200 YARD PIT REBUILD

UPDATE 2/4/2019: The chief range officer, Franco Scarpino would like to make you aware that the 200 yard "pit" project will be starting soon. During weekdays it will be necessary to close the rifle range. The range will be open weekends. Please check for Email announcements, the club announcement page, Facebook page, and the project page for all information concerning the closures.


At the board meeting of  November 29th, 2018, the Board of Directors approved the request of Chief Range Officer Franco Scarpino for $15,000 to implement repairs and expansion of the 200 yard rifle pits. This request was also approved by the membership at the regular meeting of November 5th, 2018. Due to the winter season and it’s effect on the availability of required materials the work will most likely start in the spring of 2019.

The reason for this request and subsequent approval was the existing structure has become structurally deficient with large foundation cracks and a severe inward lean on the main wall. For those of you unfamiliar with the pits, this is a partially buried concrete structure behind the 200 yard berm used in the handling and scoring of military style sash targets with individuals downrange in the structure during certain rifle matches. Below are photos showing the existing structure and the problems.

The Plan

Interlocking Precast Concrete Block

Interlocking Precast Concrete Block

  • Remove the current four position structure.

  • Excavate to expand the length to eight positions.

  • New 6” slab with drainage.

  • A new structure composed of interlocking cement blocks 2'x2'x6' in size.

  • New electrical and lighting.

  • Berms around the pits will be regraded.

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This is the 200 yard berm.

The “Pit” is located behind the berm under the arrow.

The sash targets are raised and lowered through the hatches on the pit roof.

You can see the targets from this view.

A view of structural damage.

Another view of structural damage.

Another view of structural damage.

Here you can see the wall has started to lean in.