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This instructable will show you how you can create a target holder out of 3/4" PVC for about $10-15. You could also use 1" PVC to make it a little more stout, however it will cost a bit more.

Lets get started with what you need.

Tools:
Hacksaw or PVC Pipe cutter
Measuring tape
Pen or magic marker
3/16" drill bit
Drill or drill press
Knife or scissors
Hammer (optional)
PVC Cement (optional)

Parts:
3 x 10 foot pieces of 3/4" PVC
4 x 3/4" tee
2 x 3/4" 90 degree ell
4 x 3/16" 2-1/2" eye bolts
1/4" flat washers
10 feet of parachute cord or other string/rope
2 x binder clips

I got the idea for this stand from the following site: http://www.alpharubicon.com/leo/pvctstandc.htm
 
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Step 1: Cut the pipe!

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The first thing to do is measure and cut your PVC pipe. For this you will need:

Tape measure
Marker
Saw/cutter

You will need to cut the following number of pieces:

2 x 4' long
2 x 3' long
6 x 2' long

To get the most out of your PVC pipe, and even have a spare piece, cut the pipe as described below. Doing so will leave you with a 4 foot piece left over. This will allow you to replace any piece should it be subject to collateral damage.

PVC Pipe # 1: 2 x 4 foot pieces, 1 x 2 foot piece (Total of 10')
PVC Pipe # 2: 2 x 3 foot pieces, 2 x 2 foot pieces (Total of 10')
PVC Pipe # 3: 3 x 2 foot pieces, 4' spare
blodefood9 months ago
I can see other applications for such a frame. It looks stable enough to substitute 4 foot sections for the two foot ones making it 8 feet high and you have a "penguin" to display fabric banners at a trade or art show. Disassembles to a small size for portability. Great 'ible!
magic monkey (author)  blodefood9 months ago
That is a good thought also. You could also put quilts or the like on it although I would probably increase the diameter of the PVC due to the weight.
larryflew1 year ago
ABS plastic is softer and the bullets go through it many times before it is no longer usable. Doesn't shatter like PVC.
magic monkey (author)  larryflew1 year ago
True however ABS doesn't come in as small of a diameter and is ever so slightly more expensive. However I can't get ABS where I live so PVC it is.
alcurb1 year ago
Cool setup. I would recommend to make a couple copies of the stands, mostly the vertical and horizontal pieces. One stray round can easily shatter the PVC and ruin your target practice day.
magic monkey (author)  alcurb1 year ago
Always a good idea to have spares, if you cut it right you'll have at least a 4 foot section left over to replace any part that gets busted.
bgepp1 alcurb1 year ago
so true - I made one of these for a 100 yard range and in about four minutes a 30.06 stray round rendered the PVC unusuable. Definitely bring replacement pieces.
Saw a version of this at the range a few weeks back, liked it then and like it now. Good build and good to see shooting related 'ibles.
jadronx1 year ago
love the backstop
esemjay1 year ago
You this could make a pretty good pellet catch for airsoft rounds too. At the top right and left use a "T" connection instead of the elbow. Add a short 1 inch piece and an elbow on each "T". Face the elbow towards the back. Build a square. Then just hang a piece of material like a sheet, pillow case, or table cloth off the back. Put the bottom end of the sheet in a box and collect all your shots.
Awesome. A cheap and portable target holder. Nicely done.

I made one very similar to yours. We target shoot while camping in the desert and to keep it from blowing over I fill the base tubes with sand and added caps on both ends. I figured somebody would have shot and shattered one of the tubes by now but so far, so good.
magic monkey (author)  gazillabytes1 year ago
I had thought about that, there is plenty of it around here in the ground for free. I would just worry about it leaking out in the car while transporting it, but I supposed you could just cover the hole with duck tape.