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LAS VEGAS GUN CLUB WILL CLOSE IN DECEMBER

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by LV Trapshooting Park, Aug 24, 2009.

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  1. LV Trapshooting Park

    LV Trapshooting Park TS Member

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    Wanted to inform all of my shooting friends out there that our facility will be closing down this December. The City of Las Vegas has decided not to give us anymore time, as the new Clark County Shooting Park is set to open some time later this year, (no earlier than December according to Don Turner.)

    Just wanted to thank all of those who have come from all over the country to support our events this past 20 years, and look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming Fall Tournament, Sept 15-20.

    Statistic wise, we have put over 40 million targets in the air during our time here, and of course there were many more than that before our tenancy here. The Las Vegas Gun Club also operated as the "Sahara" and "Mint" Gun Club many years before, for a total duration here of almost 60 years.

    Our location was way out of town years ago, but now falls victim to typical urban sprawl and progress. Many great gun clubs have suffered this same demise, as will many more in the near future. Enjoy shooting while you can.

    My best to all, and look forward to seeing you next month.


    Steve Carmichael

    Las Vegas Gun Club
     
  2. Jwints525

    Jwints525 TS Member

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    I hate to see it go. Shot my first 25 straight on Trap there.
     
  3. RickN

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    Another good club gone.

    Vandalia, Vegas, Phoenix...and many more smaller ones.

    And yet people bitch that Sparta is built in too "remote" of an area?
     
  4. BBowen

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    steve and family

    i wish you the best in the future. the las vegas gun club will be missed. you have had many great shoots there over the years.

    bruce bowen
     
  5. Ahab

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    Wow! Do I hate to see the Club close down!
    I started attending shoots there back when it was the Mint.
     
  6. white rattler

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    Steve are you going to be running the new club? Trevor Dawe.
     
  7. mixer

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    From personal knowledge about "County" run ranges, I would have to say that being the "Range Master" is a thankless job. There are educational requirements and more rules and regulations involved then you can imagine. Also there are layers of bureauracracy that you have to answer to. Remember it's a government job.

    Eric
     
  8. t-bar

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    Sorry to see you close.

    Haven't shot there for awhile, but always enjoyed it.

    Good luck Steve, on any future plans.

    bar
     
  9. bas

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    Steve, also sorry to see you close...while I only shot there once, you always had great shoots. And, you were not afraid to try new ideas. Hope to see you in AZ this fall and winter. And most of all, thanks for all that you have done over the years for our sport!

    Betty
     
  10. LV Trapshooting Park

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    I will not be involved in the running of the new Clark County facility. It will be run by County employees and a staff of volunteers. We had hoped to host some events there such as ATA and evening leagues, but when I put the pencil to it, just couldn't make it work. Stef and I drove over there about 2 weeks ago and it is quite impressive. About 64 million has been spent on this, and it certainly shows. Hopefully it will make a go of it.

    Steve C

    LV Gun Club
     
  11. Dennis DeVault

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    Steve,

    Very sad to see you go. I sponsored alot of events out there and had many memories of days gone by. I wish you and your family the best and hope you get another club to run in the very near future.


    Dennis DeVault
     
  12. spitter

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    I had one lone opportunity to shoot LVGC back some 8/9 years, visiting some family at Sun City/Summerlin. Nice venue, but even then development was encroaching and you tell the time clock was ticking.

    While CC may "run" the range, maybe for the few high profile events you want to do, was there any discussion of asking them to lease you the trap facilities for those few days for some negligible fee in return for the substantial traffic and promotion you'd bring to the facility using your into tried and true experience?!

    Turner ran Ben Avery and they had problems for some time until they got it right... you're the known brand in Las Vegas... they should pay you to consult on the trap operation or if nothing else, figure out how to "buy" some of your "goodwill" if you were so inclined.

    Best Wishes on your future endeavors,

    Jay
     
  13. Bisi

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    Very sad news, indeed. I made many a trip out there, always a first class operation. Now there is no reason to go to Vegas anymore. I got tired of the casinos long ago, but would go back just for one of Steve's shoots.

    Best wishes Steve, hope you find something bigger and better.
     
  14. Big Heap

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    This is a sad development for the sport.

    Steve - are you looking for a chance to relocate and run another club?

    Keith Miles
     
  15. grunt

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    New Gun club has 25 trap fields with Skeet overlays. Traps are Pat Traps .
     
  16. Runngun

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    I have lived in Vegas my whole life, and have spent many enjoyable weekends ( and some Wednesday night leagues) at the Las Vegas gun club. I began shotgunning at 14 with my grandpa, who brought me out to try trapshooting. I was hooked! I have been a steady clay target shooter ever since. I will have to say that in my experience, Steve Carmichael is the consummate professional and a first class man! He is always helpful, and a gentleman in every way. I know I will miss the pleasure of busting targets at his club. I would like to wish you all the best in life, Steve!

    Pat Brophy
     
  17. Barry C. Roach

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    Too bad. Just like the situation in Phoenix. We have, of course, The Ben Avery Clay Target Complex. It is a very nice facility and the management has matured in experienced. There is a problem, however. BA does not fill the huge void left by the demise of Red Mountain. Red Mountain, even with BA in full operation, still threw enough targets to get on White Flyer's top ten clubs.

    There is an opportunity in the Phoenix Metro area for a trap club that can pay for itself. Steve, if you could hook up with the likes of the boys from Utah maybe they could make it happen. Not looking for charity here. I believe there is more than good potential for a club to succeed with all the snowbirds and the local shooters. If they build it, they will come.
     
  18. mixer

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    From all of us at Markham Park in S. Florida who have shot at the LVGC and enjoyed Steve's outstanding hospitality, "Thanks For The Memories".

    Best of luck for the future.

    Eric
     
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    I coming out for the Fall Handicap. This I can't miss. One of the best run clubs anywhere. Shot some of my best scores there.


    Ken Cerney

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  20. Tom Strunk

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    I really hate to see the Las Vegas Gun Club close.

    When I was first starting out in the trap shooting game I went to Las Vegas to shoot and see all the big guns, this was around 1978. I was on the 23 or 24 yard line then and I used the fall handicap to watch and learn from the best in the game. I remember watching Ray Stafford and Britt Robinson and the man I still consider to be one of the best to ever shoot trap, I'm talking about the great Dan Bonillas. I learned so much from watching these great shooters that I still use to this day.

    When I first went there the club was miles and miles outside of town. The big guns would squad so as to shoot at Bob Taylors just a few miles down the road and the LVGC on the same day. I believe LVGC was called the "Mint",in those days, but I could be wrong.

    I remember the club closed down for a few years (not sure how long) and then a friend of mine won the California Lottery and financed Steve to get the club going again, his name was Lloyd Dewain Bell. He shortly thereafter ( a few years) died of cancer.

    I don't get over that way much anymore until last September. I shot leadoff for two days of handicap with exellent shooters on the squad, Leo Harrison III, Brent Epperson, Kurt Sachau, and Dick Newell. I'll always remember this place and especially the friendlyness of Steve Carmichael.

    Steve I wish you the best in the future and hope everything works out for you. It to bad this had to happen in these trying times. A man of your knowledge and people skills should be in great demand. Hope to see you again down the road.

    I'm sorry but I can't make your last shoot. I'll be in Montana hunting Huns and Sharptails. I try to do this every September at the same time, just missed last year because of knee injury. Will not miss another September in Montana unless major health problems for my wife or myself comes up.

    Tom Strunk
     
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