How to Make Your Own Rifle Shooting Stand


Rifle shooting stands and benches are used to aim and sight rifles and pistols. The stands are made to sit at while the gunman tunes his rifle. The front side is the side at which the user sits; it is wider than the opposite side. They generally are about four feet long, to accommodate different rifle lengths. Rifle shooting stands often are made of construction lumber, are basic in design and can be built in about an hour.

Things You'll Need

  • Safety glasses
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Square
  • Plywood, 3/4-inch, 36-by-48-inches
  • Circular saw
  • 4 pine boards, 2-by-4-by-45-inches
  • Pine board, 2-by-4-by-18-inches
  • Pine board, 2-by-4-by-36-inches
  • 3 pine stock, 4-by-4-by-33-inches
  • 40 wood screws, 3-inch
  • Lay the plywood flat and vertical. Measure nine inches toward the right from the bottom-left corner along the 36-inch edge. Draw an 18-inch line at this measurement that is perpendicular to the long edge. Use your square. Draw another perpendicular line up from the edge that is nine inches from the bottom-right corner. Measure 18 inches down from the top-left corner and draw a line from this measurement to the end of the first line drawn. Measure 18 inches down from the top-right corner and draw a line that connects with the end of the second line drawn.

  • Cut along the lines with your circular saw. This is the top to your rifle shooting stand.

  • Set the four 45-inch boards on edge, parallel and four inches apart. Set the 18-inch board on edge and perpendicularly against four ends of the 45-inch boards so the corners are flush. Screw the 18-inch board to the 45-inch board with eight screws.

  • Set the 36-inch board on edge and perpendicularly against the other set of ends of the 45-inch boards. The ends of the 36-inch board should both be nine inches from the sides of the two outside 45-inch boards. Screw through the 36-inch board and into the ends of the 45-inch boards. Use eight screws. This is the top frame for your stand.

  • Position two 33-inch stock against each end of the 36-inch board. The 33-inch stock should be upright and flat against the 36-inch board. The side of the stock should be flush with the ends of the 36-inch board. Screw through the 36-inch board and into the stock. The stock pieces are the legs to your stand. Use eight screws.

  • Position the last piece of stock between the two inside 45-inch boards so it is on end and against the 18-inch board. Screw through the 18-inch board and into the side of the stock. Use four screws.

  • Turn your shooting stand upright so it's standing on its legs. Lay your plywood on top so the 36-inch edge is flush with the 36-inch board and so the 18-inch edge is flush with the 18-inch board. Screw four screws through the plywood and into the 36-inch board spacing them eight inches apart. Screw four screws through the other end and into the 18-inch board. Use four screws spaced four inches apart.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear safety glasses when using power tools.

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