My favorite range in my area is MCTArange.com MCTA Mississippi Combat Training Academy. I love shooting at the many metal plates they have set up at the ranges. Hearing the sound of that DING!! at 100 yards shooting the S2K is very rewarding. But sometimes the plates are missing because some jackass shot the chain or the bar above it.
To get around that dilemma, I came up with an idea for having my own DIY portable target stand that’s easy to breakdown & store. I will post pics of my project from start to finish. But here are the basic ingredients you will need:
- 3/8" steel plate - 12" x 12" ( available here at Metals Depot for less than $50 bucks including shipping. https://www.metalsdepot.com/steel-products/steel-plate?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIlL3Wk5Kf2wIVmLXACh1WIwQiEAYYBSABEgIwZPD_BwE )
*two 10ft sections of 1.0" PVC Sched 40 or Sched 80 pipe ($3.97/ ea at Lowes)
*two 1" PVC “Side Exit Elbows” - approx $2.81 ea at Lowes
*can of aerosol paint. I went with Neon Red. $3.97 at Wallies
I have a friend who has a plasma cutter and we’re going to burn two holes near the corners for attaching the chain or wire we’ll use to hang it from the Target Stand. I need to figure out how far down from the top we want to burn the holes so that the plate will hang at a slight angle; cantilevered to deflect the bullets down into the sand and reduce the chance of ricochets.
Since 1" PVC isn’t the beefiest of material and the plate weighs approx 17lbs, I envisioned one potential problem where the legs could “spread” and break under the weight of the plate and the jarring from bullet impacts. So I reckon a piece of light chain or rope from the bottom of one leg to the other leg on each side will eliminate that.
Any critiques or suggestions here are welcome. After all, this project is sprung from the mind of a Dumb Swede using Cajun Engineering, so all kinds of crap could go wrong.