Range Upgrades

Since April of 2017, we have made major changes to the range.  The pictures below illustrate some of the projects we have recently completed.  

Main Range upgrade

The most recent is the upgrade is to our day shooter range.  We had a problem with erosion from the parking lot above making its way onto the range concrete surface.  Drainage was an issue and I was tired of shoveling it out so...  time to fix it.  First was digging out the area behind the firing line for installation of a retaining wall and drainage pipe.  Next came a new septic tank lid with a man hole cover access lid as the expanded shooting area was going over it.  Then we laid out and poured a concrete pad with a curb at the front for catching brass in front of the pistol shooting area.  After it dried, a new overhead structure was built with 12 shooting positions.  Each is 5 feet wide, replacing the 30 inch wide ones we have had since 2002.  Downrange, I dug out the right side of the range; giving us material to build a berm at 25 yards and letting me move the 50 yard berm right about 10 yards.  The old metal building on the right side of the firing line was pulled out and gave us room for 2 more benchrest tables.  Each of the tables are coated with a bedliner material.  Then over 150 tons of gravel went down to give shooters a good clean surface to walk on.  No more muddy feet here.  

Rifle Range upgrade

The rifle range was too narrow so I cut each side out giving us another 10 yards of width.  The old Rifle range pad, tables and covered area were demolished and removed.  We poured a new pad and a one piece benchrest table the width of the pad.  It has 10 36" wide shooting positions, each separated by screen to keep your brass with you and off your neighbor.  A new overhead structure was built using trusses I build that give us a clear  span 40 foot wide, no poles in the way.  Its nice.  I added more steel plates for your shooting pleasure.  

 

Rimfire Range upgrade.

One of the things I have always wanted here was a dedicated rimfire range.  A place where you could enjoy a rimfire without the big guns around.  In a perfect world, it would have nothing but reactive targets like the ones we saw at the fair or carnival as kids.  So... I built one.  Poured a big concrete pad, build a structure over it that gives us 10 5 foot wide shooting positions, added 15 plate racks with remote resets and a pile of more steel designed for rimfire use and we have ourselves a really cool place to enjoy a rimfire more than 125 plates.  

Steel Plate Range upgrade.

By fall of 2016, the range was at capacity.  On any given nice weekend afternoon, the place was packed.  Members would show up and not have a place to shoot until someone left.  It was clear to me that we were not using the square footage we have as efficiently as we could.  I took steel plate ranges 1 and 2 and tore out the berm dividing them.  Built a new berm between the opened up area and our day shoot range.  Added over 100 tons of gravel and laid out where we needed a floor and poured concrete, 150 feet wide by 16 feet deep.  Plenty big.  When the concrete crew finished we built a structure over it giving us 20 7.5 foot wide shooting positions.  Where just a few shooters had been shooting, we could now fit 20 groups of shooters, all shooting at reactive targets, set up at 10, 15 and 20 yards, requiring no one to go downrange.  It was perfect and a whole lot of fun to shoot on.  We now have over 150 plates on this range.

Lower pistol ranges

The lower pistol ranges got rebuilt.  New overhead structures and gravel surfaces.  I made these two ranges paper only as we have all the steel now located in one range.  You can shoot from 0 to 15 yards on these ranges. 

Classroom.

Needed a place with AC and heat for teaching classes.  Found a used Birmingham school system classroom on craigslist and had it drug here.  I ran power and water to it and added steps, porches, and a covered area.  This classroom serves its purpose and is used several times a week by law enforcement, private security trainers, and private instructors. It is available for use by any certified instructor wanting a place to hold classes.  It is also available for events.

Main range construction

Main range construction

Started out as a drainage problem fix. Dug the wall out. Got ready for a pipe under the sidewalk. That was fun. Think pressure washer....

Main Range upgrade

Main Range upgrade

Had to address the septic tank. Can't move it and we are pouring concrete on it. Need a lid.

Main Range upgrade

Main Range upgrade

Needed space for more tables and access to dig out the back wall. Pulled out the old metal connex building.

Main Range upgrade

Main Range upgrade

Concrete going down. 40 x 16 with a curb for catching brass.

Main Range upgrade

Main Range upgrade

You can see the beginning of the new 25 yard berm and the right wall going back. Rain shut me down.

Main Range upgrade

Main Range upgrade

Rain rain go away....

Main Range Pistol side

Main Range Pistol side

We doubled our pistol shooting area on the public range.

Main Range rifle side

Main Range rifle side

Moved about 800 yards of dirt, built new berms, added more concrete benchrest tables and put down a gravel surface to eliminate muddy feet.

Rifle range construction

Rifle range construction

Cleared out the overhanging trees and started digging it wider.

Rifle range construction

Rifle range construction

Lee taking his turn at beating the roof off.

Rifle range construction

Rifle range construction

Roof coming off...

Rifle range construction

Rifle range construction

Used the backhoe and killed the old concrete pad. Buried it after a proper funeral...

Rifle range construction

Rifle range construction

Wanted to save these. Might need them again...

Rifle range construction

Rifle range construction

Here the pad is down, ready to form up the table.

Rifle range construction

Rifle range construction

Another bright idea of mine. Best use of space. Can get 10 shooters in a space we used to get 6.

Rifle range construction

Rifle range construction

Need trusses. Expensive to buy for a 40 foot span so I built them in my garage and hauled them to the range.

Rifle range construction

Rifle range construction

Truss construction. Turned out great.

Rifle range construction

Rifle range construction

Truss hanging. Another story in itself... bottom line... no one died.

Rifle range construction

Rifle range construction

Tied all the trusses together, ready for roof panels.

Rifle range construction

Rifle range construction

Got the roof on. Wow. Better than I had hoped for.

Rifle range construction

Rifle range construction

The finished product. A nice place to shoot. Just wish we had a wider space for a 25 yard berm...

New upgraded rifle range

New upgraded rifle range

10 shooting positions on a concrete table. Solid.

Rifle Range

Rifle Range

View downrange. Widened it 10 yards and added gravel to eliminate muddy feet.

Rifle Range seats 10

Rifle Range seats 10

Room for 10 shooters at a time here. Has dividers to keep brass off your neighbors.

Rimfire range pic

Rimfire range pic

Rimfire Range is finished. Ten shooting positions with a ton of steel reactive targets downrange.

Rimfire Range construction

Rimfire Range construction

Here the pad is done and wood laid out.

Rimfire Range

Rimfire Range

Rimfire range under construction.

Rimfire Range targets

Rimfire Range targets

Here are the plate racks we started out with on the rimfire range. 15 of them. I have added a bunch more reactive targets since opening.

Rimfire range construction

Rimfire range construction

Here the posts are going up. Each was anchored to the concrete.

Rimfire range construction

Rimfire range construction

Here the overhead structure is going together.

Rimfire range construction

Rimfire range construction

It is starting to shape up... and its pretty dang straight.

Rimfire range construction

Rimfire range construction

It was so big, it would not fit in one frame... had to get it from each side...

Rimfire range construction

Rimfire range construction

Got the roof on but we are out of gas. Done for the day.

Rimfire range construction

Rimfire range construction

Here the tables and seats are in. The shade is nice.

Rimfire range construction

Rimfire range construction

View of the rimfire shooting area. I've added targets regularly since getting it up and running. Over 100 now...

Rimfire range construction

Rimfire range construction

Another shot of the almost finished project.

Rimfire range construction

Rimfire range construction

These are the plate racks on the rimfire range. Each falls when hit and resets with a pull from a cable uprange. Sweet.

Rimfire range construction

Rimfire range construction

More targets. Lots to plink on. Set up now at 10, 15 and 22 yards out.

Rimfire range construction

Rimfire range construction

A shot of the targets on the rimfire range.

Rimfire range construction

Rimfire range construction

Looking back uprange from the targets.

Rimfire range construction

Rimfire range construction

Some of the swingers I added to the rimfire range. all made of AR500 1/4" thick steel plate.

Rimfire range construction

Rimfire range construction

Got the new signs up.

Steel Plate Range Construction

Steel Plate Range Construction

Started out well before sun up.

Steel range construction

Steel range construction

Got trucks on the way... got to be ready before they get here.

Steel range construction

Steel range construction

First truck unloads the first 10 yards of concrete.

Steel range construction

Steel range construction

Two trucks unloaded and we still need more. Waiting on the third truck...

Steel range construction

Steel range construction

This thing is huge. 150 by 16 feet. Going to have plenty of room to shoot.

Steel range construction

Steel range construction

Drug all the wood needed in one trip. One heavy trip.

Steel range construction

Steel range construction

Got the posts up and headers hung. Starting to take shape.

Steel range construction

Steel range construction

Fills your whole screen doesn't it.

Steel range construction

Steel range construction

Took a full day to screw the roof down. Lots of screws.

Steel range construction

Steel range construction

Roof is up. Shade is on. Nice.

Steel range construction

Steel range construction

Finished out, carpeted tables, divider screens, cool shade, tons of steel to bang on.

Steel range construction

Steel range construction

It is so big. Until you stand at one end and look down, its hard to see how big it really is.

Steel range construction

Steel range construction

Looking back up range from the targets...

Steel range construction

Steel range construction

Here is the north end.

Steel range construction

Steel range construction

Another attempt to get it in one frame.

Steel range construction

Steel range construction

Got the steel out ready for lead. These are at 20 yards.

Steel range construction

Steel range construction

Steel targets at 15 yards.

Steel range construction

Steel range construction

Steel targets at 10 yards.

Steel range construction

Steel range construction

Added more steel where I could.

Steel range construction

Steel range construction

More steel

Steel range construction

Steel range construction

more steel

Steel range construction

Steel range construction

Even more steel. Been adding more as funds are available... Join so I can buy more.

Training classroom

Training classroom

Another range upgrade was to get a classroom. Had to replace all the sheetrock and carpet inside.

Paper Range A

Paper Range A

Added a concrete base and covered area. It is now a paper only range.

Range Truck

Range Truck

One of the more fun things I have done with the range. Won it on govdeals.com for $5400. Kept it a year or so. Was fun to drive. Turned heads everywhere.

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