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Let me start by saying I have no official connection to the Shooting Complex, I'm just an enthusiastic guy trying to help. Your time in reading this is appreciated and any help is greatly appreciated.

This is a request for support of a fairly new publicly operated shooting facility. Clark County Nevada (Las Vegas) operates an outdoor range of several thousand acres that first opened in 2010. One can visit the Shooting Complex website and some videos are available on Youtube. Unfortunately local media coverage has not been helpful of late and in some cases I believe is negatively biased. Channel 8/CBS Vegas did a news piece and chose one of the rare rainy, cool, cloudy days to shoot video to use in it (by design according to many) thus depicting an empty and gloomy place for those with no first hand knowledge. That it was planned before the economic downturn but opened at its height was a function of funding already in place and no knowledge of the severity of the coming crash at the time. Not it's here and would be a travesty to lose it. The Clark County Shooting Complex should be a regional facility.

http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/Depts/parks/Pages/clark-county-shooting-park.aspx

The reason for this plea is that due to the ammo shortage and the economic downturn (largely) it has not achieved its revenue projections and due to operating at a deficit its future may be in question. Participation is picking up somewhat of late due to increasing ammunition availability but the operating loss has been in the bulls eye of the country commissioners for some time. Obviously national elections and the results have severely limited needed supplies while increasing numbers of new shooters enter the sport. The complex has plans for 500 and 1,200 yard ranges which have not been built yet but great facilities are finished and available for use as listed below.

Currently the Clark County Shooting Park offers ranges for pistol, rifle, shotgun and archery. It has around 80 covered RV parking spots with utility hookups available for rental. It has pro-shops for all ranges and offers safety, hunter and other education programs. The pistol and rifle ranges open now offer well lighted, covered stations with concrete benches, movable very heavy seats, folding chair seats, Hornady rests, movable carpet surfaces, a wide and deep concrete flooring, professionally designed and built sustainable berms with annual maintenance, flush concrete target stand inserts in the ground from 3 to 200 yards. It is run from a central range master tower with a good PA system with more than adequate trained range safety officers present on both sides. Plenty of large, well maintained PVC target stands and heavy cardboard backers. It is a clean, safe, family friendly and properly run range using both professionals and volunteers, all trained. They don't hassle anyone but insure a safe range regardless of the experience level of the shooters and are always willing to provide help for those in need or desiring it.

A world class Skeet and Trap range, a world class sporting clays facility that became operational around Jan '13. This year saw the beginning of two very successful seasons for an open sight (no optics) Rimfire League. The first season saw 12 four man teams of mostly experienced shooters while the second season saw 15 five man teams with shooters of all ages, sexes and experience levels. Numerous husband/wife teams, several father/son and even family teams participated. Awards were given out at the end of both seasons. Last winter saw the complexs first Natinoal 3 Gun Competition and there are plans for more, both 3 Gun and other action shooting events.

There are hopes and plans for unlimited (optics allowed) rimfire competition, small bore centerfire and other competitions. Shotgun and archery ranges are excellent with the sporting clays course separate from the skeet and trap facility and using golf carts to get from one station to another. This is a well run shooting complex, run and staffed by enthusiastic, competent shooters who are passionate about keeping it open, improving and expanding it. But right now it needs publicity, advertising and just getting the word out to help insure its survival. Priced to insure its availability to all, it is in stark contrast to the numerous indoor ranges catering to domestic and foreign tourists with overly priced packages down near the strip. The Clark County Shooting Complex is publicly operated which is a rare and greatly needed venue nationwide. Like any other park, it depends on our citizens for its success. Unlike most parks and public facilities it is expected to at least break even or close to it. Changes are underway to increase efficiency and reduce costs but more participation is key. While the range has significant support on most days, more is needed to insure its survival.

If anyone can assist by getting the word out, coming to Vegas and using it, offering networking contacts, contacting county supervisors or shooting organizations to come and compete here that would be greatly appreciated.
 

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The loss of any range facility is a bummer these days. This sounds like a good operation and I hope it can weather the current situation.
 
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