I've been throwing around the idea with my future father in law about starting an outdoor public gun range. We are both getting heavily involved with idpa/ipsc/combat pistol/multigun shooting and realized there are no ranges nearby that faciltate practicing these kinds of sports. We do have indoor ranges (25yd max) which allow stationary shooting. We also have private clubs, that host most of the competitons, but are member only, ie. extremely expensive, limited numbers, club BS politics. But there is nowhere that allows us to practice: draws, shooting on the move, reloading on the move, shooting from cover, weapon changes etc.
Now, this is not just about us wanting a place to hang out and shoot. We both share a passion for shooting sports and weapons alike and are looking at this proposition as a business venture not just extending our hobby. We see the opportuniy to provide a place for people like us to shoot, practically practice with firearms, and let people learn how to shoot their tacticool weapons.
Here is roughly what we are thinking about offering:
300 meter bench/prone/any position you want rifle range
multiple 25ydx75yd (sizes vary) pistol/tactical carbine and shotgun bays
steel pistol/shotgun targets
cardboard silhouettes with stands
providing cover and partial rooms
We are thinking 2 hr time on bays with 3 cardboard silhouettes included and a manditory 30min safety briefing for first time shooters, manditory slings and holsters. unlimited time on rifle range one target included.
Now comes... what do you guys think? is this something that would interest you? how much would you pay?