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Stone Bay Rifle Range

Tens of thousands of Marines have achieved and maintained proficiency in pistols and rifles at this little "base within the Base," which looks pretty much the way it did when Marines first came to practice here in World War II. Stone Bay is equipped with its own water supply, fire station, heating plant, recreation facilities, mess hall, and barracks to berth a full battalion, all in brick buildings identical to their counterparts at Hadnot Point and Courthouse Bay. Along the north side of the complex are two pistol ranges, three 50-target rifle ranges, and a 1,000-yard sniper range, supported by range houses, target huts, and magazines. On the rifle ranges, the colorful little wooden huts called "control towers" are mounted on wheels so that during rifle requalification they can be moved back as the shooters fire from the 200 to the 300 to the 500 yard lines. Red flags are hoisted when a range is in use, or "hot," and no person is permitted on a "hot range" without authorization.

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