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New Range? near Richmond

Discussion in 'Glockers of the Old Dominion' started by rgc1, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. rgc1

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    I represent a group looking into feasibility of a new indoor range and training center just outside Richmond limits. (we have local planning approval!)

    We'd be very interested to hear comments, ideas, etc on what types of shooting the industry would like to see in this area.

    :wow: Thanks!

    RGC
     
  2. jeffd

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    Doesn't indoor limit you to pistol calibers? That'd be great, don't get me wrong! Where, E,W,N,S?
     


  3. rgc1

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    No, the range can accommodate up to .50 caliber rifle indoors. Would be located northern Richmond area.
     
  4. Rec4LMS

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    Indoor discharge of a .50 cal? Oh, my poor ears are ringing just thinking about that! (Even though I tend to double up my hearing protection while shooting.)

    It would be nice! Not too many spots to shoot other than D&P behind Southern Police Supply and the range in Colonial Heights. (I assume that this would be a pay as you go range rather than a membership?)

    I would not use it myself, due to my membership at Blackcreek. However, a location north of Richmond would pull from Henrico, Hanover, Caroline, and points north.
     
  5. mrs269

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    I think the Richmond area needs another range.
     
  6. RussP

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    rgc1, what will the pricing structure look like?

    How many shooting lanes are planned?

    What will the operating hours be?

    Will the rifle range be separate from the handgun range?

    You say "training Center". What level training will be offered?

    Will there be a retail sales area?

    "Just outside Richmond limits," are you talking Henrico or further north in Hanover over that skinny part of Henrico?

    You say you already have local planning approval. Is that a final planning commission approval? I've gotten some slightly controversial projects through planning commissions in the past, but they usually garnered a little press coverage. I don't recall hearing about your range. Congratulations for pulling that off.

    Look forward to your answers.
     
  7. RussP

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  8. ProactiveShooters

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    I would be very, very interested in learning more about this...
     
  9. Rec4LMS

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    I just have the feeling that there won't be much coming of this. With just three posts on Glocktalk within the space of two days...

    Richmond and points north (Henrico and Hanover) will not allow a new range to open. Not that they can't, but their board of supervisor's just won't approve it. Caroline County would allow that, but that is rather out of the "Richmond" area.

    Chesterfield might allow a new range, kind of hard to tell with their board of supervisors. Charles City, New Kent, and Powatan would allow new ranges. Goochland? Got no clue.

    Plus, if someone had gotten approval for a range... Well, we'd have heard about it. It's hard to keep something like that under wraps.
     
  10. rgc1

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    More to follow, obviously not yet "approved" but a lot of positive feedback.

    To answer "RussP" questions, a lot of this is still conceptual and in the development phase, but this is why we are reaching out to the shooters to get some feedback on what the industry would like to see.
    Yes would have a small retail area and training room space.
    Range would consist of two bays, one of which would be rifle and tactical use with 360 degree targets with downrange shooting abilities.

    Let me know what other questions and suggestions you might have. Thanks and sorry for delay responding.
     
  11. RussP

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    I'd like to just renew my original questions to which I added details.
    New questions:
    Access to goods and services?
    Will the range be located adjacent to other amenities such as gas and food?

    Will there be armorer and gunsmith services available on-site? If yes, what level of service will be offered?

    Will there be rental firearms available? What types, makes, models?

    Last, what type of structure are you contemplating.

    Yes, I know I ask a lot of questions. Many people have told me that over the years.

    Again, I look forward to your detailed response.

    RussP
     
  12. rgc1

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    :wow: Most of the questions you ask are the questions we'd like to hear what people want.

    Our goal is create a first class environment with a 5 Star NASR Rating.

    There will be an annual fee option, as well as, daily and/or hourly fees.
    There will also be group discounts and member lane reservations.
    Hours will be determined based on needs.
    NRA Instructors will be available, as will other industry related instuctors.
    The facility will have at least one very large classroom/ DT room.
    Rentals - Yes
    Ease to Interstate - Yes
    Gunsmith - Onsite (scope TBD)
    Pro Shop - Yes (Depth of inventory TBD)
    Other Amenties near by - Yes (may even have "lounge" onsite TBD)

     
  13. AaronT

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    The Richmond area shooters are in need of a high-quality range.

    I'm from Oklahoma and when not shooting outdoors, I would shoot at H & H Gun Range. This is the type of range you should strive for in creating.
    http://www.hhgunrange.com/ 5 star rating


    Wishing you the best in this venture.

    AaronT
     
  14. G19T

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    do it we need another range around here