Portable SHOTMARKER target frame construction

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  1. Pres100

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    Just received my SHOTMARKER system earlier this week and starting to gather ideas for the construction of a portable frame that can easily be set up and disassembled for easy storage and transport (have pickup truck).

    Hoping that there might be some users who have existing creative designs they are willing to share (with some pictures). Aside from portability, it sounds like stability is going to be key.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions or ideas.
     
  2. TAJ45

    TAJ45 Gold $$ Contributor

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    Hmmm, the concept of rigidity and ease of portability has my creative design juices flowing.
    This could be an interesting and satisfying jaunt.

    What's the line from Blazing Saddles where Harvey Korman is expounding on the potential ramifications . . . .?
     
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  3. desert shooter

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    If you shoot at the same place each time like we do, we built a 6'x6' frame out of 1x4 and then cut it in half and put hinges in the middle for ease of transporting. We leave the sensor bases in place in the four corners once they have been squared up. We take the frame and a screw gun to our Target location where we have set two 4x4 post in the ground and then we use wood screws to attach frame to posts. We also screwed wood blocks at bottom of posts to set frame on so we don't have to level it each time. This is only good if you can leave the posts in place. We generally shoot 600-1000 yards with full size targets. Very quick and easy set up once posts are set.
     
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  4. Pres100

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    I like this idea, however I’m not sure I could make any permanent modifications to the range..... I’ll have to discuss with the owners. Should be a pretty minimal impact, solid and repeatable distance. I’ll have to ask.
    Great idea.
     
  5. Pres100

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    “Be still Taggert.... my mind is aglow with whirling transient nodes of thought .... careening through a cosmic vapor of invention.”

    A classic!!
     
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  6. vahena

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    Here's mine, I have a SUV jeep and it fits in the back nicely with all my shooting gear, F- open.
    I remove from my SUV and hang target, 3 mins. Hang on our existing target carriers , 1 min and secure the bottom 1" x 4" horz pc. and clamp to carriers 2 mins. target center is same as our 6' x 6' target center as to shoot in the dirt behind the frame in the same spot, no harm no foul to our club or carriers. Cost is min. 5 -1x4 select grade lumber and very light.
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  7. Pres100

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    Great set up- thanks for sharing. We don’t have any carriers at our range so I’ll have to have some kind of base/stand.
    Your point about berm impact is a good consideration I’ll need to keep in mind when building.
     
  8. PatMiles

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    Is your SM going to be used for F class matches above a set of pits or for your personal use only?
     
  9. Pres100

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    No pits unfortunately. It will be for Highpower training and I’ll have to move to each yard line. We have berms Behind each distance. The range is not purpose built for competition - it has a static firing line and steel targets/berms every 100 yards.

    Personal use only.
     
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    I put together an aluminum frame for my personal use Shotmarker. 4"x4" aluminum frame (I was given the aluminum) with steel feet that are attached with wing nuts. The frame I am building for our informal F class matches is wood since it will be above the pits at my range.

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  11. Don

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    will send pictures of my set when I get home .
    It’s for my truck .
     
  12. savageshooter86

    savageshooter86 Silver $$ Contributor

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    This is the new one I built
     

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  13. Pres100

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    That looks nice.. how are you attaching the target backers?
     
  14. Pres100

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    Thanks you. Interested to see it..... so far looks like there are a lot of great designs.
     
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    This is what came to mind initially. Wondering if the 2x4 would be too heavy or not. How are you securing it when you get to the range?
     
  16. z2013

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    This frame is 5 ft. by 5 ft. slides in bed of truck. stand is separate and folds.
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    Aluminum strips clamp the coroplast at the edges. Strips are held with screws.
     
  18. Pres100

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    Z2013 - doesn’t look like your picture loaded, but I’m definitely interested in checking it out!

    Pat - thanks for the update. I really like that design!
     
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    target frame.JPG Maybe it will work this time.
     
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  20. Alexander-M

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    Here is another approach, though similar to those above.
    The base is made mainly of 2x4's, and the frame of full 1-inch thick x 3-inch oak.
    ShotMarker-1 FrameV2 sm01 lbl IMG_3456.jpg

    ShotMarker-2 FrameV2 sm02 lbl IMG_3459.jpg

    ShotMarker-3 FrameV2 sm03 lbl IMG_3460.jpg

    ShotMarker-4 FrameV2 sm04 lbl IMG_3461.jpg

    Good luck and safe shooting!
    Alex
     

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