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Importance of Indoor Shooting Range Ventilation Systems; CAD Design of HVAC, Duct Work, Exhaust Fans & More

When designing an indoor gun range one very important aspect is the ventilation system. There are a number of regulations that must be followed to ensure the safety of those within the indoor range. When designing a range, there are a lot of questions clients will ask about the ventilation system. Many people have misconceptions about the indoor range HVAC and or the ventilation system. Shooting Range Industries would like to first correct these common misconceptions and bring to light the importance of the ventilation system of an indoor gun range.

Shooting Range Regulations

When a client is ready to invest in an indoor gun range, one concern is the ventilation system. One frequently asked question or misconception is that you will need a different ventilation system for the different types of rounds used within the gun range. If this was true, the indoor range could never accommodate all of the customers or range users. The types of ammunition or rounds used in the range do not matter. The ventilation system can accommodate any type of ammunition.

Air Flow Speed at Indoor Shooting Range

Another common misconception is the air flow speed. When designing an indoor range the air flow speed is essential to remove all of the firing emissions. Some people will ask for a cheaper ventilation system with an air flow speed of about 50 feet per minute. This is wrong. To ensure safety and proper removal of emission, air flow speed must be at least 75 feet per minute. When designing an indoor range, as the client make sure to invest in a good ventilation system to ensure the safety of those inside. Additionally, air flow tests are required. However some people think the tests need to be done with a person or even a mannequin at the firing. However, neither is necessary to perform an air flow test.

Why Range Ventilation is Essential

When designing an indoor range, the ventilation or the HVAC system is important mainly for the safety of those inside. The risks of an indoor range is the emission created by the ammunition as it is fired. Ammunition consists of the bullet, the case, powder, and primer. When firing a round the striker will hit the primer which is a mini bomb that ignites the powder to propel the bullet. Naturally, the primer and gun powder will produce emissions, including carbon monoxide as well as lead particles which all can be toxic in high doses. Without a proper ventilation system, the emission, gases, and lead particles will accumulate inside the range creating a toxic and even deadly environment. To quickly remove the emissions, the gun range will require a superior ventilation system. Gun range HVAC systems must meet different requirements than any commercial or residential regulations. The filters used on these HVAC systems are also much different as they need to capture all of the particles in the air. When designing an indoor range, it is essential you seek out a qualified gun range design professional. A professional gun range designer will know what HVAC system will be needed for the size of the range you desire.

Custom Shooting Ranges with Ventilation & HVAC Systems

At Shooting Range Industries, all of our fabrication is done in house. Air quality is of the utmost importance when constructing an indoor shooting range. When you commission a custom shooting range from Shooting Range Industries, we provide you with a complete CAD design of recommended HVAC equipment selections; exhaust fans and blowers; filter racks and filters as well as full duct work designs, duct sizing, dampers and register selections. For quality indoor range designs, equipment, and more, contact Shooting Range Industries today.

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