Another benefit of virtual gun ranges is that they save the environment. According to Johanna Aurell of University of Dayton Research Institute
, Amara L. Holder, Brian K. Gullet, Jason P. Weeinstein of the Environmental Protection Agency
, and Kevin McNesby of the US Army Research Laboratory
, the average m16 round (A M16 fires 5.56mm round) produces 464-517 g/kg of CO2. Burning one gallon of gasoline produces 19.64 pounds of C02. 19.62 pounds to grams is approximately 8899.4823 grams. This means that (using 464 g/kg) it takes a maximum of 19.1 rounds and a minimum of (using 517 g/kg) 17.2 rounds fired by an M16 to produce the same emissions as a gallon of gas. Although every round varies as there are different calibers the total amount of CO2 created from shooting guns is immense (and incalculable due to the sheer size).
Theoretically, there are nearly 393-million-gun owners in America, that means that if every gun owner fired 17 rounds from their guns (using 517 g/kg as the standard), 6 billion gallons of gas would be burned. That means that a 2022 Ford F-150 could drive around the earth's equator 21,073,050 times, nearly 21 million times, or going to Neptune 33 times. Keep in mind that Neptune is 2.8251 billion miles away.