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When it comes to personal protection and self-defense, the only thing more dangerous than choosing not to carry a firearm is to carry a firearm without being properly trained and prepared to use that weapon to kill another human being.

There is a common misunderstanding out there that simply having a gun somehow makes a person less vulnerable to becoming a victim. The fact is, a firearm is simply a tool, therefore its effectiveness is completely relative to the proficiency and skill of its operator. Having your own home shooting range will provide you with an easily accessible place to practice and hone your skills, but only your dedication to learning and practicing these lethal skills are going to make you a better gunfighter. Unfortunately, there is still no secret pill or magic technique that will make you an instant badass. The only path to becoming proficient at shooting, just like anything else, requires that you first learn proper form and then follow it up with the due diligence of repetition.


The prerequisite zoning laws and licensing requirements for building a shooting range on your property can vary greatly. Prior to beginning range construction, or even discharging a firearm for that matter, you should consult with your local zoning authority and sheriff’s office to verify that having a range on your property is not going to break any local, state or federal laws.

Many jurisdictions have laws requiring you to either have a natural or artificial backstop or to have written permission from the landowners adjacent to your intended location for your rounds to impact on their property. This can be particularly important when you are planning to construct a known-distance (KD) range designed for firing high-powered hunting or sporting rifles with ranges out to the maximum effective range of whichever type of munition you plan to shoot. If the maximum range of that munition could possibly put the round on a neighbor’s property, their consent to your planned range is critical.

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