Billy the Kid Target Stand
Our Most Light-Weight, Compact & Portable Stand
The Billy the Kid Stand weighs in at only 4.3 pounds and can be easily carried in one hand. If you are looking for the most compact and portable stand, this is it.
Store it under your truck seat—right beside your gun—and you'll always be prepared for a shoot.
In optimal soil (soft to medium), the Billy the Kid Target Stand will provide a solid target base. Each base is equipped with a massive 10 inch stake. The stake is cut at a sharp 60-degree angle (with respect to the ground plane) so the point can be easily driven into the ground.
Hammer it like a nail
We do not recommend hammering the stand directly—you'll muck it up. Instead, insert a 6" 1×2 strip or a ¾ × 1-½ steel bar or tubing. You can then hammer on this buffer without damaging the stand. Depending on soil hardness, a 2–5 pound hammer may be needed.
Drive it like a shovel
First, insert a 1x2 strip into the auto-brace. This strip will act like your shovel handle. Next, step onto the stand's base like you would a spade shovel and work the stake into the ground.
Solid In High Winds
After the stand is anchored 10" into the ground, it will not move no matter how much the wind blows. The 1x2 vertical frame strips will snap before the stand is ripped from the ground. If this happens, it is time to pack it up and seek shelter.
When properly staked, the Billy the Kid Stand will always out perform a surface-mount stand in high wind. The only caveat is that optimal soil density is required. But that is usually not a problem unless you are shooting in a rock pit.
Make A Wider Stance in Soft Soil
If staked in soft soil, the frame may not be rigid enough to hold a large target or set of targets. Increasing the stand's stance may add stability. Simply slide a 1x2 strips through one or both bases. Additionally, you could stake or weight these extender strips as well for maximum stability.
Auto-Braces Stabilize Your Target
Now you have your target base anchored 10 inches into the Earth—and it isn't going anywhere. But that won't do you any good if your vertical wood frame on top of your base is flopping around in the wind. A bullseye that is swaying left and right is not conducive to precision shooting.
This is where the Auto-Brace will save you frustration and time. It was designed by Target Meister. We make it standard on all of our steel stands because it is a huge improvement over other designs. If you're shooting from the hip, maybe you won't care. But Auto-Braces are a must-have for shooters who do not want their targets to move; especially competition shooters.
Ideal For Shotgun Patterning
When testing your shotgun's pattern, it is often ideal to use a large target backing. When using a single large backer, multiple "spread" shots from varying distances can be quickly compared. The Billy the Kid Target Stand is ideal for holding a large backer for shotgun pattern testing.
Understanding your shotgun's pattern is an informative video demonstrating patterning at several distances using 00 buckshot. The close-range distances and large shot used in the demo pertain mostly to self-defense situations. Testing patterns using bird shot at 50 yards would require a much larger target.