When planning a new firearms range, or assessing a current one, it’s crucial to understand which factors have a significant impact on the range’s environment. For example, excessive noise may put the local community at risk, resulting in complaints and forced range closure. This can put undue pressure on the range’s operations.
The distance at which a firearm fires will produce gunshot residue varies depending on the weapon and cartridge. For example, a pistol will leave a circular pattern. However, a rifled firearm will produce a elliptical pattern. The relative length and width of the elliptical pattern will help the observer estimate the angle of fire.
Another factor that can affect a firearm’s range is the weather. While rain and sleet can affect the trajectory of the projectile, a fresh powder charge will give a firearm more distance. Changing the sights for smaller game will also help you improve your range.