Want to take a Tour part 2

Last April, I posted a series of pictures showing some of the range facilities.

Since then we’ve been a little busy, just doing a little work around the place.

We tore down the old 50 yard range

range-d(as with all pictures, click to enlarge)

 

And build a new one —

 

keep reading below the fold if you want to see what it looks like.

 

 

Club members will tell you it took a while (some say forever) and they would be correct but the committee tried to do everything right. They visited every shooting range and facility in the area to see what works, what works best and what what was recommended.

I think they did a fantastic job.

In this shot you can see the shipping containers double stacked and two deep. The first bottom container on each side can be opened for storage. Inside each container the side is lined with rail road ties to stop a round.

 

Each lane has two shooting positions with concrete benches for left and right handed shooters. Planning extended to having electrical outlets available for each lane. Safety lights are clearly visible from each position.

Rifle racks were placed perpendicular to the firing line to  allow access from the parking lot. The ceiling is actually a double ceiling with rail road ties in between for added protection against accidental discharges. No shooting position is more than a few feet away from being able to turn on or off the safety lights.

Yes, that is a ceiling fan with a light attached. This is Texas — this summer we broke a 30 year old record, 70 days over 100 degrees.

Planning was extensive for this range; including the ability to safely shoot prone. There is only 1 shooting position here so the range can support 15 shooters at one time. Not bad, eh?

The prone lane is also the heavy equipment lane. When we need to get the skid steer or other equipment back there, the baffles are tall enough to allow that. (What doesn’t every private range have a skid steer and fork lift and tractor?)

 

Everything was designed to work as an integrated system. From the position of the shooting positions to the spacing of the baffles

Additional protection is provided by rail road ties on the back of the baffles. Lots of thought went into this range.

Many details were considered; such as the rifle racks. The shelf in the center is for storage and is the right height to allow ‘modern sporting rifles’ to be racked safely. The racks were in place before the range was opened.

Not bad for a bunch of volunteers.

 

And there is an aspect of this that is very important to consider — the expense.

While a considerable amount of labor and material was provided by the club members, most of the work was contracted out. We incurred no debt in building this range — but pumped in a substantial sum of money into the economy.

Compare the range the club build to what the antis build:

 

 

 

10 Responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Shepherd K. on 21.09.11 at 09:18

    Bob, I have to say that is one of the nicest, if not THE nicest, outdoor ranges I’ve ever seen. Perhaps you will be able to talk me into applying for membership after the semester is over.

  2. Posted by Weer'd Beard on 21.09.11 at 09:18

    WOW that is a REALLY nice range. My Club is THE oldest in the country and boasts a very healthy membership, and has some VERY comfortable amenities, but that 100 yard range just puts us to shame!

    Beautiful!

    BTW love the dig at the end!

  3. Posted by Paul Kanesky on 21.09.11 at 09:18

    WOW Looks great. I need to schedule some time to break in my 73 winchester on the 50 yard line.
    Paul in exas

  4. Posted by Bill on 21.09.11 at 09:18

    Bob – can I come live with you? There’s nothing even closed to that here in Northern VA (that I know of, anyway). Besides – my late mother was from East Texas, so I already speak “southern”… <g>

  5. Posted by Bob S. on 21.09.11 at 09:18

    @Shepherd K.

    I would be glad to sponsor you for membership in the club. Just let me know when.
    –and if your schedule and mine matches up, give me a call and we’ll hit the range as a preview.

    @Weer’d

    We plan to redo the majority of the ranges in similar fashion eventually. The amenities weren’t bad before this but the range committee hit one out of the flipping park with that design.
    — We had one member act as project manager, Jack probably put in 50 to 60 hour weeks for 5 weeks getting the range built.

    @Bill,

    Uh um, NO!
    No offense my friend but I’m trying to get and keep the house empty :)
    While I do offer weekend or a couple of days bed and board for anyone moving to the area, I’m definitely not looking to take in anyone right now.

  6. Posted by Shepherd K. on 21.09.11 at 09:18

    Bob, my schedule is beyond crazy until finals are over at the end of November. I’ll have a little breather in December before classes start up again in January. I plan on trying to get as much recoil therapy in as I can during that break. Sundays usually work best for me since the wife and I are Sabbatarians, but I can arrange a day/evening off during the week if it works for your schedule. Post a comment on my blog with your number and email address (I’ll make sure they don’t get broadcast since I have comment moderation enabled), and we’ll get connected.

  7. Posted by Linoge on 21.09.11 at 09:18

    Ye gods. What I would give for a range like that in the immediate area… Instead, I have to drive an hour out of my way to a police range that is considerably less nice than even the first picture.

    Also, unless the planning extended to the point of being able to drop the shooting lane roof and farthest baffles down to become walls to protect against the impending zombie hordes, you did not plan far enough ;).

  8. Posted by Bob S. on 21.09.11 at 09:18

    I’ll pass on the compliments to the design and project crews Linoge.

    But you are a man of little faith and foresight.

    OF course we don’t plan on dropping the baffles and roofs, that would ruin the range.

    Our PLAN is to hold the Zombie Horde at the property line — with fall back contingencies.

    We take our matches and practice serious; nothing as small as the Zombielypse is going to interfere with a scheduled match or fun shoot. Sheesh, amateur :)

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