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Busting Shooting Range Ventilation Myths; Airflow Testing, Ammunition Type Shot & More

The ventilation is one of the most important aspects of an indoor shooting range. It can be a challenge for people to understand what information is accurate, since there are plenty of misconceptions. We at Shooting Range Industries would like to discuss ventilation misconceptions and to relate the importance of range ventilation.

Myths & Facts About Shooting Range Ventilation

Myth: The air flow tests should be conducted with people or mannequins in shooting positions.
Fact: All air flow testing should be done on empty ranges. The testing and commissioning procedures on an empty range are the most accurate and proven to meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exposure levels.

Myth: The airflow speed in a range can be between 50 feet per minute and 75 feet per minute at the firing line.
Fact: The best range should be outlined for 75 feet per minute at the firing line or lines. The result should be an air flow that is not below 50 feet per minute at any individual point.

Myth: The type of rounds shot is impacted by the ventilation design.
Fact: It does not matter what types of rounds of ammunition is being shot or the frequency in a small arms range. For all ranges regardless a standard ventilation design works great. For long term success of any indoor shooting range, range ventilation is important. When the weapon fired from the respiratory zones to everyone in the range, the primary purpose of ventilation is to remove contaminants that are created. Airborne lead is produced from the friction of the lead slug leaving the gun barrel as lead styphnate are in the exploding primers. When a weapon fires, contaminants including carbon monoxide are also spawned as well. These harmful elements are removed from the ventilation system. To retain the range at a negative pressure to the surrounding building space, the ventilation for well-designed and properly installed system is another important aspect. In the range space, the contaminants will need to be contained. In addition to preserving the surfaces of the building and non-range spaces free of contamination, it prevents ingestion of the harmful particulates. Customers and staff members are ensured a healthy and safe indoor range as a result. Along with range masters and fellow shooters as the smoke is also removed, the ventilation system will allow the visibility to remain high so targets can be seen.

Custom Shooting Ranges with Superior Ventilation Systems

Your system can keep the contaminants and particulates from hindering the success of your indoor range with the right design of a ventilation of your indoor range, and is properly maintained. Call the specialists of Shooting Range Industries to discuss the options of your ventilation system and other important aspects and features. In order to accommodate your needs, we custom design shooting ranges of all sizes. Our experts can help you design the ultimate range, no matter if your range is for law enforcement, military personnel, security professionals, or open to the public. Call us to schedule your appointment today!

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