Pistol Range Construction Has Began !!

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by SWO1, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. SWO1

    SWO1 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting

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    Well acutually I started yesterday. Took the chainsaw and cleared brush behind where the target frames will go.

    Today was 60 deg. and sunny so fired up the skid loader and started moving dirt. Cleared off the burn pile spot first. Used that for the base of the pistol range backstop and started one for the 100 yd. rifle range right next to it also.

    The backstop will be dirt, sloped at 1':1'. The base is 12' wide so it will be 12' high. 4' wide at the top. I just got past the topsoil today. On down I hit CLAY....Thats good, and no rocks so far. The pile is about 5.5' high and thats all I can get with the little skid loader. The bucket won't get any higher. Hopefully tomorrow I will break out the "BIG MACHINE", The front loader. It has a bucket over 3 times bigger and will go up about 15'. AND MORE POWER....:p I am clearing around 20 yards back and 15' wide. It still has about a 6" slope from left to right so I have Plenty of dirt.

    First two pics show the backstop area. The small trees in front of the backstop dirt pile will be trimmed off at about 6-7' and the front of the dirt will slope over them to the top. Should help to hold it from slumping....for a while.

    Third pic is where my burn pile was and is where the Range/Shooting house will go. I'm thinking right now it will be 12' long and 8' deep. It will have a covered porch over the two lane shooting benches. I'm still thinkin and might put in three lanes.

    The 15 yards will be leveled from the line to the targets and 1" white rock spread about 3" deep.

    I have obtained plans off the Internet for mechanical target frames that we will use for Bulleyes matches. Material list has them at about $25 each. I will want something a little more sturdy and after modifications will probley come in around $50. But still a lot cheaper than thousands for commercial ones. They will operate manually to start, with steel cables and pullys ran from the frames back to the shooting house.
     

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  2. Gumpy

    Gumpy AKA Richard Prestage

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    Great work. Everyone needs there own gun range!! Seriously!!!!!!!!!!!
     

  3. greyhawk50

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    Most excellent. I'm envious...................
     
  4. squirrelhunter

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    That's a worth while project ;).
     
  5. SWO1

    SWO1 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting

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    Thanks guys. This will be my birthday present to me. Well really its for the whole family more than me. The grandkids and even the wife is excited about it and looking forward to using it a lot. If it works out I will go up the hill a little and put in a 50 yard Rim Fire Range with covered benches. Now all I have to do is figure how to work in a Trap and Skeet range in all this....:D

    Its supposed to rain Thursday so will have to get the dirt work done tomorrow or I'm hosed for a while. Rain forcasted for Thur, Sat, and Sun. If I get down to the clay and it rains...:eek: I'll have a Pond. Guess I will cut some drain ditches when I''m done tomorrow.
     
  6. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporting

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    Awesome project...keep us updated with the progress SW01 !!
     
  7. greyhawk50

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    The only thing that I see missing from the schedule is a couple RV spots with 30 amp outlets and a water hook-up.
    Just in case you need some of our members to help with the testing phase. ;)
     
  8. oldbrass

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    Awesome Job...Hey everybody, we`re all goin to SWO1 for a pistol shoot..yeeha !!!
     
  9. Hyphenated

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    That sure will be nice having a quality range on your own property. You have one more nice day to work on it before the rain comes.
     
  10. FOUR4D4

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    How cool is that?
     
  11. Shooter

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    What's behind the back stop? I'm sure all that dirt will stop any handgun round, but I'm just wondering.
     
  12. SWO1

    SWO1 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting

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    Oh...bout 130 acres of hardwood....some hills.

    According to several Range building documents, 3 Ft. of compacted dirt will stop any rifle round.
     
  13. SWO1

    SWO1 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting

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    Got the bulk of the dirt work done today. Expanded the backstop so if I decide to put in 3 tragets, even 4, I'm good. The backstop is just over 10 ft. but is still sloped in the front a good foot. The ground was wetter than we thought. Wet dirt is hard to work. Instead of cutting the slope down 6-8" we went up the hill and slowly graduated it down. Thats my brother-in-law on the front loader/backhoe.

    Next up will be laying out the yardage. Marking where the targets will go...laying out the building site. The backstop won't be prettied up until its been rained on some, and settled. After the rain and its dry I will put the boxblade on the tractor and do the fnish dirk work.
     

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  14. 1894

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    Lookin' very good :cool:
     
  15. FOUR4D4

    FOUR4D4 Moderator Moderator

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    You will have to give me directions there Frank
     
  16. SWO1

    SWO1 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting

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    If you get out this way let me know !! Same goes for anybody.

    Best thing is I got "clean dirt"...now there is an oxy-moron for ya. Clean meaning...NO ROCKS. Out of this entire area only picked out about half dozen baseball sized ones and that was by the tree line.
     
  17. oldbrass

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    SWO1 how far you from FT Leonardwood ?? I went to bootcamp there..
     
  18. SWO1

    SWO1 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting

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    I'm about 65 miles west. Make a trip every 90 days for prescription refills and commissary run.
     
  19. SWO1

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    For those who might be intrested, here is the basic plans for a turning target system. This one is ran by a 12 volt system and is what I think I will install at the pistol range. Really simple to constuct, and with some modifications will be a permenent installation. Link to the documents provided.

    http://www.starreloaders.com/edhall/turningsystemm.html
     

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  20. Shooter

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    You and me both!