Use a Metal Building to Create Your Own Shooting Range

By Scott Kyles   |   Posted In: Prefab Metal Buildings


Shooting isn’t just a legal right; it can also be a lot of fun!

Being a responsible firearm owner isn’t just about exercising your Second Amendment rights to protect yourself and your family. And target shooting itself is really about more than simply honing your shooting skills. Shooting can be a personally rewarding hobby to pursue, and it can also be an exhilarating experience to share with your close friends and family. If you’re someone who enjoys shooting, then you probably try to make trips to your local shooting range as often as possible. But that still involves traveling to the site, and then paying whatever fees are required.

How’d you like to create your OWN home shooting range? You can make it happen, as long as you have the available space on your property, along with a good plan for executing on your dream of having your own personal shooting range!

Is it worth it to build your own range?

That really depends upon you, your personal shooting habits, and your personal goals. Building and maintaining your own range is an investment in terms of both money and time, but it can be an investment that’s well worth it in the long run.

If you’re someone who shoots on a regular basis, then having your own range will save you on range-time rentals over time. But financial considerations aside, another real benefit to constructing your own range at home is the convenience factor. No more having to load up in the car to head to the range; you can simply shoot right in your own backyard!

In addition, if you’d like to explore some non-traditional shooting practices, you’ll be able to do much more on your own property than is generally allowed at your local public range. That’s another consideration worth factoring in.

At the end of the day, the decision is ultimately yours and yours alone. But if you’ve thought it all through and are ready to move forward with your own home shooting range project, Carport Central is here to help!

Planning for your home shooting range

The first thing to decide is whether you want to build an outdoor range, or whether you want to take on the task of constructing an indoor range.

One key advantage of going with an outdoor range is the fact that you can essentially make it as basic or advanced as you want. For an outdoor range, all you really need is a dirt berm on the back of the property, along with a shelter to cover your shooting stalls, tables, and benches. Carport Central offers many great open-air metal shelter designs which would work perfectly for such an application! You can also opt to set up a variety of targets at varying distances for pistols, rifles, shotguns, or whatever firearms you plan to utilize at your shooting range.

On the other hand, you can opt to plan for an indoor range if you prefer, but that will be a more involved project. An indoor range requires special construction techniques and materials in order to meet legal safety regulations. In most cases, 8” thick concrete walls will be required to line the interior of your indoor range, and concrete ceilings and floors are advised as well. You’ll also need to include adequate ventilation and air filtration in your indoor range design. If an indoor range is something you’re interested in pursuing, Carport Central is happy to help by providing a metal building to suit.


Other shooting range features to consider

Now that we’ve covered the essentials, it’s also a good idea to look at some of the other optional features you might want to incorporate into your shooting range.

• Target retrievers

Sure, you could walk down to your targets after the range goes cold and replace the paper, but that’s not nearly as fun as having a system in place where the targets actually come back to you. There are lots of professional target retrieval systems available, but the concept is pretty basic and doesn’t require anything overly expensive or complicated. You could opt to do something as basic as rigging up a clothesline with some pulleys for the purpose of target retrieving.

• Lighting

It’s pretty hard to hit a target that you can’t see. During normal daylight issues that shouldn’t be much of an issue, but what if you’d like to do some night shooting? In order to extend your available shooting hours, you’ll need to plan to build in some artificial lighting.

• Reactive targets

Punching holes in paper targets and pinging steel targets can be fun for a while, but eventually you might like to mix things up a bit. There are all sorts of reactive targets available, including target trees, spinners, swingers, poppers, bowling pins, milk jugs, and even some explosive tannerite targets.

Why a metal shelter is the perfect cover for your shooting area

No matter what you’re looking for in a personal shooting range solution, Carport Central can provide a custom metal structure to suit! Here are some reasons why a steel building makes good sense:

  • Impressive strength – How strong is a steel tubing structure? Steel offers the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any commercially-available building material, and a steel structure can endure weight loads and extreme conditions that other buildings simply can’t.
  • Faster to install – Steel building components are fabricated with incredible accuracy, and each comes premeasured and ready to assemble. Without any need for onsite measuring or cutting, there’s less opportunity for any foul-ups, and your shelter gets installed much faster. In fact, you can even install your own custom metal building kit at a discount, if you’d like to take it on for yourself!
  • Dimensional stability – Steel doesn’t expand or contract from moisture exposure, and steel won’t split or warp over time, either. The same can’t be said for a wooden structure!
  • Durable and resistant – A galvanized steel building is basically weather-proof, and it’s termite-proof and pest-proof too. You’ll also enjoy decades of maintenance-free corrosion resistance.
  • Non-combustible – While a steel building may not be fireproof (there’s honestly no such thing), the fact that steel won’t burn means it performs much better in terms of fire protection, prevention, and containment.

Why Partner with Carport Central?

Nobody covers America better than Carport Central. We serve 46 states, and we’re the premier online metal structure provider in the country. All of our buildings are custom manufactured in local American facilities, so by partnering with us you’ll be supporting American jobs.

Want to design your own custom recreational building? You can, with our intuitive 3D Building Designer. It’s simple to use, and accessible on any computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. We include delivery and installation on your level site at NO extra charge, but you can also opt to choose a custom metal building kit that you install yourself for a discount. Oh, and there’s also this – Carport Central offers THE BEST financing and rent-to-own plans in the business!

Reach out to one of our friendly building specialists today! You can connect with us online, or for an even faster response, just give us a call at (980) 321-9898! Carport Central is here to Provide Shelter for Your Way of Life!


  • Scott Kyles

    Scott Kyles serves as lead content writer and marketing consultant for Central Steel Group, the parent company of Carport Central. He’s been speaking to the metal buildings industry and its customers for over 5 years, and also holds professional certifications in secondary science education, training, and customer experience.

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