Thursday, 25 June 2015

Firing Range Safety

Ohio Department of Corrections Training Academy "Gets the Lead Out"
MT2, LLC’s firing range reclamation removes nearly 100,000 pounds of firing range lead to mitigate potential safety and environmental hazards associated with lead in firing range soils and berms
Denver, CO (PRWEB) September 17, 2014 After years of shooting at the Ohio Department of Corrections Training Academy (CTA), firing range berms were saturated with lead, which increased the likelihood of “splashback” (rounds that ricochet off lead left behind in the berm and send metal fragments back at the shooter). The more bullets you shoot, the more likely the splashback, and the greater the potential for injury to officers. Although the CTA was not obligated to conduct range lead abatement, they chose a proactive approach to improve officer safety and mitigate potential hazards associated with lead in range soils and berms. This approach incorporated the US Environmental Protective Agency (USEPA) Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Lead at Outdoor Shooting Ranges. According to the US EPA BMPs, “the most important BMP for lead management is lead reclamation.” In addition to concerns for shooter safety, lead is a toxic material that can potentially leach into groundwater or be ingested by wildlife.
“I am very satisfied in the quality of work performed by MT2’s experienced staff. They conducted their work in a very professional manner, meeting and exceeding CTA’s expectations." Jerry R Juniper
CTA Safety & Health Coordinator
To implement firing range remediation and improvements for officer safety, CTA reached out to an experienced firm, MT2, LLC (MT2) of Colorado to conduct lead reclamation and range maintenance at the range. MT2 has been “Getting the Lead Out” since 2000; they have completed over 800 firing range projects nationwide and recovered over 11,000,000 lbs of lead. The recent tasks completed by MT2 included removal of spent lead bullets and bullet fragments to improve shooter safety and to protect the environment by preventing lead from leaving the range. MT2’s firing range maintenance tasks included the use of its specialty lead recovery equipment and field technologies to successfully remove nearly 100,000 lbs (50 tons) of lead for recycling and restoring the range berms to meet recommended safety specifications. MT2 completed all tasks in less than two weeks, working with the CTA to provide minimal impact to the officer’s training schedule. Jerry R Juniper, CTA Safety & Health Coordinator commented “I am very satisfied in the quality of work performed by MT2’s experienced staff. They conducted their work in a very professional manner, meeting and exceeding CTA’s expectations. My recommendations for MT2 have been and will be expressed.” About MT2: MT2 is recognized as the nation's #1 professional contractor providing environmental firing range services in all 50 states. MT2 has demonstrated unmatched credentials with over 14 years industry experience, and capabilities through performing over 800 indoor and outdoor range projects nationwide for a wide variety of clients including law enforcement, military, government agencies, and private clubs. MT2’s firing range services include complete range maintenance, improvements and remediation services such as lead reclamation, range design, construction, and lead impacted soil treatment. More information is available at http://www.mt2.com/firing-ranges/overview-of-services.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Choose the Right Airsoft Gun

When you go to purchase an airsoft gun you will want to have done your research on the different types of them. There are three different types of airsoft guns; spring airsoft guns, electric, and gas-powered guns.

An airsoft spring gun is a type that uses a spring to assist the firing of the BB. It is an affordable type of airsoft gun and is normally styled in the pistol or handgun form. This is a great type to choose if you are a beginner or new to airsoft guns. Spring guns in the form of rifles are not for beginners. It shoots out a more powerful force and is considered stronger than most electric or gas powered guns.

It is so cheap because it doesnt take any external power like gas or electricity. However, you still need to cock and re-cock the slider every time you go to shoot. This is what you cannot shoot automatic or even semi automatic. Airsoft spring handguns are the least powerful form if you compare them to the other two types. Keep in mind that spring guns are only good for ten feet shooting ranges. When a firing range needs help with lead shot reclamation, they need to consider the best options.

Gas powered guns are powered by gas that is inserted in the butt of the airsoft gun. They are also called GBB. The gas for the guns is sold in the form of tin cans and looks a lot like an aerosol can.

In most cases, CFC-free gas is used. Most of the one that use gas use HFC134a. Some do require a more powerful type of gas, so beware when you are purchasing your GBB. You will always want to use the right type of gas because it will damage the gun and could cause harm to yourself. People purchase gas airsoft guns because they are more accurate than any other type. They are also heavier and have more detail for design than the other two types of guns. Gas powered airsoft guns are not for beginners because they are more difficult to handle and care for. This is more of an automatic, machine gun.

Electric guns are powered by battery. Normally, your electric gun will take four AAA batteries. You will most likely want to get the rechargeable batteries because they dont last long. Airsoft electric guns are also spring guns. Electric guns have to have a spring to be compressed, but with an electric gun you dont have to manually cock the slider for every shot. Because you dont have to cock the gun yourself, you are able to get fully automatic shots from an electric gun. Normally an electric gun can shoot up to 280 feet away with a .2g pellet BB. You can also find semi-automatic guns that have electric power.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

LEAD REMEDIATION FOR YOUR OUTDOOR FIRING RANGE | GUN RANGE LEAD CLEANUP

Lead Remediation for Your Outdoor Firing Range | Gun Range Lead Cleanup
Outside firing ranges can end up putting a huge amount of lead into the soil and water. There are a number of sources that detail all of the reasons why this is such a risk, but the biggest risk is in lead poisoning, which presents through fatigue, nausea, organ damage, and mental impairment. All of these are particularly dangerous to firearms instructors and workers who are responsible for cleaning ranges. These individuals are exposed to much higher levels of lead over time, which can lead to a dangerous buildup in their bodies. Lead remediation allows the land associated with a firing range to be reclaimed. Lead remediation isn't just about removing the bullets and bullet fragments from the land, though this is certainly a valuable step that will prevent the soil and water from being contaminated further. Bullets and bullet fragments that are left for longer periods of time, particularly periods associated with the freeze/thaw cycle, are more likely to break down, ultimately causing greater problems than bullets, casings, and fragments that are removed promptly. Lead remediation takes it a step further, utilizing a chemical conversion process on the lead remaining in the soil so that it is no longer considered dangerous. Soil treated through MT2's ECOBOND® lead treatment technology is considered non-hazardous, which means that it's no longer dangerous to instructors, shooters, and cleanup workers who s spend a great deal of time on the range. This is doubly important for closed ranges that are no longer in use, because the lead deposited into the soil will gradually increase in concentration and make its way into groundwater until it is removed. On that note, if you are considering closing your firing range, please contact us for some very important things to make sure you do in the correct order. We have extensive experience in helping to clean the lead from a firing range that is being closed permenantly. Lead, antimony, copper, zinc, and arsenic are chemicals often found in soil on firing ranges, however none is more common or more dangerous than lead. A typical projectile, or bullet, is approximately 85% lead and fragmented bullets create lead dust which can transport off-site by wind or precipitation. Lead has documented detrimental effects on the environment and the health of humans, particularly children.

Lead poisoning causes fatigue, nerve damage, hearing and vision impairment, and in children it can cause damage to the brain, development delays, and liver and kidney damage, according to the EPA. Therefore, the proper remediation of lead in soil is necessary to prevent these damaging effects.
The first step of soil remediation is proper sampling of the soils on-site. Lead exists as both solid particles and as compounds absorbed into the soil. It is important to test for both in two major areas, where the bullets are shot and deposited and any groundwater in the area. A laboratory tests the samples and can tell what kind of contaminants are on the firing range, including lead, arsenic, and other chemicals, as well as the concentration of lead in the soil, or how much there is. Soil testing allows MT2 to create the best possible plan and most cost-effective solution to maximize the amount of lead removed from the soil. Once the type and amount of lead in the soil are determined, there are traditionally three ways in which MT2 removes the lead from the contaminated soil: the lead is removed for disposal or recycling by a certified recycling company, contaminated soil is treated and removed from the firing range as a nonhazardous material, or the soil is replaced.

To treat soil, MT2 uses our innovative and patented ECOBOND® technology, which treats soil at firing ranges effectively and safely. For more information on MT2 or soil remediation, please feel free to contact us.

Monday, 1 June 2015

MT2 PROTECTS OUR POLICE OFFICERS AND THE ENVIRONMENT FROM THE DANGERS OF LEAD

Our 'boys in blue' have enough to worry about on the job, the last thing they need is more rogue lead flying at them when participating in routine target practice.Many people may not even give this topic a second thought, but all those spent lead shot rounds have to gosomewhere.Unfortunately, where they end up going is into the lead catcher or soil of shooting ranges. As the spent lead builds up, it creates a ricochet hazard for anyone present. Additionally, all this lead buildup can result in the contamination of the environment and nearby water sources.To combat this, MT2,the Nation’s #1 Firing Range Maintenance & Lead Reclamation Company, has developed a patented system for removing the lead shot from shooting ranges both indoor and outdoor. Our unique recovery system is guaranteed to reclaim the highest amount of lead possible from the impacted soil of your shooting range.Not only do we remove the lead from the soil, but any remaining microscopic particles of lead can be treated and neutralized with our patented ECOBOND® technology. Upon treatment with ECOBOND®, the soil can be replaced on the range, or removed from the site as a non-hazardous material. This is because ECOBOND® bonds with and neutralizes the lead particles, effectively eliminating the hazard of lead poisoning or contamination.Law enforcement firing ranges are busy places. As police officers come in to get the training they need to use their firearms in the event of an emergency, these busy ranges can see dozens of shooters over the course of a day. That means countless bullets smashing through targets, which means that the risk of lead poisoning is substantial in ranges that are improperly cleaned. According to a recent news story from the Seattle Times, gun ranges are one of the leading places where civilians acquire lead poisoning, and the threat only increases for members of the police force, who are exposed to these ranges on a regular basis. Worse is the danger of secondary contamination, when officers take home the lead powder on their clothing and expose spouses and vulnerable children. We call this “Proximity Contamination”.That's where MT2 comes in: protecting police officers and their families from the dangers of lead exposure. MT2 provides complete range maintenance and improvement, including improvements and lead remediation services to help ensure that your shooting range is as clean as possible. MT2 is highly experienced with a range of firing range services, serving over 800 ranges across the nation since 2000. One of the largest projects served by MT2 is the NYPD training range, which sees shooting practice from more than 40,000 officers and recruits each year. It's an extensive process, and one that MT2 is honored to provide. MT2's process isn't just about removing the obvious sources of lead from the area, recycling lead bullets and bullet fragments. The process helps render the area safe so that members of the police force can train with the assurance that they aren't being exposed to dangerous levels of lead that could be hazardous to them or to the members of their families. At MT2, we proudly work to help protect our officers, as well as any other patrons to firing ranges. Plus, we do so in an environmentally conscious manner. No other company can match our expertise as we have the experience of over eight hundred shooting range reclamation projects under our belts.Remember,shooting range lead reclamation is good for your business, good for customers, and good for the environment. If you're interested in our services, we invite you to visit our website.Ready to start taking care of your own police firing range? Contact us to see what services we can provide.