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BigFatGuy
03-05-2011, 1:26 AM
OK, unlike my previous anal-retentive thread, the criteria here are pretty damn simple:

1: cheap
2: disposable
3: easy to transport

I'm going to a range on Sunday that charges $10 to rent a stand for the day, plus a $10 deposit. Thus, i took $10/stand as my maximum cost. At that rate, if i can use it twice I'm ahead.

Also, being cheap is a nod to the fact that I'm going to be shooting at these things. It's silly to put something in front of your barrel that you are not willing to destroy. (Hey, that sounds cool, I should write that down as a rule for gun handling...)

One design was built of some ABS pipes/elbows I had in my garage. The fittings were glued with Liquid Nails (again, on hand). I made two, wanted two more, and hit Home Depot.

It was here that I had a revelation. The ABS design requires wooden stakes to actually hold the target. Since 10' of 1.5" ABS is $5.00, and the 1.5" x 1" x 8' wooden stakes are $0.90, I decided to use the wood to make another two stands. (The secret to cheap wooden stakes is to get them in the LUMBER department, not the GARDEN department. The same wood was $4.00 when it was sold as a tree-support.)

So, I cut the 8' stakes to 6', and used the 24" scraps to make another pair of stands. The corners are held with a screw and liquid nails.

All 4 stands have a place to rest a dumbell weight or sand bag for counter-balance. The two wooden ones will require a cheap cardboard backer to help stabilize the stakes, but I think that's reasonable. (it's just more trash...)

Also, the 1.5" wooden stakes required a bit of sanding off of the corners to fit into the 1.5" abs pipe. Not much, just a minute or so per stake.

Here's some photos. The PVC ones are sized for full-sized paper targets, the wooden ones are more versatile, and are meant for IPSC type targets, or small cardboard backings to hold 8.5x11 pages.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4286123/Calguns/TargetHolders/100_0038.JPG

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4286123/Calguns/TargetHolders/100_0039.JPG

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4286123/Calguns/TargetHolders/100_0036.JPG

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4286123/Calguns/TargetHolders/100_0037.JPG

incredablehefey
03-05-2011, 9:56 AM
In wind those will fall forward, there is a simple design using 1 1/2 pvc that you can put 1 lb lead bars inside.

BigFatGuy
03-05-2011, 11:36 AM
I am planning to counter-balance them with weights, and I'm debating filling the abs ones with kitty litter or gravel, but filling the base with metal rods hadn't occured to me... next time I make these I"ll have to try that.

BigFatGuy
03-06-2011, 9:54 PM
OK, just in case anyone cares. ;-)

The wooden ones were not functional. using clamps to connect the base to the vertical supports was too weak.

The abs model has potential. I think one more iteration of the design will come up with something cheap, small enough to transport, and effective.

Saym14
03-06-2011, 10:39 PM
wind = Hahahahahaaaa!!!!!!!!!

BigFatGuy
03-07-2011, 1:04 AM
wind = Hahahahahaaaa!!!!!!!!!

Dude, it's almost, like... a force of nature or something...

humgunner
03-07-2011, 11:26 AM
cardboard box. free at costco.

BigFatGuy
03-07-2011, 11:50 AM
doesn't that feel a little bit... low?

For distance shooting that's a pretty ideal solution, but 25' pistols?

WAP
03-07-2011, 11:59 AM
I like your pipe idea. Maybe use a T insteat of an L and extend it a little to the front to minimize tipping.

BigFatGuy
03-07-2011, 1:39 PM
That's exactly the plan for version 2. (well, that, and filling the tubes with some kind of weight. all I had on hand was elbows, but a T would have been much more useful.

Ape
03-07-2011, 1:44 PM
I've been using political yard sign stands for years now. Even if you have to buy them, they're still inexpensive to buy and hold up well to erant shots. ;)

Coded-Dude
03-07-2011, 1:49 PM
I have been thinking about this and have thought considerably about the foundation. once i actually go out and get supplies I will post what I have decided upon.

barbasol
03-07-2011, 1:49 PM
I made two with the t connectors instead of the elbows. Worked ok in the desert. We used rocks to anchor. Also brought some coat hangers I looped over abs and drove into ground with tent stakes.

Ultimately bought two stands off fellow calgunner novabrian. Metal and take furring strips. I think $15-$20 a piece. Can't say enough good things about them.

Milsurps
03-07-2011, 2:08 PM
I like your pipe idea. Maybe use a T insteat of an L and extend it a little to the front to minimize tipping.

That's exactly the plan for version 2. (well, that, and filling the tubes with some kind of weight. all I had on hand was elbows, but a T would have been much more useful.

I put these together 2 of these last year with Tees. There still GTG for this years shooting season. :D
Sure is fun making your own shooting accessories. ;)

http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af302/orcutt_guy/2010-04-18105757.jpg

Ratman12
03-07-2011, 5:18 PM
OK, unlike my previous anal-retentive thread, the criteria here are pretty damn simple:

1: cheap
2: disposable
3: easy to transport

I'm going to a range on Sunday that charges $10 to rent a stand for the day, plus a $10 deposit. Thus, i took $10/stand as my maximum cost. At that rate, if i can use it twice I'm ahead.

Also, being cheap is a nod to the fact that I'm going to be shooting at these things. It's silly to put something in front of your barrel that you are not willing to destroy. (Hey, that sounds cool, I should write that down as a rule for gun handling...)

One design was built of some ABS pipes/elbows I had in my garage. The fittings were glued with Liquid Nails (again, on hand). I made two, wanted two more, and hit Home Depot.

It was here that I had a revelation. The ABS design requires wooden stakes to actually hold the target. Since 10' of 1.5" ABS is $5.00, and the 1.5" x 1" x 8' wooden stakes are $0.90, I decided to use the wood to make another two stands. (The secret to cheap wooden stakes is to get them in the LUMBER department, not the GARDEN department. The same wood was $4.00 when it was sold as a tree-support.)

So, I cut the 8' stakes to 6', and used the 24" scraps to make another pair of stands. The corners are held with a screw and liquid nails.

All 4 stands have a place to rest a dumbell weight or sand bag for counter-balance. The two wooden ones will require a cheap cardboard backer to help stabilize the stakes, but I think that's reasonable. (it's just more trash...)

Also, the 1.5" wooden stakes required a bit of sanding off of the corners to fit into the 1.5" abs pipe. Not much, just a minute or so per stake.

Here's some photos. The PVC ones are sized for full-sized paper targets, the wooden ones are more versatile, and are meant for IPSC type targets, or small cardboard backings to hold 8.5x11 pages.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4286123/Calguns/TargetHolders/100_0038.JPG

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4286123/Calguns/TargetHolders/100_0039.JPG

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4286123/Calguns/TargetHolders/100_0036.JPG

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4286123/Calguns/TargetHolders/100_0037.JPG


Is that your reloading bench in the backround in the first photo?? looks like it's on an slant though... :D

I made my stands from some scrap 2x4's and some 90 degree metal angles and wood screws