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PLANNING COMMISSION

MEETING DATE:

July 8, 2015

CASE NO.: 2015-15

APPLICANT:

Paul Simonet, property owner, representing MN Shooting Academy

REQUEST:

Request for a Special Use Permit and associated Variances for a Commercial Amusement and Recreational Establishment to be located in the existing structure located at 2159 Curve Crest Boulevard

ZONING: BP-O: Business Park Office

COMP PLAN DISTRICT: Commercial

PREPARED BY:

Abbi Jo Wittman, City Planner

REQUEST

The applicant is requesting a Special Use Permit for an Amusement and Recreational Establishment to be located in the existing Simonet Furniture building at 2159 Curve

Crest Boulevard. The use would be an indoor target practice range and would

necessitate the following:

1. A 4,040 square foot variances to City Code Section 31-515.1.1 provision the Commercial Recreational Establishment may occupy no more than 3,000 square feet; and

2. A 26 parking stall variance to City Code Section 31-510.1(c), Number of parking

spaces required; or

3. An 18% variance to the 60% maximum (impervious) lot coverage requirement as

identified in City Code Section 31-320(c).

In addition to the specially-permitted use, MN Shooting Academy is proposing retail sales, a lounge and vending area, warehousing space as well as space for administrative offices. These uses are permitted by right.

APPLICABLE REGULATIONS AND REGULATIONS

Section 31-325 indicates Amusement and Recreational Establishments (including other social, sport or recreational centers) in the Business Park – Office District require a Special Use Permit. The Code further indicates the use must conform to the provisions

found in Section 31-515.1:

1.

The establishment may occupy no more than 3,000 square feet.

2. ( The establishment must operate in compliance with the noise standards as

specified in City Code Chapter 38, Section 38-3.

a) The establishment shall be considered a "commercial" use pursuant to City Code Chapter 38, Section 38-3, Subdivision 4.

b) Not only shall the establishment meet the specified noise standards at its

respective property lines, but the noise standards shall also apply to receiving uses in abutting tenant spaces within a multiple tenant, if the

establishment is located in such a building.

3. Prior to issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy for the establishment, a qualified professional shall certify that the establishment will, under normal operating conditions, meet the noise standards specified in City Code Chapter 38, Section

38-3.

4. The amusement or recreational activities offered by the establishment must

operate exclusively indoors.

5. The establishment must have at least one adult employee or adult supervisory volunteer in the premises during all hours of operation.

Section 31-208, Variances, indicates the Planning Commission may grant a variance, but only when all of the following conditions are found:

1. The variance is in harmony with the general purposes and intent of this

chapter.

o

The general purpose and intent of the Zoning Code is to regulate and restrict use of land for the protection of public health, safety and welfare. The purpose of Section 31-325 limitations to the maximum size of the establishment is to ensure the development of the office park

into office space. The purpose of Section 31-510 is to ensure that a property provides

sufficient on-site parking spaces to accommodate its needs and not create a burden on the neighborhood through on-street parking. The purpose of Section 31-320(c) is to ensure adequate drainage and open space area is preserved.

o

The general purpose and intent of the Zoning Code may be met if certain conditions of approval are met.

2. The variance is consistent with the comprehensive plan. No application elements are contradictory to the Comprehensive Plan.

3. The applicant for the variance establishes that there are practical difficulties in complying with this chapter. “Practical difficulties,” as use in connection with

the granting of a variance, means that all of the following must be found to

apply:

The property owner proposes to use the land in a reasonable manner for a use permitted in the zone where the land is located, but the proposal is not

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permitted by other official controls; the use of the property for a

Commercial Recreation and Amusement Establishment, with appropriate parking and onsite infiltration, is reasonable.

The plight of the landowner is due to circumstances unique to the property and that are not created by the landowner; and The unique circumstance of the property are the boundaries of the property, the size of the structure on

the property and the existing parking and drive areas.

a. The proposed 4,040 square foot variance for the Recreational and Amusement Establishment helps support the business’s desire to have 42% of the 12 lanes dedicated to be reserved for community service endeavors. The uniqueness exists in this large space can accommodate for the increase Establishment area, providing a service to local law

enforcement practice and community safety education, wholly within

the existing structure’s footprint.

b. The property owner is not able to create additional parking next to this existing parking and drive area without a reduction in open space and infringement on the neighboring properties.

The variance, if granted, will not alter the essential character of the locality. The essential character of the neighborhood will not be altered with the

additional 4,040 square feet of Establishment space, nor the additional parking area.

Section 31-208 further indicates:

Economic considerations alone do not constitute practical difficulties. A previous variance must not be considered to have set a precedent for the granting of further variances. Each case must be considered on its merits.

Section 31-207 establishes the review standards for Special Use Permits:

The proposed structure or use conforms to the requirements and the intent of this

chapter, and of the comprehensive plan, relevant area plans and other lawful regulations.

The proposed use is allowed within the subject zoning district, if it is found compatible with surrounding uses. In review of the request with City staff, the following item was determined to be an item of concern:

Parking: The property currently contains 49 parking spaces but is required to meet 75 parking spaces onsite. The applicant has shown proof of parking for an additional 28 spaces. However, the installation of this parking would necessitate a variance to the maximum impervious surface coverage requirement.

o As there is no off-street parking in this area, the installation of 26 parking

spaces should be required. If installed with a permeable surfacing

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material, then the need for a variance to the impervious surface coverage

will not be necessary.

The applicant is not proposing to

change the landscaping, impervious surface coverage or drainage to the site.

However, if the applicant was to increase the parking area, the surface coverage would necessitate a variance.

o To offset the increase in impervious surface coverage, City Engineering Department staff indicate the new parking area could be constructed with permeable asphalt. This would maintain the required impervious surface coverage, allowing for all parking to be met onsite and no variance would be required for the parking.

Impervious Surface Coverage and Drainage:

Noise: As indicated in the code, the specified noise standards must be met at its respective property lines, but the noise standards shall also apply to receiving uses in abutting tenant spaces within a multiple tenant, if the establishment is located in such a building. While no specifications sheet for the exact construction has been submitted, the proposed indoor range will be a vendor-

designed system that is constructed by Action Target. The system will include wall and ceiling baffles (which will include acoustics within them), sound

abatement within the firing area to reduce echo as well as a ballistic trap to catch the bullets.

o The applicant has submitted sound inspection test records from three Action Target designed and constructed facilities which indicate decibel noise levels on the property, outside the building and on adjacent parcels to be meet the threshold of the City of Stillwater’s maximum decibels of 70

db during the day and 65 db at night.

Exterior changes: Section 31-319 of the Stillwater City Code requires that the Heritage Preservation Commission ( HPC) conduct a design review on exterior changes, signage and waste receptacle. The applicant is aware exterior changes

to the structure, including new exterior signage, will be required to obtain a Design Permit prior to the issuance of applicable Sign Permits.

Comprehensive Plan Chapter 7, Local Economy, indicates a program to “ encourage a mix of employment…and retail and service activities in the West Business Park area.” The

proposed uses are not contradictory to the Comprehensive Plan. This use is consistent with the Future Land Use Map identifying this property as having commercial use in

2030.

Any additional conditions necessary for the public interest have been imposed or use and/or structure will not constitute a nuisance or be detrimental to the public welfare of the community.

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The proposed Commercial Recreational and Amusement Establishment will not be nuisance or be detrimental to the public welfare of the community if conditions addressing the concerns, above, are met.

ALTERNATIVES AND RECOMMENDATION

The Commission has the following options:

1. Variances

a. Approve, with or without conditions, a 4,040 square foot variances to City Code Section 31-515.1.1 provision the Commercial Recreational

Establishment, a 26 parking stall variance to City Code Section 31-510.1(c), Number of parking spaces required and an 18% variance to the 60%

maximum (impervious) lot coverage requirement as identified in City Code Section 31-320(c).

a. Determine any or all of the proposed variances have not established practical difficulty and deny the variance.

2. Special Use Permit

a. Approve the Special Use Permits with or without conditions. If the

Commission would like to approve the Case No. 2015-15 with conditions, staff would recommend the following:

i. No greater than 12 firing lanes shall be permitted. Five of the firing lanes shall be made available for rental to community service personnel and community education activities.

ii. The establishment must have at least one adult employee or adult supervisory volunteer in the premises during all hours of

operation.

iii. Soundproofing specifications shall be submitted with the building

permit application.

iv. The Establishment shall install appropriate and sufficient soundproofing to be in compliance with City Code Section 38-3, Noise Control and Regulation, for sound levels outside of the establishment.

v. A total of 26 parking spaces shall be created onsite. A permeable

surfaceparking area and suitable base found satisfactory to the City Engineer shall be utilized for all new parking and drive areas.

vi. A grading plan shall be reviewed by the City Engineering Department and a Brown’s Creek Watershed District permit shall be obtained prior to the installation of the additional parking spaces.

vii. Upon the sale to MN Shooting Academy and prior to the release of

necessary building permits, a 15’ trail easement shall be dedicated

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to the City of Stillwater along the eastern property boundary for

future trail connection between Curve Crest Boulevard and Highway 36.

viii.

Conditions of a HPC issued Design Permit shall be incorporated into this Special Use Permit by reference.

ix.

Plans and the use will need to be approved by the engineering, fire and building officials before the issuance of a building permit.

x.

All changes to the approved plans will need to be reviewed and approved by the Community Development Director. Any major

changes will need to go to the Planning Commission for review and approval.

b. Determine that the proposed commercial Recreational and Amusement Establishment is not consistent with the Special Use Permit provisions or the Comprehensive Plan and deny the Special Use Permit.

c. Table the application requesting more information be brought back before

the Commission at their August 12, 2015 meeting.

Staff recommends the Commission move to grant a 4,040 square foot variance to the 3,000 square foot maximum provision of City Code Section 31-515.1.1 as practical difficulty has been established and move to approve the Special Use Permit for the Commercial and Recreational Establishment to be located at 2159 Curve Crest

Boulevard.

ATTACHMENTS

Site Location Map

Narrative Request (2 pages) Plan set (3 pages)

Ballistic Walls and Baffles Specifications (5 pages) Noise Exposure Assessment & Abatement Strategies Narrative (1 page) Safety Baffle Cutsheet (2 pages) Wall Baffle Cutsheet (2 pages) Action Target Sound Inspection Reports (3 pages)

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Stillwater Planning Commission

Our proposal is to retro-fit the old Simonets Furniture building into an outdoor sporting goods retailer and range similar to (Cabela’s and Gander Mountain) the building is approximately 26,000 square feet. It is located on the corner of Washington Avenue.

The building will include approximately 7500 sq feet of retail space which will include (sales counter,

display cases, waiting lounges, commercial sales area) The first level will also host restrooms, lounge, training rooms and 2 offices, gunsmith room and warehouse area.

The south side of the building would include a two range bays will be divided up into an public range with

7 state of the art shooting lanes, and a separate 6 lanes for use of private members and law enforcement. The actual shooting range length would be 75 feet. There would also be a bullet trap area, The Rubber Berm Trap’s design allows for collection of spent rounds for salvage or recycling. The trap may be cleaned at anytime and requires no rear access for cleaning or service. The trap typically requires cleaning between 80,000 to 100,000 spent rounds per lane. Exceeding the recommended cleaning time

can result in excessive bullet fragmentation and adhesion. The range walls would be made of 8-inch thick solid concrete. The ceiling would have AR300 steel baffles that act as a ceiling barrier and sound dampening. The bullet trap and firing range components would be constructed by Action Target, a national fabricator of law enforcement grade firing ranges. The range area is required to be constructed in accordance with federal, state and local building codes.

Recycling happening in two steps; the bass cartridges will be recycled by Metro Metals Recycling in St Paul, MN and the spent lead will be recycled by Metro Metals Recycling, Eau Claire, WI

Training will be a large part of the day to day operations. With over 1 million firearms sold in 2014, we would like to ensure the citizens that live in and around the twin cities as well as western Wisconsin have the best possible training available to them. Guardian Tactical Solutions will head all our training classes. Our classes range from introductory to firearms, basic firearms course and higher level conceal and carry courses. As of today we have 10 NRA certified instructors. There will be a training room and range times

set aside for Law Enforcement qualifications and training.

Sound abatement is a critical concern of the comfort level of our customer both inside and outside the range. The applicant assured city staff the building materials would not allow audible noises to be heard

from adjacent businesses. The applicant will be including additional sound proofing measures so the decibel level would be reduced to less than that of a passing vehicle to the while standing in the parking lot. We do this thought construction of the range wall leaving a sound barrier between the existing building wall and the internal range walls. We will also using sound proofing wall panels and ceiling panels.

Mark Kamas MN Shooting Academy

MN Shooting Academy June 17, 2015

Project Narrative

Request for Variance

Special Use Permit

Project Use: MN Shooting Academy, LLC proposes to purchase the existing 27,000 sf 1 story Type II B non combustible sprinklered) building located on Curve Crest Boulevard. No new

exterior modifications or additions are proposed. Planned internal remodeling shall be for purposes of providing a practice target range and associated retail and back of house functions. As per requirements for request for a variance to the Special Use Permit City Code Section 31 515.1 Amusement and recreational establishments, non compliant item 1 limit of 3,000 sf, compliant with items 2 through 5), we have noted the following:

1. The variance is in harmony with the general purposes and intent of this chapter. It is understood that an indoor target practice range is an allowed use under Commercial Entertainment). Recreational sport shooting, both individually and league.

2. The variance is consistent with the comprehensive plan. It is understood that this use is consistent with the comprehensive plan for BP O district).

3. The applicant for the variance establishes that there are practical difficulties in

complying with this chapter.

granting of a variance, means that all of the following must be found to apply.

Practical difficulties,” as used in connection with the

a. The property owner proposes to use the land in a reasonable manner for a use

permitted in the zone where the land is located, but the proposal is not permitted by other official controls. MN Shooting Academy proposed square

footage for the indoor gun range is 7,000 sf; however, local zoning only permits 3,000 sf for commercial entertainment use. Our square footage is greater than allowed for the following reasons:

i. The entertainment area proper is considered to be from the staging area

to the firing line; all human activity is prohibited forward of the firing line.

ii. The shooting gallery is divided into 12 lanes; 5 of these lanes

Approximate 7,000 square footage) shall be reserved at specified times and dates for community service, not commercial entertainment. Community services could include law enforcement practice and community safety education.

b. The plight of the landowner is due to circumstances unique to the property and that are not created by the landowner, and N/ A, The plight of the circumstances is related to the use of the property, not circumstances unique to the property).

c. The variance, if granted, will not alter the essential character of the neighborhood. The proposed remodel/ use is internal only. Additionally, the proposed gun range use is an accessory use, as it only occupies approximately of the total building area).

MN Shooting Academy June 17, 2015

Narrative for required parking

Project Use: MN Shooting Academy proposes to purchase the existing 27,000 sf 1 story Type II

B non combustible sprinklered) building located on Curve Crest Boulevard. Planned internal

remodeling shall be for purposes of providing a practice target range and associated retail and

back of house functions.

MN Shooting Academy proposes no parking lot expansion or remodeling to the existing parking

lot. Our experience has shown that the existing 49 parking spaces will be more than adequate

to meet our customers’ needs. It is not our desire or our intent to under park this facility. We

have enclosed a check for 525 should the planning commission determine additional parking be installed. Please see sheet T1 for graphic analysis of parking requirements as per city off street parking ordinance 31 510). Should the planning commission determine that additional

parking must be installed, a variance will be required for green space. Providing 77 stalls will result in an overall green space of 22% less than 40% required for this district). The check

submitted could be used for a variance for either parking stall reduction or green space reduction.

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Ballistic & Acoustic

Ballistic Rubber Protection and Acoustic Systems

The primary purpose of ballistic protection in a range is to help prevent injury

and protect property from damage. Traditional ballistic systems are designed

to simply redirect misfires and ricochets, not necessarily to stop their path and contain them. Range Systems ProTact™ ballistic protection systems provide a safer range environment by eliminating these hazards with full encapsulation of errant rounds and ricochets. Our proprietary ballistic rubber allows us to create the safest, cleanest and quietest ranges in the industry today. Here are some of the ballistic protection products where we use our ProTact systems:

Baffles

Safety Ceiling

Ballistic Sidewall Protection

Shooting Lane Dividers

Free-Standing Ballistic Shields

Acoustic Systems

Baffles

Range Systems has a variety of baffle designs and options to suit your needs. The baffles on a range must be matched with the capabilities of the ammunition being fired on the range. While we have several levels of ballistic protection, with our proprietary ballistic rubber, we not only can provide you the safest shooting environment possible, but also improve the overall appearance of your range.

Whether you train from a fixed firing line or advance downrange, Range Systems baffle systems can be installed in a “no-blue sky” configuration so errant rounds cannot escape the perimeters of the range. Our baffles also protect downrange lights, columns, utilities or any type of protuberance that is in the line of fire. Simply put, Range Systems has the widest range of baffle options in the industry allowing you to choose both your level of protection and

safety.

Sidewall Systems

ProTacts™ Ballistic Sidewall System is ideal for tactical training, close range

fire, angled fire, and any environment where shooters advance downrange. Our ballistic Sidewall System eliminates the potential hazard of ricochets and splatter from bullets impacting the sidewalls of the range. This allows you to not only advance down range, but have 270° range of fire, shoot cross lane as

well as engage multiple targets at once.

Tactical Training

Angled Fire

Close Range Fire

Shoot Cross Lane

Ceiling System

One of the most critical areas in a range where a misdirected shot could compromise personnel safety is the area from the firing line extending to twelve feet downrange. Range Systems ProTacts™ ballistic rubber ceiling system reduces the risk of injury of a vertically misdirected shot by stopping the path of the round and safely containing it.

Acoustic Systems

There are many hazards on a shooting range, and one of the most overlooked is the noise. Obviously you have the noise of the guns firing, but also noise from bullet impact and reverberations. An effective noise control measure for firing ranges is ballistic rubber. Unlike steel and plywood ranges, ranges with ballistic rubber nearly eliminate bullet impact noise. In addition, our Acoustic Dura-Panel™ rubber with channeled exterior reduces reverberation as well. Noise is absorbed as the channels disrupt sound wave patterns so they quickly dissipate resulting in a noise reduction. Acoustic Dura-Panel has a Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) rating of 0.65.

When used as a component of a ballistic containment system, Acoustic Dura- Panel will capture and encapsulate bullets and fragments, prevent ricochet from trajectory angles as shallow as 12 degrees from the rubber surface, and

reduce airborne lead particles.

Noise exposure assessment and abatement strategies for a

indoor firing range.

Exposure to impulse noise is common during the firing of weapons at indoor firing ranges. The aims of this study were to characterize the impulse noise environment at a law enforcement

firing range; document the insufficiencies found at the range from a health and safety standpoint; and provide noise abatement recommendations to reduce the overall health hazard to the auditory system. Ten shooters conducted a typical live fire exercise using three different weapons the Beretta.40 caliber pistol, the Remington.308 caliber rifle, and the M4.223 caliber rifle. Measurements were obtained at 12 different positions throughout the firing range and adjacent areas using dosimeters and sound level meters. Personal and area measurements were recorded to a digital audio tape DAT) recorder for further spectral analysis. Peak pressure levels inside the firing range reached 163 decibels dB) in peak pressure. Equivalent sound levels ranged from 78 decibels, A weighted dBA), in office area adjacent to the range to 122 dBA inside the range. Noise reductions from wall structures ranged from 29 44 dB. Noise abatement strategies ranged from simple noise control measures to elaborate design modifications to eliminate structural borne sounds using acoustical treatments.

Acoustical treatment of exposed walls, overhead baffles, safety ceilings, shooting stalls, and the

range floor changes the surfaces from reflective to absorptive and significantly reduces the noise level in the range. These acoustical applications are specifically designed to absorb the loud reverberation of indoor gunfire, decrease the sound level within the range, and reduce noise transmission outside of the range.

INDOOR RANGES

U.S. PATENT # 5822936

SAFETY BAFFLES™

In addition to keeping fired bullets from exiting the range, baffles offer protectionfor

overhead lights, pipes, ventilation ducts, and other structures.

A critical safety concern on any indoor range is making sure bullets cannot escape

to the outside. Using an innovative combination of steel, wood, and acoustical tile, Action Target Safety Baffles provide ballistic protection, sound abatement,

and a polished, professional appearance.®

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To ensure you get exactly what you need for your specific

range requirements, Action Target Safety Baffles come in four levels of protection.

LEVEL 1: Baffles are made of 10- gauge steel and will deflect

and contain most standard handgun rounds fired at an angle of at least 45 degrees from perpendicular.Some damage to

the steel plate may occur. Repeated rounds impacting in

the same area may breach the baffle.

LEVEL 2: Baffles are made of

1/ 4”

mild steel and will deflect

and contain standard handgun rounds fired at an angle

of at least 45 degrees from perpendicular with little or no damage to the steel plate. Baffle will also deflect and contain standard handgun rounds fired at a perpendicular angle with some potential damage to the steel plate.

LEVEL 3: Baffles are made of 1/ 4” AR steel and will deflect and contain standard handgun rounds fired ata

perpendicular angle with no damage to the steel plate.

Baffle will also deflect and contain high power rounds (. and . 308) fired at an angle of at least 45 degrees from

223

perpendicular. Some damage to the

steel plate may occur.

LEVEL 4: Baffles are made of 3/ 8” AR steel and will deflect and contain standard handgun rounds fired ata

perpendicular angle with no damage to the steel plate.

Baffle will also deflect and contain high power rounds (. 223 and .308) fired at a perpendicular angle. High power rounds

fired at a perpendicular angle will cause damage to the steel

plate. Repeated high power rounds fired at a perpendicular angle impacting in the same area may breach the baffle.

Performance Characteristics

Nearly impenetrable barrier Protect lighting, ventilation, and other utilities and equipment

Help control acoustics and other sound issues

Match the grade of baffles to the

Fixed firing line baffles: calculate line of sight from standing, kneeling, and prone positions Tactical movement baffles: entire ceiling must be completely protected

scope of the

range be it handguns or rifles.

not just certain areas

Baffles are different than deflectors

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indoor ranges

wall baffle

Complete ballistic containment that will safely direct ricochet and splatter away

from the shooter. Available in handgun and rifle rated configurations.

Action Target’s Wall Baffle system is designed to keep errant rounds safely contained within the shooting range while not damaging the structure of the

building. Wall Baffles are available in configurations capable of containing both

handgun and standard rifle calibers ( 5. 56, 7. 62, etc.).®

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All impact surfaces on the Wall Baffles are made of through hardened

AR500 steel. The joint system provides an overlapping and continuous barrier eliminating any gaps through which rounds may escape. The

overlapping joint design also allows wall baffles to be modular to fit

any range. Wall Baffle panels are available in 1/ 4” and 3/ 8” thicknesses depending on the range requirements. In order to contain impacts from

rifle calibers at various angles ( including perpendicular shots), 3/ 8” steel

must be used. All steel panels are cut on computer controlled, high- definition plasma cutters and are prepped and painted to meet SP- 6

specifications.

No flame

cutting of any type is used.

Standard Accessories

Optional Accessories

Mounting Requirements

Height

Width

Thickness

Plywood

Acoustic paneling

Rubber covering

Various acoustic tiling options

CMU / Concrete wall / drywall / plywood styuds / self supporting wall

4’ to 40’

Unlimited

2” to 8”

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Shooting Range Sound Test

Action Target conducted a test on Saturday December 7, 2002 to determine the level of sound emitting

from an uninsulated indoor range. We used the facilities of Rangemasters of Utah located at: 712 West

1300 North Springville, UT 84663. The range is a standard 25 yard fixed position commercial range

with a Total Containment Trap, 9 rows of overhead baffles (7 with fascia), and shooting stalls. The

walls are solid grout CMU block. Above the baffles is a wood truss assembly with standard roof

construction and no insulation.

This range is located in a light industrial area. There is one City access road to the north about 200' that

has moderate traffic. Other roads in the area are south of the range with very little traffic.

We took our sound measurements moving away from the building to the west through an open lot. The

next building to the west is 500' away. The lane we used for our testing in the range was just inside the

western wall shooting to the north.

The equipment used for this test was a Larson-Davis hand held meter, model DSP80 (see attached spec

sheet). In order to produce the worst case scenario we used a 50 caliber BMG rifle. The rounds fired

were TTI Armory FMJ Ball 647 gr. (see attached spec sheet). All shots were fired from the 25 yard

line.

The test was conducted from six positions outside the range. At each distance three measurements

were taken; ambient sound, normal conversation, and peek levels with a single shot fired in the range.

The results are as follows:

Distance

Ambient db

Conversation db

Shot Fired db

10'

50

75.2

84.3

Traffic

55

100'

50

74.9

71.9

200'

50

72

66.9

300

47

72.6

59.2

400

45.5

71.5

54.3

450

43.5

72.5

56.9

The reading from 450' when the shot was fired increased slightly from the reading at 400'. We believe

this was due to reverberation off the building to the west.

This test was conducted by employees of Action Target namely; Layne Ashby, Ernie John, Justin

Briggs, and Jarom Xochimitl.

Sincerely,

Layne Ashby

Action Target, Inc.

Shooting Range Sound Test

Action Target conducted a test on Friday April 18, 2008 to determine the level of sound emitting from

an insulated indoor range. This test was conducted on the shooting range listed:

Get Some Guns

6651 S. State Street

Murray, UT 84107

The range is a standard 25 yard fixed position commercial range with a Total Containment Trap, 9 rows

of overhead baffles (7 with fascia), and shooting stalls. The walls are solid grout CMU block. Above

the baffles is a steel truss assembly with standard roof construction and fiberglass insulation. This range

is equipped with sound absorbing panels with a .95 NRC rating to reduce reverberation time.

This range is located in a commercial area. State Street is west of the range about 20' and has heavy

traffic. Other roads in the area are on all sides of the range with little traffic.

We took our sound measurements moving away from the building to the north, west and east through the parking lots. The closest buildings to the range are:

North

Sam's Club

500+' away

South

Commercial strip center

25' away

West

Commercial strip center

100' away

East

Residential homes

70' away

There were 4 shooters in lanes in the south bay of the range just inside the southern wall shooting to the east. The shooters were shooting 9mm and 40 cal handguns.

The equipment used for this test was a RadioShack digital hand held meter. Sound levels were measured in the A-weighting scale with frequencies from 500 to 10,000 Hz.

The test was conducted from five positions outside the range and readings at the shooting line in the range. At each distance three measurements were taken; ambient sound, traffic, and peek levels with shots fired in the range. The results are as follows:

Distance

Ambient db

Traffic db

Shot Fired db

In

the range

79

--

107

In

the Gun store

64

68

72

10' south

61

68

67

50' east

56

63

61

State St. sidewalk

53

64

54

200' north

54

63

55

The readings from 50' east and 10' south increased slightly from the other readings. We believe this was due to reverberation between the buildings.

This test was conducted by Layne Ashby of Action Target with assistance from Skyler Wallin of Get Some Guns.

Shooting Range Sound Test

Action Target conducted a test on Friday May 2, 2008 to determine the level of sound emitting from a

well insulated concrete tilt-up indoor range. This test was conducted on the shooting range listed:

Whistling Pines Gun Club

1418 Woolsey Heights

Colorado Springs, CO 80915

The range is a standard 25 yard fixed position commercial range with a Total Containment Trap, 9 rows

of overhead baffles (7 with fascia), and shooting stalls. The walls are solid tilt-up concrete. Above the

baffles is a steel truss assembly with standard roof construction and fiberglass insulation. This range is

equipped with sound absorbing panels with a .95 NRC rating to reduce reverberation time.

This range is located in an industrial area. Markshuffle Street is east of the range about 500' and Hwy

124 is South about 1000', both with heavy traffic. Other roads in the area are on all sides of the range

with little traffic.

We took our sound measurements moving away from the building to the north, south, west and east

through the parking lots. The closest buildings to the range are:

North

Storage yard

300' away

South

Open field

West

Industrial offices

200' away

East

Industrial offices

200' away

There were 6 shooters in lanes in the east bay of the range just inside the eastern wall shooting to the

north. The shooters were shooting 9mm handguns.

The equipment used for this test was a RadioShack digital hand held meter. Sound levels were

measured in the A-weighting scale with frequencies from 500 to 10,000 Hz.

The test was conducted from 10 positions outside the range and readings at the shooting line in the

range. At each distance three measurements were taken; ambient sound, traffic, and peek levels with

shots fired in the range. The results are as follows:

Distance

Ambient db

Traffic db

Shot Fired db

In the range

76

--

102

In

the Gun store

50

--

62

10' east

63

67

68

50' east

54

68

67

100' east

61

68

66

50' west

62

66

65

100' west

63

67

65

50' north

77

--

--

100' north

58

60

59

50' south

63

67

66

100' south

64

66

66

It was very windy the day of this test which made it very difficult to collect these reading. The wind

gusts were much louder than the traffic or shots fired. The readings on the north side of the building

were higher due to the HVAC equipment. The shots fired were nearly undetectable as we moved away

from the range building. We believe this is due to the construction type and insulation of the building.

This test was directed by Layne Ashby and conducted by Wayne Ashby of Action Target with

assistance from Kevin Klesser of Whistling Pines Gun Club.