If you are a person who regularly likes to go to the range for target practice, one thing that you have probably discovered already is that the time involved can make it prohibitive. You would like to get out to the range more often, but finding a location that offers this kind of service cannot only be challenging, but may cause you to have to drive quite a distance to find a location.
The sensible thing to do would be to create your own shooting range. One where you could stay inside so that you could shoot year-round, without having to worry about the time and expense of going to a club or range. If this interests you, here are some steps you should follow if you want to build your own indoor shooting range.
#1 Find Out the Legalities.
Before you get too involved in building your own range, it is important for you to discover if you are legally to this. You should check with the state and local laws to see if these kinds of ranges are allowed to be built on private property.
What you are likely to find is that it is permissible, but only you or members of your immediate family who live on the property would be allowed to use the range. You cannot charge anyone to come out and you are unlikely to be able to invite others to use your range. If you do, you would be subject to all kinds of government regulation which you sure don’t want to occur.
You may find that it is illegal because of where you live. If you live in a location where it is deemed to be dangerous to those who live around you, then it may be impossible for you to build such a range.
#2 Find a Spot to Breath.
No matter what building you are using for your range, you want to ensure that it has the proper ventilation to it. Consider that fumes that can be dangerous for your health are released during the discharge of your weapon, which could be dangerous for you to breathe in. You want to choose a location that allows you to breathe properly and to have the continual flow of fresh air.
This can be accomplished in a number of ways. First, you can choose an option like a bar, where there are large doors that can be opened. Adding an industrial or at least larger sized fan is also a good idea. This will help to keep air flowing.
#3 Stop That Bullet.
You don’t need Superman to stop the bullets, but you will need some kind of contraption that will capture and stop the bullets from continuing. You clearly don’t want bullets shooting outside through the wall of your barn, so finding a material that will stop the bullet 100% of the time is imperative.
This can be accomplished in a number of ways, but your first consideration should be to choose options that provide layers of protection. For example, you could put in a concrete wall that goes 12 inches thick and that should do the job in most cases, but that should not be your only level of protection. You should consider using a sand stop which traps the bullet. This can be done by placing three or four layers of sandbags in front or behind the wall.
To find out how much sand you need for the type of weapon you use, you may want to look at the manufacturer’s website. Most of them will give you a number.