You will also need a lot of space, depending on the size of the range you want.
Keep in mind that, although this guide DOES NOT rely on modded content/mods/creation club, you will have to have the Contraptions Workshop in order to have the proper targets.
Choosing a size and location
First, you will have to choose how large of a range you want (in yards or meters). My example is a 100 yard (yes, I’m American) range that I built at Nuka World Red Rocket. This is not the best location for such a large range, but the settlement easily accommodated it. Don’t worry about flatness as you will use floor blocks to level it. Avoid areas with excessive brush or bushes that will poke through and ruin your range.
You could easily double this size if your settlement size allows or even go longer in some of the larger settlements. You can also go wider if you want.
This is what your finished product will resemble from the outside, though yours may vary slightly depending on the materials you choose.
Daytime shooting line view
Nighttime shooting line view
Prepare and gather your materials
You will need quite a bit of resources and materials for this range. This will include a lot of wood, concrete, and steel, depending on which material you choose.
Although I used predominantly concrete, you can use wood, metal or warehouse pieces, depending on your availability and the look you are going with. Also, which DLC(s) you have will determine what you can build, of course.
NOTE THAT NONE OF MY MATERIALS ARE MODDED OR REQUIRE MODS OF ANY KIND BUT MAY INCLUDE DLC
This guide assumes that you know how to use conduits to run wire throughout the structure.
You will need at least 1 POWER unit for each target you build so keep that in mind.
The following workshop items are used in this guide:
Concrete Foundation ID xx000E87
Concrete Inlaid Mesh Walls ID xx000BE1
Concrete Solid Wall ID xx000937
Concrete Roof Vented Variant ID xx000E95
Concrete Door Wall ID xx000BB0
Concrete Stairs xx000B03
Totally customizable, this is what I chose…
Counter (optional) ID 00035AEF
Metal Boxes (optional) ID 0023D2C8
Firing Target Toggle or Firing Target Pulse
Cycling Light (not a regular hanging light)
Neon lettering for 25, 50, 75, 100, etc yards/meters
Create your structure
Lay your foundation, walls, and roof to create a long, enclosed tube. In order to avoid brush and bushes coming through, you may have to raise it quite a bit.
Your tube should be enclosed with solid walls of your choice at each end.
At the end where the shooter stand (firing line), one of the side walls should be a doorway wall to allow safe entrance and exit BEHIND the firing line.
Place your stairway to the door since your platform will be elevated.
Calculate and mark off distances
You will have to determine what intervals you want your targets to be.
I chose 25, 50, 75, and 100 (the end) yards. I approximated the distances based on the size of the floor blocks. It may be a bit short, but will pass the eye test.
You may want to use something different like 20 meters, 50 meters, etc…up to you.
Place neon number markers at whatever distance you decided on. Remember that once you choose the interval, you will need to make sure that all other distances are in line with this otherwise it will be clearly apparent when shooting.
Create your targets at each interval
You will now add either a firing target pulse or firing target toggle. I prefer the firing target toggle since it stays on and goes off with each hit. Under normal circumstances the firing target pulse would make more sense, however, the pulse is so quick that it is easily missed and difficult to see.
Position one target at each of the intervals you created. Alternate the direction they are facing to allow you to see each target at each interval. If you place them all on one side you will only be able to see the first one. Optionally, you can place the last target in the center for added effect if desired.
Add one Cycling Light (under miscellaneous). This light resembles a regular hanging light but requires direct power, which is what we are looking for.
Run power to the firing target, then another wire from the firing target to the cycling light. Be sure to position the cycling light RIGHT ABOVE the target’s hit plate.
Note how the wall conduits are oriented.
Add custom touches
You are pretty much done.
I do not use lights as I predominantly use night vision optics, but you are certainly welcome to do so. If you do choose to add lighting, I suggest that it be subtle as to not drown out the targets and the hit marker bulb too.
You can add other things like dummies, wall racks, signs, etc.
The following two screenshots show the 25 yard target lit and then off on a subsequent hit…rinse, repeat. On…off…on…off.
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