COLLEGE STATION — It takes a lot to stop a bullet speeding at 3,000 feet per second.
The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has done just that with the agency’s newly rebuilt gun range, located on the Texas A&M University Riverside Campus. The range is steel-fortified with a “bullet trap” device capable of stopping up to a 50-caliber round.
The bullet trap includes a 15-foot deep horizontal funnel that feeds into a series of coiled tubes. When bullets are fired into the catcher, they ricochet down the funnel and into the tubes, where they travel until losing momentum.
TEEX operates the Central Texas Police Academy and constructed the new range and bullet trap device to provide the latest and safest training methods available for cadets.
This week, cadets will receive 48 hours of handgun and shotgun training, shooting between 6,000 and 8,000 rounds apiece. Today, they are practicing shotgun use. The future law enforcement officers train at 20 separate gun range shooting stations on 5-foot centers with 20 turning targets.
Most of the Brazos Valley’s law enforcement agencies train at the TEEX facility, including the Bryan and College Station Police Departments, Texas A&M University Police Department and the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office.
TEEX trained 57 new law enforcement officers through the Central Texas Police Academy in fiscal year 2004.
A member of The Texas A&M University System, TEEX offers hands-on, customized training, exercises, technical assistance and technology transfer services impacting Texas and beyond. TEEX programs include fire, homeland security, law enforcement, public works, safety and health, search and rescue and technology transfer.