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
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: