Setting Up Your Own Range: What to Do and What Not to Do
One of the things Americans across the country seriously enjoy is target shooting. With that in mind maybe you would like to set up your own range for a fun place to shoot. We like working on our aim, we like steadying our grip and we can all relate to the thrill and rush of hitting the mark. One thing any and all shooters will know is that if you want to up your shooting game, you’re going to need to practice!
Personal Ranges and Why They Could Be Helpful
Many Americans, who have the space set up personal shooting ranges where they work on their aim and practice shooting regularly. Though you don’t need to have a personal range to improve your skills, having one doesn’t hurt.
Having a place to shoot at home saves you the time of making a trip to the local shooting range. It also helps on days where you just want to shut up and fire off a few rounds without interacting or engaging with anyone else. If you are someone who is in the process of setting up your own personal shooting range, here are some tips us veterans would like to offer!
The Dos of Setting Up a Personal Range
- Do invest in high quality steel targets:
We’re not just saying this because we manufacture them; we’re saying this because high quality AR500 steel shooting targets are easier to use.They are simpler to work with and most of all, they do not require frequent replacement even if you’re firing high caliber rounds.
Other target types will become a hassle and be costly in the long run. Further, you can’t work with paper targets when it’s raining but you can with steel!
- Do keep in mind the range of the bullets you’re firing: You need to make sure that others who may be situated around your marked firing range area are kept safe. In order to do this, it helps to have a sense of the range of your projectiles and mark your red-zone accordingly.
This process is not to be taken lightly. Know what you’re firing and allot the area for your range accordingly to make sure others are safe.
- Do place danger signs: Even if it is a personal shooting range, you need to make sure that people know that there are times when the area could be hazardous. Make sure you put up signs and indications to warn people that the area is in fact a personal shooting range!
The Don’ts of Setting Up a Personal Range
Now that we’re clear on what you should do, here are some things you shouldn’t do even if it’s your own range.
- Don’t dismiss all range rules: There are range rules like limitations on firearm types or caliber as well as others which you might not want to adhere to on your personal shooting range. That being said, there are many range rules like looking beyond your target and heeding calls like ceasefire that are necessary for safety. Even if it is your own range, never ignore range safety rules.
- Don’t leave your arms unattended: If you have an outdoor range in proximity to the home and have kids, try not to leave your arsenal out and unattended. When you’re done practicing, put your stuff away so your kids don’t get their hands on it and get curious. Have a shed with a gun safe built if need be but don’t leave your firearms open and unattended.
- Don’t try to build a personal range if you don’t have the space: Remember one of the advantages of public firing ranges is they are massive. This means stray bullets and rounds are at less risk of harming others.
If you live in a crowded location or don’t have the space to account for misfires and strays, stick with the public range and wait till you have the space to build your own!
If you’re clear on the instructions above and feel that building a personal range is a good idea, go for it! If you’re looking to equip your range with AR500 steel plates, gongs and other shooting target options, give us a shout and we’ll sort you out!