Mobile indoor shooting range

Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by gwk4667, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. gwk4667

    gwk4667 New Member

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    I have built many things over the last 6+ decades and have an outdoor range. I have attended the NRA Range Operations and Development course ( great )

    If I was to build ( the plans I have now are for a 5 lane 7 yard range ) a portable range that I could move to weekend gun shows or gun stores would there be a demand for my services?

    I can build it to meet all safety ( projectile containment, air quality, and noise containment) requirements but it will not be cheap and I don’t want to do it unless I can reasonably expect a return on my investment.

    I just want to hear from you the shooting public.

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
     
  2. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have seen one at a city event but I dont know how well it did. I believe it was sponsored by a gun company. I would imagine you might run into city ordinance problems and would have to get a permit. I could see where it might be handy at a gun show but I dont know how many paying customers it would draw. Possibly rent it out to a larger dealer as a sales tool. You might get a mfg to sponsor it at a large gun show.
     

  3. gwk4667

    gwk4667 New Member

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    I would love any info you could get me on any that are out there - - - no need for me to repeat someone elses mistakes!

    I would love contact info on any already in existance.
     
  4. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    They used to do something very similar at archery shows , a company would show up with their trailer and the vendors would pay to use it during the show ,I believe they paid to use it in advance. I would limit it to one person using it at a time and be able to contain the person shooting and the dealer, This helps eliminate liability issues , basically it would be used to test fire a weapon before purchase which I know isnt really your purpose . Im just looking at it for liability and insurance issues
     
  5. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I googled "Mobile shooting range" and came up with a bunch of listings.
     
  6. CliffH

    CliffH New Member

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    gwk,

    I am researching the feasibility of a mobile range for a potential project I have in mind. Can you give me any details on what you believe it would cost to fabricate such a range inside a 53' trailer? The commercially available units, as I am sure you are aware, are in the half million dollar range, new, but I would like something a little more basic without all the fancy bells and whistles.

    Thanks,

    Cliff H
     
  7. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    I did a rifle and pistol qual in a mobile range that was built in a semi trailer. Had to have been a gov't contractor that ran it. It ran length of the trailer, but I believe it was only two or three lanes.
     
  8. deathkricket

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    I agree it would be more of a vendor thing to demo their products in, I can't really see to many people paying over $5 a run if at all. They are a great concept though.
     
  9. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    As said, lane rentals rarely exceed ten dollars or so. Gun ranges are generally supplemented by target and ammunition sales or equipment rentals.
    Ever watch shark tank?
     
  10. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    Range by us is 12 per hr. 15 for rifle. 6 pistol lanes -25 Yds, and 2 long gun @100 Yds....
     
  11. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    For liability you could require a fairly high lane fee, use of only your ammo to ensure no one uses anything that would cause accelerated wear or fires. By the time you get fees and ammo your looking at charging folks about $30-50, but you would have costs in power , moving it, wear and tear, wholesale supply cost for ammo, safety glasses, hearing protection. You may only net about $10 per customer.

    Might be worth talking to a gun show promotion company in your area and see if they would subsidize your coming out there, or if vendors wanted to use coupons or some such thing so people could pay a fee to try a gun before they buy. Could help sell some guns. Other than that I'm not sure how you'd drum up enough business.
     
  12. AR10

    AR10 New Member

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    It It were feasible , the NRA and every gun manufacturer would be running up and down the highways in them.