“Since I was a little kid, I’ve always dreamed of having an indoor shooting range.” That’s how this video below begins. Seems easy enough. Actually, it is very easy. That doesn’t mean it is a good idea.
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A little background. Indoor shooting galleries are nothing new. 100 years ago, back before guns were all evil and firmly entrenched in the hysteria surrounding assault weapons and school shootings, people used to shoot real guns inside. No problem.
Parlor guns, as they were known, were .22 caliber rifles and pistols that fired a modified rimfire cartridge. They were very low power–much less dangerous than the .22 long rifle shells we associate with rimfires today. It was essentially nothing more than a cap gun that spit out a piece of lead.
That, though, isn’t what Matt from Demolition Ranch has in mind.
Matt is known for his peculiar firearms videos. He’s built a huge following pulling stunts just like this, and making other people want to do what he does.
If you’re married, though, I’d suggest against it. I’ll let the video speak for itself, but if you know anything about Demolition Ranch, you know this is not a good idea.
And Matt’s wife Meredith, at least according to Matt, wouldn’t have let him do this, either. But he waited until she was gone. Their kids are gone, too.
Kids? Yes. That’s another good reason not to do this. When bullets hit steel, they fracture into shrapnel and lead dust. Ranges have intense ventilation systems that prevent shooters from breathing that dust, and most of those shooting are adults. Lead poisoning is serious. Be warned.
It wouldn’t be a Demolition Ranch video without a bit of risk, though. Matt didn’t even bother to build his range outside to test it. Just inside. “I didn’t build this box to catch bullets outside,” he explains. Duly noted.
He starts off small, just to be sure his proof-of-concept works, and then turns up the heat.