My ranges are complete but a blank at present. Personal use only except for a friend now and then. Will start working on the setup in October since I had to pay the dozer guy, money will be tight for a few weeks.
These will be for training as well as fun. Going to practice more what I have learned taking different classes.
I know how to fix the board for the rifle range. What backing holds up the best [4x8 sheet]?
The pistol range is wide open for suggestions. Plan to run pistol and carbine on it. How many target stands? How much steel? Thinking about a door and a window wall that can be slid into place from time to time. Some of the things at the club I belong to I would like to have on my range but, don't know where to buy or if really needed..
Suggestions and tips appreciated. Would really help to let me know what works and is needed so I don't waste time and money on something.
I really think individual target stands are the way to go. A solid backing will be nice at first, but as you shoot them up you'll need to do a lot of maintenance or scrap them for something else. The setups with boards running parallel to the ground for hanging targets can be limiting if you're wanting to train head/hostage/pelvis shots.
A portable piece of cover ala the VTAC Barricade would be a lot easier to deal with than part of a house-sized wall unless you have the room to build a shoothouse. Even if you do have the room, the barricades are still a lot more versatile.
# of stands, steel, etc would depend on what you'll be doing & who will be there with you. I'd start with 4 target stands, 1 barricade & 3 or 4 small steel plates or a plate rack-ish setup. Won't cost so much & you can run a lot of drills with that setup & 6 friends.
+1 for the VTAC Barricade
, if I had a range I would definitely have one, hell I am thinking of building one just for dry runs in my back yard, or dragging it to the public range
Four target stands, 1 V-Tac [I can make one of them] and a steel plate rack. That's the kind of help I needed.
Sure appreciate the input.
Sometimes you can't see the forest for the trees. I was lost as I've looked at what's offered in magazines and on the net. Kinda confuseing, and some of it expensive.
I've got some bowling pins and a plastic barrel.
The pistol range and rifle range are seperate. Guess I wasn't clear on that in the first post. Didn't know if there was a backing for the rifle range that held up better. Since what worked good we can no longer get [the blackboard stuff house builders used]. It held up great in the weather and repeated shooting.
My local range uses 4x8 wood for targets. They've used plywood of various thicknesses as well as OSB. None of it "holds up" to ammo being shot through it. If you go that route, I'd buy whatever is cheapest. 1/4" plywood holds paper up just as well as 3/4" birch plywood.
I like individual target stands, but building (or buying) sturdy bases can get expensive. They can also get knocked over in the wind if you don't stake them down. The 1x2 posts eventually do get shot up, as does the target backer if you use one.
Thanks for the pics guys.All good ideas.
When I built my range I kept it simple...4 x 4 uprights with horizontal cable running end to end that the target backers hang off of. I used to use plywood barricades but after they eventually crumbled I went with simple plastic barrels. easier to move around by myself if I was by myself at the range.
Originally Posted By Badfish25:
hell I am thinking of building one just for dry runs in my back yard, or dragging it to the public range
Exactly what I did. You can get two barricades out of one sheet of plywood if your careful with your cuts.
when getting steel, confirm with the manufacturer it can handle rifle/carbine ammo and what they recommend for minimum safe distance. I have shot some steel at 100 yards with a carbine and the bullet went right thru while others simply had chipped paint.
For a rifle target frame make from 2x4's that will hold either cardboard or hard insolation foam may be a more economical way to go, remember it's going to get shot up and eventually need to be replaced.
individual target stands will be more versitile when it comes to either training on line or setting up stages/scenarios. If the wind starts blowing, either stake them down or use sandbags.
Tracking # says UPS will be here Monday from L E Targets.
Sometime next week, bang, bang, bang
Thanks for the ideas.