The General Services Administation (GSA) operates a number of indoor firing ranges in support of multiple federal agencies. This criteria document was developed as a benchmark against which firing range design, operation, and maintenance performance could be measured. The use of the criteria in evaluating firing range performance is part of an overall goal to better conform to GSA directives for minimizing environmental impacts and implementation of sustainable management practices.
The criteria were derived from numerous other guidance documents related to indoor firing range performance as well as the specific experience of team members related to firing range design and operation. Each criterion was modified as appropriate to address the specific needs and experience of the GSA in managing their ranges. The following criteria for the design and operation of indoor firing ranges within General Services Administration (GSA) Region 5 was compiled to identify a set of regulations, standards, and principles to guide the design, evaluation, retrofit, and management of both existing and new firing ranges constructed within the Region. Provided in this guidance are criteria for range layout, ballistic protection, ventilation controls, acceptable noise levels, desired lighting, and standards for operation and cleaning/maintenance of the range and its components.