Range designs vary, but most conform to a general plan and organization. Civilian ranges are different from police ranges, though some are used by both private shooters and local law enforcement. Shooting lanes for police sidearm training and qualification generally have barricades, wooden panels for barricade shooting and training, and areas marked at 7, 15, 25 yards with some extending to 50 yards. 50 yards with a sidearm is a long way, many departments discourage engagement at such ranges. Few police ranges accommodate ranges beyond 25 yards. Well equipped and planned police ranges will have a skeet range for shotgun training and familiarization and a rifle range for long guns.
NATO 5.56 x 45mm (.223)
One of the complaints about the NATO 5.56 x 45mm (.223) is the bullets lack penetration power at extended range. This makes the .223 an ideal round for the police. Police rifles resulted from the North Hollywood Shootout, where the police found themselves seriously out gunned against illegally converted fully automatic long guns. Many agencies then allowed their officers at their own expense to carry semi-automatic firearms. The perpetrators wore effective but homemade body armor. Police reported that their sidearms where ineffective and that the bullets were bouncing off the bad guys armor. Because of the light bullets used that effectiveness of the .223 drops off rapidly making it a good choice for police use in urban areas, close to moderate range body armor penetration, with accurate delivery beyond the typical police sidearm. Police tactical team snipers also require considerable range time.
Why People Go to a Shooting Range
Civilians shoot for different reasons. Sporting contests, training and firearms testing and familiarization. Most handgun ranges seldom exceed 25 to 30 yards, where rifle ranges are about 300 yards, or around 100 yards minimum.
Many ranges utilize a berm that needs regular cleaning of projectiles. Other ranges have bullet traps to funnel the bullets into a collection chamber. Bullet traps are present in nearly all indoor ranges and make bullet recover more efficient.
Led VS Brass, Bronze or Copper Bullets
Lead, the bugaboo of politicians is generally not a problem. Blood samples taken before and after an extended range session fail to show any rise in lead content. Lead contamination in indoor ranges is usually abated by ventilation flowing towards the targets where it is filtered. Many believe that the lead issue is blown out of proportion and should be a non-issue. However, legislation in many states are banning lead core bullets, equipping the shooter with monolithic brass, bronze or copper projectiles, in many cases exhibiting better performance than the original lead core bullets.
Types of Shooting Competitions
Shotgun sports clays, skeet and trap are popular sports and shotgun ranges usually include a ‘trap house’ providing protection for the clay thrower and operator. Trap, skeet and double trap are Olympic sports as well. Various types of competitive shooting are available at most ranges, indoor and out. Conventional Pistol is a three-gun aggregate shot with a .22 Pistol, centerfire and .45 pistols. Centerfire can be shot with the .45, but many shoot 9mm or revolvers. Falling plate, bowling pin, silhouettes and bull’s eye. Same for rifles, service rifles either a AR15, M14/M1A or M1 Garand are approved weapons. Bench Rest competitions are popular at 300, 600 or at 1000 yards, range facility restricted.
Firearm Training & Practice in Custom Shooting Ranges
Shooting is fun, teaches hand eye coordination, prepares one for possible armed confrontation and generally provides fun, informal, training and competitive enjoyment. Shooting Range Industries offers custom shooting ranges to assist you in your practice and training. Contact us to learn more today.