Afternoon of piddling nets some new target stands.
I thought before I got so loaded down at work with taxes I would take one more afternoon to just piddle in the garage. This is the second round of target stands that I have made. 16 in all. Most of them I am taking down to one of my friend/clients gun shop for him to put out on the range. When we have large CHL classes that is where we do them, so it works out for both of us. I will take a few of them out to deer camp for us to use on our range we have set up there.
The stands use 5 ft of 2x2x3/16 angle iron, 18 inches for each leg and 24 inches distance between them, and 16 inches of 2x2x3/16 square tubing, 8 inches high on each side. Wood 2x2's fit perfectly into the uprights to hold either paper or cardboard targets.
Total cost of each stand is less than 20 bucks per unit including metal and welding supplies. My time is free since it is actually relaxing to just mess around. From what I have priced online they run from 40 to 80 bucks depending on design, but I don't think they are made out of the same thickness of steel. I am pretty sure the 3/16 stuff I used will be around for quite a while as long as folks don't shoot the stand too much instead of the targets.
If you have some time and a little bit of knowhow you can make these pretty easily. It took about 6 or 7 hours to cut up and weld everything.