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We all have out priorities and you don't need to be rich to shoot at Silverstone, £1k for a gun and £550 for membership, then it's just ammo and the £10 a time entry fee for the competitions.  I don't think this is a rich vs poor issue, if it something you really want to do, well then Silverstone provides the venue and opportunity.  Beats my usual weekend, eight people to one lane at Bisley and hanging about for your turn while the bloke who is supposed to be shooting is digging around his bag for his lucky turnip or whatever.  There are some people who will use the facility and a lot who will not, it's just nice to have the choice.

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Rhudson,

 I own a shooting range as a commercial business, be it a small 50m one in CZ . This would be my suggestions.

1. Listen to Dave T, he knows of what he speaks.

2. Do not form a club - , keep it strictly commercial. I cannot stress this enough.

3. Look for stable and multiple income streams - Police bookings being an excellent one - ask what they want, - vehicle access, 90 or 180 degree arc of fire if possible? This is one of my stable income streams. 

4. Try to get away from fixed firing point / prone position only - this opens   the way to PRS style competition. This would  be a BIG money earner for you if are in a central location in the country and can provide ranges out to 700m. People want to do this sport but there is nothing located central in the country for easy access / travel. If you could do this it would be the golden goose.

5. If you are going to the British Shooting Show in February ( presuming it will run) stop by for a chat and coffee at our stand -Czech Tactical Pursuits.

Good luck with your venture.

 

 

 

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Hi,

I’ve just posted a question about bisley. But to answer your question yes I’m looking for somewhere to shoot at longer ranges  there are a few of us stuck at 100m now.

700 would be great 1k even better. 
 

somewhere I could pay and play at 700 without being a member or needing an scc and all that entails probation etc 

would be what I wanted.

 

no idea if that’s possible 

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23 minutes ago, Condition1 said:

Hi,

I’ve just posted a question about bisley. But to answer your question yes I’m looking for somewhere to shoot at longer ranges  there are a few of us stuck at 100m now.

700 would be great 1k even better. 
 

somewhere I could pay and play at 700 without being a member or needing an scc and all that entails probation etc 

would be what I wanted.

 

no idea if that’s possible 

The point of the SCC is to provide an approved 'passport' for shooters wishing to shoot away from their club ranges.  I would be surprised if a commercial range would just let someone with an FAC rock up and start shooting without some competence checks.

Your location is not identified, where are you based?

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18 minutes ago, Popsbengo said:

The point of the SCC is to provide an approved 'passport' for shooters wishing to shoot away from their club ranges.  I would be surprised if a commercial range would just let someone with an FAC rock up and start shooting without some competence checks.

Your location is not identified, where are you based?

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41 minutes ago, Popsbengo said:

The point of the SCC is to provide an approved 'passport' for shooters wishing to shoot away from their club ranges.  I would be surprised if a commercial range would just let someone with an FAC rock up and start shooting without some competence checks.

Your location is not identified, where are you based?


Doncaster my club is no long nra affiliated so I can no longer shoot at strensall where we used to with a scc.

 

however had a few replies to my question it looks like joining the nra is the way to go 

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Sir

I realize as a commercial operation you will aim at the largest market and that in the UK is the Fun/leisure shooters, but don't ignore that there is a serious need from serious match target shooters. My wife and I, shoot ISSF 300 metre at Bisley, in the "shed" on the electronic targets.

The NRA is limiting use each year and it is now so little its not worth the trips to Bisley, this year we have been offered 5 half days! We also used to shoot abroad regularly, Boris ended that by negotiating out European Firearms Passes (EFP's) from the deal, and now Covid is almost ending that route!

We have our sport dissapearing from in front of us, and we are sat on many thousands of £'s of specialised tack drivers!

If you could put in a 300 meter range, with electronic targets, and Indoor firing points, basically a version of the "Bisley Shed"we would gladly make the trek from Norfolk on a monthly basis to shoot, we book two hour slots at Bisley each, and I know other 300 mt shooters also who would.

I write the 300 mt articles in the NRA Journal for any one who wishes to know more.

Best of Luck, and have Fun

Robin

 

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