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Indoor Shooting Range
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Re: Indoor Shooting Range By  jbh

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6/24/2004 6:48:00 AM



Re: Indoor Shooting Range By  bfmdvdn

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6/24/2004 12:19:00 PM

I''m currently working on an indoor shooting range. It is adjacent to a martial arts studio. The range is being designed for both handguns and high powered rifles. I am using 10" CMU on the side walls and 8" on the end walls. All the walls are fully grouted (3000 psi). The CMU walls are what is recommended in the NRA''s Range Source Book. The end wall at the bullet trap is also fully grouted, although this is for sound purposes. If your range is for handguns only and you feel that the CMU is not adequate 10 gauge steel can be applied to the walls. High power rifles require 1/4" AR steel plate and 3/8" AR500 steel plate depending on location along the range. Protection of the CMU with steel is really only for appearance of the CMU after years of being hit by bullets. I would not use the CMU to stop the bullets on the trap end of the range, some type of bullet trap should be used.


Re: Indoor Shooting Range By  SPettit

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6/24/2004 2:39:00 PM

I just talked with someone who was a sniper in the US Marine Corp. He strongly suggests that you limit both the caliber cap and round type. For instance, a .308 can penetrate 1/4" steel, a 50 cal can punch through a house etc. Full metal jacket can penetrate. In Iraq using a sniper rifle he could shoot though houses a block long. So go figure. He recommends locating the shooting range in a basement setting especially for high power rifles and maybe pistols up. Even with the bullet traps the risk to go through the CMU walls is still pretty great. Don''t know if you guys can pick any military brains for this kinda stuff, but it may not be a bad idea. Hope this helps.



Re: Indoor Shooting Range By  zigmark

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6/24/2004 4:39:00 PM

I would agree with the first two posts. The NRA will have the most experience and the most knowledge regading shooting ranges and ballistic capabilities of different cartridges and rounds. The NRA (National Rifle Association) strongly promotes firearm safety and if you look into there web site, they have a good amount of resources for exactly what you are refering to. I would suggest contacting them and ask to speak with someone who specializes in shooting ranges and range safety, and if they do not ahve someone readily available then ask then they will be able to refer you to someone.

While the military certainly is knowledgable about certain guns and shooting, they use a limitted variety and specific types of firearms in their service. They also do the majority of their shooting outside. They do use indoor ranges, but most of these facilities are constructed by private contractors. I''m not sure they would be much help, and they certainly have plenty going on right now.

Most indoor ranges I have been in did limit the type and cabiller of guns used in the range. They have all been CMU buildings with heavy guage bullet traps and wall protection. They also have all had very extensive ventillation systems incorperated into them. You may want to go and visit a shooting range and arrange with the owner to have a look at the system in place up close to give yourself some measure of reassurance and see what is working and what you might like different in the one you will be dealing with. ZIG


Re: Indoor Shooting Range By  brandon22

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7/7/2009 12:10:00 PM



Welcome to the forum! :)

Can you give us some more information? Location, enforceable codes in place, square footage, etc.?



Re: Indoor Shooting Range By  ccgov

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7/7/2009 12:10:00 PM

I would say an A-3


Re: Indoor Shooting Range By  Builder bob

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7/7/2009 12:18:00 PM

H-1 if somebody goes postal?


Re: Indoor Shooting Range By  Vmack

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7/7/2009 12:47:00 PM

From my experience they are usually mixed occupancies. S-1 or H depending on the amount of ammo stored. M for the retail portion of the business. B or A-3 for the rest of the building depending on occupant load.


Re: Indoor Shooting Range By  AlabamaTide

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7/7/2009 12:49:00 PM

If Dick Cheney comes in, try an A-3 Funeral Parlor.


Re: Indoor Shooting Range By  Frank Castelvecchi

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7/7/2009 1:32:00 PM

A-3 if occupant load is over 50
B if under 50.


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