One of the advantages of air gun shooting is that air rifle ranges can be set up in any room that can be secured on three sides and that has sufficient length and width for 10 meter firing. Once a suitable room is located, all that is needed to set up a safe range suitable for three-position air rifle or standing position air rifle shooting is to construct a target stand for each firing point. Plans for two different popular and well-tested air rifle target stands can be built by schools, clubs or individual shooters are available here.
CMP Camp Perry Target Stand
This type of stand features a target box, with a sheet metal backing plate, that is large enough to hold two 10-bull air rifle targets. The box is supported by two leg assemblies that attach to the sides of the target box. Targets are dropped into two slots in the top of the target box; no backing cardboard or pins to hold the targets are required. The leg assemblies are made with target box attachment slots so the target box can be placed at legal heights for prone, kneeling or standing. To change from one position to the next, the legs are detached from the stand, the box is moved to the next position and the legs are reattached to the box in that location. This target stand was developed by the CMP for use in its Junior Rifle Camp program. These stands were used in the 2004 camps and there have been many requests for plans for the stand. The advantages of the Camp Perry Target Stand are its relatively light weight and the fact that it can readily be taken down for storage or transportation.
Lujan-Style Target Stand
This type of stand features a 65” high x 27” wide stand with sheet metal backing that covers 46” of the stand’s vertical area. A sheet of cardboard is inserted in the front of the stand and targets are pinned to the cardboard in proper locations. This stand has been in use on numerous air rifle ranges for many years and is well-tested. This stand is relatively heavy and not as easily disassembled so it is best used in ranges where target stands will remain in place or must be moved only short distances. Six targets for a 3x20 event can be hung at one time on this full-length target box.