Originally Posted by Forester
That is interesting reading, does it apply to established ranges or only new ones? The reason I ask is I know of at least one very long established range in VA that is perfectly safe but does not have that kind of elbow room.
My math comes to about 7000 acres for range and buffers like you describe.
It comes from unscrupulous "neighbors" wanting to shut you down and "claiming" that you are allowing ricochets off the property. They will use the 385-63 parameters as justification why you do not have enough surface danger zone to contain the richocets.
Berms do not stop the bullets, every berm in existance has bullet holes in trees behind them. Those distances needed are well documented by doppler radar.
There are mitigation measures you can do such as berms and siting (ie shooting into a hillside low), also remember with bullets come lead and lead control measures such as leach ponds with drainage from the berm frontage to the pond.
LR ranges are not cheap and require careful siting, coordination for permits and support from the community.
Ranges stay open based on their ability to defend themselves from the neighbors who want them shut down! They will fight tooth and nail to stop even opening a range. There are several well documented cases right here in Va ( a 1k range in Remington was forced to close by horse owners, a proposed 1K range in Bath county was stopped by horse owners and some locals and the existing fight going on in Westmoreland.
We had a guy in a plane continually fly low over a mile range in Ohio stopping us from shooting and then claim he was being shot at. However he forgot that the range owner had filed the legal NOTAMS (Notice to Airmen) with the FAA and the pilot was violating aviation laws to do what he did.
Housing area behind the berm at the NC Justice Academy in Salemburg shut the range down.