For the innovative inventor and tinkerer, few materials prove to be as versatile as a PVC pipe. Do-it-yourself enthusiasts have long favored PVC piping for constructing simple objects such as chairs, clothing racks, and even primitive bows. In this video, a competition shooter shares his method of building a affordable target stand for IDPA/USPSA practice as well as NRA-style targets.

Necessary materials:

  • 8 feet of 1 1/2″ diameter PVC pipe
  • 4 T-shaped PVC pieces
  • PVC Glue
  • 2 4-foot furring strips
  • Tent stakes to anchor the stand on windy days
  • A saw of some sort
  • Drill
  • File to round out the edges

Overall price of materials in the video: about $15 from your local hardware store.

Image screenshot of video by JohnnyIShootStuff on YouTube

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2 thoughts on “Video: How to Build a $15 PVC Target Stand

  1. I made one for paper targets which are photocopied on 8.5″ x 11″ paper. I don’t shoot competition any longer, so there’s no need to accomadate those target sizes with their accompanying expense. My frame is entirely .75″ (“pipe size”, not actual diameter) pvc with no lumber at all and is sized for standard white 22″ x 28″ poster board which I use to show off-paper hits much better. I patch any of these flyers with white self stick labels to maintain the full white field in case another flyer hits. The poster board is glued to a cardboard backing for strength and is hung on the frame with velcro. I made feet for free standing use, but I normally just slip the pvc pipe into the frame holders at the range. I found that the official pvc pipe cutter sold in the plumbing department to be MUCH easier to use on the pipe than a saw.
    My target centers are exactly 3″ apart vertically and fit 4 sheets – 2 upper and 2 lower – on the backing. The target center calibration extends from the upper sheets to the lower sheets with aiming points located between the sheets for aiming continuity. Thus I can hold as much as 24″ high to hit a low target center depending on the load in use. Through my spotting scope I can then quickly and accurately determine exactly how low my hits are without going to the target.
    BTW, I use rubber cement to hold my targets to the poster board rather than a stapler. Targets peel off nicely with no ragged staple holes and no additional staple wear on the backing material. Just one caution that pvc gets brittle at low temperatures. Otherwise it’s a great diy project material.

  2. Nice simple video. Made a couple modifications. Used 1.5″ to .75″ reducer in the top “T’s”, to use .75 PVC for the spreader. This allows easy adjustment for different size target frames. For some reason my range has both 17.5″ and 21″ wide target frames already made (rifle vs pistol).
    A 13″ piece for the spreader will make a 17.5″ spread if the parts are hand fit (not pounded in). Cutting .75″ pipe is easy with a hand held cutter.
    Since I didn’t need a 1.5″ crosspiece, I made each piece 12″ to be interchangeable.

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