Easy DIY Target Stands

No matter what type of shooting you enjoy (pistol, rifle, air rifle etc.) having your own target stands is always a bonus. You do not need to rely on your local range for supplies, you can set them as you wish, and above all they are extremely cost effective (if you build them yourself.) This design is not only very easy to build at home, but is extremely effective. For less than 40 dollars you can have an effective, sturdy and long lasting target stand that can be set up for a wide range of targets.

Difficulty: EASY


  • 2 – 36 inch 2×4
  • 3 – 24 inch 2×4
  • 8 – 2 ½ inch flat head wood screws
  • 1 – 4 to 8 inch 3/8 carriage bolt (use longer if you wish to use 2x4s as your supports, shorter if you plan to use ¼ inch slats.)
  • 1 – 3/8 wing nut
  • 1 – 3/8 washer
  • Spray paint.

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Step 1: 2x4s normally come in 12ft. You need 2 36 inch lengths and 3 24 inch lengths to complete this project. You can either cut this yourself using a table saw, circular saw or hand saw. Alternatively do what I do and have your local lumber yard cut it for you (usually about $1.00 per cut.)

Step 2: With a pencil or sharpie and ruler/measuring tape find the center of  one 24 inch 2×4 length (2×4 A.) Drill a 3/8 hole through this section. Repeat this process for a second 24 inch 2×4 (2×4 B.)

Step 3: Using 2 2 ½

diagramA.pngflat head wood screws secure 2×4 B to 2×4 C at a right angle (see the diagram above.) You will want to place these screws approximately 2 inches from the edge of each section, this will prevent interference when we attach the “clamp” to the “feet” of the target stand.

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Step 4: Attach the newly construct “clamp” to the 36 inch feet of the target stand using 3 screws (see right.)

Step 5: With a rubber mallet or hammer tap the carriage bolt into the 3/8 hole you have drilled in the “clamp.” The square section of the carriage bolt will bite into the lumber and fix it firmly in place.

Step 6: Slide 2×4 A into place and secure with the washer and wing nut.  You can now paint your completed stand if you wish. I recommend painting it as it will lend the untreated lumber some protection over time, and keep your target stand looking it’s best (if such things matter to you.)

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Using your new target stand

Loosen the wing nut, and slide the section back. Clamp your slats or 2×4 into place and staple your targets to the slats. Commence your “pew pew” of choice. Repeat as needed. The benefit of this design is that if you shoot the target supports they can be easily replaced, you do not need to build a new stand!

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