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Live Fire Practice, and Stuff – 150

Wow, 150 episodes. That’s freaking awesome! Anyways, this week we talk about live fire practice, and more specifically the stuff you can easily build to make all of the stuff you need for live fire practice at the range. The range I have access to is just a berm, so now that I’m getting some regular live fire practice in, I needed to build everything to take with me to the range.

  • I built 3 target stands using (3) 8′ 2×4’s. I cut them into 18″ pieces, and screwed them together in an H pattern, with the two pieces in the middle having just enough of a gap to slide in the target sticks. They were literally like $2.50 each, and they work great.
  • For target sticks, just buy a couple 8′ long 1×2’s and cut them in half. They also work as fault lines.
  • A friend of the show suggested using large binder clips to hold your targets to the sticks instead of staples. Good idea, it’ll keep stapley sticks from tearing up the interior of your car if you have to drive to the range.
  • If you need some shooting boxes to practice getting into and out of position, you can use hula-hoops. They’re cheap, available, and work well enough. You could also make a real box out of PVC pipe for next to nothing as well.

Gear that Doesn’t Suck

We’ve said it before, but if you’re serious about getting good a competitive shooting, you should really get a shot timer. I just bought a Pocket Pro II, and I’m in love. It’s the jam for both live fire, and dry fire practice.

If you want to hear more about the features of this timer and others, check out this episode of the Q&A podcast on the topic.

Plug of the Week

Steve Anderson did an episode of That Shooting Show last week that was really good. He did a little Q&A from his audience, and both Ben and I really liked it. We even had a couple listeners mention it at the range on Saturday, so it’s worth a listen. The episode is called “Shoot, Everything else, Shoot” and it’s available here. Just subscribe to his show, it’s great.

Steve was also on our podcast back in episode 107, so if you haven’t listened to that, you definitely should.


About Lucas

Editor/Head Honcho at Triangle Tactical. Lucas is a life long shooter and outdoorsman, avid concealed carrier and competitive shooter, and a lover of pork fat.


  1. Great show. I really like the binder clip idea. For targets, I got one USPSA target, and used it to make a stencil. I just lay the stencil on kraft paper and spray paint over it. It is certainly not perfect (the paint lines are thicker than the perforations, the black paint stands out so it might be too easy to see the zones at distance). It costs about 20-30 cents per target, so it is an economical way to get a little practice in.

    • Seems like a lot of work to save $0.70 per target isn’t it? I bought 100 targets, and I’ve used the same 3 for my last few range sessions. Probably get one more out of them before I trash them and grab a few new ones.

      • It takes about 30 seconds to make a target in this way. Seventy cents per target might not be a lot, but $70 per one hundred is.

        Honest question though, given my temporarily limited funding, would I not be better served by saving the money on the target and buying more ammo instead? If you tell me that the targets would make that big a difference, I would buy some (just not 100).

        I am strictly a casual competition shooter. My work schedule allows me to shoot one competition every month or two if I am lucky.

      • That’s a good point. Buy the ammo.

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