Educational Zone #24 – Homemade Target Stand

Where I go shooting, the target stands are sometimes less than usable.

I recently saw an article in gun rag about making a target stand out of PVC pipe, and made one for my self, with a few slight changes.

If you don’t have a good stand, here’s a cheap, yet excellent stand, that can easily be transported to the range, even in a car trunk.

First the parts:


As you can see, it consists of 7 pieces of 1 1/2 inch, schedule 40 PVC pipe. Each piece is 16 inches long, and they can all be made from one 10 foot section of 1 1/2 inch, schedule 40 PVC pipe.

Also needed are:
2 – Tees.
2 – 90 degree elbows.
2 – Caps.

Five pieces are glued together as in the example. The 2 upright pieces are not glued, but just slipped-fitted into the Tees to hold the wooden stakes.


The wooden stakes are 4 foot long and are just inserted into the uprights.

Here it is, ready to go.


I then staple a standard silhouette to the stakes.


If you are going to practice silhouette shooting, you are ready to go.

If you want to do some precision shooting or test your firearm for groups, you can just add a target to the cardboard.


Unless you are a really bad shot, you shouldn’t harm any of the target pieces, except for the cardboard silhouette. 

It is easily disassembled and fits back in the car trunk for the ride home.

Shooting is always fun, but it’s even more so if you have good equipment.

8 Comments on Educational Zone #24 – Homemade Target Stand

  1. Made a target stand today…….nice! Thanks for the tip

  2. Made a stand today! Super quick and easy! Portable too! Thank you for the post.

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  4. I purchased all of the items today, cost me under $18.00. Once I got home I couldn’t resist. It took me 15 minutes with a hacksaw and my silhouette target was up. Very sturdy without gluing any parts together. The target didn’t waver in a breeze either. I may build another one.

  5. Purchased parts today 45 min later i’m done. What a great idea! Thanks very much

  6. Old_Painless // January 22, 2017 at 6:03 pm // Reply

    Glad you all found it helpful. 🙂

  7. Any suggestions on the type of glue to use? Not very handy haha.

  8. @Lingering you’ll need PVC primer & glue, it’s sold in little metal tins usually in pairs … often purple in color. The guy at the hardware store will know.
    Alternatively you can use screws instead. Drilling a pilot hole first will help the screw thread easy.

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