The following update was shared by Carroll County Department of Recreation & Parks via email on February 26th:

Despite the challenges that have been presented by the winter weather, construction at the currently closed Hap Baker Firearms Facility is continuing and we would like to share the following updates:

  • The 200-yard berm in the rifle range has been regraded and rebuilt, with the side berm elevated to exceed 8 feet, meeting the recently updated NRA range standards
  • The pistol range has been lengthened from 17 to 25 yards and each stall now has its own lighting overhead
  • The pistol range’s target retrieval system has been upgraded and each bench has been upgraded to an individual stall to protect shooters from casing discharge and reduce noise from neighboring shooters
  • Construction of a new building at the range is underway that replaces the former construction trailer that had exceeded its useful lifespan.

Weather permitting, we are hoping to have the remaining work completed on or about March 22 and will be returning to our normal operating hours once the work has been finished.

We thank you for your patience and look forward to welcoming members and daily users back to the facility soon.


The past article on this topic:

January 11, 2021: Hap Baker Firearms Facility in Carroll County is Closed for Renovations

Scott E


  1. Howard Co. gov’t would not permit a gun range for taxpaying Howard Countians. They take the opposite position.

    For hundreds of years, a father (or older brother) would teach a teenage son or daughter the proper handling of a rifle or pistol. A couple years ago, The Howard County council (when Ball was on the council) passed a law to make it illegal to shoot at a target even on your private 150 acre farm.

    When I was teenager, myself and ALL of my friends knew the rules about handling guns. And, took them seriously.

    Lets not teach our mature children the proper way to handle a gun. Lets let them learn on the street.


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