Adjustable Target Stakes from Birchwood Casey

I am definitely on the lookout for good target stands.  Since I started writing for The Firearm Blog, my range trips have definitely increased a bit, and lacking a nice plot of my own land to safely shoot on, I am reliant upon bringing my own targets.

The main features I am most interested in is a stand that is light and portable.  I’ve built my own out of lumber for ~$7/each, but they are big and bulky.  I’m definitely intrigued by the Birchwood Casey design.

They are 36″ “Adjustable” Target Stakes and use what they are calling the “Gravity Tension” clip design that should work with targets of almost any size or construction.

These Target Stakes are well-designed, easy-to-use and portable. Constructed of heavy ¼” steel wire; the stakes will anchor solidly in the ground to allow shooters to set up target practice in any safe shooting zone. The Gravity Tension clips easily adjust up and down the stakes and firmly grip the target; eliminating the need for backer boards, push pins or staples.

The Adjustable Targets stakes are made in the USA and sell for a suggested retail price of $32.90.

My biggest fear with these is damage to the clips, and I can’t see anywhere on their website where you can just buy the clips.  I also imagine getting both stakes lined up perfectly on the same plane would be a challenge, but I’m still interested in giving them a shot (heh).  Does anyone have hands on with these yet (or any similar design)?  Thoughts?

Visit the Birchwood Casey website at for more information.

Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


  • thedonn007

    Would not work well for hanging steel, and shooting steel is fun.

  • stephen

    Stick with wood because wood is good.

  • Limonata

    PVC pipe base, 1″ x 3″ painted wooden slats, tent spikes if it is windy day and corrugated plastic backer. It was more like $30 to make but going on 5yrs without troubles and easy to break down.

  • Zog117

    Good luck sticking that in the ground here in AZ

  • Billy M. Rhodes

    These are listed as only 36 inches high, much too low for many applications. If placed against a backstop such was a dirt berm, OK. But, it placed closer to the shooter and shot from much of an angle there is a real danger of skipping, that is hitting the ground behind the target and before the backstop and skipping over the backstop.

  • YS

    I use two garden stakes (green kind, aluminium with plastic coating) and four binder clips.

    They’re light and cheap. If I accidentally shoot through the stake, I just go to Home Depot to pick up more. I can carry in enough sets for multiple targets, if needed.

  • Griz19

    I made 4 stands using eight 5′ lengths of conduit, bolts/washers/wing nuts, and 1/2″x1″ lengths of wood. Conduit for the uprights driven into the ground, wood bracing crossed at the base for stability (and to avoid bullet collisions). The conduit is drilled at different locations to expand/collapse the wood bracing to allow for the different width/height targets that I shoot. For 4 targets it cost me about $30 in conduit and hardware, had the wood.