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Outdoor VS Indoor Shooting Ranges; Bullet Containment, Noise Abatement & More

Law enforcement and military personnel can better hone their life skills on an ideal shooting range. Even those that compete, hunt, or simply need to blow off steam on the range excel when the shooting range offers them the various advantages. Keeping safe and offering optimal features to allow for advanced techniques is desired. Deciding on if you do better on an outdoor range or an indoor range can also add to the experience. Today, we at Shooting Range Industries would like to discuss outdoor ranges VS indoor ranges to help you decide which range skills you would like to develop.

Outdoor Shooting Ranges

Pros: Outdoor ranges generally feature standardized and less expensive equipment. If the budget is limited, outdoor ranges are more pocket-book friendly. Tactical situations for realistic simulation can be easily set up for both law enforcement and military exercises.
1) Outdoor shooting ranges tend to give the shooters more space, allowing for long range shooting along with more room for training skills. Military and law enforcement have more opportunity to expand their potential as they are able to move more freely.
2) More tactical freedom, distance, vehicle scenario, and terrain-based exercises are an advantage with the increased firing mobility.
3) The variation of size and type of ammo use is less limited.

Cons: Because not all sites are shooting range-ready, soil engineering and earthwork can get a little expensive. To ensure the bullet containment which will increase developing cost, preparing the soil can require excessive excavation.
1) Due to the expense of 100% containment, bullet containment can be a challenge and impractical.
2) Muffling the noise can be near to impossible with outdoor ranges. You can sooner rather than later discover your range will have be shut down once the houses and neighborhoods encroach.

Indoor Shooting Ranges

Pros: Indoor ranges are far more convenient for military and law enforcement professionals to get to as indoor ranges can be built nearly anywhere, even in the center of developed cities. If the members of your shooting range can reduce the time and cost to get to the far-off distance outdoor ranges, they will likely go more often.
1) Outdoor ranges are limited when weather conditions are excessive, whereas indoor ranges can continue to operate.
2) Indoor ranges can improve more readily with upgrades and modern technical advancements.
3) The retail value increases with indoor ranges.
Cons: Indoor ranges can get more expensive with building the structure as suppressing sound and meeting all the additional requirements can be overwhelmingly expensive. The OSHA and EPA requirements for ventilation systems and HVAC systems get ecru cost in addition to the structural expenses.
1) Depending on the zoning indoor ranges can come with more limitations and constraints, limiting the type and calibers shot.

Custom Shooting Ranges Designed & Built in the USA

Ultimately, the shooting range should reflect what your goals are and customer base. Shooting Range Industries can consult with you on the type of shooting range you want to construct as well as discuss the important features. Call us today to get started!