Between guns, gear, ammo and range time, training with your firearm can be very expensive. And if you're like me, you probably like to conserve money where you can. So I am going to let you in on the method I use to build target stands for about $10 apiece. This is just one method that I use. There are certainly different designs and you can modify the product to fit your needs.
This is just one method of making a target stand:
You may be able to get these products cheaper somewhere else, but I got all the materials from Home Depot, and my total cost was $43. Everything I bought allowed me to make 4 target stands. You may be thinking that you don't need 4 stands. But think about setting up multiple targets, barricades and having a target for your shooting buddy. Plus, it would probably cost you nearly as much to build one stand as it would be to buy the material in bulk and build 4.
What you will need:
- 3 pieces: Charlotte Pipe 1-1/2″ x 10 ft. schedule 40 PVC end pipe
- 1 piece: Charlotte Pipe 1-1/2″ x 2 ft. schedule 40 PVC end pipe
- 8 pieces: 1-1/2″ ABS hub x hub x hub sanitary tee
- 16 pieces: 1-12″ ABS 90 degree hub x hub elbow
- 4 pieces: 1×2″ x 8 ft furring strip
Cutting the materials:
I've done all the math, and if you follow along with these cut lengths, you won't have any leftover, wasted materials. One note about cutting the PVC. Home Depot will cut the PVC for you. You won't want to get the same guy I had, as he was not too happy about making all the cuts for me. But hey, I put up with his grouchy disposition because it kept me from having to cram 10 ft lengths of PVC pipe into my car.
You will need to cut the PVC pipe into the following lengths:
- 16 pieces: 12″ long
- 8 pieces: 18″ long
- 8 Pieces: 6″ long
You will then need to cut each of the furring strips in half. This will leave you with 8 pieces of 4-foot long furring strips.
It is so simple to put these stands together that I had my 5-year-old help me. The hardest part is keeping all the parts organized.
- Attach one of the sixteen, 12″ sections of PVC to opposite ends of the sanitary tee.
- Attach elbows to opposite ends of the eight, 18″ long PVC pipes.
- Insert the eight pieces of 6″ long PVC pipe into the remaining hub of the sanitary tee.
- Link the elbows to opposite ends of the 12″ PVC pipes.
- Insert furring strips into the 6″ long PVC pipes.
(you may choose to use an adhesive like liquid nails on the joints to permanently fix them together.)
The Finished Product:
I like the size and portability of the stands. They are only 6″ high, so you can fit them in the trunk of most cars. I can staple a full-sized 18″ IDPA cardboard target to the furring strips and I'm in business.
What Are Your Ideas?
Again, this is just one method and seems to work best for my portability needs. It doesn't mean I am not always looking to try and improve the design. I have thought about filling the PVC with something like Quickcrete or sand to add some weight to the base of the stands, although I haven't tried it out yet.
Hopefully, you found this helpful and saved you a few bucks for some extra ammo. Stay safe!
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