Shooters were able to experience a number of different target arrays, both mobile and stationary. UTM staff, shown here being interviewed by Cam Edwards of NRA News “Cam & Co.,” even erected a shoot house for would-be door-kickers to clear.
The NRA Mobile Tactical Range Experience was made possible by the development of UTM’s unique training ammo, first developed for the military and law enforcement communities. UTM staff and equipment allowed first-time shooters to safely fire real AR-15s and Glock 17s to find out for themselves what all the fuss is really about.
The UTM system is so safe that Bass Pro Shops was able to place a huge kayaking pool right next door without any fear that a stray round might cause a puncture. In truth, the heavy vinyl-covered fabric walls of the NRA range were more than enough to contain UTM’s low-velocity marking rounds.
At the end of four days, thousands of race fans had experienced NRA’s first Mobile Tactical Range, safely firing semi-automatic modern sporting rifles and handguns smack-dab in the middle of throngs of fun-seekers. Gee, wonder what kind of fan experience NRA will dream up next? Hmmm …
While NASCAR’s contact sport of hurtling metal and smoking rubber circles America’s racetracks, another experience of music, food, drink and commerce swirls outside the arenas. Every weekend, tens of thousands of race fans arrive early (and stay up late), swarming the surrounding Fan Zone while eating, drinking and buying every conceivable consumer product with a driver on it.
We know what you’re thinking: “Why hasn’t anyone put a tactical shooting range right in the middle of that?”
You’ll be happy to know that the National Rifle Association heard your cry. Last week’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race in Bristol, Tenn., featured the NRA Mobile Tactical Range Experience, NASCAR’s first-ever Fan Zone shooting range. Fans lined up at this 11,000-square-foot, five-lane temporary range to shoot AR-15s and Glock 17s under the supervision of NRA-trained instructors. All firearms had been altered to fire revolutionary low-velocity training ammunition from Ultimate Training Munitions (UTM), a pioneer in alternative training ammo for the military and law enforcement markets. UTM replaces bolts, barrels and magazines with custom blue components that only accept, and fire, UTM training rounds.
Click through the gallery to see how this first-of-its-kind shooting experience played out—right in the middle of NASCAR’s premier playground.