Ive got this project that I have been thinking and dreaming about for several years now. The ultimate goal is to have a small piece of road accessible land, 3 to 5 acres in size that will support several of our out door activities. ATV riding, Snowmachine riding, Camping and of course Shooting. I want to stay within a 3 hour radius of Anchorage so that gets a guy about as far south as caribou hills area down on the Kenai Peninsula, and about as far north as the Talketna / Petersville area. Sutton would also be in the running I guess. Any way, what I am looking for from you guys is any input you care to offer in regards to shooting range noise mitigation. One of the main reasons for this property would be for the construction of a 100 yard shooting range were my boys can learn the art of shooting without the distraction, constraints and BS associated with a public range. That said, it must first and foremost be constructed with an adequate backstop and I got that much covered. But obviously cost will also be a significant consideration as well as NOISE. The last thing I want is to invest a bunch of money is something that will drive every neighbor in a 3 mile radius crazy with consistent loud gun fire! It would seem to me that a property on higher elevation would be better than one down in a valley. Also it would seem that a heavily wooded lot would aid somewhat in muffling some of the noise. But years ago I had a good look at what the air force calls a “hush house”. This was a concrete structure used to run high powered jet engines and it was constructed in such a way that you could look thru the angeled sides and see the aircraft or engine inside, however the noise was reflected, or directed in such a way as to prevent it from exiting the building……….. magic as far as I can tell?? Of course I know there is a scientific explanation for this, but it is frankly beyond my base of experience or knowledge. Anyway, I am curious if it would be possible, and practical to fabricate a wooden structure large enough for two or three shooters that would significantly reduce the noise signature from my little shooting range or at the very least direct it in one direction instead of radiating in every direction and booming off of the mountains etc? Now I am not talking about a 100 yard long structure or anything like that. I am thinking more like an extended “shooting shack” that is perhaps 24 feet long and obviously open on one end. Not necessarily roofed the entire length, or even with solid walls all the way.
Any theories or advice you would care to offer would be welcome.