Anyone built their own shooting range?
So I was sort of pondering weird ideas today. Most know that I like to shoot BB pistols and sometimes rifles in my back yard. The trouble is the legality of it is questionable. Most cities have ordinances against using BB guns within the city limits. But from what I can tell it is rarely enforced unless somebody calls the police about it. So far, none of my neighbors have called. But it worries me that occasionally I'll have a ricochet and it goes towards one of my neighbor's homes. I don't think the velocity of a ricochet would be great enough to hurt anyone or break a window but if it did clack against a window, somebody might get upset.
So I was sort of pondering maybe pouring me a little "sidewalk" maybe 3 or 4 feet wide and about 25 ft long. Then I could erect some poles and some kind of tent around it and setup a target at one end. It would have the benefit of keeping my BBs in my yard as well as offer me some protection against the elements.
But then I got to wondering about taking it one step further. What if I built brick walls with insulation up around it and put a shingled roof. I bet I could build something like that for maybe $3,000 to $5,000. Then I could shoot .22 pistols, maybe even .380 or larger without the neighbors even hearing it. I'd need a good backstop of some kind.
When you think about it, it would almost pay for itself considering how many times I have to pay money to go to the range.
Anyone else ever considered anything like that?