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How do I know which type of bullet trap to use?
Your Usage . . .
Outdoor – Steel Bullet trap with bucket collection system
Indoor – High usage military/law enforcement – Steel Bullet Trap with Lead and dust collection system
Indoor – Tactical – Granulated Rubber Trap – No lead or dust collection system required
Indoor – Commercial – Granulated Rubber Trap – No lead of dust collection system required
What size rubber should I use in my rubber trap?
1 1/4” to 1 1/2″ in diameter…Why? Larger diameter allow the bullet to penetrate deeper in to the granulated rubber bedding. Smaller diameters of 3/8″ to 1/2″ or smaller do not allow the bullet to penetrate creating hot spots close to the surface.
Why is the range ceiling so low and can mine be higher if I have the room?
8’ is the typical ceiling height. This allows room for the target retriever. OSHA requires 3” clearance for moving objects passing overhead, we like that height to be 6’8” from the floor to the bottom of the retriever. The main reason is conditioned air space. Anything higher that 8’ that just more air volume to move and since a range is one big room, you will heating/cooling or both a lot more air that just makes your range more expensive to operate.
Why do I need a drop ceiling above my shooting lanes?
Drop ceilings add cost but do two important things. They reduce the heated and cooled air space, creating a range ceiling. Keep in mind whether your range is static or tactical, the baffles do not contain air, they only deflect stray bullets down range and protect your roof, the benefit is lower operating cost. Drop ceilings also reduce or eliminate noise emissions. Noise that escape from most ranges happens because they do not have a drop ceiling installed.
How wide do my shooter lanes need to be
We recommend 4’. This provides you with plenty of room to allow an instructor to be in the same stall with their student.
Do I need acoustic material?
Yes. It is important to understand that the noise levels at the shooting positions are as important as the sound levels at the property lines. Acoustical material are not cheap but are required. Choosing proper materials to be used in your range even more important. There are products pushed by our competitors that are cheaper, but do not meet building codes fire ratings. Our products meet and exceed these and all noise level requirements.
How much acoustic material do I need?
For starters 3 -5 baffle rows towards the trap and then everything back from that point. Side and rear wall(s), those baffle lines, the safety ceiling and the space or egress behind the shooting line.
Do I need to put something on my baffle plates?
At a minimum 3-5 baffle lines toward the trap should be covered with acoustical material that is also rated for anti-splatter, anti-ricochet. If your range is tactical you will need this same material on all baffles lines leading toward your trap.
How thick do my walls need to be?
Range walls at a minimum should be 8” thick solid poured or filled CMU.
Do I need to protect my range walls?
We recommend at a minimum to cover your walls 3 -5 baffle rows towards the trap and then everything back from that point. Side and rear wall(s), the baffle lines, the safety ceiling and the space or egress behind the shooting line. This does not mean you need a ballistic plate lining the walls, but if your walls are not solid, then you will have to line your walls. If you plan to have full functioning tactical range you will need additional features if you plan to shoot at your wall, please contact us for further information.
I have a retail area; how much noise will my customers hear?
This is one of the biggest problems we see from our competitor reluctance to equip ranges with the right acoustical materials. If it is not done correctly the noise levels will drive your customers out. This all stems from another question, “How much acoustic material do I need? The fact is, sound travel through the path of least resistance. There are many things you can do not only inside the range but also on the outside of the range walls. Think of it this way, ever been in a movie theater and wonder why you can’t hear the sound of the movie until you open the door? The noise emissions exceed 120dba, at D5 forgetting the importance of sound engineering is a critical component of any range and we will walk you through it so you can open yours on time and without issues.
How do I manage the noise coming from my range?
You as a range owner will need to understand this first. The permitable noise level in dba is a city/county or sometimes both ordnance you must research first. 60 to 65 dba is a standard sound level for starters. Remember the lower the number the stricter the requirement.
How fast does the air need to move across the shooters back?
65 to 75 feet per minute. Our systems are completely balanced so the flow is comfortable and exceeds permitable requirements for range operation.
What is tactical range?
It is a range where drills, movement happens forward of the shooting line and should only be performed by properly trained personnel.
What is a static range?
It is a range where shooting is only conducted at the shooting line. It does not advance past this line, unlike that seen in a tactical range.
Can I shoot tactical in my static range?
No. It is not designed for forward shooting. Attempting to do this may result in damage to the property, injury or death to personnel attempting to use a range not designed in this manner.
How bright does my range lighting need to be?
Are the lights bullet proof?
No. The lights are actually in the ceiling, always shielded by the lowest point of the baffle plates. Regardless of whether you retriever comes with target lighting, the full range needs to be well lighted to make sure you know what’s on your range, this goes equally for you trap.
Can I have window in my range?
Yes, but only windows and frames that are ballistic rated.
18000 Jefferson Street
Union, IL 60180