Getting started with dryfire is super easy. Tape some scaled dryfire targets to the wall, clear your pistol, maybe put a par timer app on your phone, and go to town.
I’ve been practicing with a handful of dryfire targets taped to my garage door for a few years now, but as I’ve gotten to the point of wanting to work on more specific things (like keeping the gun up while moving into a position where I’m going to engage a target I can’t see) I’ve found it increasingly difficult to setup those sorts of things.
The solution to this is to build some sort of target stand for my scaled dryfire targets so I can place them exactly where I want them. I’ve been wanting something like this for a while, but it wasn’t until today that a friend told me about the PVC target stands he made for his targets that it finally made sense to me.
After hearing about his target stands, I remembered I had 8′ of 1/2″ PVC in the garage. I ran to Home Depot and spent about $3.50 on tee fittings, and pipe caps. While I was there I checked the price on a 10′ piece of 1/2″ PVC pipe, and it’s about $2.50, so for $6.00 total you can build one of these.
Note: I know the pipe caps may seem unnecessary, but they’re worth it. Without them the stand will be wobbly because of the tee fittings.
For the stand part, I cut a piece of PVC 5′ long. The base is made of (6) 6″ long pieces all pushed together into the tee fittings.
- (1) 10′ piece of 1/2″ PVC pipe
(3) non threaded 1/2″ Tee fittings
(4) non threaded 1/2″ pipe caps
scaled dryfire target from BenStoegerProShop.com
some tape to tape the target to the stand
Easy, cheap, breaks down so you can toss it in a closet, and it works great. What more do you want?
Me likee, nice job!
That is awesome!
Need some advice. I got the Ben Stoeger scaled targets. Do they fit into the Steve Anderson drills? For example, do I use the 1/3-scale cardboard targets at 10 feet, when dry-firing the 30-feet drills? Even though it’s 1/3 scale, it just seems like a whole lot closer than a full-size IDPA target at 30 feet is. Thoughts?
That’s how I do it. It’s not perfect, but its good enough.
I use PVC for outdoor target stands. I guess they cost about the same. I also hang medium duty clamps with nylon twine to hold the targets.
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Just what I was looking for! I went with 3/4″ for a little added stability. I’m putting another “T” on top for a short horizontal piece that I’m attaching a 1×2″ to to I can staple several targets in a row on it. Thanks again!
Drive around on bulk garbage day and salvage the old floor lamps. A couple of rare earth magnets and they can be target stands or barricades (with the addition of a piece of cardboard).
Driving around on trash day, tearing apart lamps, and then adding magnets seems like a lot more work than cutting a couple pieces of PVC.