Shooting Range in the Treasury Department Basement

Does anyone know if this still exists? The photo below was taken in June of 1940.

Treasury target range completed. Washington, D.C., June 10. The Treasury Department in Washington, D.C., has installed a new and modern target range in the sub basement of the Treasury Building. The range has shielded lights and electrically operated targets, is sound proof and ventilated by a fan which removes gases almost instantly. Entrance to the firing booths is through two doors which act as an air lock and prevent sound and gas from going into the outer rooms. Left to right in the picture: R.P. Hallion, White House Police; J.E. Murphy, assistant chief, Secret Service; E.L. Warden, White House Police; E.D. Murray, chief bonus mate, Coast Guard; Frank J. Wilson, chief of Secret Service; J.J. Cash, White House Police; Adam T. Smith, gunners mate, 1st. class, Coast Guard; and Elmer Irey, coordinator, Treasury Enforcement Services, 6-10-40

Treasury target range completed. Washington, D.C., June 10. The Treasury Department in Washington, D.C., has installed a new and modern target range in the sub basement of the Treasury Building. The range has shielded lights and electrically operated targets, is sound proof and ventilated by a fan which removes gases almost instantly. Entrance to the firing booths is through two doors which act as an air lock and prevent sound and gas from going into the outer rooms. Left to right in the picture: R.P. Hallion, White House Police; J.E. Murphy, assistant chief, Secret Service; E.L. Warden, White House Police; E.D. Murray, chief bonus mate, Coast Guard; Frank J. Wilson, chief of Secret Service; J.J. Cash, White House Police; Adam T. Smith, gunners mate, 1st. class, Coast Guard; and Elmer Irey, coordinator, Treasury Enforcement Services, 6-10-40

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/thisisbossi/collections/ Bossi

    I love thinking about the circumstances of photos- particularly those that are posed — as this presumably was. The photographer ducking for a low angle, asking the three to aim their weapons and look tough (Hallion’s revolver doesn’t even appear to be loaded, perhaps explaining his grin), with the bystanders not quite sure what to do (except for Irey, who cracks a big smile for the photo).

  • Angry Parakeet

    I don’t think it’s there any more – about 20-25 years ago there was a big upgrade of that building and that firing range got several mentions in local media.

  • Navy Veteran

    The captions lists the Fourth Man as “E.D. Murray, chief bonus mate, Coast Guard”. There is no such thing as a “bonus mate”…it should read “Chief Boatswain Mate”.

    E.D. Murray, chief bonus mate, Coast Gua

  • dbartramr

    At the time U.S. Secret Service was part of the Treasury Department. That changed only after 9/11 and the creation of DHS.