How to Make a Target Stand

Target stands are used for shooting practice, shooting games and sighting in handguns and rifles.

A target stand can be used for BB guns, pistols and rifles.A target stand can be used for BB guns, pistols and rifles.
They are often made out of wood or PVC, and are usually very simple in design. Basic construction lumber works well for target stands because it is cheap, easy to work with and can be found at any lumberyard. Target stands are quick to build, and will last a long time so long as they are not shot to pieces.

Set the 53-½-inch boards on edge, parallel and 27 ½ inches apart. Set the 27-½-inch boards perpendicularly between them on edge, parallel and 3 ½ inches apart. They should be centered on the 53-½-inch boards so their 4-inch-wide sides are 23 ½ inches away from the ends of the 53-½-inch boards. Screw through the 53-½-inch boards, and into the ends of the 27-½-inch boards. Use eight screws for this task.

Position the 60-inch board on its end, perpendicular to the 27-½-inch boards and so it is flat against one of the 53-½-inch boards. The end of the board should be flush with the bottom edges of the other three boards. Screw through the 53-½-inch board, and into the 60-inch board. Use two screws for this task and repeat the process on the opposite side using the last 60-inch board.

Lay the 30-½-inch board on the top ends of the 60-inch boards so the corners are flush. Screw through the 30-½-inch board and into the 60-inch boards. Use four screws for this task.

Position your target against the stand so the top edge is flush with the top of the 30-½-inch board, and so the sides are flush with the 60-inch boards. Nail the target to the stand in this position.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • 2 pine boards, 2 by 4 by 53 ½ inches
  • 2 pine boards, 2 by 4 by 27 ½ inches
  • 2 pine boards, 2 by 4 by 60 inches
  • Pine board, 2 by 4 by 30 ½ inches
  • Screw gun
  • 16 wood screws, 3-inch
  • Cardboard target
  • Hammer
  • 7 roofing nails, 1-inch

About the Author

Brandon Salo is a world-traveling writer, musician, medical technician and English teacher. After earning his degree at Northern Michigan University, he traveled the world while writing, performing as a jazz pianist and teaching English. In 2014 he worked as an emergency medical technician in New York state before he left to travel the world while finishing his first book.