How to Build Your Own Shooting Range

The last thing you want to do is let your shooting skills get rusty. Whether you’re in it for hunting or personal safety, owning a gun and using it requires a precision that doesn’t come naturally. Shooting takes time, technique, and plenty of practice.

And that issue of practice is not as easy as it sounds. With space at a premium, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find convenient, affordable gun ranges to practice your skills.

Firearm laws vary wildly across the country but if it’s legal in your area, shooting on your own property is as convenient as it gets. If you’re looking to create your own shooting range at home, there are a few things you need to know.

How much space will you need?

The space you’ll need for your shooting range depends on several factors. Your city might have laws in place to regulate the amount of land you need. If you live in an urban environment, that is very likely the case. If you’re part of a homeowner’s association, that can throw a wrench into your shooting plans as well.

However, an area with steep hills or dense trees can cut down on the space you need. They act as natural safety buffers for your exploits. But in general, a strip of land 100 yards in depth is plenty if you can properly secure the area.

Indoor or outdoor range?

Indoor and outdoor ranges each have their own perks and limitations. The best option for you will depend on your location and what kind of shooting you’re looking to do. For example, firing a rifle will always be easier to do outdoors.

If you live in a densely populated area, an indoor range is really your only way to go. It’s your only means of insuring your neighbors’ safety and remaining courteous of potential issues they might have. The key here will be determining your own needs and the budget you have to make a private shooting range a reality.

For outdoor ranges: Set up a backdrop

An outdoor range has some amazing perks; it’s cheaper, it’s something you can adjust over time, and it requires very little preparation for when you want to practice. The most important aspect to an outdoor range, however, is setting up a secure backdrop.

The easiest backdrop to create is an earthen mound. A well-made dirt backstop works wonderfully at stopping even high-powered projectiles. Renting a tractor or industrial equipment for a day is all you need to create a dirt backdrop as well.

For indoor ranges: Consider everything you’ll need

Indoor ranges are more complicated to build but also provide a great shooting experience. With an indoor range, you’ll need to start with bulletproof walls and possibly a baffle to redirect bullets away from the ceiling.

But there are more intricate things to consider as well. You will need proper ventilation to the range to prevent breathing in air that’s littered with debris and harmful gasses. The acoustics will matter as well unless you enjoy your ears ringing for the rest of the day.

If you’re looking to build your own range, figure out what will work best for you. A proud owner of a single handgun will have much different needs than that of someone who owns an entire collection. But with careful planning and consideration, you can have year-round shooting convenience right outside your back door.

Alex Briggs is a contributing author for D5 Ranges.

 

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