The World’s Biggest Texas Star Target
By Ben Philippi
During the recent COVID-19 pandemic, there was a lot of downtime. So, my father and I decided to build the world’s biggest Texas star target for shotgun.
CONCEPT AND CONSTRUCTION
Early sketch of the Texas star target.
The idea was to build a Texas Star target roughly 18 to 20 feet in height. We decided to build it mainly out of wood. We fastened five 6-foot 2×2 arms to a five-sided piece of half-inch plywood. We reinforced the middle with 2x4s and then drilled a large hole. Into this, we fixed a 3-inch piece of PVC pipe.
I painted the star black to make it stick out against the sky.
The star has five six-foot-long arms upon which are attached to water containers. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)
On a 24-foot high cedar post, we fastened a few 2x4s at one end and drilled a hole. Into this, we fixed a 2.75-inch PVC pipe. The larger piece of PVC pipe on the star section would fit over the smaller pipe. This would act as our ‘rotor’.
I dug a 5-foot hole and we set the cedar pole in it. We lubed up the PVC pipe with some grease and then my father hoisted me in his tractor’s bucket and I