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Questions for Gun Range Owners/Employees...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by fiVe, May 8, 2005.

  1. fiVe

    fiVe Well-Known Member

    What all is involved in maintaining a gun range?

    What differences are there between maintaining an indoor range vs. outdoor?

    How often do you "clean up" the lead at the end of the range and how specifially do you do it?

    For outdoor ranges, are there certain considerations/requirements in regards to ground water?

    Thanks for the info,

  2. GreenFurniture

    GreenFurniture Well-Known Member

    What is involved? Tons of stuff.

    Lead testing for all employees every 90 days. Lead training for all employees.

    I could answer your questions, but it would be easier for you to find the NSSF range FAQ.
  3. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Well-Known Member

  4. gbran

    gbran Well-Known Member

    Get the lead out

    Our only local indoor range has all the tech stuff to keep the lead out. They have ammo restrictions and a ventilation system that freezes you and blows the targets so badly that it's like trying to hit moving targets.
  5. fiVe

    fiVe Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info!
  6. Moonclip

    Moonclip Well-Known Member

    We used to sell the lead that accumulated in an outdoor range to a guy who made fishing weights out of all the scrap he melted. We had to pay a fairly small yearly fee to a state air quality commision of some sort. We were not considered that big of a polluter as a nearby business that used fiberglass or something along with resins paid alot more.

    City/county may have noise ordinance. Supposedely we were not suppose to have gunshots after 10pm, we were located close to homes and a school but I used to shoot 22lr late at night and no one complained. One resident told me he could hear the shots but just barely.

    It's been a while since I have dealt with running a range so that is what comes to the top of my head. And oh, if you rent guns don't be surprised if someone commits suicide with one evntually! It happens in our area about once a year or so at one of the local ranges. Many ranges require you already own your own guns or bring someone to shoot with you if you want to rent a gun to rudece this happening.

    In our one "incident" I was around for, it did not cause that much trouble actually. Guy we leased the property for was not too pissed, freaked out a couple of customers of course. We had to close for about 3 hours. City sent a hazmat team in moonsuits to clean up the mess after the ambulance took the body away.
  7. gewehr44

    gewehr44 Well-Known Member

    If you're serious about it, you should consider going to the NRA Range Development & Operations Conference. It covers everything from creating the business plan to lead removal. I just went to it last month & was overwhelmed with the amount of information.


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