How to Build a Shooting Barricade for Under $50

By Ian Kenney
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How to Build a Shooting Barricade for Under $50

October 28th, 2021

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A great way to improve your range experience is to include barricades that can introduce movement and alternate positions to challenge your marksmanship abilities. Barricades can take many forms and the step-type barricade is probably the most versatile given the multiple shooting positions that it can provide.

Shooting barricade plans
These are the plans from which the author built his shooting barricade. Note this simple design gives seven different shooting positions to use.

One of the great things about a shooting barricade is that is can be used with a variety of firearms: from a 1911 pistol to your tricked-out Springfield SAINT Victor. The problem is that these kinds of barricades can also be pretty large, which make them impractical if you drive a smaller vehicle or live in an apartment. My challenge was to build a barricade for less than $50 that I can put in the back of my Jeep but is still viable for training use.

The Easy Way?

I kicked around a couple of ideas before I stumbled onto some online posts that showed folding metal sawhorses being used as a platform for the barricade framework. This was perfect for my application since the support legs fold up inside the base to make everything a simple one-piece affair.

Assembly of custom-built shooting barricade
Assembling the shooting barricade is a straightforward process that most people should be able to accomplish in short order.

The sawhorse that I bought is made from light gauge sheet metal which will help keep the weight down as I tote it from place to place. My tally after the trip to the hardware store came to about $42 out the door for the sawhorse, two eight-ft. 2×4’s and wood screws.

The fun part was designing the 2×4 frame to take full advantage of the 31” width to give me multiple shooting positions. I won’t bore you with dimensions, but I was able to create steps to shoot off in the kneeling, crouched and standing positions, as well as a simulated fence post.

Old and new shooting barricade
While the original barricade, the newer shooting barricade greatly increases portability and adds a few new twists.

A neat side benefit to my layout is that I can suspend a chain or rope in the wide 12”x18” lower portion of the frame for a little added challenge. The sawhorse has pre-drilled holes in the top that I used to attach the framework and it would be a good idea to add some additional screws at the very ends and along the sides for more stability. Collapsed down, the barricade is about 30”x31”, so it fits perfectly through the passenger door of my Jeep and right onto the backseat.

Man using the shooting barricade on the range
The author demonstrates a shooting position using the barricade he built. It helps you build real-world skills by shooting from different positions.

Check out the included instruction sheet with a materials and tool list as well as dimensions.


Some of you may be wondering, how stable it is. The truth is that it feels inherently less wobbly than my larger barricade, but I can’t put as much forward pressure on it so it’s a give and take. In actual use, this isn’t a big deal to me because I don’t normally load hard into barricades, anyway. This design checks all of the boxes to give me a lightweight, compact and versatile barricade that’s much easier for me to transport while being functional enough to use with my precision .22, carbine and/or pistol.

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Ian Kenney

Ian Kenney

Ian Kenney served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army just after 9/11 and is a veteran of the Global War on Terror. Ian is a life-long firearms enthusiast and competition shooter regularly participating in everything from rimfire to long-range precision matches. When not shooting or writing about shooting, Ian enjoys bushcrafting and hiking in the woods of Virginia.

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