Indoor Range proposal...

This is a discussion on Indoor Range proposal... within the Related Gear & Equipment forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I live in a new 16'x80' mobile home. I am considering making a "Basement" to set the MH on mainly as a storm shelter but ...

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    Indoor Range proposal...

    I live in a new 16'x80' mobile home. I am considering making a "Basement" to set the MH on mainly as a storm shelter but thought an underground pistol range might be nice too. a 16'x80' underground concrete box; need some advice as to what would be needed for this... got to "count the costs" before doing.
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    I would imagine if you're in city limits you'd have to have it up to code for that kind of thing and a permit to operate (even privately). Other considerations would be that you would need a proper backstop, which could knock 5 to 10 feet off the range, another 10 feet for a firing line, and you're already down to only 20 yards. Also would need a good roofstop because an errant round going through your floor could really suck.
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    Not an issue, I live 6 miles outside the city limits.
    I was thinking of concrete floor walls and roof.
    Hmm, maybe it needs to be a little longer than 80'
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightWolf View Post
    Not an issue, I live 6 miles outside the city limits.
    I was thinking of concrete floor walls and roof.
    Hmm, maybe it needs to be a little longer than 80'
    Still likely to need building permits from the county. Also may be required to apply for a zoning variance, depending on the locality.

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    From the perspective of real estate value, your money would be much better spent on improvements that would add value in a sale. A giant range/bunker would likely not add value to your property. Speak with a local real estate agent to see if your planned improvements carry their weight in increased value.

    just a different perspective to look at it from...

    An adequate storm shelter can be 100 square feet- you are talking about building upwards of 1000 square feet. The cost of permits, excavation, pouring walls... will be quite expensive.

    There are fairly sophisticated online construction cost estimators.

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    The appropriate backstop and ventilation that would be required would probably be cost prohibitive. Most indoor ranges have to have a steady clientel to just pay of the cost of installation.
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    No permits required in Phelps County Missouri, you can build anything you want on a farm in Missouri as long as it is legal usage! Ie. no pot farms or Meth labs etc., but NFP 101, and BOCA probably should be used for good building technics.
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    The appropriate backstop and ventilation that would be required would probably be cost prohibitive. Most indoor ranges have to have a steady clientel to just pay of the cost of installation.
    These are things I must consider. I have Generator Backup power to use in the event of loss of commercial power, The "clientele" would be just friends and family, no charge...
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    Some people are using the VERY LARGE culverts and adding ends/ventalation to make storm shelters out of them. I'll see if I can find the link to one I saw a few weeks ago.

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    I dunno, I would think an outdoor range with a covered shooting position would be a lot more cost effective. You could even have overhead propane heat for winter and ceiling fans for summer and still be way under budget compared tou your bunker.

    I'd still build a storm shelter though. We all know mobile homes and tornados dont get along.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alelks View Post
    Some people are using the VERY LARGE culverts and adding ends/ventalation to make storm shelters out of them. I'll see if I can find the link to one I saw a few weeks ago.
    Cool!
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    I think you house would be called a Modular Home and not a Moblie Home. On a Mobile Home you can reinstall the axle and springs and hook-up and go. But unless you own a crane the Modular House is not going anywhere. I also think that an outdorr range would give you more bang for your buck.

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    Sixto is spot on. Outdoor if you can but defenitly get the storm shelter.
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    we have a storm shelter/bunker here, it is pre-cast and came in two pieces. dug a deep hole, lowered the bottom in, applied sealant and attached the top and covered with dirt. it has a vent, steel door and steel steps. was a lot easier then jacking up the house and putting a basement under it.
    shooting range i agree with outdoors with an enclosed area to shoot from and since you are in the country you could put a wood stove in the corner to warm it.

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    That maybe the best way, an outdoor and covered range looks a lot less $$$. As it is now we don't have any "hillsides to shoot into its all level sort of. So I would need to create a berm to shoot into, this is easy with a dozer. i have enough space to make it into a 50m rifle range as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightWolf View Post
    That maybe the best way, an outdoor and covered range looks a lot less $$$. As it is now we don't have any "hillsides to shoot into its all level sort of. So I would need to create a berm to shoot into, this is easy with a dozer. i have enough space to make it into a 50m rifle range as well.
    That would b e MUCH less expensive for sure.

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