The Right Kind of a Range
The Right Kind of a Range
Wherever you live, whether it is in the city or the country, you are not likely to have any trouble in finding the right kind of a site for a range.
To build and conduct a range on as large a scale as the one I shall tell you about here will cost something both for materials and for putting it up unless you and your friends get busy and do the work yourselves.
Now the question with most boys is how to get the necessary wherewithal and to do this you ought to, by rights, start a rifle club, as this will make things easier from the point of finances and far pleasanter from the point of sociability, all of which you will find out about in the next chapter.
You can start with one range of 25 yards, but your site should be wide enough to have three separate ranges of 25, 50 and 100 yards, the firing line being the same for each range.
With a real range of this kind instead of simply using a backstop of sheet iron, a big backstop called a butt, as shown in Fig. 51, is the proper thing to take care of beginners who shoot wide of the mark and others whose bullets occasionally go wild. A butt can be made of 1-inch thick lumber and the front and back are each 12 feet high and 15 feet long.
These are set up and held apart by cleats on the top and sides, and the whole frame is then placed in position and fixed there by a pair of braces nailed to the back. The space between the board is filled with gravel or crushed stone and the front should be covered with sheet iron.
A butt for a 100-yard range should be 15 feet high and 20 feet long, and it won't take very much figuring to find out that you will need quite a lot of lumber for it.
Four bullet catchers should be hung at equally spaced distances across the front of the butt; the next thing to do is to make a couple of frames 6 inches wide, inside measurement, and 15 feet long of pine strips; the latter should be about 1/2 inch thick and 3 inches wide, as shown in Fig. 52. The targets are thumb-tacked to the strips and the frame can then be suspended in the middle of the butt, so that each target is directly over the opening of a bullet catcher.
When the scores have been run up the frames with the targets on them can be easily carried from the butts to the firing point for the shooters to see what they have done.
A small telescope set on a tripod like those used for supporting cameras is almost a necessity for a range like this so that the hits can be located without running 50 or 100 yards every time a shot is taken.
To make a range a howling success the firingline ought to be sheltered, for then no matter what the weather conditions are the shooters can have a warm place for target practice.
Collins, A. Frederick. Shooting, for Boys,. New York: Moffat, Yard and, 1917. Print.
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