Indoor revolver firing range

Overspill 1 This photograph is taken from the eastern side of the stream. 98% of the structure is made from non combustable materials (brick, corrugated steel panels and steel rafters).

Viewed from this vantage point, the right-hand end of the building faces north. The yellow arrow points to a pair of Crittall window frames.

Next to a similar pair of window frames on the west facing wall is a gap that was once an entrance. Today the only remaining features of the entrance are the original hinges one of which is shown above right.

The picture to the left above shows the south western corner of the indoor firing range. Interestingly, the external surfaces of the galvanised, sheet steel wall panels are painted cream - the same colour as was the one room building we described previously (see insert to the right above).

The roof is supported by steel rafters that rest on brick columns. Between each pair of columns is a timber framework to which are nailed galvanised, sheet steel panels. The north facing wall is of brick, clad on the exterior with galvanised sheet steel as shown in the insert to the right above. This is the only brick wall in the construction of this building.

Cemented on the inside of the brick wall are steel, spiked hooks, which kept in place sand bags to prevent bullets ricocheting. During WWII the whole interior surface of the brick wall would have been lined with sand bags, remains of which are shown in the small picture above to the right.

Six meters on the outside of this wall stands the rifle range the back of which can be seen in the photograph to the right.

Fitted into the galvanised, sheet steel roof are 8 skylights (arranged in 2 groups of 4) that provided additional natural light

during daylight hours. One group of skylights is shown in the photograph to the left above. A coal burning stove with a flue that escaped through a hole in the roof, shown in the small photograph to the right, provided heating. The stove stood on a concrete base as did the personnel who used the range.

Today the revolver firing range looks a very bleak, miserable place. Other than being used as a cattle shed immediately after WWII, and presently from time to time, it has stood empty for over 65 years.