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An Inexpensive Target Stand That You Can Build In A Few Minutes
Firearms Tactical Institute
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How many times have you visited an outdoor shooting range and been forced to shoot at 25-yards because that's were the range supplied target hangers are located? However if shooting range rules allow, you can build your own wooden target stands that will permit you to place targets as close as contact distance to your shooting position.
The cost to build a wooden target stand is less than $10, and can take less than 15 minutes to assemble (depending on your skill). The materials and equipment that you'll need are:
2x4 stud, 8-feet long (approximately $3)
You can also ask the hardware store/lumber yard to trim your 1x2s to 5½-ft long. You can then have one of the 30-inch residue boards trimmed to 27-inches long if you want to install a brace. (Hint: Save the short 3-inch piece of 1x2 to use as a spacer. See figure 2 for more information). By having the store cut your boards to length, all you'll have to do is nail the pieces together when you get home. (Plus you don't have to figure out a method for transporting 8-ft long boards in your car from the lumber yard to your home).
It's said that a picture is worth a thousand words. The photos and captions below should provide sufficient guidance for assembling your own target stand. Happy shooting!
1 through 4. Click on thumbnail for greater detail.
IPSC cardboard targets can be ordered from Law Enforcement Targets at a cost .54¢ each, plus shipping & handling.
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