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Portable Range?

Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 3:59 pm
by 0122358
OK so I've brought it up a few times but decided to make a thread to ask for advice, eventually throw up pictures of the process then pics/vids of us using it.

My buddy and I (mainly me) want to build a portable range that we can throw in the back of my Ranger and his Cherokee. We have a perfect spot with a good 25-30 yard and under dirt bank, then across the hill with a perfect back stop is a place to set up targets about 300 yards away. If we back down the road a bit, we can get 400-450 yards. Its in a safe location because its a bowl on three sides with high hill tops jutting out way higher then we'd be shooting. There is only one way to get up there so we no for certain no one could get in front of our muzzles. I'll throw in some pictures of our last range session.

We also have a secondary pit that's more linear but still allows good movement and static long(ish) distance) That also only has one way in or out so we wont have somebody crossing our line of fire.

Our goal is too start small, but eventually build up to a decent stage where we can run various drills.

We were thinking of in total over time: 4-6 PVC target stands, three dynamic range barricades, 2-4 trash cans, 4-6 traffic cones and then 5-6 steel targets. A couple folding card tables/chairs for bench rest and such.

The steel targets would probably be Three 8" or 10" rounds, then 2-3 IPSC style targets we an hump up to the 300 yard mark or what ever distance we can get to that enables a good backstop and such.

This should allow us to start pretty well off to get some good training in. We are going to attend a couple of classes in the fall, but being college students making crappy wages we have to make do with what we can. Even just the range barricades and PVC stands should allow a great deal of practice once a month. We would probably go up there, set everything up then run drills for several hours to make it worth it. Going to a static range for marksmanship practice one other weekend a month.

Drills would be out of various manuals and books/videos we've seen along with plenty of basic fundamentals and safety work. Once we get a class or two under our belts, we would begin to practice those drills

What do you think? Any advice?

Re: Portable Range?

Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 7:53 pm
by eugene
I just tie clothesline between two trees and clip the targets to that.

Re: Portable Range?

Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 9:53 pm
by doitnstyle1
I did something like this years ago. The reactive targets set off by puling a fishing line lanyard, releasing a fence latch that would release the target board being pulled up by an attached door spring. It worked quite well, it was inexpensive and it allowed different targets to be activated by the range master who walked behind the shooter.


Re: Portable Range?

Posted: Fri May 22, 2015 10:51 pm
by foul_ball
Here's my advice- you should invite me over for a weekend shoot 'cause I have 3 pvc stands and 3 steel targets (2/3 silhouette, 8, 10" plate) in my 4runner ready to go, and I drive out to capitol forest area to train at least once a month. Will soon probably make a couple more pvc stands for target discrimination drills.

Re: Portable Range?

Posted: Sat May 30, 2015 8:58 pm
by Gurthy
I hang my steel targets on 48" garden shepherds hooks....for paper or cardboard targets I clip them to two hooks. A few per year get shot in half, but for $5 each it's no biggie, and I stock up in the spring when they're on sale. ... -10138.htm

Re: Portable Range?

Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:30 am
by AS556
Another vote for AR500 steel rounds on shepherd hooks. I'm just getting into steel and its pretty easy and affordable. Already destroyed my first hook with a .223 round...woops.

Re: Portable Range?

Posted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 3:34 am
by 0122358'

Ive also got three trash cans and two large tall safety cones in addition so do 6 normal sized safety cones. All fits in my pick up and my buddies car.