For our webinar in July we decided to cover information on how much you can expect to pay for a commercial shooting range and through discussing all of the variables that are involved, we came up with a base line number. Here are the main highlights of the conversation we had in July and the answer to the long-standing question, how much does a commercial shooting range cost?


Getting Your Commercial Shooting Range Started

Starting a commercial shooting range is a big investment, and something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. I’d like to begin by laying out three main reasons commercial shooting ranges fail, with the goal of helping anyone out there, progress their business plan in the right direction. Then we can get to the fun stuff and talk about all of the possible customization of your potential range. These examples are in no way trying to steer anyone away from the commercial shooting range business, but to educate them with the best knowledge so they have the ability to succeed.

Common Troubles

  • One of the reasons people have trouble making it in the commercial shooting range business, is they make too many decisions based on passion. Being passionate about your business is key to making it succeed, but you also need to hang on to your business sense. Be sure to base company decisions on what’s going to make the business run better and be more profitable. The revenue aspect of your business always needs to come first, the hobby aspect can follow.
  • The next issue owners run into is, putting money towards aspects of their range that don’t give them the return value they’re looking for. Spending money to have a beautifully designed range with fun extras isn’t a bad idea, However, you will want to  make sure to reserve money for other things such as: marketing, and land improvements you may need to make, or even general maintenance. The goal is to develop revenue streams so the range starts paying for itself and starts turning a profit. Having the nicest range in the world is almost irrelevant if you can’t reach the people to let them know about your great facility.
  • The last thing to recognize is the possibility of having legal issues. In neighborhood surroundings, you may face challenges with noise ordinances, and other legal issues that will tie up the hands of your business. This isn’t something that should make you abandon your goals and dreams but having knowledge about it and being prepared for it is key in setting up your business to prosper.

Now knowing some issues you may run into we can get to the question. How much does a commercial shooting range cost?

The “Needs” of A Commercial Shooting Range

For every commercial shooting range, there are three main components that you have to have for either safety concerns or just general common-sense items.

  1. The first component is the granular rubber trap. This is the component at the end of the range that stops rounds and traps the bullet shrapnel.
  2. Second, you need safety ceiling. This is what keeps everyone in the surrounding area safe in the event of an accidental discharge, when the bullet travels up towards the ceiling.
  3. The last component that’s required is a proper HVAC system. The HVAC system keeps the air quality good throughout the range by pushing any lead or smoke partials down range, away from the shooters. For a more in-depth description of each of these items and what they do please refer to our other blogs and webinars where we discuss the components of a shooting range.

Making your dollars have legs

The first point to bring up outside of the basic components of a range is dollars versus the value, I’ll give you an example to better understand.

Purchasing a shooting range is like buying a car. On any model car, let’s say a Ford pickup, you have the ability to add all the bells and whistles, from heated seats to in vehicle Wi-Fi. However, you could buy this same Ford pickup with crank windows and a cassette player. That’s the beauty of the day and age we live in! You have the ability to customize your vehicle based on the things you value. For instance, someone in California has little need for heated seats so, this extra carries little to no value to them. For myself being in Minnesota, heated seats are nearly a necessity. There’s nothing better than waking up on a brisk winter morning and knowing my seat is going to be warm for me on my ride to work.

While were not in the car business, we can create a perfect parallel to it. When you start creating plans for a commercial shooting range, our first step is determining what your revenue drivers are going to be. From there, we give you options for your range that are applicable to your goals. This is why it so hard to throw out a “retail” price for a commercial shooting range. Everyone’s goals are different.

Finding Your Commercial Shooting Range Market

Let’s say you want to start a range catered towards a high-end customer base. A place where people pay for membership. It would be important, in this case, to have a nice lounge for the members to relax in after shooting some rounds, and you may want to include custom stone work behind the shooting bays, with beautiful oak gun racks. These are enhanced features that these specific costumers are looking for and desire.

If your primary source of revenue was going to be coming from families and you wanted to include fun spinning targets, or pop up targets.

Or maybe you want to rent out your range to local law enforcement. If this was your goal, you might want to consider putting in 270 degrees of ballistic rubber on the side walls, and low light settings throughout the range so they have the ability to practice advanced training techniques.

These are just a few possibilities of range setups, the list goes on and on but you’ll notice that for each possible revenue driver the correct equipment is matched. If you were catering towards a family crowd there would be no need to install those nice oak gun racks, because it doesn’t match your market. You would get less value out of it than the money you put in. This is key to making a range succeed, but it also makes it hard to give one price that fits all.

Installation

Along with this, Range Systems has three different options for installation of our ranges. We allow you to buy only supplies and don’t provide a contractor, we provide the supplies with an onsite manger to help all the plans go smoothly, or we do full installs where we have our contractors turn every nut and bolt for you. All of these options affect the price of a range the same way adding extras does.

With an understanding of the different variables that can change the cost of a range, we can final answer the question, how much does a commercial shooting rang cost.

The moment you’ve all been waiting for!

For a very basic, 10 lane range, with a granular rubber trap, safety ceiling, and a ventilation package. You can expect the price tag to be around $350,000, or approximately $35,000 per lane. This price does not reflect the installation costs. An installation of this type of range can add 25% more to the current price, with the cost possibly going to 30% more if there’s and issues with access to the range.

Additional Information

So, there you have it! $350,000 for a basic range. If you have any more questions about this topic or anything you have read within this post, I recommend you check out our other blog posts and/or the webinar section on our site.

Both areas answer many questions about ranges, from components to possibilities within one of our ranges.

You can also sign up to receive notifications for our upcoming webinars which is an extraordinary place to gather information. You can also talk with one of our range specialists for further information if needed. Fill out a contact form on our “Contact Us” section or find links to send direct emails to one of our specialists.

Thanks for reading and we’ll see you on the range!

131 Comments on “Webinar: How Much Does A Commercial Shooting Range Cost?

  1. colin

    What about for an outdoor range? The untapped market i see is for something with more available than just the standard “lane” What are the regulations/limitations for opening something up that has some distance to it as well as “movement allowed” ranges.

    Reply
    1. kelseyn

      Colin, I’ve given our commercial facility sales reps (Joe Bricko and Brad Knopf) your email and asked them to reach out to you in regards to your questions.

      Reply
  2. David

    I was wondering about a two lane indoor range using a forty foot shipping container so that it would be mobile. I am looking to do training of students (2 at a time obviously) for basic pistol training and shot gun. I plan on having a second forty foot shipping container converted into a classroom and shop for buying shirts, holsters and other shooting equipment.

    I am currently living in New York, however, I can’t wait until I can move to North Carolina.

    Thanks

    Reply
  3. Harrison Jozefowicz

    Would you be able to send me a quote or financial breakdown of the entire package and also the HVAC/ventilation system?

    Reply
  4. David

    Hello,
    I’m very interested in having you send the design guide via email. This is an excellent summary of building an indoor range.
    Thank you

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      1. Scott Patrick

        Hello, My name is Scott and I was wondering if you could send me a copy of your Indoor gun range design guide and anything that you could send me for the HVAC system. My business partner is a licensed contractor but this is something new for him.

        Reply
  5. Craig

    I am interested to see designs for a 5-10 lane indoor shooting range. Could you please send me more details?

    Reply
  6. Charles

    I’d like some more information in the materials cost and the difference of cost per lane for a 100 yard set up, can you please send over the design guide as well as any information you have on permits necessary for CA

    Reply
  7. Jesse Nelson

    I would love more information on building costs and curious if i could use and existing building? Id also like to see you’re indoor range design

    Reply
  8. JC Broussard

    Thanks for this great write up. I’m the owner of a Tactical Training business and would love to add an out door range. One of course that we could utilize for the class, but also one that could generate revenue from the public on the other 20 days we don’t have class going on.
    Would you happen to have some information on out door ranges that could be sent to me? Thank you.

    Reply
  9. lief Findsen

    Sir, thank you for an informative well written document. I’m going to be looking for investors and this will serve as a a good beginning. It’s obviously not for the faint of heart but can be well worth the effort with the opportunity for those who enjoy the shooting sports and potentially to help educate the public.

    Reply
    1. kelseyn

      Thanks for the comment Lief, I sent you a copy of our indoor range design guide, along with contact information for our commercial facility sales reps!

      Reply
  10. Courtney Calhoun

    Interested in receiving more information regarding an indoor range design guide and associated costs. In addition to cost and design info, does the guide explain how much space is needed for facility, parking, etc?

    Reply
    1. kelseyn

      I’ve sent the guide via email, along with contact information for our facility reps that can help answer your more specific questions.

      Reply
  11. Joe

    I would like some information about a 10+ indoor gun range. And I want to know if you can convert a old movie theater into a range.

    Reply
      1. kelseyn

        Not a problem Joe, we build ranges able to suit both! Just let the reps know the details when you talk to them.

        Reply
    1. kelseyn

      I sent you our indoor range design guide, along with contact information for our facility reps. They’ll be able to talk to you about your ideas and provide recommendations.

      Reply
  12. thomas barnett

    could you email me range designs? I am interested in opening up a indoor range with a buddy of mine once we finish our enlistment. thank you

    Reply
    1. kelseyn

      I sent them via email! Please reach out to our facility reps to answer any questions you may have.

      Reply
    1. kelseyn

      Sorry for the delay in our response/getting the design guide over to you. I have sent it to your email.

      Reply
  13. Alex

    Great article! Would you mind sending me info on building costs and your indoor range designs? I am also wondering if we could use an existing building for one of your range designs? Thank you so much!

    Reply
  14. Alex

    Great article! Would you mind sending building costs and your indoor range designs? I am also wondering if we could use an existing building for one of your range designs? Thank you so much!

    Reply
    1. kelseyn

      Alex, I’ve emailed you our indoor range design guide and contact information for our some of our facility sales reps. You can use an existing building, or build new – our reps can talk over the options with you based on what your vision is and the space you have. Thanks!

      Reply
  15. Russell Barnes

    I was wondering less the inventory what would and existing gun range cost per lane. Existing site has 20, about 20 years old and it shows. Though functional would need some upgrades. I did not read or watch video yet assumed this was new design out of ground report and cost

    Reply
    1. kelseyn

      Thanks for commenting, we build ranges using both new buildings and existing ones. I’ve sent you an email to elaborate a bit more!

      Reply
  16. Robb

    I would appreciate a copy of the range design guide as well. Do you also have resources that you can direct me to that will assist in market analysis?

    Reply
  17. GEORGE BEBING

    GREETINGS!
    PLEASE SEND ME VIA E-MAIL THE DESIGN GUIDE FOR ABOUT 4-6 LANE INDOOR SHOOTING RANGE. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.

    Reply
    1. kelseyn

      Design Guide sent, for specific questions about a 4-6 lane range please reach out to the sales reps Joe or Brad, their contact information is in my email!

      Reply
  18. Tim Hollon

    Like everyone else, can I receive a copy of the indoor range design. Thanks for the useful info in your post.

    Reply
  19. Marlon

    I would like to see the design of the 10 lane range and any information of the HVAC system and/or information if this can be done internationally

    Reply
  20. Cordell Garrow

    I am looking for more information on indoor shooting range that caters to public and also law enforcement with pistol and rifle ranges. Possible starting is six lanes, looking to expand to 12 or more lanes. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Reply
  21. Mike Stach

    I would to have more information about indoor ranges please. What are the distance limits for indoor?

    Reply
    1. Karin

      Thank you for your interest. I have sent over some information via email. There is no distance limit for an indoor range. The only limiting factor would be if you used a target retrieval system, these lengths vary depending on the model.

      Reply
    1. Karin

      I just sent over some information. Thank you for your interest! Please feel free to reply with any further questions.

      Reply
  22. Mark

    I’m working on a business plan for a 15 lane indoor range in Florida. Could you send me some additional information?

    Reply
  23. Jordan Rhone

    Great article!! Could you send me more information on building indoor and outdoor ranges as well? I appreciate you help!!

    Reply
  24. Harry

    I am also interested in the commercial indoor range. 10 lane, law enforcement and public. Any information would be appreciated.

    Reply
    1. Karin

      Thank you for your interest. There are many different options for range designs. I sent you an email with our contact information. Please feel free to reach out with your specific designs/ideas.

      Reply

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