Building a home shooting range is one of the best ways to become a better shooter. You can get ample time practicing with your firearms. While visiting a shooting range is a great idea, range fees can be expensive. Furthermore, most outdoor ranges will not allow you to set up targets as you would want. Visiting a shooting range means having to work around other shooters.
Building a backyard range can give you the freedom to shoot freely and set targets as you wish. Assuming you have a large piece of land, building a shooting range is a lot easier than you think. It is a fun project that will get you excited.
Steps to building your own shooting range
Safety must be upfront whenever we’re talking about guns and shooting. First, you need a safe area where you can legally shoot. You need to have a large space with enough backstop to ensure everyone is safe. Backstops are important, especially when handling rifles that can reach very long ranges.
Backstops can be built using railroad ties and loosely packed dirt. You also need a clear shooting lane that is not pointed towards any structures and equipment. If you’re not feeling safe in your own shooting range, then don’t practice any shooting. All safety considerations must be adhered to for the safety of everyone in the range.
Lastly, make sure you have a first aid kit in case of any medical emergencies. While chances of an accident are limited in a properly set up shooting range, it doesn’t hurt being prepared. The last thing you want is someone bleeding to death before paramedics arrive because you don’t have a first aid kit.
Next, you need to select an ideal shooting target for your practice. This is a fun section where you can choose from several great targets. Some of the common targets to consider include cardboard and traditional paper targets. You just need a target that best works for your range. It is worth noting that targets come in a wide range of sizes.
Targets require a stand to position them at a suitable shooting height. You can buy pre-made stands or just build them yourself using some 2 by 4 inches wood pieces. Another excellent choice of target is steel targets that can last up to a thousand rounds. Steel targets are extremely reliable and can last a lifetime with proper care.
There are all sorts of steel targets to consider ranging from silhouettes to plate racks. Steel targets exist in dynamic or still form. Dynamic steel targets are among the best falling or moving when shot making the shooting funnier and more challenging.
When selecting a suitable target, you need to be aware of the risks involved with the targets. There is a safety issue with ricochet, fire ignition, or damage to the targets. Make sure you understand the type of caliber to use and select matching targets. Make sure the area around the targets is cleared of any dry grass to reduce the risks of fires.
Setting up the shooting area
The last part of building your own shooting range is setting up the shooting area. You obviously need a shooting bench. For most people, this means buying a brand new bench or building one from scratch. If you’re a handy person, then building one is easy using a saw and a drill. However, if you’re not a handy person, there are great options out there to consider.
Apart from the bench, you might need a table and some chairs. A table provides an ample platform for mags and gun cases. Remember, this is a personal shooting range so you’re free to set it as you want. You can have some screens, plastic barrels, and any stuff you might think of when practicing simulated competition stages. You just need to set up your shooting area in a manner that makes the shooting funnier and more challenging.
Lastly, make sure you have something to help catch brass. This is a great way to save some money if you’re going to reload. You don’t need to invest heavily in this. A simple tarp spread on the ground can help catch brass.
Now that you have your range up and working, let’s see the benefits you stand to gain.
Benefits of building your own shooting range
- A personal shooting range gets the most out of your guns. If you own a huge collection of firearms, you have the chance of shooting them more often
- You have the freedom to shoot as much ammo as you want since there are no restrictions
- Increased safety since there are no other shooters around you
- You can save monthly range costs in the long term
There is a lot more to gain from a shooting range if you love shooting guns. Building your own shooting range is not difficult if you have the property. Just ensure there is enough safety and set up the targets and the shooting area.