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June 2020 E-Newsletter

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Gun range construction engineers


Planning and Design Considerations for Indoor Firing Ranges

Meggitt Training Systems has 94 years of experience in shooting range design, equipment and installation, more than any other company in the industry. We’ve been there, done that, and are happy to share our vast knowledge of shooting ranges with you as you navigate the design process. While we can’t preempt the role of the professional architect or engineer, we can help you determine space requirements, cost considerations, basic and supplementary equipment, and structural specialties based upon your range needs. Meggitt welcomes the opportunity to review customers’ plans and furnish estimates, bills-of-material and specifications.

Shooting ranges present special challenges that need thoughtful planning and consideration. Meggitt Training Systems has designed, built, and installed over 15,000 shooting ranges worldwide. Our extensive experience allows us to better assist you in planning, designing, and equipping your range. Before any realistic planning and design can begin, it must be determined what shooting activity will be conducted in the range. The use of an indoor range can vary from shooting handguns at bull’s eye targets for basic marksmanship training to highly sophisticated tactical training ranges where shooters advance downrange and shoot at close range. The type of range activity and space selection dictates design and equipment considerations.

Space Requirements:

The greatest cost in any shooting range is the building and real estate. The cost can escalate if planning is inadequate. For example, if construction or renovation of a building to house the range is done before consulting with a range equipment manufacturer, you may find the structure unsuitable. There may be inadequate space for ventilation, a bullet trap or a target system — any of which could require later modification to the building itself. As a result, space is the first consideration when planning a range.

Basic Length:

The majority of indoor shooting activities can be conducted on a range that provides 50 or 75 feet between the firing line and the target line. For law enforcement/security training, a 75-foot range is typically mandatory and may extend to 150-feet for longer target distance applications.

Width of Shooting Points:

A 42 to 60-inch wide shooting point is industry standard, but widths down to 36 inches are still acceptable for most shooting activities.

Room Height:

A structural ceiling height of 10 to 12 feet is the most effective. Ceiling heights lower or higher than this can be accommodated; however they do present additional costs for ballistic protection, lighting, and target retrieval systems.

Ancillary Areas:

Depending on the use of the range, the designer must also make allowances for the range control station, ready room, spectator area, and adequate storage areas. To provide better visibility of the firing line, we recommend that you plan for a raised platform for the range master’s station.

With nearly a century of gun range experience, Meggitt Training Systems is the company to call for your range design, equipment and installation. Check us out on our YouTube channel or contact us by email. We look forward to working with you!


BlueFire® Weapon Simulators

Meggitt Training Systems originated wireless weapons technology with BlueFire® weapons – smart weapon simulators that look and perform exactly like their live counterpart. The innovative BlueFire weapons replicate the form, fit and function of live weapons using wireless communications, and provide the same accurate, real-time training diagnostics as tethered weapon simulators. The user is afforded a broader range of motion as BlueFire weapons are wireless with no external components. They also provide magazine reloading simulation and realistic weapon recoil, replicating that of a live weapon. To further aid in realistic training conditions, every detail of the weapon has been duplicated, even down to the number of rounds contained in its magazine.Bluefire weapons

BlueFire weapons identify the same training diagnostics as tethered weapons, including point-of-aim, weapon status, trigger pressure and cant. The weapons are compatible with other FATS® system-controlled weapons simulators and do not require system modifications.

Meggitt Training Systems is unsurpassed in our firearms training library, supporting many weapon simulation systems from around the globe, including pistols, rifles, machine guns and shotguns. We’ve produced over 300 BlueFire weapon variants, including:

  • Glock 17 Gen4
  • Taser® X26P
  • Glock 17
  • OC Spray
  • Glock 19
  • M9
  • Sig 229DAK
  • ARX160
  • Sig 226
  • H&K G36E
  • S&W M&P 9/40
  • Browning HP
  • M4
  • Walther P99QA
  • M16
  • SA80
  • M16A2/A4
  • GLX160

Don’t see a weapon you are looking for? We can convert any weapon type into a use of force simulator to meet your marksmanship training needs; contact us to learn more.

Our BlueFire weapons are available in many configurations including Picatinny rails, allowing for use of optics in law enforcement training. Fully sensored weapons reinforce the fundamentals of marksmanship training by providing sensor feedback for butt pressure, trigger squeeze and cant.

Less lethal tactical firearms training is offered through X26 Taser® and chemical (OC) spray wireless simulators. These training accessories are supported with specialized courseware.

To further enhance the virtual firearms training experience, weapon recoil is achieved with a rechargeable magazine of compressed gas, delivered via a proprietary fill station. This is significant in that while not tethered, BlueFire weapons retain full sensor feedback for robust diagnostics and after action review. Magazines are refilled in just a few seconds with either compressed air or nitrogen. Our filling station is designed to accept any of our BlueFire magazines and refill each one with a quick depression of the handle. Nitrogen gas for refilling can be obtained from your local gas supplier or you can use a SCUBA tank easily refilled at any SCUBA shop.

See the BlueFire weapons in action on our YouTube channel!

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  • The latest Meggitt Training Systems customer live-fire locations are on our website! Visit the range locations page for commercial, law enforcement and military shooting ranges locations.
  • Custom RangesDuring the early planning of a gun range with ten or more shooting points, dividing the range into bays should be considered. Generally, a range of ten points will function more efficiently if divided into two bays of five points each, a twelve point range into two bays of six points each, and so on. As ranges increase in size, the split into bays may well depend on the multiple uses planned for the range and simultaneous activities conducted.
  • Custom shooting stalls allow you to create clear stalls, solid stalls, stalls with texture and various materials such as wood, leather, vinyl – the possibilities are endless. Pistol and rifle rated, the custom shooting stalls may also be outfitted with a variety of optional features to enhance the shooter’s experience. This customization includes stall width, lighting, acoustics, shooter’s bench, blast shield, lane markers, front and back edge concealment plates and dual rifle racks.

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Q. I want to communicate with the shooters in my gun range. What can I do to make this seamless to me and shooters in the stalls?

A. Using our Aiphone® communication system, range operator and shooters can easily communicate with each other, allowing the operator to monitor changing safety conditions on the range in real-time. For those looking for advanced range communication systems, Meggitt’s digital video remote system allows the range operator to call, listen and converse with an individual shooter, a select group, or all shooters in unison by simply pressing the selector button on the master station. Or the operator can view the shooter via a video feed, allowing real-time feedback and response time for calls to master control. The master station console contains a video monitor, multi-channel selection panel, a talk/listen release switch, an all-call button and volume controls for outgoing and incoming communications.

Q.I’m designing my new gun range and have concerns about the configuration of my bays. Are there things I should consider before construction begins?

A. Yes, there are several things you should consider when designing your gun bays:

  • Walls separating bays should be continuous from the front to the rear wall of the range, and extend from the floor to ceiling.
  • A doorway may be provided just ahead of the trap to allow mobility of portable training equipment from bay-to-bay.
  • An access door between bays behind the firing line is strongly recommended and may be required to comply with local fire regulations.
  • Acoustical material may be applied to walls separating bays.
  • A minimum 32” door should be provided to gain access behind the bullet trap.


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This newsletter covers just a few of the ways that Meggitt’s virtual and live-fire products are improving training for defense forces, law enforcement agencies and commercial gun ranges around the world. In upcoming newsletters, we’ll introduce you to new technologies and products. For more information, contact MGTTS-LESales@meggitt.com.


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