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Old 11-03-2013, 11:01 AM   #1
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A fifteen hour work day yesterday, capped a flurry of horse barn activity over the past weeks, turning the barn, into an indoor pistol range for Concealed Carry instruction for the State of Nebraska.

While the project is not completed, it is now usable.

First class hits the range in about nine hours.

Backstop is eight foot tall railroad ties, that weigh a ton. These are the most solid RR ties I have ever worked with.

They are two deep and staggered, so seams lead to the center of another RR tie. Behind that a steel wall, thin steel, a dirt hill, and a 600 acre wildlife management area.

As the CRSO of this range, I wish it were perfect, which it is not. But it should be safe as safe can be, and be a good place to qualify for a concealed carry permit.

Targets are bullet boxes, designed to stop and hold .22 LR lead and copper from ever reaching the backstop.

Traps are constructed of plywood, 3/4" horse stall mat, 6" of sand, dirt, plywood, steel.



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Just make sure you have an adequate ventilation system and filtered air. If not you are open to a law suite. We use an approved shooting range which is a government owned and approved by the Health and Safety Act.



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AR10 That is one nice setup you got going there.
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i hate to be a damper but railroad ties are like shooting a brick wall bullet bounce back is a real issue with them.

what a lot of ranges do is get a lot of shredded tire material and use that as a trap material. the range over in racine has concrete filled cinder block walls with angled steel plate into piles of shredded tire.

at a minimum i would strongly suggest angling he ties forward so bullets deflect into the ground.

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A magnum pistol can split the railroad ties. I might leave them there but I would put rubber mats over them. They are going to take a lot of rounds in time. I would also consider a ventilation system. It would be sad to start making a decent profit to have it shut down.

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i hate to be a damper but railroad ties are like shooting a brick wall bullet bounce back is a real issue with them.

what a lot of ranges do is get a lot of shredded tire material and use that as a trap material. the range over in racine has concrete filled cinder block walls with angled steel plate into piles of shredded tire.

at a minimum i would strongly suggest angling he ties forward so bullets deflect into the ground.
I notice 22s tend to bounce. Looks like this will be a barrier to keep bullets inside the barn, but will Ned another layer of something to avert the bounce.
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I have seen lot worse 'ranges' so good for you to go to this effort!

I suggest you read some NRA & government range design papers and some by NRA range designer Clark Vargas. Please google "blue sky rule" for shooting ranges.

Please understand that as pretty as this is it is not safe. 8' is not high enough backstop, there is no backstop for the 5-10 degree sideways off center shooting that is required, no baffling to catch bullets shot high, etc.

It is very encouraging that you say you have YOUR OWN PROPERTY behind this building as the real backstop - hopefully it is the required 3-5000 feet deep before anyone else's property or paths for folks to walk around the wildlife area while shooting.



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