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Shooting Ranges


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BY THE NUMBERS Total Project Construction Cost

Total Project Square Footage

Higher Ed

Higher Ed

$793 million

Workplace Community Lifestyle

5.8 million s.f.

$448 million

K-12

$1.5 billion

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10.8 million s.f.

14,000 hours of community involvement in the last 10 years

Our staff has participated in over

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GIVE IT A SHOT Growing up in a small town in Indiana, it is almost embarrassing to admit that I have never been to a gun range, let alone shot a gun. It isn’t like I haven’t ever had the opportunity, but I never really had an attraction to shooting sports.

Morgan McFarland Communications and Digital Media Specialist

When I was asked to go to the grand opening event for our project at Deer Creek Shooting Range in Cloverdale, Indiana to shoot some project photography, I was excited to see what the hoopla was all about (and I was nervous that I would stick out like a sore thumb). But as I looked around at the event, the anticipation to start using this new complex was palpable. There weren’t modern ranges like this in that part of the state for people to enjoy until now. Seeing the Owners of the project and the end-users appreciate something we’ve designed was a good feeling.

Also in attendance was Governor Eric Holcomb and First Lady Janet Holcomb. An avid shooter herself, the First Lady delivered a short speech full of statistics on women shooters and the popularity of the sport in general. Then, she was given the honor of firing the first shot. This sense of “girl power” and “girls can shoot too” caught my attention, naturally.

About

55 million

Americans own guns

45,600 women

men gun wo o f o

rs ne w

40 %

took NRA’s basic pistols class, up 85% from 2001

60%

increase go target shooting once a month or more 8.4 million took part in target shooting in 2015 - a 56% increase from 2006

3.3 million

women hunted in 2013 That’s an 85% increase from 2011

in women shooters between 2001 and 2013

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Governor Holcomb added that there are about 900,000 hunters and anglers in the state of Indiana – enough people to fill the Indianapolis Motor Speedway three times. This all shows how important it is to provide ranges like Deer Creek to areas that need it. I was genuinely surprised at these numbers and how widespread the interest for the sport was. FIRST LADY, JANET HOLCOMB FIRING 1ST SHOT

PERCENTAGE WHO OWN A FIREARM, 2015 ANY FIREARM

HANDGUN ONLY

LONG GUN ONLY

BOTH

22

6

5

11

18-29

13

3

4

6

30-44

21

6

4

10

45-59

24

6

5

13

60+

25

6

5

14

MALE

32

7

8

18

FEMALE

12

5

2

5

WHITE

25

5

6

13

HISPANIC

16

6

3

7

BLACK

14

8

1

5

MULTI-RACIAL

25

4

6

15

URBAN

15

6

3

7

SUBURBAN

19

6

4

10

RURAL

33

5

9

19

LESS THAN H.S.

11

4

3

5

HIGH SCHOOL

23

6

5

12

SOME COLLEGE

26

6

5

15

COLLEGE

20

5

5

10

LESS THAN $25,000

13

4

3

6

$25,000-59,999

22

6

5

11

$60,000-99,999

24

7

4

12

$100,000+

25

5

6

14

YES

35

7

8

20

NO

9

4

2

3

DON’T KNOW

17

9

4

4

ALL

AGE

SEX

RACE

COMMUNITY

EDUCATION

ANNUAL INCOME

GREW UP W/ GUN

SOURCE: “THE STOCK AND FLOW OF US FIREARMS: RESULTS FROM THE 2015 NATIONAL FIREARM SURVEY” 5


GIVE IT A SHOT After attending this event, I was more motivated to learn about the design practices for outdoor ranges. But I didn’t want to only do a simple Internet search, I wanted to hear it straight from our Construction Administrator on the project, Steve Siroky.

Working with our project manager, Kyle Miller, and our design consultant, Lorin Kramer of Kramer One, Inc., it's easy to identify the most important piece of any shooting range...

Safety First! We focus on the safety of the patrons, staff, and nearby neighbors always, in regards to the potential projectiles and contamination of the soil in particular. The entire design of the range, from the support walls, concrete baffles, sidewalks, and storm water retention, are tailored to best prevent these potential hazards. LAYOUT AND DESIGN At Deer Creek, the nearly 30 feet tall concrete support walls and 8 feet wide concrete baffles are designed to prevent stray or poorly-shot bullets from leaving the interior of the range. We have treated lumber installed on all vertical surfaces of the structural members and concrete to prevent bullets from ricocheting back toward the patrons on the firing line.

Steve Siroky Construction Administrator

LOOKING BACK TO FIRING LINE

The brown painted baffles are placed at strategic angles and spacing to stop a bullet from going up and over the earthen berms. Since these baffles are concrete and could chip if shot, the range charges a fee for every strike. The paint helps identify these strikes when they occur. 50 AND 150 YARD RANGES

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STORM WATER Storm water retainage is a key protective feature of any range design. All the storm water from the interior of a range should travel to a retention area that holds the water temporarily, thus allowing the metal and other heavier components to settle out before the water continues into the neighboring storm system. Eventually, retainage areas will be cleaned of this debris and properly disposed. ACOUSTICS Not surprisingly, noise on a range can overwhelm you if you are not properly prepared. All patrons and staff wear ear protection while shooting. The design at Deer Creek has several large speakers installed behind the firing line to allow those firing to hear announcements as well as any staff down range during a cease fire. In addition to the speaker system, the firing range has several strobe lights controlled by the Range Master placed just above the firing range as a visual communication of cease fire. The Range Master has on observation area in the building with a large window protruding outside the exterior wall for clearer view down both sides of the firing line, further improving patron safety.

FIRING LINE

10 YARD RANGE AND PISTOL BENCHES

GUN TYPE Deer Creek Shooting Range has both rifle and pistol ranges. The rifle has berms just beyond the 50-yard marker for those shooting 25 to 50-yard target locations. It has another berm at 100 yards. The pistol range has its berms positioned just beyond 10 yards for both 7-yard and 10-yard target locations. RIFLE FIRING LINE AND BENCH RESTS

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GIVE IT A SHOT BERMS At Deer Creek, the earthen berms are approximately 20 feet tall and extend to the top of the baffles. They have fabric for interior stabilization and prairie grass to prevent soil erosion. Depending on the weather and shooter activity, these berms will last for 5-10 years or more.

10 YARD RANGE WITH TARGETS

SITE JUST AFTER GRASS SEEDING

For general security, a fence surrounds the interior of the range and the extended prairie grass safety area. This ensures the patrons and others can only access the range though the building. The range manager requires state ID to shoot as well as hearing protection. Overall, the design of ranges such as Deer Creek demonstrate beauty expressed in function. When you walk down range, the shadows and monochromatic concrete structures nicely accent the green grass of the interior range. I highly recommend visiting a new outdoor range, if only to see this concrete oasis in the middle of a wild meadow.

After learning how much goes into Range design, I have a new respect for both the sport and designers. Maybe I should revisit Deer Creek Shooting Range and give this thing a try for myself. I might just end up adding to those impressive numbers of women who enjoy shooting for fun! All in all, I learned how essential it is to give shooters of all styles and ages a safe environment to practice a sport they feel so passionate about. In the words of Governor Holcomb, “may your aim always be straight.� If you have any questions about how Schmidt Associates may be able to help bring a modern range to your area, give us a call. You can find some more of our capabilities and experience in shooting range design in the following pages.

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OUR CAPABILITIES Schmidt Associates and Kramer One have partnered on many successful shooting ranges. These separate facilities for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources included a master plan, design, construction documents, and construction administration for regional public facilities, including outdoor pistol, rifle, and shotgun ranges. •• Atterbury Fish & Wildlife Firing Range – Edinburgh, Indiana •• Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Firing Range – Cloverdale, Indiana •• J. Edward Roush Lake Firing Range – Huntington, Indiana •• Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Firing Range – LaPorte, Indiana •• Willow Slough Fish & Wildlife Firing Range – Morocco, Indiana •• Indianapolis Airport Shooting Range Master Plan •• Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Shooting Range •• Indianapolis Police Department Firing Range at Eagle Creek Park •• Morgan-Monroe Shooting Range Study The following pages will give more information about a few of our most recent shooting range projects.

INDIANAPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT FIRING RANGE AT EAGLE CREEK

INDIANA LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY SHOOTING RANGE

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WILLOW SLOUGH FISH & WILDLIFE FIRING RANGE

Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)

AT A GLANCE Location: Morocco, IN Cost: $2,800,000 Type: New Construction Role: Master Planning, Design, Construction Documents, and Construction Administration Schmidt Associates and Kramer One were commissioned by the IDNR to provide a prototypical design study for the renovation of the state fish and wildlife area firing ranges. This design was implemented at several parks across the state. The primary safety features of the range include concrete baffles, poured side walls, earth backstops with eyebrows, and a range master building with full view of the range. Shotgun shooting stations were also constructed.

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DEER CREEK FISH & WILDLIFE FIRING RANGE

Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)

AT A GLANCE Location: Cloverdale, IN Cost: $2,600,000 Type: New Construction Role: Master Planning, Design, Construction Documents, and Construction Administration Much like the firing range at Willow Slough, Schmidt Associates and Kramer One teamed up with the IDNR to provide a manifestation of the prototypical design used at the state fish & wildlife area firing ranges.

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ATTERBURY FIRING RANGE

Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)

AT A GLANCE Location: Edinburgh, IN Cost: $4,700,000 Type: New Construction Role: Master Planning, Design, Construction Documents, and Construction Administration The new outdoor firing range at Atterbury featured space for 66 positions, a new control building for site-in range, Ttap and skeet fields with a shotgun building, parking site work, and off-site utility services. This facility was designed with twice as many shooting positions than the “prototypical� design due to the high volume of use in the area.

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Shooting Ranges  

Our experience with Shooting Range design

Shooting Ranges  

Our experience with Shooting Range design