Gone Outdoors

How to Build a Frame for Targets on a Gun Range

by Nathaniel Miller

Shooting guns--be they high-powered rifles, small rimfire guns or pistols--is one of many enthusiasts' favorite pastimes. Because of the danger of discharging firearms within a close distance to others within a city or town, it is necessary to have a gun range at which shooting enthusiasts can comfortably and safely fire their weapons. At the gun range, it becomes necessary to build outdoor frames for targets. Luckily this is an easy task that anyone can do.

1. Use the posthole diggers or auger to dig a hole on either side of the backstop at which people will be shooting. If there is no backstop or it is too large, simply dig two holes, 8 feet apart from one another. Make them 3 feet deep and 6 inches in diameter.

2. Pour half a bag of Quikrete into each hole, then place a 6-foot-long, 4-by-4-inch post into the hole. Keeping the post as vertical as possible, pour the rest of the bag of Quikrete into the hole around the post. You can now either wait for dew and rain to harden the Quikrete or pour a few gallons of water into each hole. Top off each hole with a bit of dirt.

3. Stretch an 8-foot-long, 2-by-4-inch piece of lumber across the expanse between the two posts, and use the screwgun and screws to secure each end of the 2-by-4 to each of the 4-by-4 posts. To use the frame, shooters simply pin their targets to the 2-by-4 using staples or small carpentry nails.

Items you will need
  • Posthole diggers or auger
  • Quikrete
  • Two treated 6-foot-long, 4-by-4-inch posts
  • Screwgun
  • Wood screws
  • Treated 8-foot-long, 2-by-4-inch lumber


  • You can also use metal fence posts to hold the 2-by-4 up; however, these increase the chance of ricochet if a bullet happens to hit them.


Photo Credits

  • Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images