The NRA Range Source Book
NRA's guide to planning and constructing shooting ranges
The newly revised 2012 Edition is now available! Along with an
expansive updated drawings section, you will find many updated
sections on lead management, revised design recommendations, and
new information on the latest NRA programs available. This new
edition replaces the previously available 1999 version. We strongly
recommend that all existing and potential range owners and
operators obtain a copy of this latest edition to stay current with
NRA's recommendations for shooting range development and
Purpose of Source Book
The NRA Range Source Book provides both basic and advanced
guidance to assist in the planning, design, construction and
maintenance of shooting range facilities. The source book discusses
methods and technologies which may result in a fuller use of range
The NRA Range Source Book is designed to provide technical
guidance and typical examples of physical layout and equipment used
on shooting ranges for various firearms, ammunition types and
Ranges are categorized by the type of construction, shooting
activity, target, firearms and ammunition to be used on the
Source Book Organization
The NRA Range Source Book is divided into two types of
chapters: general and technical. General chapters deal with
information necessary for any shooting facility, while the
technical chapters concern specific shooting activities.
Source Book Overview
The NRA Range Source Book provides basic drawings of range
layout and equipment. It is not practical to discuss local
ordinances or zoning/building codes or specific topographic
conditions. The technical information along with information
gathered from on-site visits and from studying local ordinances
provides the basis for planning and design of a range facility.
Simply to impose a "standard" plan onto a parcel of land or in an
existing building, without considering the site's individual
conditions, is to invite improper planning with unsatisfactory
Proper design work requires practical understanding and
knowledge of local ordinances, codes and engineering principles.
Therefore, it is recommended that an architect, engineer, or
consultant experienced in range planning and design be consulted
from the onset.
The NRA Range Source Book is a technical source book for
shooting range builders and operators. The source book will provide
certain information and strategies that may or may not be useful or
applicable, depending upon the particular circumstances and
objectives of a particular range. All information contained within
is in the form of suggested practices only, and no standards are
stated or implied. Failure to follow any of the suggestions in The
NRA Range Source Book in no way implies that the range is being
operated negligently. Nothing contained within The NRA Range Source
Book shall be construed as a standard for the evaluation of any
specific shooting facility.
You can order a copy of the NRA Range Source Book online at the NRA Program Materials Center, or
call 800-336-7402 to order item AR14860.
If you're interested in other range-related materials, visit materials.nrahq.org/go/products.aspx?cat=Range_flags/signs/posters.