Build that Wall!

Started building the new range. Started by planting the back 6×6 treated posts.

A little while later, added 2 more on both sides.

Then we started stacking the ties.

A little over half way done.

Got some more done today:

Cut the excess off the top:

We used 10 inch screws to secure the ties to the posts:

I will be using the excess cut from the top to make braces for the back:

Got the angles on the 6×6’s

Planted the support 4×4’s four feet deep and concreted in.

Back Finished up:

I added 2 leftover ties to the inside corners:

Dropped in some dirt:

Going to push it back, this is where we are for now:

Got it pushed back:

Think we are ready to shoot! We will continually make improvements but I think the major work is done.

Targets Added!

Pistol vs Steel

Published on Jul 30, 2017


We got our steel targets from MOA targets . Man is shooting steel fun! We got 1 – 1/4 inch AR400 and 1 – 3/8 AR500 targets. I threw one of the targets I cut into the mix as well. All 8 inch. By the way, the AR400 I thought I had is mild steel, you will see as the video series progresses.

In a nut shell all 3 handled pistol up to .45 at 10 to 15 Yards without penetration. The Mild had some dents, AR 400 and AR 500 nada.

Here is the Color Code:

Black = Mild Steel, We cut
Yellow = MOA Targets AR500
Orange = MOA Targets AR400


Steel Targets

There is a lot of talk about steel targets. You can go on line and find enough information to boggle your mind. I decided to go with ¼ inch AR400 steel gongs. These are for my personal use, nothing more. I will post pictures after I light them up.

Here is shot of the 4×8 sheet.

AR400 Steel for targets

I had to remember how to use my plasma cutter. It was not pretty, but I got it done:

With my Army back, I found it very hard to work on the floor so broke down the plate into smaller lighter sections. With help we put it up on some saw horses to make it easier to cut.

I also discovered these little gems from Swag Off Road. I put the screw and washer in one of the unused holes to create an adjustable stand off. I just adjust for the locations and tighten down the 2 nuts to keep my cutting tip off the steel.

And the bottom. Ignore the scoring:

Greatly improved my cuts:

Here is a shot of the targets for this run:

1 – 20 inch

1 – 12 inch

5 – 8 inch

4 – 6 inch

Drilled 2 holes in each, painted and setup:

Prohibition on Discharge of Firearms – Bastrop County Texas

12-19-16:     We don’t want to break any laws. So we went to the Bastrop County courthouse and asked what the law was to shoot on our property. Now, everyone around us shoots but that does not make it legal.

The way I read it you need either 5 acres and / or a Federal Firearms License (FFL). I am no lawyer so I will be checking with one and the Sheriff.

12-20-16:    From my Lawyer: “The prohibition appears to be limited to subdivisions with lot sizes less than 5 acres.  However, the definition of “Regulated Lot” is confusing.  I recommend writing a letter to the Bastrop County Attorney, which includes detailed information about your lot, a requesting their opinion.”

I will be writing a letter to the Bastrop County Attorney and posting what I find here.

Here is a copy of what the County Commissioners gave us:





1.01     These regulations are adopted by the Commissioners Court of Bastrop County, Texas acting in its capacity as the governing body of Bastrop County, Texas. The authority of Bastrop County to adopt these regulations is V.T.C.A. Local Government Code § 235.022 as amended.



2.01    Commissioners Court hereby designates the Sheriff of Bastrop County, Texas or any constable of any precinct of Bastrop County, Texas as well as any other peace officer certified by the State of Texas to enforce these regulations.



3.01     These regulations only apply to a subdivision all or part of which is located in the unincorporated area of Bastrop County. It is affirmative defense to prosecution under this Order that the violation occurred in a subdivision for which a plat is not required to be prepared and filed under V.T.C.A. Local Government Code, Chapter 232.



4.01 As used in these regulations:

a. “Commissioners Court” means Commissioners Court of Bastrop   County, Texas;

b. “County” means Bastrop County, Texas;

c. “Firearms” means any device designated, made or adapted to expel a projectile through a barrel, tube, or similar device by using the energy generated by an explosion or burning substance or any device readily convertible to that use.

d. “Regulated Lot” means a tract of land or a lot that is:

1.) within the unincorporated areas of Bastrop County and for which Chapter 232 of the Local Governmental Code requires a plat to be prepared and filed; and

2.) within a subdivision of five (5) or more contiguous lots each of which lots are less than five (5) acres, both individually and including any contiguously owned lots or tracts as reflected by the records of the Bastrop County Clerk or the Bastrop Central Appraisal district.

e. “Residence” means any home, house, apartment, or other structure, used full time or part time, as a dwelling, and which is not the dwelling of the person discharging the firearm; and

f. “School” means a private or public elementary, secondary, or high school.



5.01     The discharge of firearms is prohibited within a regulated lot.

5.02     A person commits an offense if the person intentionally or knowingly discharges a firearm that is prohibited by this Order within a regulated lot and to which no exception applies.

5.03     A violation of these regulations is a Class C Misdemeanor. If it is shown on the trial of an offense under this Order that the person has previously been convicted of an offense under this order, the offense is a Class B Misdemeanor.



6.01 The prohibition in this Order does not apply to the discharge of a firearm:

a. if used by a federally licensed firearm dealers, gunsmiths, persons that are licensed or certified by the state, or business establishments that operate an area for the discharge or other use of firearms for silhouette, skeet, trap, black powder, target, self-defense, or similar recreational shooting, if the operations is in existence before the effective date of this order or if a school or residence locates within the distances, noted in section 5.01 b, of the lot on which the area is located unless specifically authorized by the Commissioners Court at a future date;

b. if reasonably necessary to protect one’s self, other persons, or property, from imminent harm, in accordance with state law;

c. if necessary to shoot an animal reasonably believed to present, under the circumstances, the possibility of danger to a person or to a person’s property;

d. if blank cartridges are used for a salute at a military memorial, funeral, or other similar ceremony;

e. if used by a peace officer certified by the State of Texas; or

f. if prior consent is given by the Commissioners Court.

6.02     This Order does not prohibit or restrict the transfer, ownership, possession, manufacture, maintenance, repair, or transportation of firearms.



7.01     These regulations do not legalize anything prohibited under the Penal Code or other state law. These regulations do not limit any defense found in the Penal Code.



8.01     If any provision of these regulations or its application to any person or circumstances is held invalid or illegal for any reason, the invalidity or illegality does not effect any other provisions or applications of these regulations which can be given effect without the invalid or illegal provision or application, and to this end the provisions of these regulations are declared to be severable.



9.01     This Order becomes effective on the date of approval of this Order.

Approved in Commissioners Court on June 25, 2007.