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Portable Steel Targets

#1 Post by aasoverteakettle » Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:36 am

I wanted to share my design for portable steel targets. Please steal this idea if you have a similar range situation.

I want to shoot more steel, but my range can't seem to maintain them when they install them permanently, people steal or abuse them. So I decided to make my own. I don't have a big truck (or even a big car). And I don't want to be lugging a ton of stuff to the range. Below are photos of my solution, version 1. Pretty self explanatory. Both the rebar and four sticks are 4' long.

The main issue to be solved is keeping the chains separated on the rebar. After a few 9mm shots, they come together.
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#2 Post by ErikO » Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:29 am

Try installing cable clamps to limit how far the chains can move.

This is a great idea for portable steel targets. :)
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#3 Post by 321FLSurfer » Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:19 pm

I was going to suggest medium sized binder clips to limit the chain travel. Dope setup, I likey! Might have to get you to record a little how-to for the pod.


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#4 Post by EastSideBadDad » Wed May 16, 2018 11:53 pm

Very cool! You could even spot weld the chains in place without limiting the mobility a great deal. I might be stealing this idea...
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#5 Post by Bisbee » Thu May 17, 2018 2:59 am

I like it. Efficient design and easy to make with hand tools.
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#6 Post by Mikeinmich » Thu May 17, 2018 12:59 pm

brandonsmash used to make awesome brackets for portable targets (I have one of his last sets).

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#7 Post by Mikeinmich » Thu May 17, 2018 1:04 pm

Those are cool, BTW. I can't stand how the ones that are offered pre-made are all so short, so you shoot into the ground and can't see them over tall grass. I get the whole "squirrels are short" thing but its not as much fun as having targets up higher. And I like the welding idea if its not too much trouble for you to do, because it seems like the whole bar could just pivot the way you have it set up

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Re: Portable Steel Targets

#8 Post by aasoverteakettle » Mon May 21, 2018 11:39 am

Glad everyone likes them. Steal away.

Updates after 4 range sessions:
- I ended up taping the chains to the bar with Gorilla tape. Works great.
- Welding the rebar to the chains is a good idea, but limits the portability. Currently, I am keeping the targets in my range crate (yup, my range bag is a modified a milk crate) and strapping the bar and studs together for easy carry. If the bar and targets were welded, it would be harder to carry.
- The question of slipping between the bar and wood was one of my main concerns, and a question some folks had at the range. But I drilled the holes in the wood to twice the diameter of the rebar, thereby allowing for a sturdy trapezoidal shape. The friction between the bumpy rebar and the wood eliminates and slipping.

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#9 Post by sorebutton » Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:05 am

I made something similar, but metal pipes from Lowe's plumbing section. Threaded ends and 90° connectors make it easy to assemble. A pair of big stakes to pound in the ground hold it up, it just slips right over em

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#10 Post by aasoverteakettle » Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:50 pm

sorebutton wrote:I made something similar, but metal pipes from Lowe's plumbing section. Threaded ends and 90° connectors make it easy to assemble. A pair of big stakes to pound in the ground hold it up, it just slips right over em

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That sounds like a good durable metal option. Seems heavier and more expensive for much better durability, but still checks the portable box. I will try that. Thanks.


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#11 Post by sorebutton » Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:55 pm

I tried thick pvc for the uprights, just to save weight and cost. The very first day a shot deflected enough to put a hole in one, and then it snapped. Oops.
I found some clamps near the chain that hold the targets to the cross pipe pretty well.

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