I have several places I can shoot outdoors, but a good place to hang targets is hard to find. So I decided to DIY. Some of my objectives were to have something durable, light weight, and portable. Achievement unlocked. I got the idea for this frame from several other web sites (you can search Google to find those), but I did mine slightly different. The main difference in mine and some of those I saw elsewhere include:
- Others have used ballast material (dirt, rock, etc...) for stability. I did not. Once properly assembled the unit is quite sturdy on its own. I also use U-bolts hammered into the ground as needed.
- I wanted to do NO cutting with regards to the the PVC pipe. So I bought the most reasonable length available without cutting. This happened to be 2' segments. It was perfect.
- QTY 11 1.5" x 2' PVC [Link]
- QTY 2 End Caps [Link]
- QTY 4 1.5" x 1.5" Elbows [Link]
- QTY 4 1.5" x 1.5" Tee Joints [Link]
- QTY 6 5/16" x 4" Eye Bolts [Link]
The cost of these items is under $60.00 at the time of this writing.
Optional or Helpful Materials List
- Electric Drill with a 3/8" or 5/16" bit. You will be drilling 3 holes in each of the two cross bars for the eye bolts. Make the holes equally-spaced. Don't forget to account for the tee and/or elbow. Do this first.
- Rubber mallet. I found this to be excellent for making sure all of the PVC segments were snug in the elbows and tees.
- PVC glue/adhesive. You may want to use glue to hold everything together. I found no need to for a couple of reasons: (1) The unit is sturdy and the PVC holds tightly in place without it, and (2) if the target stand takes a direct hit, I want to be able to disassemble it and replace what's damaged instead of building a completely new stand. Your mileage may vary.
- Your favorite can of spray paint. Once assembled, you can make it look nice. Make sure to wait until the paint is dry to install the eye bolts.
- QTY 1-3 U-bolts. I have found these to be easily driven into the ground to hold down the frame. You may not need them at all, but they are nice to have on hand in case you need them.
This is not a step-by-step tutorial. The build is too easy. But here you can see the elbows in red, tee-joints in blue, and end-caps in green.
The Finished Product With Hardware Installed and Painted
As you can see here, we have three eye bolts on each of the two cross bars. This gives us the opportunity to shoot at a target while sitting, standing or from the prone position down range.