Sunday, June 20, 2010

Pallipuram CRPF firing range �under cover\'

Thiruvananthapuram: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has erected overhead wooden safety �baffles at its small arms firing range at Pallipuram, near here, to protect people living adjacent to the training facility from stray bullets.

CRPF Group Centre Deputy Inspector-General K.V. Madhusoodhanan said the structure would ensure that bullets fired within the 200-metre range were contained within its boundaries.

A steep earthen slope at the target end of the firing range is the primary impact area for the bullets fired in the facility. It prevents the projectiles from ricocheting off the impact area and straying outside the range.

The range is surrounded by tall impact-absorbing walls, which also muffles the sound of gunfire. The overhead safety structures are erected in a manner that the shooter, regardless of his position, cannot sight the sky downrange or fire bullets upward, inadvertently or otherwise.

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