There's a real risk of ground richochets and high shots going from the Action Range into the Rifle Range. The club has rebuilt the Action Range to mitigate that risk, but members have a role in that mitigation.
Here is the new layout of the Action Range:
As you can see below, part of the impact area from the Action Range, from the two right hand firing positions, includes the 500 and 600 berms on the rifle range:
All targets must be no more than six (6) feet from an impact berm. This minimizes ground richocets and high shots, which could go into the Rifle Range. That risk is NOT eliminated, which is why firing on the Action Range ceases when members go past the 200 yard berm.
If you look at the next photo, you can see where members have been shooting well away from the 40 yard berm. Again, all targets on the Action Range must be no more than 6 feet from any impact berm.
If you want to shoot at targets at less than 40 yards, use the pistol bays, keeping in mind the limits on which firearms are acceptable in that part of the range.
Here's a close of that location:
And this how shooters should be alligned on the Action Range:
Club members put a lot of time and money into having a safe shooting range.
Some people don't respect that. Ecoblocks in the falling plate bays have been damaged by gun fire:
Not only is this destructive, it's dangerous. Shooting steel plates that are positioned to deflect bullets away from shooters is one thing; shooting a vertical wall of concrete is another thing.
Both bays have this problem:
This may not be deliberate targeting of the ecoblocks, but a result of placing portable target stands in the falling plate bays. This is against range rules; the only targets allowed in the falling plate bays are the falling plates themselves.
Thank you for your cooperation.
The Action Range Is Open Again!
North slope steps and warning sign
The new firing line
Thanks to the efforts of 10 volunteers, the Action Range is open again! The following tasks were completed:
- The firing line berm was graveled on both sides, as was the access road into the action range
- Steps were built on the north slope and east end
- Firing lane posts were installed
- Shooting benches were positioned on the firing line
- The parking area was graveled, graded, and marked off
- Signs were installed
These changes and improvements are intended to prevent bullets from the Action Range from impacting in the rifle range. Note that the Action Range must go to yellow when the black and yellow checkered flag is flying, as people are down past the 200 yard berm, working on targets.
The Action Range now has the following features:
- Graveled firining providing level or slightly downward shooting
- 40 yard impact berm
- 80 yard impact berm
- Safety Area
The 40 yard impact berm has the following features:
- Two shooting benches
- Target frame with backing
- Shooting lane markers
All shooting from the firing line to the 40 yard berm must be between these markers and the side berm
The 80 yard berm has these features:
- Three shooting benches
- Left and right firing lane markers
- Steel stand for targets
- AR500 steel disk, 6 inch diameter
- No target frames have been installed as yet, but club members may use the portable target frames and backing from the pistol bays, provided those are placed at the base of the berm.
Left and right markers for the 80 yard berm
The rules for this range now includes:
- No cross shooting between 40 and 80 yard berms. Shoot within the firing lanes.
- Within the firing lanes, shoot directly at the berm.
- All targets must be at the base of the berms, between 2 to 4 feet off the ground. No targets are allowed between the berms and firing lines.
The Action Range still needs the 80 yard berm moved further to the south, and extended around the east side, to fully enclose it. A separate shooting area will eventually be set up on the east side of the Cook Shack. Until suitable construction equipment can located for that work, the Action Range will remain open.
Securing the east steps
Buidling the north slope steps
Moving timbers into position
Professional consultations in progress
Competent supervision is a must for any successful project!
This 3/8" plate was on the 200 yard berm, and this was how it was found on the ground. A .338 bullet was found near it:
The steel plates on the 50 and 100 yard berms have also been shot to pieces.
The steel plates purchased by the range, using your dues and donations to the Rifle Range, can withstand pistol and rifle rounds up to about 7.62mm (.308). Bullet velocity should be below 3,000 fps at the point of impact (to avoid pitting), and less than 3,500 ft lbs of energy at impact. They can generally be used with large calibers at 300 yards and beyond.
The posts are being removed from the 50, 100, and 200 yard berms for use on the Action Range, once the safety improvements are completed. Only the 300 to 800 yard berms will have permanent steel targets.
REMINDER: THE ACTION RANGE IS CLOSED FOR SAFETY REASONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
More work on the Action Range! Our biggest problem is getting suitable earth moving equipment -- the club can't afford to rent any at this time. But there would be none at all if the club had not purchased the new tractor. The latest effort comes to us thanks to Randy Kerby:
And from the other direction:
More gravel is needed on the slopes, and then the firing positions will be established.
And in another of the range: Poles and trees!
Our lease agreement requires that this particular property line have these boundary markers to clearly mark where the range starts. The club mows the entire area, back to the rental home, as part of the lease, but our operations stop here.
(We are also required to post warning signs around the rest of the range; that small sign to the right of the poles is what will be installed sometime this fall.)
And in other parts of the range, we now have ... ... TREES!
The conditional use permit requires trees along the northern boundary for noise abatement. After much research, the Austrian Pine was selected as the tree of choice. These grow well in this area, but require watering for 2 years. An irrigation system will be installed for this purpose. For the time being, the trees will be watered manually.
It's difficult to see, but there are two rows, with the trees planted 10 feet apart. The rows are 5 feet apart, and staggered, for maximum coverage. This is the first planting; more will be planted along the Archery Range.
Tree planting planned and coordinated by Bob Fulgham! Helping with this planting were Steve Anderson, Randy Kerby, and Jeff Stidham