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Indoor Gun Range Ventilation Design Myths, Importance of Regulations & Standards & More

One of the most important aspects of an indoor shooting range is the ventilation. But it has many misconceptions and it can be a challenge for people to understand what information is accurate. We at Shooting Range Industries would like to elaborate on some of those misconceptions and discuss the importance of range ventilation.

Indoor Shooting Range Ventilation Facts

Misconception: The ventilation design is impacted from the type of rounds shot.
Truth: In a small arms range, it does not matter what types of rounds or ammunition is being shot or the frequency. A standard ventilation design works great for all ranges regardless.
Misconception: At the firing line, the airflow speed in a range can between 50 feet per minute and 75 feet per minute.
Truth: At the firing line or lines, the ideal range should be outlined for 75 feet per minute. At any individual point, the result should be an air flow that is not below 50 feet per minute.
Misconception: With people or mannequins in shooting positions, the air flow tests should be conducted.
Truth: Empty ranges should be when all air flow testing is done. Proven to meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exposure levels, the testing and commissioning procedure on an empty range are the most accurate and ideal.

Importance of Shooting Range Ventilation Design Standards

– Range ventilation is important for long term success of any indoor shooting range. The primary purpose of ventilation is to remove contaminants that are created when the weapon fired from the respiratory zones to everyone in the range. Lead styphnate are in the exploding primers and airborne led is produced from the friction of the lead slug leaving the gun barrel. Additionally, contaminates including carbon monoxide are also spawned when a weapon fires. The ventilation system removes these harmful elements from the air.
– Another important aspect of the ventilation for well designed and properly installed system is to retain the range at a negative pressure to the surrounding building space. The contaminants will need to be contained in the range space. It prevents ingestion of the harmful particulates as well as preserves the surfaces of the building and non-range spaces free of contamination. As a result, customers and staff members are ensured a healthy and safe indoor range.
– Finally, the ventilation system will allow the visibility to remain high so targets can be seen in addition to range masters and fellow shooters as the smoke is also removed.

Custom Shooting Range Design & Construction

With the right design of a ventilation of your indoor range, and it being properly maintained, your system can keep the contaminants and particulates from hindering the success of your indoor range. To discuss the options of your ventilation system and other important aspects and features, call the specialists of Shooting Range Industries. We custom design shooting ranges of all sizes to accommodate your needs. Whether your range is for law enforcement, military personnel, security professionals, or open to the public, our experts can help you design the ultimate range. Call us to schedule your appointment today!

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