Interesting. I've got some likes and some dislikes.
Very much like that there will be another place to shoot in town. Even if I never have the chance to use the place, it expands the places where people can shoot. That's so many kinds of GOOD, I can't keep track. Very, very happy about that. They also mention things like gun rental, gun sales, transfers and even consignment guns. Man, I love a case full of consignment guns. That alone will get me to make a visit. Another place for locals to do FFL transfers is a welcome thing, too, IMO.
First time I've ever seen it mentioned in any posting of rules or FAQ that folks who lose "specialty brass forward of the firing line" may be able to retrieve it with the assistance of staff. That's
very cool. I'm sure a few places would help you in this regard depending on who is working and their mood, but I've never seen a place that actually takes a moment to spell it out. They mention this in a paragraph that encourages folks to claim their own brass if they wish. I also like this -- which (I'm sure most of us would agree) is how most
ranges typically work, or we expect them to work, but I've certainly been to my share of places where some range nazi is dang near running you down with his huge brass squeegee, gathering up all your still warm and freshly ejected empties and doing it, of course, in the name of a tripping/falling hazard on the range floor.
The rules also mention specifically the banning of steel core, tracer/incendiary and the like, but it does NOT address cast lead bullets. It says they reserve the right to inspect and ammo that wasn't purchased there, but doesn't included cast lead with the prohibited ammo. This is encouraging... but were I a betting man, I'd say this was an oversight - or is likely to be changed in the future, or maybe it's just something they will deny at the counter. Indoor ranges that allow cast lead are going the way of the dodo bird.
On my list of "not so great", front and center is that it's an hourly rate system. Which I do understand, especially these days, but this setup truly keeps me away. I just don't care to shoot somewhere for 30 or 60 minutes. I'm the guy that brings one bagful of handguns and one tool box full of ammo. And sure, I realize that I'm -NOT- the guy that indoor ranges are looking for in a customer because I take up space for a long time...space they could be renting. But in my own little world (the one that revolves around me!), I see 90% of the patrons pop in for one box of ammo and pop out, and very few folks that set up for a long session. And I make it part of my routine to buy things I want from the place after my shooting, even though I might find it cheaper elsewhere. I like to patronize the store of places where I shoot...always have. I also direct other people to shoot there, and I come back a few times a year. None of which I'm likely to do if I can't justify the $60 to $80 it would literally cost me in range fees for one day of the kind of shooting I enjoy.
They show on the website that gun rental will be $10 -- but they also spell out in plain language that nobody who arrives by themselves without another guest with them will be allowed to rent a handgun.
Can anyone conjure up another reason for this rule? Because the only one that occurs to me is that this is some kind of preemptive rule to (hopefully?) keep the suicidal from renting a gun and doing the deed on their range... as has (unfortunately) happened multiple times here in our city.
Their membership options don't impress me a whole lot. I harken back to a day when a membership made you a part of something...not just a discounted patron. With this place, you don't shoot for free with the exception of Tuesdays. Your membership gives you discounts on range time and discounts for family or guests. I can't get too bothered by this, I do understand the concept of a business. The membership also gives you small discounts on items in the store...but dangit, not on consignment items.
Allright, this post went on far too long.
Sorry. Just my thoughts. And yeah, I'm already quite sure that they built the place for business, not to cater to me, I just wanted to say my bit.