Amid the disturbing news we received on Monday from the Liberal government, we are pleased to report significant progress on Ranges 7, 10 and 3. Mitigation construction and improvements have ramped up in the last week with the arrival of 150+ truckloads of material from construction sites around the Lower Mainland.
As of this Friday, Range 7 berms and target positions have been largely completed and should be ready as soon as the club can reopen after the COVID emergency has passed. As we presented previously, Range 7’s target positions have been moved from metres to yards. Hence 200 metres will be now 200 yds, 100 m to 100 yds , etc. The reason for doing this was to avoid costly upgrades on the rear backstop. By reducing the distances of all firing positions (and by lowering them), the backstop would not need to be raised nor would overhead baffles be needed.
On Range 10, the raising of the backstop berm has largely been completed by excavator. As well, the container shelter for Range 10 has been sited and through the generous work of volunteers the ports, overhang, door and shelves have been placed. More improvements to the interior will follow to ensure adequate amenities and sound proofing.
On Range 3, volunteers and staff have constructed and filled a series of ground baffles with approved materials. Ground baffles were mandated after the CFO inspector indicated there was danger of ground strikes leading to ricochets leaving the range. Ground baffles is one solution that would reduce the need of an inordinately high backstop. After further design plans will be drawn to raise the backstop of Range 3 for the longer distances.
Work still to be done
After present work is complete, excavators and other equipment will be moving onto Range 1 to raise the backstop by some metres. Range 3 awaits further design to determine the height of a wall or other berm raising construction to raise the backstop.
Again we thank our volunteers and staff for their work and expertise.