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So i pulled the trigger (haha) and bought myself a pistol. Its my first handgun ive ever owned and honestly....i cant shoot it for shit.

Part of it is the gun itself, i bought a taurus 856 revolver. Its a 2inch snub nose .38 special (yes, i went old school). I plan on getting my CPL and carrying mainly up north on trail rides, as well as having it in the house for defense.

Either way, i wanna build a stand to put these bad ass targets i bought on....they look like this if youre wondering...
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So anyways...im trying to decide if i wanna use weighted PVC pipe for the stand...or 2x4s...im leaning toward 2x4s at the minute but what do you guys think?

And then the backer for the target....i was thinking OSB board but will that splinter to bad? Stopping the bullet isnt a huge deal as i shoot in front of a big hill that stops it.

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2X4s would be a bit easier to work with. To me, it seems to make sense to space the frame boards so the target can be stapled the the frame. Maybe use some cardboard as a backer if a backer is really needed for smaller than IPSIC sized targets.

Of course the ultimate targets are steel that can be used over and over again but they can be spendy and you need to get the angle right so spalling from the bullet impacts go into the ground instead of right back at you.
 

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2X4s would be a bit easier to work with. To me, it seems to make sense to space the frame boards so the target can be stapled the the frame. Maybe use some cardboard as a backer if a backer is really needed for smaller than IPSIC sized targets.

Of course the ultimate targets are steel that can be used over and over again but they can be spendy and you need to get the angle right so spalling from the bullet impacts go into the ground instead of right back at you.
Ive never shot a paper target....but the targets can be just stapled with no backer? It wont rip it to much when the bullet goes thru?
 

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I use some kind of metal for the post, something like conduit or T bar used for wire fences. Attach some kind of backing to that like thin plywood or thick cardboard. Personally I prefer hanging targets, using steel plates off chains dropped off a tree branch or some posts.
 

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Also it take getting used to your gun. revolvers are easier to shoot, just get used to the trigger, which I prefer to shoot single action.

I grew up shooting and Glocks, and attribute that to why I cant shoot any 1911 styles worth a crap...
 

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Cardboard boxes work fine, in a pinch. So do *surplus* election signs... shouldn't have a problem finding a few come November.

The only way you could have picked a worse gun to learn to shoot, would have been to get the same thing in .357 mag. Those feel like someone smacked you in the palm of the hand with a baseball bat! Great for carry, not so much for building skills. If you really want to learn to shoot, you'll be money ahead getting any sort of decent .22 rimfire handgun. The ammo you will save in practice, will more than pay for the gun. That's assuming there's any on the shelf, which might be iffy right now. In normal (non-apocalypse) times, used Ruger .22 autos are fairly cheap. A 1911 would be a pussycat with full power hardball, by comparison to your snubbie. And probably a lot easier to learn to shoot with.

A handful of clay targets (skeet targets) on the berm are a good way to build skills, without the boredom of shooting paper over and over.

Good luck.
 

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I built this one a couple months ago. It's a bit overkill on engineering. But it's easy to fold and store. I use cardboard stapled to the upright 1" X2" boards for a backer. You don't need to add weight to the stand if using cardboard backer. The bullets go through easily and don't impart much force to the target stand.

 

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paper will do just fine with no backing. wood splinters like hell, especially OSB.

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by chance is your hill 200-250 yards away?
 

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Ive never shot a paper target....but the targets can be just stapled with no backer? It wont rip it to much when the bullet goes thru?
They will hold up fine. A backer will allow them to get shot more but you really have to shoot them up before it makes a difference.

At the speed bullets travel, they usually punch right through no problem and leave a clean hole.
 

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In your case it sounds it will be more practice for necessity than fun. I would start off using some light loads to save your wrist and the top strap from unnecessary fatigue, then once you get comfortable, practice using whatever loads you will be carrying with. Which if it can handle, I would get some +P hollowpoints in 125 or 158 grain. Then may get a gun thats fun to shoot, like a .22 or a cowboy revolver.
 

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In your case it sounds it will be more practice for necessity than fun. I would start off using some light loads to save your wrist and the top strap from unnecessary fatigue, then once you get comfortable, practice using whatever loads you will be carrying with. Which if it can handle, I would get some +P hollowpoints in 125 or 158 grain. Then may get a gun thats fun to shoot, like a .22 or a cowboy revolver.
I read the 158+p semiwadcutter aka "fbi loads" are about the best it gets for a snubby 38 for defense.

Ive been feeding cheapo FMJ .38special 158grains through it for target practice. Im thinking part of the reason i was having so much trouble was i was shooting a pretty unrealistic target. A old real estate sign that was maybe 2.5 feet tall from 7 yards or so. It was literally too low to really aim properly. My grouping wasnt bad but i was always way high/low.

The stand i wanna build im gonna make where the target is about 6ft tall to more closely resemble a self defense situation.

The gun actually dont kick that bad. I ran almost 100 rounds through it with no fatigue or wrist soreness. .38 special ammo isnt even *that* hard to come by right now.

My buddys got a 9mm and thats about impossible to get ammo for. Im guessing because the 9 is probably by far the most common defense load these days.
 

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I read the 158+p semiwadcutter aka "fbi loads" are about the best it gets for a snubby 38 for defense.

Ive been feeding cheapo FMJ .38special 158grains through it for target practice. Im thinking part of the reason i was having so much trouble was i was shooting a pretty unrealistic target. A old real estate sign that was maybe 2.5 feet tall from 7 yards or so. It was literally too low to really aim properly. My grouping wasnt bad but i was always way high/low.

The stand i wanna build im gonna make where the target is about 6ft tall to more closely resemble a self defense situation.

The gun actually dont kick that bad. I ran almost 100 rounds through it with no fatigue or wrist soreness. .38 special ammo isnt even *that* hard to come by right now.

My buddys got a 9mm and thats about impossible to get ammo for. Im guessing because the 9 is probably by far the most common defense load these days.
I am a big fan of the 158g SWC. they work great in light loads, and better hot, even makes great .357 loads.

Thats weird, around here .38 is in short supply but 9mm can be found.
 

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The reason you are having trouble is a very short sight radius, and crappy sights. That, and 2" of barrel isn't much to stabilize a bullet. Again, worst possible platform to learn to shoot.

I had a snub Rossi that the side of a barn was safe from.... on the inside. My Taurus is better, but with full .357 loads it HURTS.

Get a .22 if you want to actually learn to shoot. Put a brick through the .22, then switch back to the .38. You will be amazed how much better your shooting gets, no matter the target.

FWIW the FMJ loads are usually pretty crappy in .38 special. If you were close to me I'd give away a bunch I have, serve no purpose and aren't very accurate.
 

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The smaller the pistol, the more it will show you all your bad habits.

Work in one thing at a time. Much can be done dry firing. Use snap caps if it makes you feel more comfortable. The biggest is a smooth trigger pull. You can practice that with a coin balanced on the top of the gun. If you can pull the trigger and follow through with the trigger release without the coin falling off, you off to a good start. You can practice while watching TV.
 

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The smaller the pistol, the more it will show you all your bad habits.

Work in one thing at a time. Much can be done dry firing. Use snap caps if it makes you feel more comfortable. The biggest is a smooth trigger pull. You can practice that with a coin balanced on the top of the gun. If you can pull the trigger and follow through with the trigger release without the coin falling off, you off to a good start. You can practice while watching TV.

considering current situations, use real bullets when firing at the TV :dntknw:
 


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