How to Build IPSC Target Stands

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How to Build IPSC Target Stands
IPSC target stands mimic the size and posture of a home intruder. ( Images)

The International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) devised strict standards for handgun target shooting competitions. From the height and width of the target, to the target stand itself, IPSC standards are a function of measurements, not materials. You can build a target stand with the materials of your choice and shoot for practice under the standards and conditions found in an IPSC shooting competition. Building a stand to IPSC specifications is neither difficult nor expensive.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 10 feet, 1 1/2-inch PVC
  • 4, 1 1/2-inch T-joints
  • 2, 1 1/2-inch elbows
  • 2, 8-foot, 1-by-2 inch boards
  • Tape measure
  • Carpenter pencil
  • Circular saw
  • Work bench

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  1. 1

    Measure and mark the PVC pipe at 15-inch intervals. Cut your PVC pipe into eight 15-inch pieces with your saw. Measure, mark and cut the two 1-by-2 inch boards into 5-foot lengths. Discard the remainder of each board.

  2. 2

    Place one 15-inch piece of pipe in each of the two arms of your two T-joints and one section in both of the T-joints' two branches. These are the legs of your stand. Connect the two assemblies by putting an elbow joint on one of the arms of each T.

  3. 3

    Place one piece of 15-inch PVC in between the two elbows and slide one end of it onto each elbow. The two big assemblies will be standing on their heads, parallel with the branches of each T sticking straight up. This is the base of the stand. It is horseshoe-shaped with the T assemblies acting as the legs of the horseshoe, the branches of the legs vertical in the air.

  4. 4

    Slide the two 5-foot lengths of board into the branches of the base. They should both be standing straight up in the air. Staple your targets to these boards and you have a target stand that fits IPSC specifications.

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