Range Recovery Technologies | SHOT 2017

Walking around the SHOT 2017 Range Day, I had the pleasure of getting to talk to the owners of Range Recovery Technologies. Range Recovery Technologies specializes in cleaning up lead from ranges without the use of water or chemicals. Range Recovery Technologies has specialized equipment that separates the metal from the soil.

Some copper and lead removed from a range. The copper and lead can be recycled. Range Recovery Technologies utilizes specialized equipment to clean the soil.

Talking with the owners of Range Recovery Technologies, they filled me in on some interesting statistics about the shooting ranges in the United States. Several interesting facts, for example, there are over 7,000 shooting ranges in the United States. Said ranges attract over 20 million visitors a year. One range may have over 80 tons of lead shot in one year. The lead that Range Recovery Technologies recovers can often be recycled.

There is no doubt that the services of Range Recovery Technologies plays a key role in reclamation and maintaining an environmentally friendly shooting range. Neat company!

Thomas Gomez

Thomas Gomez currently resides in the mountains of central New Mexico. He has an M.B.A, an Ar-15/M16/M4 armorer certification from Specialized Armament Warehouse as well as a Glock armorer certification. Aside from writing for The Firearm Blog he works as a Clinical Analyst for a large Hospital. He spends his free time farming, ranching, hiking, fly-fishing and hunting in the beautiful forests and prairies of New Mexico. He can be reached at LOADTHATBIPOD@gmail.com


  • HemingwaysBeard
    • Dougscamo

      It’s subliminal….”See how pretty and green everything is after we remove the lead? Even the sun is shining!”…..

      • Mrninjatoes

        Pretty funny.

    • Tim


  • Jared A. Faber

    A cheaper way way would be to kidnap CountryBoyPrepper.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    I wonder how often ranges need to have this done. Assuming most of the lead goes in the berm at what point is it a serious environmental hazard to the shooters?

    • Granted this was for a personal range, but I was told as long as you manage the PH lead leeching from the berm isn’t a concern.

    • Dougscamo

      From what I have been told by the regulatory agencies….of which there can be several….no problem as long as it is not near a water source or until you start removing the berm….subject to change on a whim however….

    • raz-0

      lime and phosphate the place properly and all the lead will stay where it should be. You have to do it anyway, as all things like this remove are the bigger chunks. They don’t remove the abraded lead, nor are they that hot at pulling out bird shot.

      The range will stay pretty safe for shooters for quite some time. The stuff in the berms doesn’t get airborne. Based on EPA experiments, the only thing you really don’t want to do is burn trees that have been growing for eternity near where the lead accumulates. That is assuming your water runoff is managed properly.