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Advice on starting a new public trap facility

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by netminder, Sep 3, 2009.

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  1. netminder

    netminder TS Member

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    I am interested in staring a public trap, skeet and sporting clays facility in the next couple of years and I would appreciate any direction that ya'll are willing to give. I am not sure how zoning works but I do know that a piece of property is going to be my largest obstacle along with insurance.

    What are the first steps I need to be taking? Are there any books that would help me get started? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you all so much!
     
  2. netminder

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    I know I have a lot to learn....but I have to start somewhere.

    This will be my first "real" business and my first experience managing a trap club. Like I said, I am just interested in where to START learning.
     
  3. fssberson

    fssberson Active Member

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    Nssf.org

    http://www.nrahq.org/shootingrange/sourcebook.asp

    Good luck.
     
  4. Rick Barker

    Rick Barker Well-Known Member

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    netminder

    Hope you will overlook the smart a$$ remark by EE and succeed with what you want to do. Sent you a PM. Simplest way to get info you need is to contact the national organizations of trap, skeet and sporting clays. The will have the info you need to get going.
     
  5. Bucko43

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    Please, please, please remember that the EPA plays a big role in the success or failure of your range. You will be required to satisfy their requirements, and I understand the fees can be astronomical. I've heard in California it can be as much as $500K for an EPA report.

    We here in San Diego are suffering because our favorite range is closed due to lead escapement from the range boundaries. Of course, lead is not a favored subtance and hasn't been for years. But lead containment is a big issue, so keep that in mind when planning your range.

    Bucko
     
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    Just about everything you are looking for can be found by mashing on the above link. Once you are in there, click on "range resources".. Dan Thome (Trap2)
     
  7. grnberetcj

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    The "Public"?

    Oh boy!!

    Curt
     
  8. netminder

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

    This is great! I am exploring all of the ideas ya'll have presented me. I will keep in touch with those of you who have offered.
     
  9. spitter

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    Helping run a public trap range for our Parks Department, I could offer some insight on our operation and challenges you will need to anticipate. Please feel free to PM or email me and we can compare notes...

    Good luck on your endeavor,

    Jay Spitz
     
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    What is the Location you are looking at? State?
     
  11. Dave P

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    Netminder: Never forget you are running a business and this requires special knowledge before starting. I would suggest college business courses with accounting and some cost analysis. Talk to a personal business loan banker you know and lay out a business plan and study.

    Being self employed as a club owner takes on different concerns than running a club. I hope you get the job done and make it.

    You've had what sound like good offers from existing club owners to help. Take advantage of them and go spend some time with them if you can
     
  12. Barry C. Roach

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    Netminder, where are you located and do you have any money? I offer my help to you.
     
  13. Big Heap

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