Sporting Clays Noise Level Methodology Verification of Four Stations
An emerging outdoor activity is sporting clays shooting. Many current ranges meet safety and noise level acceptable standards. However, the data does not meet professional standards. In January 2018 a request was made to test a sporting clays site. The purpose of this paper is to document noise levels, to use professional equipment, and to verify methodology. Shooting stations were examined on two days (sample size: 170 shots). Pairwise comparisons were made and verified. Mean noise level was μ = 60.9 dBA (σ = 6.40 dBA). The loudest group of 4 stations closest to the closest home was significantly greater than the other 11 stations (μ = 63.7 dBA (σ = 6.66 dBA)). This group is well below OSHA and International Standards Organization (ISO). Recommendations were made to reduce noise levels in the interest of community relations.
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