Shooting range - features and safety issuesShooting is an age-old passion and there are 19 million shooters in USA alone. Shooting can be hazardous sport given the fact that it involves use of potentially lethal firearms of all types and calibres. However, apart from some accidental instances, indoor gun range shooting is one of the safest and most enjoyed of the firearms sports. This is in large part owing to well established shooting ranges shooting enthusiasts can safely practice firing their favorite firearms. If you happen to be a member of law enforcement agency, military or someone interested in firearms training for some professional reason then range safety and features are more relevant to you. Before we move on to firearms safety features and issues, it is pertinent to understand the types of Shooting ranges. It is important to realise that some of the information in this article may not apply to your country or State. Some countries (Australia is one example) have very strict laws governing all aspects of firearms and firearm range activities. Always check any information you read online with your local authorities, not doing so could result in a criminal charge.
Shooting range - types of shooting rangesA Firearms or firing range is a specialized firearms practice facility designed for safe firing practices. Depending upon the nature of firearms to be used, availability of space and indented safety features, there can be indoor Shooting ranges and outdoor Shooting ranges. They can be further classified for specific shooting purposes like sniper, handgun, skeet or air rifle shooting. Whatever be the classification of a Shooting range, the common feature is to provide and ensure safety for lethal firearms shooting practice. Depending upon the scope, quality or range of facilities offered at a Shooting range, each facility is traditionally administered by one or a team of supervisory personnel called range master, range conducting offer or range safety officer (depending upon the country). Indoor shooting ranges are most often setup in urban areas where space restrictions apply and outdoor ranges are obviously setup where enough open lands are available. Outdoor shooting ranges are typically meant for shooting practice in excess of 1000 m (usually high powered rifles).
in 2001 we promoted this awesome Indoor Gun Range. A marvel of firearm range technologySafety issues related to a shooting range It is perfectly understandable Shooting ranges are high-risk safety environment spaces needing strict safety measures to ensure human safety. Some of the safety issues related to Shooting ranges are:
- The foremost safety issue relates to stray, over the butt or deflected bullets. This is usually handled by restricting the use of certain powerful calibers beyond the design safety features of a particular range. Most firing ranges do not allow firing of .50 caliber and above.
- Accumulation of toxic fumes in indoor ranges only can pose a serious health risk. This problem is tackled by installing powerful air pumps for exhaust purposes.
- Environmental lead contamination from fired bullets is another firing related hazard. Bullet retaining targets and collection of embedded lead are some of the few solutions.
- Noise pollution due to discharge of firearms is a serious health and hearing related Shooting range hazard. Use of sound proof firing chambers and multiple ear protections are preferred solutions.
Some useful shooting range information
- A shooter must be 21 years of age for handgun shooting and minimum 18 years old to shoot a rifle.
- A child who is 12 years old can shoot both if he or she is accompanied by parent or legal guardian
- NO food or drinks of any kind are usually permitted on the Shooting range.
- In United States, a shooter does not need a license or advanced training for using a shooting range.
- Typical fees for using indoor public shooting ranges start at $10 per hour. However, it may vary widely with local costs.
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