There we stood, standing in the morning snow of the Southwest Idaho desert, freezing our tails off, waiting for the remaining member of our party……
I had been invited to go Long Range shooting with some friends and not really having much experience with long range, I was excited to go along and see what I could learn about this precision sport….what I learned was there is a lot to be desired in Target Stands!
The person we had been waiting on was the guy with all the Target Stands and steel gongs… Target Stands that filled the entire bed of his pickup and there were only 4 of them.
A menagerie of saw horses, frames and chain, to support 4 gongs to be placed at various distances out to 800 yards..
So to work we go, humping this lumber yard of wood out to 100 to 800 yards and then returned to the rifles to finally put rounds on steel.
Once prone, behind the scope, we discovered that the furthest target stand was not even visible as the rolling desert terrain was obscuring the view of the gong… another target stand was having trouble standing still with the wind that was blowing and being on rocky terrain…not that it mattered that much, as one of the first few rounds downrange hit the upright wood and the stand toppled over the splintered leg..
I had the thought run through my mind that “there must be a better way” to design target stands!
Off to the napkin I went and listed the benefits that a target stand should have.
The target stand should be much more compact, so you don’t have to have a truck to haul it to the range.
It should be free standing, not requiring stakes or rocks or whatever, to hold it in place.
It should have adjustable legs to adapt to any uneven terrain, slope, side hill etc.
It should be able to support larger plates/gongs or even several plates.
It should be affordable
And above all, it should be survivable! (Everything downrange eventually gets hit)
From this list, I designed The Last Stand, with the hope it would be the Last target stand you would ever need to invest in.
The Patented design of The Last Stand target stand system allows the user to fulfill all of these requirements.
The design allows you to fold it for compact storage and easy transportation to the range.
The design presents very little exposure to bullet impact other than the intended target. Bullets will typically ding a piece of rebar but not cut or break the leg, so that your trip to the range is uninterrupted. Rebar is easily and inexpensively obtained, to construct the stand or replace a piece that has been beat up too much.
The Last Stand is molded of a highly durable thermoplastic polymer that survives bullet impacts without shattering. Similar to the self-healing target materials.
The Last Stand target stand can support weights up to 70+ pounds
The fully adjustable legs of our target stand allow the user to vary the terrain in which it is used and never limit where you can train. This also allows you to vary your training to a variety of terrains.