Target Stands for Shooting

Whether you teach beginners or seasoned shooters, pairing the right target stands with the best shooting targets can enhance your military or law enforcement training program. 

In this guide, we'll explore different types of target stands and how to select ones that best fit your department's needs. 

Types of Shooting Target Stands

Just as every target is different, each shooting stand has its own purpose and functionality to suit your training environment.

Let's explore a few types.

Stationary Stands

Stationary or static target stands are designed to remain in one place for extended periods, often on level ground. Some options are made from wood or a combination of steel and wood to promote more adjustable features, such as customizing the height and angle of your targets.

Portable Stands

Portable stands are lightweight and easy to transport, making them perfect for changing shooting locations at a moment's notice. 

Most are often collapsible, compact, and adjustable, letting you set up, break down, and relocate where needed. 

Portable stands are available in various materials, such as steel, aluminum, or polymer—each offering different levels of durability and stability.

Reactive Shooting Targets with Stands

C-24 Swinger Steel TargetTarget stands that have a specific design (or frame) to hold and position reactive targets provide shooters with visual or auditory cues to indicate a successful shot. 

The C-24 Swinger Steel Target, for example, includes its own stand with adjustable legs. This option combines reactive targets with a portable frame to break down and transport easily. No tools required!   

Most reactive targets have their own custom-built stands in various frames to support swinging, spinning, or other reactive targets that emit sounds and movement when hit.

5 Considerations for Target Stands

When shopping for target stands, always look for the following features.


A durable target stand is essential for withstanding the impact of bullets. Look for frames made from heavy-duty materials, such as steel target stands, and consider the thickness and quality of the materials used, as well as the overall construction of the stand.


Stability ensures your target stand remains in place during shooting sessions. Shop for stands with a wide base and sturdy legs that provide a solid foundation. 

Ease of Setup

Consider how easily the target stand can be set up and assembled. 

Look for stands with clear instructions and minimal tools or additional equipment. 

As mentioned, portable stands should be quick and effortless to set up, and reactive targets that come with their own frames make it easy to change locations and terrain with minimal downtime. 


Adjusting the height and angle of your target stand allows for customization and versatility in your shooting sessions. 

Look for stands that offer adjustable features, such as telescopic legs or target brackets to help simulate different shooting scenarios and adapt to your program's specific shooting style.


Ensure that your target stand is compatible with your intended target. 

Consider the size and type of targets that can be mounted on the stand. 

Some stands offer universal compatibility, while others may be designed for specific target sizes or styles.

Tips for Proper Placement & Positioning 

Placing and positioning your shooting targets correctly is also vital for effective practice and skill development. 

Here are 3 tips for proper target placement:

  • Distance: Consider the distance at which you want to shoot and adjust the target accordingly. Beginners may start at a closer distance and gradually increase it as their skills improve. 
  • Height: Position the target appropriately to simulate real-life shooting scenarios. Doing so will help you develop the necessary shooting techniques and accuracy.
  • Angles: Experiment with different shooting angles to challenge your shooters and simulate various scenarios.

Tips for Maintenance & Care 

Follow these tips to keep your target stands in optimal condition:

  • Regular inspection: Inspect your target stand for any signs of damage or wear. Check for loose bolts or screws and tighten them if necessary. Replace any damaged or worn-out parts.
  • Cleaning: Clean your target stand regularly to remove dirt, debris, or rust. Use a soft cloth and mild detergent to clean the stand. Avoid abrasive cleaners that can damage the surface.
  • Lubrication: Apply a thin lubricant layer to moving parts or hinges to ensure smooth operation and help prevent rust and corrosion.
  • Storage: If your target stand is portable, store it in a dry and secure location when not in use. Avoid leaving it out in extreme temperatures or high moisture areas, which can damage the stand.
  • Transport: When transporting a portable target stand, make sure to fasten it to prevent movement or damage during transit. Use protective covers if necessary.

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