SOUND STUDY FOR PROPOSED FIRING RANGE SITES

Shield was retained by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) to perform sound studies on proposed firing range sites. For this study, the NCWRC Law Enforcement Officers discharged pistols, rifles, and shotguns at the proposed firing range sites. Multiple sound level measuring locations were located in the general vicinity to gather data on the sound impact on nearby residents. Type 2 impulse sound level meters were used to record sound levels before, during, and after discharging weapons. Extraneous noises, such as those from a train horn or traffic, were recorded at each location throughout the measuring period.

Shield then established a correlation between peak sound levels and distance from the proposed firing range sites. In summary, the test did not produce sound levels greater than any of those coming from extraneous sources at any of the locations included in the study.

THE SHIELD EFFECT

Through proper testing, Shield gathered ample data to show that future installation of firing ranges on tested sites will not impact the lives of those living around the area. Comprehensive and well-planned testing methods allowed for a timely and cost-effective testing solution for each site.

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