don't know if this topic / question fits in this section, but here goes (long post):
my local shooting club Factoryville Sportsman's club in NE Pa.) has a range 200m to 385 (218y-421y) that has been neglected for 15+ years, and has mostly been forgotten about.
so i started trimming some brush, cutting some trees, spraying weeds in a limited area where a few silhouette target swingers were located.
10 feet wide for personal use became 30, then 50, then more. then i approached the club's board to hold a long range event (this is considered long range at the club) which happened on sept 29th.
the board approved of it with extreme caution, as the way the club ranges are setup, the other ranges would have to be shut down for the day for safety reasons.
there were many other concerns. they also restricted it to members only for this first time, just to see what the response would be. if it was positive, future events (if approved) are to be opened to the public.
as all of this was as at first to be out of my own pocket, i asked long and hard for donations of materials.
so i had some 3/8 steel and 1/4 steel plate donated by one guy.
i thought of alot of target designs, and came up with sizes of most NRA, CMP, benchrest, F class, silhouette, etc. target sizes used to simulate the black scoring area and 10 rings of the thargets used in those disciplines, along with game animal body sizes (elk, bear, dear, turkey, coyote, small game, critters and varmints:
Round gongs are to simulate 10 rings / black scoring areas of paper targets used in NRA or CMP competitions at 200M & 300M: International, High power, F class, Benchrest, National match, President’s rifle, Service rifle, Vintage sniper and to simulate game animal body sizes for ranging.
i figure if you hit a particular gong size at a certain distance, you at least know that you are in the higher scoring rings or 10 ring for the compeition the sized gong represents.
there was 18", 12", 8", 6", 4", 3" gongs, along with an 18" square plate and 8" round plate hung above it at 421Y to simulate a human silhouette target. some paper targets where also thrown in.
after a few attempts to make racks "on the cheap", the final rack design was nicer than i thought, all pieces can be interchanged (legs, crossbars, etc are 5' high / wide 1.5" square perforated stock and fit into the braacket (1.75" square perforated stock to hold them together. minimal welding and abilility to repair any destructive hits within minutes.
i thought windflags would be useful and give a "professional" look to the range, so i used a red bed sheet cut to the shape of range wind flags, hose clamped to aluminum rods that i found from a covered patio swing dumped on the mountain. next year (if there is another event) i'll have red and yellow, just like the world class ranges.
targets were afixed with chain (conveyor belt material in the future) @ 14" & 25" lengths and 5/16 nuts, bolts, and washers for ease of replacement and standardization. basically the only tools needed at the range once built is 1/2" ratchet, 1/2" box wrench, 2 pairs of plieers, and bolt cutters.
here are a few of the building of the targets & racks pictures:
this is what the backstop looked like to the left and right of the single silhouette swinger
with only a machete, bowsaw, shovel, weedwacker and my two best friends left and right (hand) and some blood sweat and tears, started to do what i can, and finally the day of the shoot:
the shooting stations:
the shooting line still has to have some work done, but is still ahuge improvement from what it was just a month or two ago. some benches (some where actually picnic tables for the time being) and some open pad for offhand / prone / sitting / kneeling positions - shooters choice.
due to limited bench space, i had a rotation going - 10- 15 min per station, move to the next distance to alow athers hooters to get in the rotation. you can get back in when all stations are shot.
the way the range looked on shoot day:
the day was successful, no complaints, everyone left with bigger smiles than what they came with and the same amount of holes
, fo damage to any property or incidents.
i attached a survey to the range "program / flyer / rules" as to get some feedback so i can get some idea how i can get it better and what i need to do in the future to make a more attractive event to members and non members alike.
tomorrow i go to the board metting with a proposal for a regular scheduled event.
the end cost was 520.00, but the board president did say i will be given a check, which took a load off my mind as mentioned before, it originally was coming out of pocket. i know better quality targets will have to be purchased, as .3006 mad swiss cheese out of 1/4" steel and dimpled the heck out of 3/8 at 200m (mild steel, again it was donated and "expendable"). AR500 in the future, able to handle just about anything. 50 cal (if allowed by the club) could use the paper targets.
so if approved, a better wider groomed backstop and shooting line will be established.
so i ask of the internet guys for input:
if something like this was added as a scheduled event, would any of you guys in the area come to shoot?
i figure $10-$15 fee, honestly, is that too much, too little or just right?
those target sizes mentioned before....do they agree with you? (they will probably be purchased from a few Hide vendors / members)
any other input is welcome. as far as i know, this is the longest range in my area in a controlled environment that will be (hopefully) opened to the public. hopefully some of the CMP guys at the club will join in and have a full distance sanctioned match, and with some nudgeing other sanctioned "real shoots" may happen. but as it goes now, it's mostly a "fun" or practice range day. maybe a few $ games implemented to win for the day, but that's something to think about for the future.
also they have a kitchen that has one heck of a good menu, breakfast, lunch and dinner.