Transporting and storing targets


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Pizzapinochle
October 25, 2013, 12:21 PM
Trying to figure out the best way to get everything for a range trip to the range without 87 different bags and boxes.

Targets are giving me trouble.

I have a folder, but targets are different sizes and some don't fit. Some targets are very big and REALLY don't fit.

I have a cardboard tube that I can roll them in, but some targets (the shoot n' see ones in particular) don't like rolling and they come off their non-stick backing and start adhering to everything. Also, hard to remove one target at a time, you end up with a big pile getting blown away by the wind.

There are art portfolio bags like this...

http://www.amazon.com/Zippered-Nylon-Portfolio-Sleeve-Shoulder/dp/B0015AOQ5Y

But I don't really need to carry a huge number of targets, just enough for each type of shooting for the day.

What does everyone do?

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Potatohead
October 25, 2013, 12:44 PM
I dont know the answer to your question but it seems I'm dragging everything but the kitchen sink lately when I go. All that crap and I still didn't have what I needed last trip...the spring and staple feeder in my stapler went "springing" out towards my target stand, never to be seen again. Now Ive added a second stapler to my "take to the range" gear. The list grows.......

PJSprog
October 25, 2013, 12:56 PM
I used to drag all manner of stuff to the range as well. Paper targets were always a challenge. Unless I was shooting only rimfire, they never fit in my bag. I always rolled the larger ones, and just dealt with it.

I did find a solution recently, though ... I married a woman who likes to shoot and lives on 15 acres. Problem solved (for me, anyway)!

Pizzapinochle
October 25, 2013, 12:59 PM
I did find a solution recently, though ... I married a woman who likes to shoot and lives on 15 acres. Problem solved (for me, anyway)!

Oh...well, that is easy. I'll start doing that every time I go to the range!

Outlaw Man
October 25, 2013, 01:38 PM
http://www.engineersupply.com/wire-upright-roll-files.aspx
These are pricy, but you could probably find them cheaper elsewhere or make your own. I have the "cheaper" cardboard kind that I got at my last job, but my wife currently uses it for wrapping paper.

She wrapped almost every part to rebuild my AR last Christmas, so I'm not complaining. ;)

Obviously not the best for travelling, though.

Reloadron
October 25, 2013, 02:28 PM
I use a large flat Tupperware type container that measures about 32 x 15 x 4 inches. My large targets fold nicely into it and small handgun targets just lay flat in the thing. The lid snaps on and off. Additionally everything target related goes in there, target spots, two staplers, staples, tape and just about anything else. Large targets unfold just fine. The thing lays nicely in my truck. Not sure who really makes it as I call everything that is a plastic container Tupperware.

Ron

Potatohead
October 25, 2013, 07:59 PM
You know, I should open a target range around here with lockers that you can rent. That way all your stuff can stay there. Anybody ever seen or heard of that? My wife actually had the idea a few months back when we were brainstorming business ideas but I Kind of forgot about it.

Warp
October 25, 2013, 08:08 PM
Targets are a pain in the butt.

For the big ones (full size paper silhouettes) I roll them up and put them lengthwise on the top of my Midway deluxe range bag, under the handles/straps. For the sturdier paper/plastic types that are too big to fit in the bag or on the top, well, they are just a pain in the butt and I don't know.

Reloadron
October 25, 2013, 08:56 PM
You know, I should open a target range around here with lockers that you can rent. That way all your stuff can stay there. Anybody ever seen or heard of that? My wife actually had the idea a few months back when we were brainstorming business ideas but I Kind of forgot about it.
Several clubs I know of offer locker space. I never bothered with it. Years ago I gave some thought to opening a range (strictly outdoors). There gets to be quite a bit to it, especially a public range. Insurance is a big deal and costly among other things. The NRA offers up plenty of good plans and suggestions.

Anyway, below is the Tupperware gizmo I mentioned earlier. The targets on the left laying on the lid are 100 yard rapid fire targets so in reality the thing is pretty good at 32" wide. When I am at the indoor handgun range I just grab several of what I want and roll them up and drag them in with my handgun range bag.

http://www.bearblain.com/images/Target%20Case.png

Ron

mokin
October 25, 2013, 09:33 PM
I make multiple trips. Back and forth from the garage where I store my targets and stands to the truck. Between the truck and the firing line, etc.... I don't think it is that much more effort or takes that much more time. When I load out I have a plan on what I want to do at the range that day. Some days I'll take four or five large silhouette targets, plus IDPA targets, other days deer size cutouts, and on others, "regular" round targets. I just lay them on top of everything else. It usually doesn't take more than three trips. One for the range bag and ammunition, one for the firearms, and one for the targets and target stands. Unload at the range in last-in-first-out order.

Warp
October 25, 2013, 09:35 PM
I make multiple trips. Back and forth from the garage where I store my targets and stands to the truck. Between the truck and the firing line, etc.... I don't think it is that much more effort or takes that much more time. When I load out I have a plan on what I want to do at the range that day. Some days I'll take four or five large silhouette targets, plus IDPA targets, other days deer size cutouts, and on others, "regular" round targets. I just lay them on top of everything else. It usually doesn't take more than three trips. One for the range bag and ammunition, one for the firearms, and one for the targets and target stands. Unload at the range in last-in-first-out order.

That's nice when it works.

Some of us, like myself, use ranges open to the public, or to other people we don't know and may not have reason to trust, so leaving valuables on the range is probably not a good idea.

This limits me to two trips from the car. One for targets, stands, range mat, things that aren't too valuable, and another trip for firearms, ammo, range bag, whatever.

oldillini
October 25, 2013, 10:38 PM
For my targets I just made a "folder" large enough using couple sheets of cardboard and duct tape as the binding along one edge. Poor man's portfolio.

Teachu2
October 25, 2013, 10:49 PM
I just use a large binder clip and clip them in a stack.

smalls
October 25, 2013, 10:55 PM
I usually bring cardboard boxes to the range as "target stands". I stake them down to the dirt, and staple targets to them. I stuff the boxes with my paper targets when taking it all to the range, and stuff them back in the box when I'm done. Easy to travel with, easy to clean up.

twofifty
October 25, 2013, 11:17 PM
Paper targets store easily in my range bucket, which can be any 5gal to 7 gal plastic bucket. Drywall mud buckets, or paint buckets, are free.

There's room for staples, stapler, pens, markers, stickies, leather bench rests, ear muffs, safety glasses....

Twiki357
October 26, 2013, 02:47 AM
I made a folder out of two pieces of cardboard a little larger than my largest targets. Duct tape hinge on one side and a couple of binder clips to hold it closed. Poke a couple holes for an old shoe lace for a handle and your all set.

David G.
October 26, 2013, 02:58 AM
One day I had an upright laundry hamper that i used. It worked pretty well for me to put all my targets and stands and tape and ammo and cleaning stuff in.

clutch
October 26, 2013, 04:01 AM
Soon they will be selling containers for storing your gift wrapping paper again since Christmas is coming. I plan to get a couple to store my targets in out in the garage free from mice and other critters trying to stay alive in the winter.

For the targets I plan to shoot on a range trip, I just roll them up with the smaller ones inside.

03fatboy
October 26, 2013, 08:54 AM
The Christmas wrapping container is a good idea.

kimbernut
October 26, 2013, 09:19 AM
A new or slightly used flattened cardboard box works well and lays flat on the backseat or floor of the truck and protects targets well from creasing and corners from being folded. I use a large or medium USPS flat rate box but for full size silhouette targets flat moving boxes can be purchased at Lowe's stores and such.

Jet-mech
October 26, 2013, 09:42 AM
I usually just toss them in the trunk. Really I'll lay them flat, then lay a rifle case on top so they stay put. I also leave them in the plastic wrapper (with one end slit open) to help protect them . These days I travel pretty light when I go so that helps too. Just weapon ammo can and targets in wrapper. Works well enough for me.

Potatohead
October 26, 2013, 10:18 AM
Thanks for the reply Reloadron, about the lockers.

pendennis
October 26, 2013, 10:54 AM
After retiring from the business world, I ended up with a couple of items that have been converted into handy dandy target carriers.

First I converted an older Samsonite brief case into a carryall for letter-size targets. I keep my targets, stapler, spare staples, target dots of all kinds, and a couple of folders. It either stands up or lays flat in my Explorer.

The second thing I had was a Charpak storage tube by RapidDesign. It's an adjustable plastic tube with a screw lock lid and strap, and it handles rolled up targets. It was left over from the days before we had laptops and PowerPoint. It holds the larger 52-type NRA targets for rifle shooting. It'll also hold the large silhouette targets I use on the pistol ranges.

Just a thought.

Nanook
October 26, 2013, 05:33 PM
I use containers made by Rubbermaid. All the targets I use fit in the 17 quart ones, even if they have to be wrapped around the corner a little.

I put them in the same container as my various bags, rests, and other accessories. It works very well.

Target stores and the like carry the containers.

rodregier
October 27, 2013, 09:58 PM
Here you go:

Underbed Storage Container - Single Container - 58qt cb110
(Clear) (6.5"H x 20"W x 39"D)

http://www.amazon.com/Underbed-Storage-Container-Single-cb110/dp/B000M39HQI/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hg_1

gondorian
October 27, 2013, 10:04 PM
If they are small they go in a folder or a USPS medium flat rate box.

If they are big I put them under the top and bottom foam of my rifle case and then close it carefully. It works pretty well.

Teachu2
November 1, 2013, 09:19 PM
I use containers made by Rubbermaid. All the targets I use fit in the 17 quart ones, even if they have to be wrapped around the corner a little.

I put them in the same container as my various bags, rests, and other accessories. It works very well.

Target stores and the like carry the containers.
Quarts or gallons?

bigfatdave
November 1, 2013, 10:16 PM
I just keep an old junky backpack in my trunk with targets, stapler, ears/eyes, tape, string, gloves, etc etc etc

Essentially all the range trip stuff that isn't guns/mags/ammo or specialized tools.
When I buy new targets, I eventually remember to stuff them in the backpack. It ends up being a mixed bag (NPI) of precision/zombie/shoot&see/improvised/blank/CMP/person/critter/etc targets, there's always something appropriate and/or amusing in there.

basicblur
November 2, 2013, 02:04 AM
For those large / unwieldy targets, I use the Easton Arrow Tote - got it at Dick's Sporting Goods for just under $20.
http://www.amazon.com/Eastman-Outdoors-413067-Easton%C3%82%C2%AE-Arrow/dp/B001IBKNO8

brassbullets12
November 2, 2013, 06:59 PM
i use a surplus bag, something like a duffel bag, but has a zipper down the center, it works great, it measures about 36"x 30" and about 20" deep, you can load it down

Nanook
November 3, 2013, 05:40 PM
Quarts or gallons?

Oops, gallons is what I meant. In fact, it's 18 gallons per the label. Not sure what I was thinking.

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