How to soundproof a shooting range

In this blog, I’ll discuss “How to Soundproof a Shouting Range” and sound mitigation technologies that can assist in reducing indoor and outdoor shooting range noise levels.

To begin, we must distinguish between an indoor and an outdoor shooting range. The objective of outdoor gun range soundproofing is usually to protect neighbours from the sound of gunshots. The purpose of indoor gun range soundproofing is to protect both individuals within the shooting tunnel and those in the surrounding building who may be subjected to unpleasant noise levels.

Various acoustical items can be employed while designing an indoor or outdoor shooting range. When it comes to indoor shooting ranges, you’re dealing with tremendous decibel levels and a lot of hard reflectors all over the place. To reduce the echoes intensity within the shooting range, sound absorption can be placed to the walls.

Indoor shooting ranges can also have noise barriers installed to reduce the amount of sound that travels through the walls and ceilings to outside sources such as neighbours. Acoustic blankets can be used to lower noise levels near the property line when creating an outdoor shooting range.

These identical sound barrier blankets will be used to soundproof an outdoor rifle range, with a little modification to make the blankets weather resistant.

How to soundproof a shooting range?

The following things can be used to soundproof a gun range. Whether you’re soundproofing an indoor or outdoor shooting range, the method is different.

You can use the following items to prevent and absorb sound at your indoor gun range:

  • Acoustic foam panels
  • MLV
  • Hanging baffles
  • Echo absorbers

For outdoor gun ranges, our only option is:

Outdoor acoustic blankets

Luckily, soundproofing materials may be used to make both indoor and outdoor shooting ranges quieter.

Why Is Gun Range Soundproofing Necessary?

Gun ranges have concrete flooring with bare walls. These rough, reflective surfaces, while designed for safety, produce excessive echoes and noise reverberation. As a result, gunfire sounds have a substantial impact on patrons and personnel.

Gunfire is audible at a high decibel level. Not only from the huge guns but also from pistols, which may be deafening to both beginners and regulars. This decibel level is even higher inside. Even if your members are using ear protection, gunfire might still cause hearing loss. Hearing loss is more likely to affect your staff or regular members.

People who are new to gun ranges are often surprised by how loud gunshots may be. When they hear several gunshot reports up close, some people can become rather scared. Soundproofing your indoor firing range might assist you to avoid shocking new customers and keeping them getting back.

Advantages of soundproofing a gun range

Boost safety: Reduce the noise of gunfire at your gun range to enhance safety and protect your members and workers from hearing loss.

Reduce the volume: Reducing echo and reverberation improves the overall sound quality.

Maintain good relations with your neighbours: Stop gunfire from leaking out of the building and affecting adjacent companies or houses, which means no more complaints from neighbours.

Make newcomers feel at ease: Help new potential clients avoid feeling shocked, intimidated, or uneasy the first time they visit your indoor gun range and hear loud gunfire reports.

Create a more relaxed atmosphere: Soundproofing your gun range will make it more enjoyable for all of your users to practise their shooting range abilities.

By lowering the noise levels released by your building, soundproofing will make your staff, visitors, and neighbours happier.

Soundproofing an Indoor Shooting Range

The majority of indoor shooting ranges are lengthy tunnels with targets at the end. The focus of soundproofing for an indoor gun range is usually on providing an environment that better secures patrons and personnel inside the facility.

While this is a good idea to muffle as much of a gun range as possible, including walls, floors, and ceilings, it’s not always possible to do so. As a result, you should begin soundproofing the sections nearest to the gunshot. When installing soundproofing, start at the bottom and work your way up. 

Acoustics foam panels

The most popular alternative for significantly reducing noise levels in an indoor shooting range is acoustic foam panels. These panels are normally 3″ thick, light grey, category A fire certified, and delivered in 2’x4′ panel parts to your range.

Just glue the panels to the tunnel’s side and back walls, as well as the tunnel’s ceiling. To avoid undertreating the area, extend the panel solution at least 1/3 of the way down both sides of the area. These sound panels capture and transform the effect of the gunshot, lowering the room’s noise level exposure.

The acoustic foam, on the other hand, does not “stop” noise from escaping the room. Sound panels merely eliminate the reverberation of acoustic waves’ reflections, which would otherwise increase the noise level exposure within the gun range. 

Original sound, on the other hand, can flow through the panels, the surrounding wall and ceiling surfaces, and into adjacent rooms.

How to install an acoustic foam panel on the wall?

  • Clean down the wall with a dry cloth or towel to remove any dust.
  • Compare the size of the wall to the size of the Acoustic foam panel.
  • Now, using the knife or any other cutter, cut the acoustic panel to the proper size.
  • To ensure accurate installation, sketch an outline of the panel size on the wall.
  • Spray the reverse of the acoustic panel with an adhesive spray.
  • Next press the foam on the wall for another 30 seconds, or till you’re satisfied that it’s set.
  • Continue the process till the entire wall is covered.
Materials NeededTools Needed
Acoustic foam panelAcoustic caulking knife

Mass Loaded Vinyl

When it comes to preventing sound bleed, you’ll need density coated perimeter walls and ceilings to keep the noise contained. Density can be provided to your worksite as a Mass loaded vinyl or as an addition to a sound barrier blanket system with a vinyl-coated quilted blanket in the middle. 

If appropriately constructed, the density of these remedies will cooperate to protect adjacent space to an indoor shooting range. The MLV is a thin, thick rubber that covers behind your final surface and can be readily added to existing surfaces with the help of a channel system and plywood. The improvement is the sound barrier blanket system, which allows you to easily flush mount the curtains to an existing wall or ceiling surface in the gun range to combat noise bleed out and keep the noise contained within the space.

Materials NeededTools Needed
Mass loaded vinylEwrap Vinyl Wrap Tools Set


Hanging baffles

Hanging baffles are ideal for huge spaces with plenty of room for sound waves to bounce about, as well as situations with limited wall space. When you place these noise-absorbing baffles on the wall or dangle them from the roof, you can enhance the acoustics of your indoor shooting range.

What are the advantages of installing hanging baffles?

  • Enhanced security
  • Durability 
  • Less stress
  • Conversational skills have improved.
  • Installation is simple.
  • Versatility
  • Cost-effectiveness
Materials Needed
Hanging baffles

Echo absorber

With an echo absorber, you may reduce the reverberation at your gun range. This device dampens low to high-frequency sounds, making it an excellent soundproofing solution to a firing range.

What are the advantages of installing an echo absorber?

  • Lightweight material
  • Durability and performance over time
  • Fits a variety of awkwardly shaped locations
  • Friendly to the environment
  • Whether you want a temporary or permanent installation, it’s entirely up to you.
  • Place an echo absorber at the firing range to reduce echoing.
Materials Needed
echo absorber

Soundproofing an Outdoor Shooting Range

These identical sound barrier blankets will be used to soundproof an outdoor rifle range, with a little modification to make the blankets weather resistant. These sound barrier curtain systems are suitable for outdoor use and can be cut to a height of up to 25 feet. 

They require a ground-mounted structure to suspend from, therefore fencing, an existing wall system, or a basic framing system must be built to support these noise curtains. Because the density of the sound blankets is what prevents the noise from reaching the neighbours, the structure supporting the blankets will need to be able to withstand 1.5 pounds per square foot of weight. 

Outdoor noise control blankets can be used to line the boundary of the land, isolating the range from the neighbour, which can be costly, or they can be cut to suspend closer to the noise source, like a three-sided phone booth, with the shooter standing inside aiming a gun towards the target. Moving the soundproofing treatment near the source of the noise is advantageous in this scenario since you spend significantly less and get a much stronger decibel reduction.

Materials Needed
Outdoor noise control blankets

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): How to soundproof a shooting range?

How Do You Create a Safe Outdoor Gun Range for Your Neighbours?

We can’t readily answer this issue since outdoor shooting range soundproofing techniques are too distinctive. Your design is determined by where you start, where your neighbours are, which direction you fire your gun, and whether or not there is an existing building along the line of fire that can be used to confine and deflect the noise.

What Effect Does Gun Blast Noise Have on Hearing Loss?

A decibel level of 85 A-weighted decibels can cause hearing damage. A 9mm pistol, on the other hand, may yield a decibel reading of about 160. Hearing loss is likely if the shooter does not wear ear defenders.

Why is soundproofing a gun range with acoustic foam so trendy?

The sound of a gunshot is absorbed by acoustic foam. These sound panels will be installed on the inside walls of an indoor shooting range to shield shooters from excessive gun blast sounds. Make sure the sound panel is 3″ thick and covers the first 30% of the tunnel on the sidewalls, including the top and back walls if possible.

How many sound blankets do I need and where should I put them to soundproof my gun range?

Outdoor gun ranges generate gun explosion noise, which can be harmful to people who are firing the guns as well as their neighbours. Sound control blankets can be put in areas that block directional sound and isolate the noise created by the gun explosion to reduce noise exposure levels. Depending on the arrangement, each gun range soundproofing treatment should be different at this point. The placement of the acoustic blankets should be done with extreme caution.

What absorbs sound outside?

It’s better to use reinforced Mass Loaded Vinyl, also known as Fence Blocker if you want to employ soundproofing material outdoors. This material is fantastic for blocking the sounds of your noisy neighbours or their dogs on the other side of a fence, and it’s simple to install with zip ties through the grommets.

Is it possible to soundproof an outdoor space?

It’s impossible to muffle an outdoor location without converting it to an inside environment. Placing staggered row trees across your patio and the source of the sound will help to lessen directional noise. A white-noise gadget is an efficient and cost-effective solution for noise with a reduced decibel count.