GUN DIY Collapsable Stands For Hanging Targets

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  1. Yesterday I ordered a couple of 8" round AR500 steel targets from http://www.arntzentargets.com/products.htm

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    I've seen lots of rebar target stands, but I wanted one that I could break down totally into just the short straight rebar bits, rather than one that folded, but was still like 4.5' long. I have seen stands made out of 2 pieces of bent rebar that were welded together. I figured if I made a "hub" out of tubing in the shape of the bent rebar that I could then insert straight rebar legs into the hub, and a piece of rebar with a hook bent in it as the target hanger. The whole thing then would break down into the rebar bits and the hub. I didn't feel like doing real work while at work today so I went down to our mechanic shop and grabbed some tubing, bent it, welded it, and then painted it. I'm waiting for it to dry now. Then I'll go down and cut some rebar legs and the hanger piece. I'll post up a pic when the stand is totally put together, for now here's a crappy phone pic of the hub.

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    for some reason I am not picturing how that will work, but I could be having a retard moment.

    nice job btw


    EDIT: paint the steel targets too, then after you shoot for a while, all you have to do is just re-spray paint them again (black). easier to see your shots-on, plus makes it so you can just keep re-using the targets for a fraction of the cost of any paper shit that you might put on.
     
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    What kind of stuff can those plates take? Just handgun calibers? Cool looking target, I need to make some eventually.
     
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    I know a guy who gets 12"x12" of 1/4" or 1/2" (can't remember) steel pieces, welds thick chain to the top and hangs them from cheap wooden frames he built. Has 1" plates for .223 at 100+ yards. the thinner stuff handles pistol calibers
     
  5. They can take centerfire rifle @ decent distances depending on what it is. If you follow the link in my first post and read their site they talk about it. I'm running off to lunch now, I'll post finished pics when I get back.
     
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    I have that same hammer.
     
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    :rofl:
     
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    It's a good hammer, Bro.
     
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    Stanley fiberglass, amirite?

    I prefer a heavier hammer :dunno:
     
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    AustinL911 Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator

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    No idea. I just beat on things with it.
     
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    pretty sure that's what it is. My old man has one and I just never though it felt very balanced, nor had the heft to it that I desire in a hammer.

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  12. Here's a shot of it assembled. It's real stable with that wide base, and should have no problem at all handling a 5lb target.

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    k now it makes sense. the first picture was the piece to HOLD the rebar. gotcha now.
     
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    just careful with ricochets on the rebar. i know my buddy had that issue and that's why he uses a wooden frame. but it's funny, every once in a while someone will take a stray shot and the chain will get shot and break :rofl:
     
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    That's badass. I think I'm going to have to make some next time I visit the family so I can use the MIG.
     
  16. I'll be more than 100 yards away. Also, since the rebar is round it shouldn't ricochet straight back. The 20' length of rebar cost me $6 and I have enough left over that I have a spare leg and a spare target holder piece.
     
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    yeah I wasn't talking about ricocheting towards you anyways. i shouldn't have even made the comment, I know you're smarter than that anyways for your backdrop
     
  18. Thanks. :) My local club has welded rebar stands like that for their plates, my take on it was just to add the tubes to make the hub so it could be taken down.
     
  19. :wavey: It's for use at my parents' cabin. We shoot in a big gravel pit, so there are huge dirt berms all around.
     
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    yeah, that's how we do it here too. But they are all once piece and very awkward to move more than one at a time. I've never seen one like yours before but it's a really good idea.
     
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    I've seen pictars :naughty:


    lucky bastard
     
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    you should make a few of them and sell them to some of us, then we can each get our own rebar

    :dunno: how much time/effort it took you.
     
  23. PM'd you.
     
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    RE'd you.
     
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    Where was your parent's cabin again?

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