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Barvas Rifle Range

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Target butt, 2012
Target butt
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Firing steps, 2012
Firing steps
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Barvas Rifle Range is a live firing range located on Barvas Sands on the northwest shore of the Isle of Lewis.

The rifle range has an overall length of 600 yards, with firing points at intervals of 100 yards (or 540 metres, with firing points at intervals of 90 metres), firing towards the target butt located on the shoreline at the northwest end of the range.

The is an active range and remains in use for live firing, being listed as a Ministry of Defence (MoD) property within the House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for November 4, 2009.[1]

Red flags will be flown when the range is in use, and care should be taken not to stray into the danger area when the red flags are flying.

It should be noted that the danger area is not confined to the land based section of the range, and extends past the target butt on the shoreline, out into the Atlantic Ocean, where the danger area encloses more than two square miles of sea.

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Detail on beach, 2012
Detail on beach
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Interior below butt, 2012
Interior below butt
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Interior below butt, 2012
Interior below butt
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References

1 House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for 04 Nov 2009 (pt 0001)

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