Today’s environment calls for confident officers trained through both simulation and live fire so they can identify threats and act decisively in seconds. Yet increased training for officers has raised concerns about indoor range safety. Hence, range operators must make every effort to address safety concerns.
Considerations for Ensuring Safe and Effective Training
While the most obvious and extreme safety concerns on a range include death and serious bodily harm, fortunately, these occurrences are exceedingly rare. Other less serious, and far more common concerns affecting both shooters and range staff include the potential loss of hearing by the continued discharge of firearms, the hazard of ricochet fragments, and the potential damage caused by excessive exposure to lead contaminates.
To ensure a safe, noise absorbent, and environmentally sound indoor gun range, the following are the critical things to consider:
Ballistic Safety. All surfaces exposed to gunfire need to be assessed for ricochet potential. The most critical area of misdirected shots to compromise a shooter’s safety is typically the area between the firing line to twelve feet downrange.
Hearing/Sound Concerns. Most experienced officers understand the need for hearing protection while on the firing line. It is mandatory in most facilities and it is the range operator’s responsibility to ensure this policy is enforced.
Eye Protection. Since the typical range has become increasingly complex with more advanced target equipment, additional lighting, and other related safety equipment, the hazard of redirected particles and ricocheted bullet fragments has increased the risk of eye and facial injuries.
Lead Exposure. Lead can be a silent killer. It can build up in your body’s organs and bones and slowly cause permanent, irreversible damage to your body. Thus, extra care must be taken to protect people inside the range whenever lead dust is being created.
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June 23, 2023
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