The need for their own rifle shooting range became greater as the hunter training gradually required students to shoot with the rifle in the training. The ability of members of the association to practice hunting shooting and the ability to take a shooting test for large game was also in demand among members.
In 2011, we entered into a new lease with Fredrikstad municipality for land where we had our clay pigeon path. At the same time, a new housing area was planned that was within the noise zone of our clay pigeon path. The municipality mapped the noise in the area and together with the developer who must be responsible for noise reduction measures, it was decided to build earth walls around our clay pigeon path.
Scope of the project
Considered the opportunity to create an "indoor" 100m rifle track with two concrete tunnels at the bottom of one noise damping wall that was to be 7m high and 100m long. The bullet catch was to be a concrete bunker and the site a rebuilt Moelven baracks.
Fredrikstad Municipality was very positive about the idea right away when they saw the opportunity to get a shooting range in the municipality with 3 important benefits: No noise, No safety problems and no pollution problems from projectiles
The main interest among the members has also varied over the years but hunting and shooting have dominated in recent decades. This has also intensified after we started arranging the hunting test course when the compulsory hunting test was introduced in 1986. The association has "always" had its own clay pigeon course but never its own course for rifle shooting.
Bullet capture was a challenge that we had to face. Sand was first used in boxes that were 1.40m x 1.40m x 0.4m. They were effective and stopped everything from projectiles. The problem was the maintenance. After a few months of shooting, they had to be emptied, filled with new sand and timber in the front replaced. This was not sustainable as all work in an association is done on a daily basis.
We had heard about rubber granules and started looking for solutions. Through contacts in the shooter environment, we heard about Obsima and addressed our problem there. After a little communication we got a proposal that we could realize even with a little dedication and that became the solution we have today.
After a few months of operation, we see that everything works as planned, all projectiles are stopped and no dust problems so it can get rid of sand. Electronic wild reindeer figure stands in front of the ball cap and works normally.
Maintenance (removal of projectiles) we have no experience with yet, but we envision several years of shooting before it becomes necessary unlike sandboxes that lasted a maximum of one year.
We are very pleased with the plant and see it as well spent money.
Fredrikstad Hunters and Fishermen's Association was formed in 1922 and is a member of the Norwegian Hunters and Fishermen's Association. The membership varies but is around 200 today.
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