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Bullet protection systems

At CDUK, we pay close attention to the selection of materials to ensure that they meet the required performance levels (based on the expected attrition), are safe to use, and are cost effective (both in capital cost and long-term maintenance).

We conduct rigorous testing of the materials in our bullet protection systems to understand how they perform, and to see how each material deteriorates with extensive shooting.

Materials are specifically chosen for use in shooting ranges against designated weapon and ammunition types. They are selected on the basis of safety provision, cost effectiveness, attrition rate and whole-life costs.

Wall protection

Bullet protection for walls falls into three categories:

  • High Intensity (HI) wall protection—prevents damage to the building's substrate during repeated attacks
  • Medium Intensity (MI) wall protection—provides an anti-ricochet finish for occasional shots, and will prevent damage to the solid substrate
  • Anti-ricochet (AR) walls stop rounds from bouncing back, but do not prevent damage to the solid substrate.

The type of finish used in a particular area of the range depends on its intended use (to stop rounds) and the level of risk to shooters from ricochet hazards.

Ceiling protection

Bullet protection for the ceiling will be dependent on the firing positions within the indoor range. For ranges with a static, fixed firing line, the ceiling area directly above the firers will have an anti-ricochet finish. For tactical ranges, where shooters can advance towards the target butt area, a complete ballistic ceiling may be required.

Floor protection

Our internal floors feature an anti-ricochet finish with a seamless, watertight non-slip covering. The covering prevents the accumulation of lead dust and debris inside the floor, and makes it easy to clean and maintain.

Protection of mechanical and electrical services

The mechanical and electrical services running through the live-fire areas of any indoor range contain power and data cables for the operation of critical range systems (e.g. range ventilation systems). They must be protected from bullet strikes, typically with an armoured steel covering and (where necessary) an outer anti-ricochet finish.

An indoor range complete with anti-ricochet walls, ceiling and flooring.