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An Inexpensive 3-Position Offhand Stand

As a beginning 3-Position Air Rifle coach I wanted to get my shooters firing without spending a bunch of money up front. Most of our cash went into buying rifles, so even now we make do with “home-built” accessories. One of the more successful projects is our shooting buckets. These $25 offhand stands work very well, and many of my shooters prefer them to the $100 commercial stands. Some of our smallbore shooters borrow these as well.

This simple stand can be made from parts purchased at your local hardware store. The parts list is pretty simple:

1 ea – 5 gal bucket (paint it or leave it VISIBLE!) 1 ea – 4 foot ¾” extending painters pole 1 ea – 1” pipe flange 1 ea – 8-inch 1” pipe nipple 1 ea – 1-1/2” PVC coupler (not shown) 1 ea – 1” PVC pipe adapter 1 ea – ¾” PVC slip joint 1 pkg – wooden fittings for painters pole

plywood/OSB/chipboard for flange base

drywall screws & glue

The first step is to measure the inside bottom of your bucket. Surprise, surprise, they are not all the same! Then cut a few circles out of the chipboard and glue them together to make a steady base. I use my router with a circle cutting guide to make nice circles.

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