How to Build a Portable Target Stand for About $7

Posted by Johnny on Mon, Aug 15 2011 22:26:00

Many of the forums that talk about building target stands either have broken links, or discuss a PVC model.

We have found the PVC target stand to not be as stable.  It is certainly lighter, and can be disassembled.  The price point is also about the same.  The problem is that if you "accidentally" shoot it, the plastic fragments and renders the stand completely useless.

We created a SketchUp graphic of the "plans" so you can see what it looks like.

Materials:

  • (1) 2" x 4" x 14'  (cost: $5.25)
  • (1) 8' furring strip  (cost: $0.87)
  • (16) wood/drywall screws (whatever is cheaper)  

Tools:

  • Saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Measuring Tape

The easiest way to do this is to have the lumber store cut the 2" x 4" for you (if they offer that service--most Home Depots and Lowes will).  You want to end up with:

  • (4) 2" x 4" x 24"
  • (2) 2" x 4" x 36"
  • (2) 48" furring strips

rendering of portable target stand

Then just look at our cool rendering (hint: you can click on it for a larger version).  Put a couple of wood screws on each side anchoring the sideboards to the cross braces.  Make sure you leave a 1" gap between the two middle cross beams for the furring strips (make it wider if you use other sizes of upright supports).

To use, simply stand up your 48" furring strips between the center cross braces at whatever width you need, staple your cardboard backing and target, and have fun.

If you want some additional anchoring support, you can drill a large hole in the center of the the two edge cross braces, and drive a tent stake through and into the ground.  Or just put a sand bag on top...

Remember, if anyone shoots the stand, they buy the next six-pack.  After the shooting has stopped.  And guns are put away.  And you have cleaned your gun (you do clean it after you use it, right?).

Let us know what you think!