Indoor Firing Range / Training Facility
Our indoor state-of-the-art firing range / training facility, located at the city municipal building, offers specialized training and practical application to our officers. We are proud of this facility and the benefits it offers.
About the Facility
contractor for the indoor training facility was Rangetech, Inc, out of
Chicago. They have been designing and manufacturing firearms training
equipment since 1992.
The ventilation system is state-of-the-art. Air is moved through the range proper at approximately 70 feet per minute. The airflow is directed out from a patented radial diffuser, which provides the best floor to ceiling coverage. Because air is so evenly directed, even at 70 feet per minute the air movement is almost undetectable. When operating, the ventilation system maintains a 10% negative air pressure inside the range. This means that 10% more air is being exhausted from the interior than is being introduced. This negative air pressure facilitates the appropriate movement of air. The system also utilizes an interactive “.wav file” system. This feature allows the user to install verbal commands or background noises (sirens, people screaming, gunshots, etc) similar to those they might encounter on the street. These .wav files are completely programmable and can be utilized without any exercise. Additionally, the department has installed an old red and blue overhead lightbar inside the range, which can provide the same type of lighting effect a patrol officer would experience on the street.
Unlike the backstop in most indoor ranges, which are ordinarily
constructed of beveled steel to expend the kinetic energy of a fired
bullet, this backstop system utilizes a granulated rubber backstop. The
sidewalls to approximately 15,000 tires were cut up into small pieces,
treated with calcium carbonate and laid on an inclined steel bedplate.
This “blanket” of granulated rubber is about 4 feet thick from top to
bottom. It can stop up to a 50-caliber bullet. To ensure a minimal
chance of lead exposure, the department requires that all department
qualifications utilize complete metal-jacketed bullets and no-lead
primers, which, when fired into a rubber backstop, eliminates virtually
all lead airborne particles.