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Col. Debra Bean, 78th Air Base Wing vice commander uses an M-9mm Barretta to fire the first shot at the official opening April 15 of the 78th 25meter fully contained range. The range underwent a $4.7 million upgrade. It has increased the firing points from 13 to 24 Shooters. Students are able to move from different distances while the targets remain at a fixed location. Fixed targets eliminate the need for the shooters to cross the firing line, thus eliminating a safety concern. The range also received a $250,000 upgrade to its bullet containment trap, making it an environmentally friendly firing range. Along with the elimination of firing lead rounds, the new filtration system aides in making RAFB an environmentally friendly base. U. S. Air Force photo by Sue Sapp
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SFS firing range gets $4.7 M facelift

Posted 4/17/2009   Updated 4/17/2009 Email story   Print story

    


by Staff reports
78 th Security Forces Squadron


4/17/2009 - ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- The 78th Security Forces Squadron firing range is now open after undergoing a $4.7 million facelift.

The range received major upgrades, modernizing the facility and making it more environmentally friendly. In addition, the 25-meter range increased from 13 to 24 firing points to accommodate more shooters.

"We absolutely love the new range," said Tech. Sgt. Jerrod Tracht, NCO in charge of combat arms. "It's now a modern facility. We've nearly doubled the firing capacity, which cuts training days in half."

Sergeant Tracht said another benefit from the upgrade is students are now able to shoot from different distances while the targets remain at a fixed location. The fixed targets eliminate the need for the shooters to cross the firing line, thus eliminating a safety concern.

The firing range also upgraded its bullet containment trap and eliminated the firing of lead rounds, making it more environmentally friendly.

The range is for official military use only.



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