot up the uprights, they can be used to start your wood stove, as noted earlier.

May 13, 2012, 01:56 PM
I built a couple that brak down for easy transport with some steel scrap I had after fixturing my time in it and then bought to more of these and a box of carboard targets.

Hard to build them for less than this cost. I bought mine when they were 26 dollars.

May 13, 2012, 05:31 PM

I've been doing this for years. You need one length of 3/8" re-bar at least 8 feet in length and two 1.25" lengths of angle iron 3 feet each. Have the bar bent into a U with 2 feet between the legs. Then, drill a 1/2" hole 6 inches in from each end of the angle iron. The upper angle iron goes onto the legs with a lip up & is welded in place. This makes a 2 foot square opening with a lip to hold the bottom of the cardboard backer in place. Bulldog clips hold the backer to the re-bar & the target gets stapled to the cardboard.

Now then, if all you need is a target low to the ground, you're done except for paint. But, I prefer the target off the ground & this is where you choose the length of the re-bar to get the height you need. Then, the lower angle iron gets welded on a foot above the end of the re-bar legs with the lip down. This provides a surface used to hammer the legs into the ground. Buy heavy angle iron that can withstand a four pound mallet on the lower one & the odd bullet on the upper one. Total cost should be about $15.00 per stand & they last a long time.

There, yer done. Happy shooting.


May 13, 2012, 07:52 PM
if you have your own place to shoot, bury 2) 2 foot long pieces of 2" pvc straight up and down into the ground exactly at either 2 foot, or 4 foot apart. the width will depend on how many targets you want to put up at one time. then just buy several 2x2's to use as uprights. you can staple cardboard across them, or use 1/4" plywood or chipboard across them to hold the targets. if your doing it on public land, its a bit more complicated. and will vary depending on what is where you are shooting, and at what distance.

Hk Dan
May 14, 2012, 02:28 PM
Bah. I made 120 stands for my IDPA club in a day and they are all still useable 5 years later.
I used a single 8' 2x4each. Cut 2 pieces 24" and 2 at 18". Put the 18" ones crossways and the longer ones on the ends in an H shape. Make the 18" ones 3/4" apart so a 1x2 can fit in to hold your uprights for the target. I made a jig and had two firends over. I'd cut all the wood to size ahead of time and we had an assembly party. It was done before we finished 3 beers.

Cheap, easy, effective.

Now, the second batch I made for windy days. Use a 10' stud and cut two additional 18" pieces. Put those on the ends, turning your H into a box. Those really buck the wind quite well on their own, but also give you a place to put a cinder block, rock, etc for additional weight.


May 14, 2012, 03:30 PM
My cheap take everywhere holder is an old sign holder similar to the type used by realtors. You can buy them at the home depot or lowes. I tape on some old cardboard from work to attach targets, but my local range uses similar holders with chicken wire and wooden clothes pins to hold targets.

May 14, 2012, 03:53 PM
Old political signs work well for me. I pick them up and shoot at the ones I voted for too.

May 14, 2012, 04:53 PM
political or real estate signs are portable and cheap to free. Various display racks from retail stores going out of business work well and can be broken down for transport; otherwise, some cheap PVC with some sand in the base for stability and a piece of cardboard to put targets on works well also

May 14, 2012, 05:11 PM
hkdan, I did my old ones the same way, with material lawfully scavenged from construction sites, (i.e., I asked the foreman if I could have scrap lumber), but my long legs were 4 feet long - takes a gale strong enough to rip the cardboard off to knock it over.
Nowadays, with construction sites MUCH harder to find, I bought a cheap metal stand.

May 14, 2012, 05:25 PM
I made a couple out of PVC, one verticle for man size targets and one horizontal for multiple targets. I can take the legs off so its easier to transport and I used large sheet of corregated plastic on the frame to mount targets. Fast, cheap and easy.

May 14, 2012, 06:13 PM
I finally gave up on card board, scrap wood and junk.
It never lasted and always left a mess in my yard.

I ended up buying 3 of these Poly Foam target backers from here:

It was the BEST EVER small little investment I ever made when it comes to targets and pleasure shooting at home.
You can literally shoot "THOUSANDS-plus" of rounds through these things...just like the advertisement says...and they still keep on working. No lie. They are fantastic!

I took a couple of scraps....4x4 and 2x4 and a couple wood dowels and built my own stands for them for free out of junk I had laying around the barn.
You don't have to paint them, but I did just so the wood would last a little longer.
Been running strong for a few years now.

The foam backers already have holes in the bottom of them to slide right on wood dowels. I chose wood instead of PVC because if I accidentally hit one, I don't want shattered PVC all over my yard. The wood on the other hand will just naturally decompose on it's own.

I cannot recommend this highly enough. The price is great, and the function is excellent.
You can likewise raise and lower the height of your targets based on how long or short you cut the wood dowels too.
It's totally worth the very small investment.

May 14, 2012, 07:03 PM
I have a bunch of home made target stands floating around here. Cardboard boxes get used more.

Shawn Dodson
May 15, 2012, 07:13 PM
An Inexpensive Target Stand You Can Build In A Few Minutes (

May 15, 2012, 07:47 PM
I made the one in this video. Works really good, and if the winds blowing you can fill the PVC with sand or throw a sandbag over a leg. PVC Target Stand (

May 15, 2012, 07:53 PM
The box o truth has a nice one
I built one like this, only difference being instead of a cardboard figure between the uprights, I have two horizontal 1X4s. The vertical legs are far anough apart, that I can get 3 target sheets easily, 4 if I squeeze em together.

PVC is cheap and I can rebuild the wooden part in 6 mins with $1 worth of scrap wood from the hardware store.

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