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    Default Re: Inexpensive but sturdy steel target stands!

    Quote Originally Posted by SevenMilePete View Post
    Yeh, the noise may be a problem too. :-)
    I was figuring that he was shooting suppressed so the neighbors would not be disturbed.

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    Default Re: Inexpensive but sturdy steel target stands!

    I find old real estate signs alongside the road for free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qtrborecrazy View Post
    I find old real estate signs alongside the road for free.
    I take those sometimes too. Fuckers put up signs for craft shows, elections, concerts, shit like that but never take them down. I only shoot paper when I'm zeroing something though because it's boring.
    Hope this is not Chris's blood ...

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    My wife would make short work of those.

    I don't know what it is with her, but she seems to have a special skill at shooting whatever holds the target instead of the target. I've gone through several steel plate setups because she kept shooting the legs out. Even at an indoor range, she hit the hanger and made the target fall to the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qtrborecrazy View Post
    I find old real estate signs alongside the road for free.
    Good idea! I hadn't thought of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OwnTheRide View Post
    My wife would make short work of those.

    I don't know what it is with her, but she seems to have a special skill at shooting whatever holds the target instead of the target. I've gone through several steel plate setups because she kept shooting the legs out. Even at an indoor range, she hit the hanger and made the target fall to the ground.
    Some people just suck and don't take it seriously enough to ever improve so they're not a liability with a gun. I'd be curious to see how you're setting up your steel though because there are probably ways to work around that or at least, minimize the effort you have to put into replacing ruined stands. If you have a truck, you can use a longer horizontal pole than I have here and reduce the chances of it getting hit. I have a civic (that I completely fucking hate) so I can't fit anything longer than 54" in it though. Generally, the more work I put into building a target stand, the more it upsets me when someone shoots and ruins it. Funny how that works. Fortunately, with what I use for my pistol steel, replacing ruined pieces is very little work. I used to measure and drill holes through the conduit to space things out just right and hang them with steel plant hooks but as soon as they got shot, I suddenly was having a lot less fun and reconsidered my invitation to the person responsible.

    The only addition I'd recommend to something like this is a way of keeping the plate in place where you put it. They tend to bunch up together, sometimes by the legs and unless I'm playing RO and watching every move they make, inexperienced shooters don't take that as "stop shooting and fix the target" so they keep going and hit the legs. I was using zip ties in this photo but they sucked. I have rubber O rings and grommets on the conduit now. The O rings are slimmer so they prevent the targets from walking over toward the legs and the grommets in the middle are too thick for them to pass so they don't bunch up in the middle.
    Hope this is not Chris's blood ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misery Loves Shotguns View Post
    I'd be curious to see how you're setting up your steel though because there are probably ways to work around that or at least, minimize the effort you have to put into replacing ruined stands.
    My stands look a lot like yours in terms of size. I typically make them out of rebar.

    I think, maybe, if I made them the size of a truck, she might not hit the stand.

    In fairness to my wife, I do tend to set up my stands a fair distance from where I shoot, and we mostly shoot pistol. Say, 40-50 yards out.

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    I use wooden saw horses I made .... not real happy with them .... too much stuff
    One of these days I am switching to those T-posts they use for holding up wire fence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OwnTheRide View Post
    In fairness to my wife, I do tend to set up my stands a fair distance from where I shoot, and we mostly shoot pistol. Say, 40-50 yards out.
    Shooting pistols at 50 yards for an inexperienced shooter can't be a lot of fun. Is there any particular reason you shoot from 50 yards? I shoot pistols from 10 yards and sometimes back up to 25.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boondox View Post
    I use wooden saw horses I made .... not real happy with them .... too much stuff
    One of these days I am switching to those T-posts they use for holding up wire fence.
    Wood is terrible for steel because it gets torn up by jacket and leads fragments, it splinters, and very quickly becomes unsafe to handle without gloves. I've never tried rebar or fence posts but I'm pretty happy with 3/4" conduit.
    Hope this is not Chris's blood ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misery Loves Shotguns View Post
    Shooting pistols at 50 yards for an inexperienced shooter can't be a lot of fun. Is there any particular reason you shoot from 50 yards? I shoot pistols from 10 yards and sometimes back up to 25.
    I think it started because I like shooting balloons, and if you're shooting balloons at 10-25, you spend most of the day inflating balloons. You get used to a longer distance after a while, and steel plates are about the size of a balloon, so it just seemed natural to continue using that distance.

    I have a few spinners that are much closer - in the 10 yard range. Well, now I have one. The other two had their legs shot out from under them by someone. Shooting stands really does appear to be my wife's specialty.

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