Blue Mountain Sportsman’s Center, New York
Construct a 25 position Bulls Eye Range with target lines at 15-25-50 yds. A 50 yd 15 position 6 ft oc target Action Pistol Range with a rubber backstop trap. A 25 yd Moving Target Range for law enforcement training range. Rebuilt the Practical Pistol Range only 25 yds deep as opposed to the existing 50 yd range.
The bullet traps will be preconstructed for the 50 yd Action Pistol Range and site-constructed for the other three (3) pistol ranges. In addition to the bullet trap backstops, the design provides an overhead baffle and horizontal bullet catcher to prevent potential skips and overshooting of the bullet traps and are proposed to be installed up range of the back stops.
The Large Bore Range is presently used for high power rifle shooting from a fixed firing line with target lines at 50, 100, 200 and 300 yards. Shooting is done from fixed benchrest positions under a steel reinforced roof, the edge of which is positioned so as to prevent errant shots from being fired at a sufficiently high angle to overshoot the downrange hillside. The improvement of the large bore range consist of rearranging the shooting positions so that 100 yd shooting occurs on the west half of the range and 200 yd shooting occurs at the East half where the 300 yd shooting is being eliminated and 25 yd “sight in” shooting will be permitted at the mid point of the range only.
Range Officers will be required to be on duty at all times when the ranges are open, whose duties include stopping any shooters that are not consistently hitting the backstops; this method of operation will minimize the occurrence of errant shots. Range Officers and bullet traps will reduce the amount of contamination introduced into the environment.
Relocation of the 50 yd target line to 25 yd shooting as shown will essentially eliminate shooting into the wetlands. The backstops and barriers will prevent the distribution of bullets into habitats beyond the range and will allow periodic removal of bullets.
The Small Bore Range was designed for .22 caliber rifle shooting and was formally closed in 1984.
At present, there are four combination trap and skeet fields at the Center. Present operation distributes shotgun pellets over approximately 18.5 acres of lawn and wooded areas downrange.
Physical barrier to shot distribution involves construction of a physical barrier “shot curtain” to intercept shot and keep it out of areas from which routine recovery would be impractical or impossible.
Construction Cost: $5,500,000
White Plains, NY