I'm always messing around making targets for air guns. So many I've' forgotten where I've put them and what I've made. They turn up in a storage garage all the time. This weekend I was making 100 yard targets and some metal hanging balls for closer range. Pretty simple bend a U frame and weld some nuts to the ends to hold the target bar.
They fold flat for transport.
I like electrical boxes to use for a rubber landscape mulch holder. I cut a hole a little smaller than a standard size paper.
When the box is filled with mulch I put a piece of cardboard on top and the target page on top of that. Close the lid and it's held firmly in place. When it's shot up I replace the cardboard and shoot it up again.
Some boxes have their own lock, others I just add a hasp.
A friend asked if my 'Know your limit' target would take a .30 hit. I thought it would but just in case made one very heavy duty. Using strap metal for hangers meant less welding on top and a more narrow hanger making it harder to hit instead of the target. The larger circles are washers welded together with a bolt ground to fill the center. I'm pretty sure it can take any .30 hit and be fine.
This one was for a further distance but be able to take a large caliber hit for target practice. Some don't like the idea of the round metal balls due to the chance of ricochets. It's intended to be out 50 yards or better. I have a three ball hanger in my back yard and it hasn't been an issue yet. This one is just some threaded bar stock and nuts to hold the spinners in place. The hanging arms are screw in type eye bolts. I used them because they had a smaller eye than the threaded ones and were larger diameter. Welded a long and short one sideXside to make a upper/lower spinner.
Nut on the end with stand post welded to it allows for it to remove the legs for transport.
Can you tell it's a slow day at work??? 😉
I'd made this style to hold the small orange shatter blast targets but didn't like the mess I was leaving in the environment. So I made this style to hole Ritz crackers and Necko wafers. That way the critters get a treat rather than a pile of orange debris.
This was the original mess maker.
Nice work, now I need a welding machine.. 😛
Thanks, It's all done with a 110 volt wire feed that is quite easy to use. I've been told even the Harbor Freight $100ish 120 v wire feed works well with higher quality wire. I use a Lincoln from Home Depot. If you weld like me get a grinder too. 😉 😀
Nice work, now I need a welding machine.. 😛
Well now you don't. I was a Freight Harbor and noticed this support roller stand.
They are only $16 and I thought the folding support base would make a great target stand. It's adjustable for height and the top can be made removable with a couple pins instead of the supplied bolts for transport breakdown. All I did on this one was flatten the roller holder and give the end tabs a slight twist to level a stud that was then screwed to the modified roller piece.
Then you can just drill holes in the stud to slide in targets that are designed to be pushed into the ground. All those low cost spinners you see at Walmart or Cabella's can now be used higher up. I like to shoot paper as well. Drilled two holes in the wood and stuck some bar stock in them. With a cardboard backing and few paper clips I now have a paper target holder.
I did buy a couple of the stands and made another 'Know Your Limits' target out of that one. Welding required. 😉
I can't leave well enough alone. I wanted to put more targets on the roller base. Sooooo, I got rid of the original modified roller base and made slide in stems that drop into the square roller base top. Just slide in and I can make multiple mounts for different targets. The little nipples are to make it tighter in the post. It wiggled a little so they tightened it up when slid in.
This one was a favorite of my son and I. We often shoot together and it can get a little competitive. You load it with shotgun shells and set it out about 40 yards. Race to see who can set the most off. 🙂
I also made a new 'Know Your Limit' top. A little larger spinners for using at more distance.
Made bases for the wood as well.
Well, I've been playing around in the garage again. Made this "Race" target where you try to beat the other guy to the end. Hitting the spinners high advances one way, hit it low and it backs up to race back. Also, if you are behind you can shoot the other guys low to back them up. 😏
Just some threaded bar stock with a coupler nut for the indicator holder.
Made a triple spinner with a couple hanger options too.
Making a universal base so it can be used without having to drive posts into the ground and hold other stands.
As much just passing time now that it is so cold and dark so early now.
Pluric, NOW I know what I still need for Christmas — a welding machine.
And, NOW I know what to do with all the free time I don't have — spend it on building cool targets like yours!
Thanks for sharing. I'm saving a PDF file of this thread for future reference in my GUN archive on the computer.
And — I subscribed to this topic: Who knows what other contraptions you'll be publishing here...?!? 😆
Thanks guys. Here is another one. Tree style that the target flips to the other side when hit. Put a couple hanging spinners on too. I did cant if forward a little so the flippers have gravity help drop them all the way.
Just some angle iron with a coupler bolt welded in to hold the flipper hinge pin.
Not my best weld, looks like someone stepped on a toothpaste tube. At 80 yards you can't see it. 😉
The ground was so hard the last time out I couldn't get the field target posts in. So these are the bases I made. Ground a slot in the support hole to fit the anti spin plate on the support post. The targets won't spin when hit now. Works much better than the ground giving way and them falling over. Plus they are higher up to be seen in grass or shrub areas.
Been at it again. A local airgun store was interested in a re-settable plate target. I said I'd make a prototype and see if they liked it. Wanted a string pull reset. This one has 3" circles.
I made it so the targets are easily replaced. You just pull the target holder bar out and slide the new targets on. So if you want smaller circles or whatever it can be changed out. The rod with the ball on it is the ballast to drop the pull up bar after resetting it.
First one I've made so there was some testing after it was done. The issue I had was on the above .22 guns hitting the front plate could have enough impact to have the target fall. Tried some different angles and finally found the best solution was some auto rated rubber molding for the targets to stop on. Gave it enough cushion to keep the plate shock from transferring to the target.
After shooting it some it was a little too easy at 30 yards so I made another one for shorter distance shooting. Starts with the 3" circles and then drops in size to keep one humble. 😉
Still playing around with re-settable ideas. A lot of experimentation going on. First I wanted to try the it upside down to avoid ballast on the targets. So far I haven't been able to get the targets to swing up and grab the magnetic bar with consistency. Still working on the inverted system. So I switched and went for a knock down instead of up style. Again, much trial and error. Too much target on the magnetic bar and the reset takes too much energy to rotate them off. Then the getting the magnet to rotate back after the release took so much ballast bar that again small caliber pellets couldn't reset it. I just was about to scrap the plan when I sat at work trying to figure it out in my head what could work. Success! Shortened the release target, moved the magnet catches to only the front magnetic bar, and found a neat return spring that allowed the elimination of a ballast return bar. No string to pull and so far works great.
So the targets fall back on a magnetic bar. Shooting the middle target rotates the bar enough to release the targets. A ballast below the target hanger pulls it upright to shoot again.
This spring rotates the magnetic bar back into position.
I put a stop for both directions so it can't over rotate and on the return the bar is even again for the drop targets.
What I was talking about on just using one of the magnetic runners. Using both sides held it too tight for the reset to work. Just needed enough for the target to be held down.
Utah Airguns is the shop that has asked me to make them some targets for their indoor range. When I was there I noticed the ground level was getting quite cluttered with a lot of targets. I asked why they didn't put some higher? The range master was concerned they could get in the way of paper targets hung on the back wall if they did a competition using those. So I made some that can get out of the way. I made two of these so side by side shooters could compete if they wanted to.
Lift it about an inch and it folds back out of the way.
The ceiling has angled drops with a flat backside. For that I did a drop animal silhouette.
On the flat back side I used a spring broom clip to swing it up and out of the way when not needed.
Good job! You know you have done it right when I now have to go shoot a target! Talk about target envy. You must go outside and never come back!
Thank you. I've created a bit of a monster. I sit at work and try to think of new options. Just ordered some torsion springs from Grainger to try out a few thoughts. Will be working on some stringless reset stuff too. Maybe some field target items that have a stringless reset. Hmmmm. 😉
Who doesn't like to shoot army men silhouettes? I'd ordered some knock down men off ebay out of China. Decided to make them into a reset experiment. Too much hassle to make an individual reset so I put them a little closer together and made one reset for two men.
The reset target is between them and I welded the pick up arms off of it so that one shot picks up both men. When hit they fall back on the pick up bar. Slid some surgical tubing on the pick up bar to soften the fall and take some of the clang noise out.
Hit the reset and they are stood up again ready to take incoming sniper fire. 😉
By welding the men a little forward on the square stock they rotate on made them want to fall forward onto the front stop plate. So they create their own ballast.
Not the most heavy duty silhouettes. Should be fine for up to a .22.
Made a couple flip back targets and converted a knock down rat to a Field target reset. Got some springs from Grainger. You can bend them some to get the amount of return you want. I didn't want it too stiff or it doesn't flop much.
The rat was a free standing knock down. Made it into a Field Target style with a target reset so no string.
This is my most ambitious project to date. Still scratching my head on how it will end up. A cam arm rotates and makes the arms go up and down like a teeter-tooter. I then want to put rods. like a push rod on a car, to power pop up targets. It has a rpm speed control so I will be able to pick any pop up speed I want. Work in progress.....
I finished my pop up target. I did decide to remove the second arm. It was just getting too wide and heavy. I can't load a video but it turned out fine. The motor is speed adjustable so you can make it as challenging as you want.
Used the spring loaded return set up.
The shooting range that uses these has been done in a desert motif with a railroad track to an old mine. So I made some decor appropriate targets mounted on pick heads and ax heads. Same spring return. They work quite well to let you know they've been hit.
If anyone is interested in making some here is the spring I'm using from Grainger.
Here is what their range looks like.
What have I done? The shooting range that I have been making some targets for wants to try and retail some. I have been there when shooters asked about the targets and where they could get some. I'd made a couple sets more as a favor. I was talking with the owner and asked if wanted some for the showroom in case anyone wanted one. Hope I have not created a monster. 😖 😀 "Know Your Limit" seem to be a favorite so I made two different styles.
Even did a little marketing poster....
Busy weekend trying some new target ideas. This one goes around and up and down. The targets also can spin so they may not be in the same position next time around.
As it rotates the bars follow the contour of the yellow pipe to go up and down.
I'd made these speed silhouette practice targets before but with the target on top with ballast arms hanging down. I like this design better. Much lighter and easier to make. They fold flat when picked up for easy transport.
Just a link to a topic that goes with DIY targets.