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    My new target stand

    We do most of our shooting on public land, so we really can't set up anything permanent to hold targets. I threw this together out of stuff I had lying around. I used a staple gun to attach clothes pins to the 2x2's to hold clay pigeons. The plywood on the ends have two square holes cut in each one. The 2x2's slide into the holes. The holes are cut rotated a little so when you put the clay pigeons in they are held vertical. Easily comes apart for transporting to and from the range. Other items could easily be held by clothes pins, or hung from it, such as the tie plate you can see in the photo. We tried it out yesterday and it worked pretty good. The tie plate was fun, but when you hit it bullet fragments frequently took out nearby pigeons. It's also kind of heavy for this setup, when you got it swinging good it tended to knock pigeons off. The 2x2's took a few hits, but are easily replaced when they get too beat up. I think I'll figure out something different for the tie plate, but I'm real happy with it otherwise. The wife and I will get a lot of use out of this. Any suggestions for improvements or additions?

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    Thats one Nice Chilly Range you have set up!
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      Yeah- Coool
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        Originally posted by JONESN View Post
        Thats one Nice Chilly Range you have set up!
        Actually I thought the weather was great for shooting. Temp in the high 20's, sunny and no wind. If it had been warmer it would have started melting, and then it would have been wet and sloppy.
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          Now that looks like fun. Might put challenge swinging targets to a post at either end so you can pop them back and forth.

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            Neat idea. Would a plexiglass plate be an adequate sub for the steel one? It'd certainly have to be replaced more often, but would be quite a bit lighter. An aluminum would be better, I suppose.
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              Lexan, maybe instead of Plexiglas.
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                I was thinking of using cheap pots and pans obtained from garage sales. I rember reading that sugestion from someone here on Bersachat a while back. Just have to wait until next spring for garage sales to start up again. I was also thinking of hanging my square self healing target on it, or playing cards held by clothes pins. Heard that one here to.
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                  That looks like a pretty good rig. I was thinking of making a portable and collapsible one I could take to the range in my trunk, but with steel targets. Maybe also with a gong. My range rule for steel is a minimum of 33 ft. Some I see for sale recommend further distances for safety. Hmmm.
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                    Originally posted by Beau View Post
                    That looks like a pretty good rig. I was thinking of making a portable and collapsible one I could take to the range in my trunk, but with steel targets. Maybe also with a gong. My range rule for steel is a minimum of 33 ft. Some I see for sale recommend further distances for safety. Hmmm.
                    Yea that's one of the disadvantages of shooting steel. I've always gone with at least 30 feet for handguns, and even farther for long guns. We were about 35 feet, maybe a little more when we tried it out. That distance made hitting the clay pigeons challenging, but fun. One thing we noticed was the 2x2 on the bottom was taking quite a bit of damage right below the steel plate from bullet fragments. It seems a lot of the fragments go down. I moved the steel plate to the bottom 2x2 to lessen the damage. if you did just a single cross-member and make it out of a 2x4 it would probably work good for steel targets. I might have to make a second one.
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                      That is a neat idea. May I steal it? I've got a few boxes of clays laying around begging to be used for targets. And Gyrkin.... Cheap pans from yard sales etc work great. THey hold up for a few range sessions before needing replacement. Try not to hit the handles.

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                        Spray your metal gong with orange marking paint, you can see the target better, each hit shows up and you can spray it as often as you want. See my post here on how the paint shows the hits. > http://www.bersachat.com/forums/show...l-Target-Stand.


                        Also your top bar is the stabilizing bar and it holds the weight of the gong. Move the bottom bar a few inches to the front offset from the top bar. This should reduce bullet fragments from hitting the surrounding clays.


                        Every range has different rules on steel, My club it must be underslung (Like yours) and a minimum of 40 yards 120' from the firing line.
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                          I like shooting targets that bust. Nice stand

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                            Originally posted by TuxAir View Post
                            Cheap pans from yard sales etc work great. THey hold up for a few range sessions before needing replacement. Try not to hit the handles.
                            If you hit the handle couldn't you just rehang it from one of the bullet holes. I would assume even a 380 would put holes through cheap pans.

                            Originally posted by Dee Dee View Post
                            I like shooting targets that bust. Nice stand
                            We shoot clay pigeons a lot. I don't know why it's so satisfying to shoot something that busts but it is. Putting little holes in paper isn't near as much fun.

                            Originally posted by Reginald Carstairs View Post
                            Move the bottom bar a few inches to the front offset from the top bar. This should reduce bullet fragments from hitting the surrounding clays.
                            That's a great idea. I'll have to give that a try. Here is a photo of one of the end pieces that shows how the holes for the 2x2's are cut.

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                              Originally posted by Gyrkin View Post
                              Here is a photo of one of the end pieces that shows how the holes for the 2x2's are cut.
                              Looks like you could substitute a couple of Gibson Flying V guitars instead:
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