What does it cost/take to build/open a gun range?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Doug.38PR, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. Doug.38PR

    Doug.38PR Member

    Oct 21, 2008
    North Louisiana
    Our local town has had a need for one since the city closed one the town used. A lot of people have expressed an interest in having one.

    What would it take? I'm sure it's not as simple as buying/leasing land and having a dozer dig up some dirt for berms, getting a business license and viola.

    Outdoor or Indoor.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2012
  2. gun runner

    gun runner Former Guest

    Nov 23, 2011
    South Texas
    Money, Insurance, and Money

  3. ryan42

    ryan42 New Member

    Jan 28, 2012
    marion indiana
    I would say the insurance would be outrageos.So like gunnrunner said its all about the money.
  4. wv hillbilly

    wv hillbilly Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2012
    mountains of wv.
    our fire dept. used to have shooting matches, untill the insurance cost became outrageous
    maintaince was very little just using shotguns
  5. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    planning permission ,
    compliance to requirments for drainage ,
    noise ,
    distance to other property
    fall of shot
    insurance requirments

    not necessarily in that order and not limited to that list
  6. Appliancedude

    Appliancedude Well-Known Member

    Contact the NRA. 2 different ranges I belonged to had insurance ( I beleive) through them. Every member had to belong to the NRA as well. For insurance reasons. At least that was what I was told. GOod luck
  7. CampingJosh

    CampingJosh Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    Might be worth looking into why the city shut down the last one. It could be an sign that you're going to get fought every step of the way if you try to open a new one. Or it could be a sign that there really isn't a market for it big enough to sustain it. [​IMG]
  8. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    Outdoor is different than indoor for the requirements, as you surely know.
    Our indoor range had to be built on the other side of town because of zoning
    issues, a situation that is still not clear to me why, as both sides have
    industrial areas....
    We have a gun shop and indoor range. Zoning [per the ignorant city board],
    insurance, and licensing are only part of it. Must also have a video surveillance
    system that runs 24/7.
    The building requirements are very stringent alone, but the EPA also has
    their own agenda and requirements. Just the air [quality] handler cost a
    small fortune, and can be inspected at any time. It takes 10 separate air filters,
    changed once a month, and documented. The range can neither be heated nor
    have A/C. It is inspected randomly by both the city and EPA and BETTER be in
    One more note, the licensing was held up for several months, no apparent
    reason, but after the offer to both city PD and the Sheriffs dept that they
    were welcome to send officers for training/qualification use, BAM!......
    license was there.
  9. Doug.38PR

    Doug.38PR Member

    Oct 21, 2008
    North Louisiana
    Well it was out on the property of the local small town airport and they were going to add on to the airport or extend the runway. Least that's what I understood.

    (I don't think that ever happened, but the gun range remains closed)

    The deputy who ran the gun range told us that the berms needed to be higher and there were houses back there that would occasionally complain (you weren't allowed to shoot while laying down)
  10. Doug.38PR

    Doug.38PR Member

    Oct 21, 2008
    North Louisiana

    This reminds me of another demand for one in our parish seat. Our local sheriff and town police all have to drive 30 miles just to qualify and practice in the next parish (we're in Louisiana so we have parishes instead of counties)
  11. mogunner

    mogunner Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2011
    Eastern Missouri
    The small town in Kansas where I grew up built a fairly nice range outside of town, they got some help in theirs from the Army Corp of Engineers as they worked out a deal to let the local National Guard unit use it as well, they did all the heavy earthmoving and volunteers did the building, it's on the site of the old town dump that was shut down probably ten years or so before that.
  12. ryan42

    ryan42 New Member

    Jan 28, 2012
    marion indiana
    I dont belong to any shooting ranges because I have family that have alot of land and I shoot there anytime for free.Our local outdoor range you have to be a member,costs100 dollars fill out application,then they do a backround check and if you pass they vote you in or out.If you dont get voted in you dont get your money back. They have another range about 25 miles from me in alexandria,indiana that is open for trap on wendsdays.You dont have to be a member to shoot trap.Only time you have to be a member is if you want to use there pistol and rifle range and its only 50 bucks a year and your in.
  13. Blackshirts

    Blackshirts Well-Known Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    And that second "money" is for the team of lawyers.
  14. Helix_FR

    Helix_FR Active Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Imperial, MO
    Indoor? Good location, good ventilation, OSHA and EPA contacts and a good relationship with DNR and a good business plan for a bank to even consider funding it.
  15. Doug.38PR

    Doug.38PR Member

    Oct 21, 2008
    North Louisiana
    what would be the first steps to take. Obviously I don't want to buy/lease land that turns out to be no good.
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