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April 13, 2012


$10 million in range projects to provide post with updated training opportunities

Contracts to upgrade the Automated Record Fire Range and to construct a Known Distance Range have been approved and are expected to be completed in 2013, said Terry Hoff, Fort McCoy Range officer.

The $4.6 million Automated Record Fire Range military construction project will replace and upgrade the weapons’ firing capabilities on Range 101, Hoff said.

Range 101 currently has pneumatic-driven targets, which will be replaced by more-reliable, hard-wired computer targetry.

The 16 firing points and lanes with seven targets in each lane will offer firing opportunities similar to those found on Range 100 and Ranges 31A and 32, which also are rifle-qualification ranges.

The contract also includes a new range control tower, an operations/storage building, a classroom, a latrine, a bleacher enclosure, a covered mess area and an ammunition breakdown building. Hoff said the new buildings will be easy to maintain, energy efficient and comfortable and convenient for troops to use. The newer masonry buildings also will last longer than the existing shed-type buildings.

The facility occupation date is expected to be in spring 2013.

The $5.4 million Known Distance Range to be constructed on Range 18 will have many of the same building features.
Hoff said the range will have 31 firing lanes up to 1,000 meters.

Range users will move up and down the range to change the target distance and to engage the targets. Hoff said the range will support sniper training, marksmanship training and U.S. Marine Corps qualification training. The range can support training with M16, M4 or sniper rifles up to .50-caliber.

The range no longer will be an option for night infiltration or machine-gun training, but the gun-truck gunnery capability will remain, he said.

The facility occupation date is expected to be in spring 2013.

Hoff said the projects will make the facilities easier to use year-round, especially during the winter months.

The Range and Civil Construction LLC, of Theresa, N.Y., was awarded both projects.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will oversee the projects, with the coordinating agency being its Fort McCoy branch office.

For more information about training opportunities at Fort McCoy, call Range Scheduling at 608-388-4142/3721.

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