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#6248204 - 04/04/16 10:31 PM Indoor Range Ideas
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I'm getting ready to build my shop and am toying with the idea of an indoor range (handguns only). I was planning on doing 3/16 plate on the purlin, 2 sheets of 3/4 ply on top of that, and a layer of sandbags in front of that. I'm planning on making it 8 x 8 and I'll be shooting from 50'. I know the sandbags will have to be replaced regularly- other than that, what would you do differently or would you do it at all? I have an outdoor range for rifles, but I want a place to shoot after dark and in the rain.
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#6248326 - 04/05/16 06:37 AM Re: Indoor Range Ideas [Re: KC]
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What type bullet are you wanting to use? Our indoor range is lead/plated for handgun and 22 rifle. One thing that works is belting from elevator augers hung like a curtain. The back wall is set at an angle with steel plate and covered with concrete on the exterior.
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#6248376 - 04/05/16 07:40 AM Re: Indoor Range Ideas [Re: KC]
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I'd skip the 3/16" plate, and plywood layer, and install some AR 400. It'll never go bad, and you won't have plywood shards to deal with. I would also have some mild steel projecting toward the shower on each side of the armor steel, and the top. When the bullets hit the armor they splatter in 360°. That will keep those bullet pieces in the bullet trap.
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#6248407 - 04/05/16 08:13 AM Re: Indoor Range Ideas [Re: KC]
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I think I'd copy a commercial bullet trap concept. Have someone weld up one for you using the appropriate steel, make it about thirty inches by thirty inches, and mount it to a wheeled cart. Thats just me, though.
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#6248417 - 04/05/16 08:18 AM Re: Indoor Range Ideas [Re: KC]
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Ventilation to clear lead dust in the air is extremely important. Lead dust settling from the air onto the floor is a serious health risk.

Search for NIOSH articles on the subject.

Here are a couple for starters:

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ranges/

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/wp-solutions/2010-113/pdfs/2010-113.pdf



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#6248514 - 04/05/16 09:34 AM Re: Indoor Range Ideas [Re: KC]
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As jeffbird says, the problem and expense with an indoor range isn't stopping the bullets, it's ventilation.
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#6248534 - 04/05/16 09:58 AM Re: Indoor Range Ideas [Re: RiverRider]
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Originally Posted By: RiverRider
I think I'd copy a commercial bullet trap concept. Have someone weld up one for you using the appropriate steel


Many welders will say AR 400, 500 can't be welded, which is hogwash.
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#6248544 - 04/05/16 10:07 AM Re: Indoor Range Ideas [Re: jeffbird]
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Originally Posted By: jeffbird
Ventilation to clear lead dust in the air is extremely important. Lead dust settling from the air onto the floor is a serious health risk.

Search for NIOSH articles on the subject.

Here are a couple for starters:

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ranges/

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/wp-solutions/2010-113/pdfs/2010-113.pdf


Excellent point. Or limit your indoor shooting to lead free ammo only.
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#6248549 - 04/05/16 10:15 AM Re: Indoor Range Ideas [Re: KC]
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That's why I was thinking either sand or square bales. Most handgun rounds will stop in the sand, so no dust/splatter to deal with.
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