Sunday, November 25, 2012

Over the Mountains... (Part 4 of 7): Driving Through The Live Fire Range...

by Steve Reiss (Dalmdad Landscape Photography - and

FHL has many live fire ranges.  One of the ranges is visible from the public Jolon Road, just north of the the Lockwood Store, south on Jolon Road from the fort's main gate. Inside the Lockwood Store there are pictures of Mel Gibson hanging on the wall from during the filming of We Were Soldiers (2002) at FHL.

Lockwood Store: From

For whatever reason, I never took pictures of the Lockwood-area firing range, despite it being visible from the shoulder of Jolon Road.  However, you can see pictures of it here and below:

Photo From SFGate
Overhead view of Lockwood-area Firing Range

Back at the main part of the fort, closer to the Jolon main gate, you can drive directly through a live-fire area, when no live fire is going on.  From the main fort area and Mission Road, the main road through the fort, you turn to the west onto Nacimiento-Fergusson Road (more on NFR in a later post), which begins here.  Then, its over the simple truss bridge spanning the typically dry San Antonio River.

As can be seen on the map, you will curve through some heavy forest, loop around some hills and then reach the wide open Stoney Valley.

Here, the signs of the live fire range are obvious.

Videos of live-fire activities being carried out at FHL can be seen here, here, and here.

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