Do any of your clubs use baffles on your outdoor ranges to prevent shots from going over the target berms? We have the problem of a community starting to grow around us and wanting to force us out. We have been in the same spot for about 65 years are don't want them to have any excuses to file more complaints over. Bullets leaving the property is a biggie if it happens.
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December 30, 2005, 10:51 PM
no, but i recall the delaware ohio public range having some contraption that appeared to be for that purpose. since it was riddled with holes, i always wondered about the effectiveness. (granted, it's probably better than nothing)
December 30, 2005, 11:38 PM
Baffles are pretty common at some ranges in Tejas.
And FMJ rifle ammo is often prohibited, not necessarily because it penetrates baffles so handily, but when it hits the ground short of target, it can skip OVER the berms. :eek:
December 31, 2005, 05:21 PM
Our club was forced to install baffles after somebody in a new subdivision said a bullet that entered his house came from our range. Nevermind that ballistics experts say it could not have come from our range; the police chief demanded we have them installed.
Originally, they were supposed to be the "tunnel" type. As it turns out, the chief agreed to metal and wood baffles that look more like billboard signs, with the wooden panels about 6 feet off the ground.
While it seemed like a pain in the neck at the time, it now makes it impossible for someone to get a shot over the treeline, unless he's doing so intentionally.
December 31, 2005, 05:29 PM
You should see the system we have at the Braintree Rifle and Pistol Club. It is surrounded by suburban development. Berms and beams. Quite extensive.
December 31, 2005, 05:42 PM
I'd love to see some pictures when you get time and opportunity. I'm on the BOD and we are starting to gather info from all sources on what works. Naturally we are looking for cost containment as well.
December 31, 2005, 05:43 PM
Baffles allow you to control "wild rounds" by funneling the shooters line of sight directly to a backstop. These baffles are constructed like a stud wall with panels made from treated wood on both sides.....then filled with pea gravel to create a 6-8" wall. If the round gets past the first baffle, there are two additional baffles to trap the bullet. Second photo shows a down range view from the shooters perspective, design needs to prevent shooter from aiming over the top (intentionally or by accident)