Originally Posted by board917
I want to make some steel targets for pistol shooting. I have a welder... has anyone ever made them out of old weights? like the type u put on bars for bench presses?
These are the home made targets I made and are making.
These targets are for 22 Caliber Short, Long or Long Rifle olny. (For bigger calibers use thicker steel. Hope this helps you with ideas.
I call this target Tin-Can-Alley. The metal frame is made of 1" square Stock Steel. Then I drilled holes on each side and slid 7/16 steel rod through them. The 7/16 steel rod is drilled on each end for the 7/64 x 1-5/8 Hair pnsi that hold the rods in place. This way you can remove the hair pins and slide the rods off and slide soup cans ( or other targets ) on to the rods. You can also remove the 2 bottom rods and hang things from the top rod to shoot at.
The 2 targets on top of Tin-Can-Alley I did not make, I purchased them from sportsmansguide.com . They are cheap and don't work very well when on the ground, so I mounted them on top of Tin-Can-Alley and they still don't work so well up there..
Here is a little better picture of Tin-Can-Alley with the 2 spinning targets on top.
This is a Prairie Dog target I made. The prairie dog I cut out of an old 1/4 steel Plow I had found. I cut it out with my torches and cleaned up the edges with my 4 1/2 in. angle grinder and I also used my Dremell tool for the hard to reach places. I then welded 3/4 in. gas pipe to the top of the prairie dog. I slid the gas pipe over some 1/2 steel round stock I had found and then welded some 1/2 re-bar I found to the ends. I drilled holes in the 1/2 round stock and welded nails in it to stop the target from moving to the left or right.
This is a steel duck target I made. I made it the same way as the prairie dog target.
This is a steel Rabbit target I made. It's also made the same way as the duck and prairie dog.
This is a musical target I am in the process of building. I cut the pieces out of the old cutting edge from my old snow plow blade. They are 1/4 thick steel. They range from 1 inch to 8 inches. I'm going to weld the 1/2 in. gas pipe to the top of them and then hang them on Tin-Can-Alley. Each target should have a different note when it's hit with a bullet. Do-Re-Me-Fa-So-La-Te-Do .......... then we'll see if we can play a tune on them. LOL
And finally, these are just scraps of steel left over , I will weld gas pipe to them and hang them on Tin-Can-Alley as well.