Progress on Hawthorne small arms range, pistol course remains on target
HAWTHORNE -- Progress on the small
arms range at the Hawthorne Army Depot that will allow Nevada’s military
personnel to stay within the state for their weapons qualification testing remains
on target. This month, the Nevada Guard’s Lands and Ranges team completed its
preparation for an interim Automated Record Fire Range and Combat Pistol
Qualification Course. Both will feature wireless targets that are set to be
emplaced in late winter.
The interim range and course promise to be
operational by mid-March 2023 for Individual Soldier Weapons Qualification. The
permanent small arms range that meets the Army standard for individual weapons
qualification tests should be done by 2025 and will likely cost about $17
About a half dozen Nevada Army Guard
Soldiers worked to prepare the two interim, wireless shooting ranges at the
Freedom Ranges in Mineral County. The ranges now include a four-lane automated rifle
range and a four-lane automated pistol range. The project ran from November 28
to December 9.
The interim automated record fire range is
located on the current Known Distance Range at the Freedom Ranges. The ARF
extends 300 meters in distance and includes seven targets per lane. Each
interim range lane will have targets placed at 50-, 100-, 150-, 200-, 250- and
The location of each target was identified
and marked on the known distance range. Railroad ties and berms were
incorporated to improve line-of-sight issues. The Soldiers used equipment from
Carson City along with equipment from the 609th Engineer Company based in Fallon
to make the improvements.
The interim pistol course is now located
on Freedom Range No. 7, which was a previously a steel, pneumatic pop-up target
range. The range now features four pistol lanes Each of the lanes extends 31
meters and includes two targets at 7 meters and one target at 10-, 12.5-, 16-, 23-,
27-, and 31 meters. Eighteen old steel targets affixed on cement bases on Range
No. 7 were removed and the new target positions were marked and identified.
During the project, the Soldiers removed
25 cubic yards of trash and debris from the range locations.
The Soldiers who completed the project
were from the 609th Engineer Company, the 150th Maintenance Company and the
422nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion. The Soldiers were: 1st Sgt. Paul Jones (609th);
1st Sgt. David Starky (150th Maintenance Company); Staff Sgt. Shayne Fulmer (422nd
Signal Battalion); Sgt. Bryan Brown (609th); Spc. Alfonso Martinez (150th); and
Sgt. Jared Ishmael (150th.)