(AZ) Construction starts on largest shooting range in the country


May 19, 2003, 09:19 PM
The Associated Press State & Local Wire

May 17, 2003, Saturday, BC cycle

SECTION: State and Regional

LENGTH: 362 words

HEADLINE: Construction starts on largest shooting range in the country


It's aiming to be a theme park for gun enthusiasts.

Billed as the largest indoor shooting range in the country, The Scottsdale Gun Club will consist of 24 public shooting lanes, eight private lanes, classrooms, a workout area, locker rooms and a lounge for club members.

"We will run the gamut from training families and children, all the way up to tactical training for law enforcement officers," said owner Terry Schmidt, who also operates The Armory, a firearms retail outlet at 15001 N. Hayden Road in Scottsdale.

The 30,000-square-foot facility will include activities ranging from machine-gun adventures and a tactical "shoot house" to gun clinics for children. The Scottsdale Gun Club is slated to open Dec. 1.

The main feature will be a multistory tactical shoot house that will be used for training residents, law enforcement and military officials. The house can even be set up to match a member's home.

Construction on the $7.2 million facility, set for the southwest corner of Butherus Drive and Northsight Boulevard, began last week.

So far, Schmidt said, more than 8,000 memberships have been sold. Cost is a $250 sign-up fee and monthly dues of $20.

The club will offer a variety of adventures. For example, novices or experts can take part in historical re-enactments using weapons and maneuvers from World War II or the Old West

Members can attend courses in self-defense and tactical training, as well as free family oriented safety and educational classes taught by certified instructors.

Nadine Little, property manager for the Scottsdale Gun Club, said she's glad a women-only group will be offered. Since Sept. 11, 2001, she said, there has been more demand from women who realize their husbands may not always be around to protect the family.

"They've decided to learn about that piece that's been in the closet," Little said.

Several law enforcement agencies, including federal air marshals, have contacted the club about training its personnel at the site, Schmidt said.

Located in an area zoned for industrial uses, Schmidt said he will use expensive soundproofing to protect surrounding businesses.

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May 19, 2003, 09:49 PM
<as techbrute adds another vacation destination to his list...>

Quintin Likely
May 19, 2003, 09:53 PM

May 19, 2003, 10:06 PM
Yet another reason to move to Arizona.

May 19, 2003, 10:34 PM
I need to win the lottery and build my own set up like that.

May 19, 2003, 11:10 PM
It still a 3 hour ride for me:banghead: Thay need to put one in Tucson:D

Baba Louie
May 19, 2003, 11:45 PM
Sounds like another great reason to spend some time in the sun in AZ.

Las Vegas keeps talking about doing something like this and I suppose that I might still be alive to actually see it develop if I'm lucky, but since politics are involved... who knows?


People in Clark County's Planning staff are drawing up plans (supposedly), but since gov't funds will also be used... again I say... who knows?

Time will tell.

Hope springs eternal.


May 20, 2003, 07:12 AM
Maybe they will offer franchises.

May 20, 2003, 08:11 AM
Hmmmm. Maybe they'll build condos, too?

I can take my 30-year retirement next April. The range is air conditioned, right?


May 20, 2003, 01:04 PM
It's got a workout area too, it that like a gym? Sounds like a good idea to me, get all worn out and excercised, then run through the tactical house and do clearance drills. That would be some excellent training. I would love to do it, but AZ is way far from NC, at least right now it is. If I ever move from NC, and don't go to GA, I might just have to try AZ, it sounds like a wonderful state.

El Tejon
May 20, 2003, 01:08 PM
Got to love GWR. Those hairy-chested Westerns know how to unwind.:cool:

May 20, 2003, 01:23 PM
I don't think I'll be forking over $490 to those guys anytime soon. They make it sound like a member will just be able to go use the shoot-house any time they want, but I doubt that will be the case. I imagine there will be a fee to use it, making the membership fee closer to $1000 by the end of a year.:eek:

El Tejon
May 20, 2003, 01:27 PM
Paying your own way! This cannot stand!:eek:

May 20, 2003, 02:18 PM
Though we've always looked towards North Carolina as a lovely retirement state, I think we need to start looking a little bit harder at Arizona. Not just because of this but because of the seeming gun climate in general in addition to the fact that it's beautiful country. We could always take trips elsewhere. :p

Sleeping Dog
May 20, 2003, 02:28 PM
32 shooting lanes for 8000 members? Sounds like a whole lot of waiting around to shoot. Good thing they have a lounge.

Still, I wish there were more being built.


May 20, 2003, 02:37 PM
The good news is that this indicates more shooters are 'coming out of the closet'. If there's a market for this in AZ, there's probably a market elsewhere.....


May 20, 2003, 02:49 PM
Paying your own way! This cannot stand!

Don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining.:rolleyes: I have a membership at Rio Salado, it runs $65 a year for a family membership. I don't have a problem paying my own way. Charging me seven times that just to get in the door isn't a deal. $250 a year for a membership would be okay for an indoor range, but charging me for extras I don't need and won't use isn't a deal, or paying my own way, it's just fleecing my pockets.:scrutiny:

May 20, 2003, 06:48 PM
Sounds nice and all, but $250 sign up fee and $20 a month? And most likely per person? No thanks...

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