Frequently asked questions

Q. Does the Dura-Panel and Dura-Bloc stop the bullet?
A. While some rounds may stop inside the larger ballistic rubber components, our products are designed to be used as part of a system.  When properly attached to a ballistic steel plate, the ballistic rubber encapsulates the round and prevents any splatter or ricochet after the impact on the steel backing.

Q. How long has Range Systems been in business?
A. For over 20 years, Range Systems has been the leading provider of innovative live fire ballistic rubber training products for Military, Law Enforcement and Commercial Customers worldwide.

Q. What is ballistic rubber?
A. Range Systems Dura-Panel & Dura-Bloc are rubber composite products specifically engineered to deliver extraordinary ballistic capabilities, durability, and do so in broad range applications that no other material can match. Formulated from recycled rubber particles and our exclusive patented composition, the unique ballistic capabilities and unmatched performance of Range Systems proprietary ballistic rubber has set the standard for range safety and sustainability. IT has been tested and approved for its capabilities and performance by the US Army Picatinny Arsenal, US Test Lab (Wichita, KS), and the Research and Development Unit for Materials and Equipment for the US Army, Combat Applications Group, Fort Bragg, NC.

Q. Does Dura-Panel and Dura-Bloc ballistic rubber stop the bullet?
A. To provide the utmost protection to the shooter (and other range occupants) the function of the ballistic rubber is to create a surface where the bullet is immediately encapsulated upon contact. Dura-Panel provides that one way surface that allows the bullet to enter and be trapped behind the panel (typically against the energy stopping armor plate substrate). Dura-Blocs provide a similar one way valve, allowing the bullet to enter and then deliver 12” of material that removes the energy from the projectile.

Q. I am thinking about building a shooting range, what is a ballpark price?
A. There are many factors that go into pricing a range (size, equipment, type of range, etc.). We offer solutions that range from small portable bullet traps to large commercial ranges, it is best to call one of our range design experts to spec one out that suits your specific needs.

Q. How are the ballistic rubber panels attached to a substrate?
A. The Dura-Panel ballistic rubber has unique properties that allow it to be adhered directly to armor plate, concrete and other substrates. Range Systems provides an industrial grade adhesive along with an engineered application pattern that yields the ideal bond for ballistic applications; fast, simple and secure application.

Q. Can I use my own adhesive?
A. Range Systems strongly recommends using only the specified adhesive in the engineered application method, 20 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars in testing and extreme environment performance give testament to approved mounting system

Q. Can I glue the ballistic rubber to other substrates such as plywood, concrete, drywall, etc.?
A. The specified adhesive will adhere to a wide variety of substrates, however, if the Dura-Panel is being used for ballistic purposes (as opposed to acoustic only) it is critical that the substrate being mounted to has the ability to stop the rounds being used within the facility. Substrates such as commercially available drywall and plywood are NOT, by themselves, capable of stopping bullets.

Q. How many rounds can the Dura-Panel ballistic rubber take before needing to be replaced?
A. With numerous tests on using various rounds and a wide variety of angles, 3rd party testing has proven that Dura-Panel will safely contain up to 2,200 rounds per panel. The caliber and the concentration of rounds will factor into the total.

Q. How many rounds can the Dura-Bloc ballistic rubber take before needing to be replaced?
A. With numerous tests using various rounds and a wide array of angles 3rd party testing has proven that Dura-Bloc will safely contain up to 5,500 rounds per block.. The caliber and the concentration of rounds will factor into the total.

Q. How much space is required for an indoor shooting range?
A. Range Systems will custom design a ballistic equipment package to almost any provided shell dimensions. We have built ranges in basements and garages as well as very large open warehouse spaces. Although as a general rule of thumb it’s ideal to have the clear span ceiling heights at a minimum of 14’. Call one of our range design experts to determine the best design for your needs and available space.

Q. What are the necessary ballistic components needed in building out a range shell?
A. While there may be variations in design, some of the standard components needed include a bullet trap, sound and arrant round safety baffles, sound and errant round safety ceiling, sidewall protections, lane dividers for shooter safety, and optional target retrieval systems. In addition, while not needed for ballistic protection, for indoor ranges, ventilation is a necessary component to range cleanliness and safety to customers and staff.

Q. What does “No Blue Sky” mean?
A. No blue sky speaks to the layout and configuration of baffles and safety ceiling. The term no blue sky applies to fixed firing position ranges where the shooter is always static and firing from a specific location. From this point the shooters cannot see any blue sky overhead down range. This ensures that a round fired at any perceivable angle will not escape the range space.

Q. Are there different types of shooting ranges?
A. There are two main types of shooting ranges, fixed position and tactical. The range type is determined by what kind of training is required for that specific range.

Q. What is the difference between “fixed position” and “tactical” ranges?
A. In simple terms, a fixed position range is where the operator will do all the shooting from the firing line. The firing line is a designated line that all live fire activity takes place from. In a fixed position range, all shooting activity is restricted within your designated shooting stall and all rounds are to be directed within your lane. A tactical range refers to a range where the shooter can shoot from the firing line, or they can do more advanced training down range. This includes tactical movements and operators are allowed to shoot across lanes to engage target assignments. Tactical ranges are more common with law enforcement and military type entities.

Q. What government approvals are required to open a shooting range in my community?
A. Required approvals can vary significantly from community to community. We recommend that you contact your local city building officials very early in the process to understand the necessary steps to gain approval. Factors influencing city approval may include existing laws, zoning guidelines for the area you want to build, local community support and city government support. We recommend that you contact local law enforcement leaders to secure their approval for your project. Range Systems has helped many clients navigate the approval process. We are happy to help you in your process.

Q. Can noise of a shooting range be contained?
A. Due to the nature of the business, there is an inherent challenge when it comes to noise. Due to the concussion of firing live ammunition, there is always going to be some level of noise. There are products however that can greatly mitigate sound transfer so that local businesses or residents are not disturbed. Contact our design experts to help determine what of these products are best for you.

Q. Does the Acoustic Dura-Panel provide the same level of protection as the standard Dura-Panel?
A. The Acoustic Dura Panel provides the same level of protection as the standard panel. The volume of rounds that can be encapsulated may be slightly reduced, yet the ballistic properties remain the same. It is recommended to use Acoustic panels on “non-target” surfaces.

Q. What type of bullet trap is best for me?
A. There are many factors in determining the best bullet trap, including volume of rounds, type of training and overall cost of the range. Please contact one of our range designers to determine what specifically is right for you.

Q. What is the purpose of ballistic rubber?
A. The primary function of Ballistic rubber is encapsulating the projectile to reduce the chance of splatter and ricochets, in turn creating a safe environment to enjoy the shooting sports. Range Systems ballistic rubber more commonly called Dura-Panel™ and Dura-Bloc™ is UV resistant and offers fire retardant EXP version of the product providing the safest range in the industry. In addition, Dura-Panel and Dura-Bloc reduces most airborne lead and absorbs as much as 65% of the noise on a range.

Q. I currently own a shooting range. Is it possible to convert it to a tactical range?
A. To convert an existing range, a number different changes and engineering calculations need to be performed to ensure the building can perform properly. After incorporating the appropriate baffle and wall configuration the new design will provide the ability to offer tactical training.

Q. How long does a range take to build?
A. There are many variables that come into play when determining how long a build out may take. Contact our range specialists with your range plans to get an accurate lead time.

Q. Is leasing a building an alternative to buying a building to house my range?
A. Yes - we have worked with a number of commercial gun range owners that have chosen to lease. In support of those clients that wish to lease their space, Range Systems has range designs which were influenced and approved by both property owners and community banks. If you are considering leasing your space, talk to a Range Systems Representative about the best way to design your shooting range to accommodate this decision.

Q. Is lead contamination a big concern for range owners?
A.Lead contamination, like all safety aspects of a range is is managed and monitored professionally with the proper tools and equipment. At Range Systems, we have products specifically designed to reduce airborne lead contaminates. In addition, we offer a full line of products to help maintain and keep a clean and healthy range.

Q. What type of lighting is recommended on firing ranges?
A. In general a lighting system that offers flexibility should be provided. This typically includes several banks of dimmable lighting that point down-range away from the shooter. Light fixtures are protected by the overhead baffles so rounds cannot destroy them. Range Systems can help recommended lighting plans for indoor and outdoor ranges. Specialty lights can also be utilized such as police cruiser light bars to simulate an active crime scene, or green lights to simulate night-optics shooting.

Q. What angle should baffles be positioned at?
A. This will be dictated by the range design/layout and the type of training to be done. You will visit sites with angled baffles and also vertical baffles. With the Dura-panel covering at the shooter side of the baffles you have complete flexibility at the baffle angles because all rounds that impact the baffle (barricade) will be encapsulated there rather than ricochet down range or back to the shooter.

Q. How should the range sidewalls be constructed?
A. Determining the best ballistic wall depends on the intended purpose and intended use of the wall. In determining the best ballistic wall, safety, performance, and budget should all be considered. Contact one of our range specialists to help determine the best sidewall construction for your needs.