If you are the type of shooter who trains for hours on end to improve your skills, it is imperative that you have a target stand. If you're looking for a quick way to build your own target stand, you've come to the right place. In this blog, we'll go through the 2 ways in which you can make a DIY target stand as well as the best targets to use while practicing.
How to Make a Portable PVC Target Stand
PVC target stands are portable and lightweight, and they can be set up with little to no effort. PVC also offers the advantages of being reasonably priced, resistant to rust, and having a long lifespan.
To build a PVC target stand, follow the steps below:
- 2-inch x 10-foot PVC pipe
- 2-inch T” fittings (You'll need 4 of these)
- PVC pipe cement
- 1×2-inch wood furring strips (You'll need 2 of these)
Construction of the Stand
1) To make your own portable target stand from PVC, start by cutting the PVC into four 12-inch parts for the feet, 2 4-inch sections for the upright framework, and one 20-inch section for the crossbar. You can use a measuring tape to do this.
2) Next, use the T fittings to glue the crossbar and feet together. At the same time, apply T fittings to the center of the PVC pipe intended for the upright framework. To glue everything together, apply PVC primer and cement to the pipe's exterior and interior.
3) Lastly, insert the wooden furring strips into the feet. You can directly staple or glue cardboard backers or targets to these strips.
How to Build a Wooden Target Stand
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If you don't have PVC pipe, you can try building wooden target stands. The only drawback of this stand is that it could rot if exposed to moisture, so be careful with how you store it.
To build a wooden target stand, follow the steps below:
- 2 x 36" wooden piece
- 1 x 40" wooden piece
- 1 x 60" wooden piece
- 2 x 24" wooden piece
- 8 Screws
Construction of the Stand
1) To build a wooden target stand, take both the 24" wooden strips and mark their centers. Place the 24" strips on top of the 60" strip and attach it with screws so that it forms a T.
2) Next, place the 36" strips onto the ends of the 24" strips, mark the center, and fasten them in place with screws.
3) Last but not least, create another T by screwing the 40" strip over the top of the 60". You can attach paper or cardboard targets to the wooden frame. If you're looking for a readymade option, consider going for the Caldwell Ultimate Target Stand.
Types of Paper Targets That You Can Use With a DIY Target Stand
Paper targets are ideal for use with a homemade target stand. Listed below are the different types of paper targets you can use with a DIY stand.
1) Redfield Targets
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Redfield shooting targets have quadrant-based sections all over the target as well as distinct diamond-shaped sections on each corner. This adaptable target is perfect for those who want to compare or focus on shot groups.
2) Silhouette Targets
Silhouette targets feature an animal or human shape that is accentuated against a light background. It is possibly the most popular target for shooting drills. Because of its distinctive design, it is widely used in concealed carry training. This design also helps the shooter stay focused on their aim.
If you’re looking for a good option to choose, consider getting the Ascentor Silhouette Shooting Targets. These targets are available in packs of 15 and 25 and are excellent for extended shooting sessions.
3) X-Ray Targets
X-ray targets are the ideal targets for educating hunters on shot placement. It includes the anatomy of an animal to help shooters train to make ethical shots in the field. A good option to consider is the GearOZ Turkey Targets. These splatter targets create highly visible marks when hit, enhancing visibility for improved shooting accuracy.
4) Bullseye Targets
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The bullseye target is the most recognizable of all the targets due to its simple design. They are the easiest way to put your shooting skills to the test at the range or at home. The shooter's goal with this target is to strike the center of the bullseye. An excellent option to consider is the Birchwood Casey Bullseye Targets. These targets come with repair pasters that extend the target's lifespan.
If you have a portable target stand and a target of your choosing, you can shoot almost anywhere. To shop for targets that can help you improve your shooting skills, check out EasyShot.