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    Building a Range - A Few ???

    Thinking of building a range, eith a little 2 lane x 45' at my home just for family, or a 6 lane upscale indoor range at my business. I've heard the ventilation has to be very aggressive - anyone know about this?

    Also, wo7uld split-face cinder blocks be sufficient if I solid-filled the back wall and about the last 10' along the ends of the sidewalls with concrete?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philo Betto View Post
    Thinking of building a range, eith a little 2 lane x 45' at my home just for family, or a 6 lane upscale indoor range at my business. I've heard the ventilation has to be very aggressive - anyone know about this?

    Also, wo7uld split-face cinder blocks be sufficient if I solid-filled the back wall and about the last 10' along the ends of the sidewalls with concrete?

    Suggestions?
    Check on the net for government organizations that would publish HVAC standards for "workers" in gun ranges. Since most have no workers, there are few or no standards in other settings. You do need high flow ventilation going from the shooting bar toward the target end of the range to prevent the accumulation of lead dust/powder. I would think you might have some local ordinances about discharge of firearms inside city limits, etc. Talk to an architect who can probably point you in the right direction.

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    What's In the NRA Range Source Book

    SECTION I - GENERAL INFORMATION
    Safety Plan, Planning & Design, Organization & Management, Operations & Maintenance


    Introduction
    Chapter 1 - General Information
    Chapter 2 - Safety Plan
    Chapter 3 - Planning and Design
    Chapter 4 - Organization and Management
    Chapter 5 - Operations and Maintenance
    Chapter 6 - Sound Abatement
    Chapter 7 - Public Relations
    SECTION II - OUTDOOR RANGES
    General Information, Design Criteria, Operations & Management
    Chapter 1 - General Outdoor Range Information
    Chapter 2 - Outdoor Range Design Criteria
    Chapter 3 - Outdoor Range Operations and Maintenance
    Chapter 4 - Outdoor Air Gun
    Chapter 5 - Outdoor Muzzleloading
    Chapter 6 - Outdoor Smallbore Rifle
    Chapter 7 - Outdoor Highpower Rifle
    Chapter 8 - Outdoor Bullseye Pistol
    Chapter 9 - Outdoor Action Pistol
    Chapter 10 - Outdoor Silhouette
    Chapter 11 - Competition Shotgun
    Chapter 12 - Miscellaneous Shotgun
    Chapter 13 - Outdoor Private and test
    Chapter 14 - Outdoor Informal Training
    Chapter 15 - Outdoor Moving Target
    Chapter 16 - Outdoor Archery
    Chapter 17 - Outdoor Hunting Simulation
    Chapter 18 - Outdoor Law Enforcement
    SECTION III - INDOOR RANGES
    General Information, Design Criteria, Operations & Management
    Chapter 1 - General Indoor Range Information
    Chapter 2 - Indoor Range Design Criteria
    Chapter 3 - Indoor Range Operations and Maintenance
    Chapter 4 - Indoor Air Gun
    Chapter 5 - Indoor Smallbore Rifle
    Chapter 6 - Indoor Highpower Rifle
    Chapter 7 - Indoor Bullseye Pistol
    Chapter 8 - Indoor Private and test
    Chapter 9 - Indoor Informal Training
    Chapter 10 - Indoor Moving Target
    Chapter 11 - Indoor Archery
    Chapter 12 - Indoor Law Enforcement
    SECTION IV - APPENDIX
    References to Products & Services, Shooting Sports Contacts
    Drawings


    $60... probably worth it.

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    I don't think block will work for a backstop. You need some kind of decellerator or trap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superhouse 15 View Post
    I don't think block will work for a backstop. You need some kind of decellerator or trap.
    Yes, I meant to clarify that the back wall would have angled steel.

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    still probably not as good as having a reactive material such as compacted clay or dirt in front of the concrete, would suggest you do that so you have no ricochet worries
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    was in on the building of the indoor range at my club. standard building with 45 degree decelerator plates on the back wall into a sand trap on the floor with anti ricocet plating in the front wall of the trap. imagine a steel box with target sized holes on the front of it and the front of the box was covered with 1 inch of plywood. we had vents on the back wall behind the decelerator plates and 3-8000 cfm fans which ran the building at about 7.5 inches of water column positive ventilation with the airflow from behind the line to the end of the trap. We did not have any filtration or scrubbing on the building discharge however your local ordinances may vary.

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