4 Tips for Designing A Gun Range


Shooting Firearms, just like any other art, takes practice and repetition to master the skill. Unlike music or sports, the act of discharging a firearm takes a very special location in which to do so. So you’ve decided to construct your own range? Here are 4 tips that everyone should be familiar with before they begin construction.

Building Codes, Districts and Legality
Anyone that wants to construct a shooting range should consider if this is a legal project to develop in your zoning area. Common ailments to your development include: School zones, nearby housing developments and other related barriers. Commercial zones and industrial zones are commonly legal to build a range on, as long as you meet other criteria. The best way to find out what you will need is by asking questions to the correct people. Contacting your city counsel and local law enforcement are good ways to find out what you will need to address these issues.

Be Prepared with Solutions
Your city counsel and local law enforcement will have many questions for you pertaining to the safety and functionality of your range to ensure that you are not a danger to yourself or others. They will want to know:

  • How to you intend to dispose of cartridges and lead?
  • Who will be using your facilities
  • What lies beyond your range?
  • What safety measures have you set up to prevent accidents
  • Will the volume of your firearms be a form of noise pollution
  • How are you qualified to operate a shooting range?

Having solid and prepared answers to these questions will greatly enhance the likelihood of your success in obtaining the proper clearance to begin work on your range. Realtree.com offers some great advice on Building your own shooting range that you can check out for an depth review of the subject.

The Layout
A good range always places the entrance, exits and shooting platforms in a manner that prevents cross traffic and back traffic. This means that a wagon wheel effect should be utilized so that traffic is designed to move one way. A shooter entering the range will enter the facility, utilize a shooting stable, and move to the exit without ever changing course or “doubling back.”

No Man Down Range
There are many different layouts for shooting ranges. The safest of these use electronic and automated machinery to prevent the need for anyone to be down range at any time. Using this technology will greatly prevent the opportunity for an accident to occur. Make sure to check out GunRangeBuilder.com, if investing in the latest Gun Range Technology is in your interests.

Building a range is an excellent way to practice and enjoy the art of shooting. By following these four basic tips, you help to ensure that your range is safe for use, prepared for scrutinization by local safety officials, and easy to use, thus adding to the joy of your favorite hobby.