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I read in the news this morning that a very large number of eastern cities have had record rain this year. The city closest to our range wasn't one of them, but it isn't far from one. We had our average rainfall in August. Had we experienced a normal year we would have been open since September, but we still need a few weeks of dry weather to finish the rifle range. We have no idea when that will happen. Rain is in the forecast for the next two days. But, we will be putting in the benches (42) in the next couple of weeks and have started on the pistol bays. We are moving on what we can.

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Good news indeed! I’m excited about this new range and what it’ll mean to UBR matches in TN. Thanks for the update!

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awesome!
 

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A description of what is going on might we worthwhile.

The rifle shed will cover 42 benches. 28 will be on the right for benchrest matches. 14 will be on the left for plinking, rimfire and prone matches. The berms on the right are @ 100 & 200 meters. There will also be a 300 meter berm at the base of the hill where you can see grass. There will be a gong at the tree line, 400 yards. We will hold UBR matches at both yards & meters. The left range has berms @ 25 & 50 yards and 100 meters. Both ranges can be operated at the simultaneously as we will have safety measures with lights and horns.

The dozer in the background is building a road to the pistol bays. We will have 4-30 yard bays and 1-50 yard bay. These will be used for IDPA competition and for individual members. The shotgun ranges will be behind the rifle range and to the south. If it ever stops raining and we can finish the firearms ranges we will add archery facilities and probably a small campground. At least one and probably two block restroom facilities will be built, but we have not yet determined their location. We expect to have power to the range by sometime in February. The first match is scheduled for March. Besides the registered UBR matches we intend to also have some fun matches similar to Buck Creek to draw interest in what we are doing. Membership is not required for matches.

Extent and speed of construction will be determined by the #s of new members we attract. At this time we have enough $$ to complete the rifle, pistol and shotgun ranges, but not much more. Annual dues will be used to pay for continuing improvements. There is a lot of enthusiasm in the local community for our project and although there are a few that are unhappy they are in the minority.

I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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It sounds that you will have one heck of a nice setup for different interests and venues when everything is done.

What kind of shotgun ranges are planned, skeet and trap?
 

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It sounds that you will have one heck of a nice setup for different interests and venues when everything is done.

What kind of shotgun ranges are planned, skeet and trap?
George,
I'm not a shotgunner and so don't speak with a base of knowledge on things shotgun. I do know we will have trap and probably five station. WE do nt have enough room for skeet. The NRA recommends 900' of fall and the ATA recommends 750'. We don't have enough width for either. That may change in the future should we be able to acquire more of the land adjoining us.

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I can't wait to shoot in comfort! What's the membership fee structure going to be next year Rick?.....Same as this year?
 

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I can't wait to shoot in comfort! What's the membership fee structure going to be next year Rick?.....Same as this year?
Hi Eric,
Fees will be the same as last year. There is a one time $200 initiation fee and the annual dues are $200. This probably won't change for the next few years. We researched membership fees around the region before we set ours. We are somewhere in the middle. We aren't the lowest, but are far from the highest. For the next several years we will be building our facility as well as paying off a substantial loan. Should we reach a tentative goal of 1000 as we had when at TVA, this will speed up the process. 1000 members will produce an annual income of $200,000. Our generally fixed expenses, including debt service will be in the neighborhood of $75,000 annually. This will leave us $$ to continue to improve. But, $125,000 doesn't go far in the world of heavy equipment, concrete etc. At every new member orientation I point out that the fees aren't going into anyone's pocket, but rather building a facility that belongs to all of us, not just a few. We have already spent or committed to spend $750,000 give or take. We have enough for the first phase including the rifle range, pistol bays and shotgun range. Next phase will include road improvements, archery range, concrete and block restrooms, etc. We intend to build the best shooting sports facility in the mid state.

Rick
 
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