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What do you bring when you go shooting?
« on: November 21, 2016, 01:24:50 pm »
I know some of you go to a range, whether indoor or outdoor, but what about when you go out to the desert or forest or any other open space?  What do you bring when you go shooting?  I know "targets" is a given, but how do you hang your targets?  I have some friends that bring tables to place their guns on.  I've never done that myself but have now included a table in my outings.

I'm just trying to see if I'm missing something when I go out shooting.  I'll be taking my daughter out shooting at the family farm this weekend and want it to be pleasant.
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    Re: What do you bring when you go shooting?
    « Reply #1 on: November 21, 2016, 01:29:32 pm »
    Finding ways to hang targets has always been interesting when I go open shooting.
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    Re: What do you bring when you go shooting?
    « Reply #2 on: November 21, 2016, 01:36:50 pm »
    Extra hearing protection and glasses. 
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    « Reply #3 on: November 21, 2016, 02:06:46 pm »
    Water, first aid stuff, wet wipes (shooting a lot gets your hands pretty gross and leady), snacks, general stuff you should have any time you're in the woods or desert.
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    « Reply #4 on: November 21, 2016, 02:08:51 pm »
    Steel targets are also far and away the best way to go when you're shooting away from a managed range. No mess to clean up, no running around to check hits, and a very satisfying clang.
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    « Reply #5 on: November 21, 2016, 02:26:26 pm »
    Do you guys have the same problem with trash out in open spaces?  We have a ton of it here in Utah and we always clean it up, just to see it trashed a few months later.  So I now include garbage bags to bring the small stuff home since I don't have a truck.
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    « Reply #6 on: November 21, 2016, 04:20:43 pm »
    Do you guys have the same problem with trash out in open spaces?  We have a ton of it here in Utah and we always clean it up, just to see it trashed a few months later.  So I now include garbage bags to bring the small stuff home since I don't have a truck.
    That's what we did when I was rolling in my Bronco or Scottsdale... We'd generally take 15 minutes or so and clean up the area. 
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    Re: What do you bring when you go shooting?
    « Reply #7 on: November 21, 2016, 04:30:02 pm »
    Steel targets are also far and away the best way to go when you're shooting away from a managed range. No mess to clean up, no running around to check hits, and a very satisfying clang.

    So how do you hang your steel?  I've bought a couple of stands from a local guy Works well enough and breaks down small.  I just hate having to talk/drive it out to set it up.
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    « Reply #8 on: November 21, 2016, 06:32:28 pm »
    I have six to eight 6' shepherds hooks that I use to hang my steel plates.  Use two per plate. 
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    « Reply #9 on: November 21, 2016, 10:48:12 pm »
    A couple of tarps generally come in handy.  One to provide shade and the other to keep the spent brass out of the dust and dirt underfoot.  They're a real time saver when it comes time to pack up and head for home.  You don't have to spend a half hour policing the area for your brass. 
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    « Reply #10 on: November 21, 2016, 11:15:22 pm »
    So how do you hang your steel?  I've bought a couple of stands from a local guy Works well enough and breaks down small.  I just hate having to talk/drive it out to set it up.

    I have some BIG steel plates. We found a sheet of AR500 at a scrap metal place, and they cut it into 2'x'2 plates, some little sub-1-ft "piano keys," and one 2'x4' sheet, all with holes for hanging. We use chains and S-hooks to hang them. We built a hanger from 2x4's and saw horse brackets. The whole thing is a few bucks at any big hardware store, and each part can be replaced easily if we shoot it too much. It's basically an 8' saw horse. It all fits in a pickup truck bed, and because the plates are 60lb minumum (other than the piano keys) we set up the saw horse over the truck bed, lift the plates into positon and attach the chains, then drive out from under it all.
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    « Reply #11 on: November 21, 2016, 11:25:22 pm »
    I have some BIG steel plates. We found a sheet of AR500 at a scrap metal place, and they cut it into 2'x'2 plates, some little sub-1-ft "piano keys," and one 2'x4' sheet, all with holes for hanging. We use chains and S-hooks to hang them. We built a hanger from 2x4's and saw horse brackets. The whole thing is a few bucks at any big hardware store, and each part can be replaced easily if we shoot it too much. It's basically an 8' saw horse. It all fits in a pickup truck bed, and because the plates are 60lb minumum (other than the piano keys) we set up the saw horse over the truck bed, lift the plates into positon and attach the chains, then drive out from under it all.

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    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
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    Re: What do you bring when you go shooting?
    « Reply #12 on: November 22, 2016, 12:15:50 pm »
    I have some BIG steel plates. We found a sheet of AR500 at a scrap metal place, and they cut it into 2'x'2 plates, some little sub-1-ft "piano keys," and one 2'x4' sheet, all with holes for hanging. We use chains and S-hooks to hang them. We built a hanger from 2x4's and saw horse brackets. The whole thing is a few bucks at any big hardware store, and each part can be replaced easily if we shoot it too much. It's basically an 8' saw horse. It all fits in a pickup truck bed, and because the plates are 60lb minumum (other than the piano keys) we set up the saw horse over the truck bed, lift the plates into positon and attach the chains, then drive out from under it all.


    I recall reading about something similar----guy stole repurposed his kids old swing set to hang targets from. probably pick one up for free off of Craig's list---people just wanting to get rid of it
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    « Reply #13 on: November 22, 2016, 12:24:24 pm »
    I recall reading about something similar----guy stole repurposed his kids old swing set to hang targets from. probably pick one up for free off of Craig's list---people just wanting to get rid of it

    We see this quite a bit in Utah.  People even use the frames of patio swings. Personally I use their stand from one of our local shooters. However for $95 I only have a few. 
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