This is where I will send most days during the Spring, Summer and Fall months, and maybe a couple trips a month during winter. No swimming pool or recreation hall, but it’s the best place I can think of for someone with a safe full of guns. The shooting club I belong to built this in the spring/summer 2012. Building is 96 x 20 on concrete slab with 8 shooting stations. Each bench was hand poured and set on grout filled block with rebar embedded so they are solid. Additional seating for spectators is provided along the back wall. Each station has an adjustable stool to accommodate shooters of all ages. One station is handicap accessible. Berms are located at 100, 200, 300, 500, 600, 700, 800 and 1000 yards, with steel targets permanently set. Moveable target frames can be set from 25 yds to 1000. Rimfire silhouettes are set at 25, 50, 75 and 100. The pistol range is to be upgraded this year, covered shooting line on concrete slab. Shotgun practice area should be finished by summer. This is a private range with access to members and guests only. If you get to NE Oregon and need to shoot, get a hold of me, I’ll be happy to take you out.
The pictures were taken before final grading was finished.
Heaven forbid somebody with a big gun with a muzzle brake get under that roof.
We thought about roofing our rifle range but decided we didn't need it here in NM
Hopefully the benches are far enough out.
ol' Bushy In the Cottonwoods
"How many of us really need all the big bores we have? The need is not physical, the need is mental, emotional, spiritual, or whatever tag one wishes to apply. Dreams make life bearable. And hopefully for some of us, the dreams become reality".
The subject of big calibers and muzzle brakes was discussed before construction started.
Big magnums with brakes, 50BMG, are shot off benches outside. The benches are far enough forward that rifle muzzles are out past the side walls.
The dimensions of the bench tops are: 55” long, 36” wide, with 9” x 18” cutouts on each side of the rear of the top. They are 4” concrete with a rebar mat with 3, 12” long rebar dowels out of the bottom to anchor them into the grout filled concrete blocks. All corners, inside or outside have a 3” radius.
Dress code?? A western shirt with fancy buttons would be considered formal attire.
I suspect that the plans for those benches are or were at one time published somewhere, as out local club built some just like them about five (5) years ago. They are stout and work very well, but being of concrete, they are hard on all the equipment and necessitate having a protective barrier between them and anything nice. For that purpose, I keep a folded blanket and an all cotton bath mat in my gear. The large bath mat is the better choice due to being less vulnerable to wind.
Great benches that will last forever if not abused.
Something that makes a great "all weather" type mat for the tops of shooting benches are the rubber backed entryway mats that service companies use in convenience stores. If they have some that are getting worn or tatty, they will sell them and are reasonably priced. The can be cut to your bench shape and won't fray. Keeps the concrete benches firearms friendlier. Got them on our benches and they work pretty good.
“The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.” Jeff Cooper