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Live Shoothouse
During the summer of 1996 the members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police S.W.A.T. team designed and constructed a live-fire shoot house on the firearms range grounds. The purpose of this facility is to enable tactical officers to use live rounds while training in a dynamic setting. This open-roofed building is constructed in such a fashion as to prevent the penetration of rounds through the interior and exterior walls or doors.
Officer J.D. Cox designed the 2200 square foot facility, and enlisted the assistance of his fellow S.W.A.T. team members to complete the labor. The building is divided into 6 rooms, with three entrances. The walls are made out of two columns of 1' thick railroad ties, with gravel sandwiched in between.

There is no roof on the structure allowing for observation from an elevated deck. The observation tower is protected by a sheet of bulletproof glass which was donated by a local bank. This glass is rated to withstand rounds up to a .308 caliber.

Only the S.W.A.T. team and the F.B.I. use this facility for live-fire demonstration or training in tactical entries. The facility is also used for Simunition training by the S.W.A.T. team, our Officer Survival Course, and numerous federal agencies. Simunition is a paintball like round that is fired from a standard revolver.