indoor range

Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by CasperUSMC, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. CasperUSMC

    CasperUSMC New Member

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    I wanna open my own indoor training facility. Ive been doing a lot of info digging. Seems like a lot of red tape and regs to follow. Epa, state, and local regs. I have an idea on a building already. I know i need air scrubbers for lead a long with a few other things. Ive called bout insurance an even loans. Thoughts, ideas, and opinions.
     
  2. JayCody

    JayCody New Member

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    I wanted to do the same thing, the only problem was cost. Are there a lot of indoor or outdoor ranges in your area? what are they charging for admission? You also would have to buy a bullet trap and have it installed.
    It is possible to do, good luck!
     

  3. JayCody

    JayCody New Member

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    I will add that an outdoor range can be much less expensive to start depending on what land is going for in your area.
     
  4. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Talk to the local police chief and sheriff. They might be interested in contracting a range with certain amenities. It might be worth it to accommodate them.
     
  5. CasperUSMC

    CasperUSMC New Member

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    We have no indoor in my area. Two out door, but u have to be a member. One is strict on membership an the other is a lil pricey. The cop thing is good. I would like to have more than just the shooting range. I wanna set up some real world training senarios
     
  6. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    I was looking into doing an indoor range at the shop. I quickly came to the conclusion that you need about $250k just to get people to talk to you about it.
    The air system is expensive.
    The liability insurance is expensive.
    Sound proofing is expensive.
    Bullet trap is expensive.
    Clean up is expensive.
    People are extremely interested, until it comes time for them to open their wallets.
    I came to the conclusion that unless you offer class 3 firearms for rent, you're looking at about 10 years before you make a profit.
     
  7. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    I wish you the best of luck. I hope you are successful.
     
  8. CasperUSMC

    CasperUSMC New Member

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    10yrs wow. I was hopeing for better nums than that. I wanna do more than just a range. I wanna start a training facility. Maybe some simrounds training an all that good stuff. I gotta couple of large building picked out. I could get 100yrd out of. I see alot of ppl payin good money for good trainin
     
  9. partdeux

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    Do your homework (but not enough that it scares you away), understand the financials, and be prepared to work harder than you ever have. You will likely be exhausted and go hungry, but friends that have persevered on starting their own businesses, are never happier when they see all their hard work paying off.
     
  10. CasperUSMC

    CasperUSMC New Member

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    Im doing a lot of research. Ive even talked to a swat team member. He said if they had something they could use they would be intrested. Ive made calls to some of the rite ppl. Waitin on a few to call me back. Thanx to all for the help an support. Hopefully within a year Ill be on a new page in my life
     
  11. John_Deer

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    I own a private outdoor range. I had it designated as a private range by the county board of commissioners so it would be grandfathered if noise ordinances are passed.

    Just from my private range I can tell you to prepare for a lot of opposition in the community. No one wants a shooting range of any fashion near their home. They will fight your range even though they moved there knowing the range existed.

    A subdivision was built near my range. I ended up building a mountain of fill dirt over 500 yards long for a noise barrier. Luckily a contractor I know had to cut the top off a hill to build a shopping center. People in the subdivision have shot their own homes in an attempt to blame me or my range. Fortunately they were poor math students. The sheriffs report stated there was no way the bullet came from my range.
     
  12. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    We have a ultra modern indoor range owned by the city. It is solely for civilian use and recreation. If cities provide basket ball, tennis courts etc. they can not ignore gun owners. We are also tax payers.:)
     
  13. CasperUSMC

    CasperUSMC New Member

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    Thats sounds badass. Maybe i need to talk to my mayor
     
  14. AR10

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    Depends on many factors. I converted a steel horse barn. It is not air tight by any means, but it does keep winter winds off, and the rain off.
     
  15. mopowerbmx

    mopowerbmx New Member

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    John deer this sounds like something I heard on WRAL. Glad nothing came of it and you are still operational. Wasn't there something else like a recreational-agriculture permit involved.