Range Systems – Ballistic Rubber For Shooting Ranges

Range Systems is known for designing and building shooting ranges. Recently a video has been going around social media of a new ballistic rubber lining that can take pistol and rifle rounds at point blank distances.

 

I was rather surprised that he shot the ceiling. While I am not comfortable with shooting guns vertically, if the ballistic rubber can contain the round safely then it would be good for negligent discharges. I am curious how thick this ballistic rubber bullet trap needs to be to safely contain pistol rounds and rifle rounds.

 

For more information go to Range-systems.com





Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

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  • gunsandrockets

    Two points:

    1) Tile needs shaping, the better to break up and absorb the sound of indoor shooting

    2) Is the tile fire resistant? Or a potential accelerant?

    • EdgyTrumpet

      Put some accousting foam over it. Problem solved.

      • EdgyTrumpet

        Whoa what the hell, *acoustic

      • M1911

        A lot of acoustic foam is flammable. Such foam contributed to the Station Nightclub fire.

        • EdgyTrumpet

          It’s alright, the rubber is fire retardant so it cancels out :^)

          • Russ Kell

            I knew cake and diet coke cancelled each other out. Hah.

      • Seth Hill

        LOL. Your acoustics were so off that they were accousting.

    • BattleshipGrey

      The website says it has “fire extinguishing properties”. No mention of price though.

    • Sledgecrowbar

      It would be really smart to design the shape of the wall and ceiling panels to minimize sound reverberation. Along with the rubber being soft enough to absorb some amount of noise, it should help a ton over whatever material the building would normally be made of. I’ve seen range walls set up like an accordion but I think this is to deflect any possible ricochets downrange rather than back.

  • iksnilol

    Well, from seeing my range. I’d say the ceiling protection is most important.

    • DanGoodShot

      1st time at my local out door range I looked up and saw all the holes in the wood… the range officer standing by me happened to notice me notice the holes… with a smile he say’s, “We had some problems carpenter bees.”

      • Sledgecrowbar

        Carpenter bee holes do look like bullet holes, but I doubt any would stick around a shooting range long enough to bother.

        • DanGoodShot

          Yeah, his tongue was firmly planted in his cheek. The holes did make for some interesting lighting inside the ports though. lol.

    • HenryV

      Floors too.

    • Yeah the ceiling tiles interests me as it looks like a lighter weight way of providing protection to the roof.

      But as a bullet stop material, no thank you. I know of at least one range that went up due to tracers and rubber material.

      • Bradley

        I have never been to an indoor range, but I wouldn’t have guessed they would allow tracers.

        • What is allowed, and what people manage to bring in and shoot are two completely separate things.

          • Sledgecrowbar

            I think it should be in the membership contract that if you use tracers, you pay for any fire suppression work and repairs. That should deter it.

      • BeoBear

        So do I, was just a few years ago.

  • Giolli Joker

    The shooting on the walls without balloons would require some slo-mo of the impact…
    I can’t see any reaction of the rubber, it looks like he’s shooting blanks.

    • It’s amazing isn’t it? Look close at the 1:02 mark, the granular rubber indicates impact after passing through the balloon. We’re done some hi-speed video shooting recently and will publish soon.

      • Giolli Joker

        Cool. Thanks!

  • hking

    We use these for our small town private indoor range. Its not a big enough community to actually run a typical range with set hours and attendants, so our sportsman club received a huge grant and built a small range using these blocks as a backstop and a modified garage door opener as a target runner lol. We have 1/2″ steel plates with about 2-3 inches of the same rubber coating the surface behind the large rubber bricks just in case anything makes it through, but so far even when the “seams” between blocks are shot heavily (they lined up with where people hung targets) nothing has made it through after many many thousands of rounds. Every other year we tear the wall down and rearrange it with the more shot up blocks on the outside. I think we have only replaced 10 or so in 8 years of use.

  • DIR911911 .

    a prepper somewhere is drawing up new plans for a safe house with these

  • How does it work? The bullet passes through our self healing cold-pressed Dura-Panel™ or Dura-Bloc™ ballistic rubber and then strikes AR500 steel, causing it to fragment. These small fragments are encapsulated by the Dura-Panel™ or Dura-Bloc™ virtually eliminating ricochet or backsplatter.

    The video segments featuring the Encapsulator™ Gran Trap and Safety Ceiling were filmed in our private demonstration range at our company headquarters. As you can imagine, our
    rubber shooting ranges are much quieter than the bare concrete walls of many older commercial ranges. Plus they allow for expanded training opportunities.

    • Blake

      Good on you guys for not only adding details here but also responding to comments.

  • Bradley

    Maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t get all the fire retardant concerns. I always get frustrated that stephen king books insist that a bullet burns whatever you shoot it with, but I’m assuming that’s not what people are thinking of. It’s just that most buildings are made of combustible things like wood. I’ve not been to indoor ranges so I might be completely missing something.

    • Norm Glitz

      One of the larger rifle & pistol clubs in my area has a small indoor range. They had rubber “mulch” for a bullet trap at the bottom of their steel plate backstop. Chunks of shredded tires, I believe. They decided that the mulch needed replacing. After raking it into a pile, some ass threw a cigarette butt into the pile. It caught fire and totally polluted the inside of the range. It was years before the range was opened again.

      While it now has a huge ventilation system, it still has concrete walls that will make your ears ring even with the best ear protection. The first time I shot there, was also the last time. Much prefer their outdoor ranges.

      The big blocks look like they would be much harder to catch on fire.

    • Sam Damiano

      We have had two indoor range fires on bases here and one near fire at my local club caused by the unintentional use of tracers in the range. All three ranges have the shredded tire back stop. The two military ranges were .30 cal tracers mixed with ball ammo. The civilian range was a bag of .45 ACP bought at a local gun show. There were tracers mixed in but the bullets had been polished so the paint was removed. Fortunately for our club the shooters on the indoor range saw the smoke and dug it out before the backstop ignited.

  • Bradley

    Does punching the wall with the weapon have some purpose?

  • Brett

    He must really hate those walls!

  • I have seen this type of product for years and used it on various ranges. Always government. One indecent I was personally party to was a under powered handgun round coming back and hitting the shooter in the head. Not a fragment. But the whole slug. Rung his bell very hard.

    So consider there is a minimum safe speed as well. Not sure what that speed is. Perhaps subsonic? But that number in combination with bullet design and weight means some bullets can come back at the user.

    I actually like the product on balance.

    YMMV. Speaking from personal experience. And the examples I have used may not be this exact manufacturer. But it seems VERY similar if not.

  • Nashvone

    The man in that video has great trust in the product. I wonder if there are any caliber restrictions.

  • Broz

    I’ve seen something similar…using old discarded tires to form backstops on indoor ranges…

    • junkman

      Pick up blown tractor trailer tire casings & layer them into my outdoor range backstop. I collect the lead & remelt it into small ingots to sell, all 100% bullet lead.

  • Lyle

    Another misuse of the term “point blank range”.

    In exterior ballistics, the term Point Blank Range (PBR) refers to that distance at which the bullet has fallen below the line of sight by the same amount that it rose above line of sight at its “midrange height”. Point Blank Range can be in the hundreds of yards, depending on the caliber, sight height above bore, and the sight angle, or zero distance.

    Therefore it is nonsensical to refer to “extreme close range” or “near contact distance” as “point blank range”, Hollywood and news media notwithstanding.