From Conceptualization to Operation

Establish your Indoor Shooting Range

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Range Development Services was born out of a need for:

  • firearms industry insight

    • Vendors, Designers, Contractors, Suppliers, Subcontractors

  • strategic recommendations and guidance prepping for and navigating through to grand opening

    • Who on your team knows what all the necessary steps are, how long the take, the order / sequence, which can run concurrently and how much each will cost?

  • proven expertise

    • Here is where you will find a track record of guidance that has resulted in the creation of many retail brands, several of which have gone on to build multiple locations.

…these, and other solution services are not otherwise available when planning, designing, negotiating for and building an indoor shooting range. here is where you find clarity for all parties involved in the process of establishing a successful shooting range and firearms retail store.

 
 

Scope of Services

 
 

Project Scope

  • Vision and Conceptualization

  • Location / Market Analysis

  • Demographic Analysis and Comparison Study

  • Facility Scale and Capability

Site

  • Site Selection (20 years of nation wide site selection experience for national retailer and start ups)

  • Building and land assessment from legal, entitlements and physical perspectives

  • Properly framing the project for seller buy-in to the necessary steps in the process

 

Due Diligence

  • Three Stages of Due Diligence (Empowers you to scale into the project rather making a full upfront commitment)

 

Budget

  • CTE - Cost to Establish Budget

  • Real Estate related costs

  • Soft Costs

  • Hard Costs

  • Equipment Costs

  • FF&E

  • Operating Expenses

  • Revenue Projections

  • Equity Position (10 year projected returns)

 

Financing

  • How to raise money for an indoor shooting range

  • How to position an indoor range with a lender

Design

  • Understand and harness each step in the design process:

    • Schematic

    • Design Development

    • Construction Documents

  • Identify, qualify and engage / contract with the design team with clarity about the complexities of a shooting range facility and intentionality of the vision

  • Customer Experience

 

Shooting Range Equipment

- Industry Insight, Relations and Contracting -

  • Range Ballistics

    • Bullet trap options (Rubber vs Steel UNBIASED insight on the operational pros and cons of each)

    • Shooting Stalls

    • Baffle System

    • Lead Recovery Process / Maintenance

  • Range Ventilation HVAC

    • OSHA / NIOSH / EPA Compliance

Vendor Selection

POS / Security / CRM / Marketing / community relations & partners / facility maintenance

 

Execution

The typical project involves three or four dozen individuals with individual scopes, deliverables, budgets, timelines. They all have multiple benchmarks that must be tracked and acted upon to ensure an on time and on budget Grand Opening.

 

Budget Tracking

Budgets are tracked and available for review throughout the project through a secure cloud stored Requisition Form that owners, banks and investors require.

 

Standard Operating Procedures

  • Open and Close Procedures

  • Hiring process

  • Inventory

    • Management

    • Control

    • Buy Process

    • Merchandising

    • Cash Management

    • Shipping and Receiving

  • Security

    • Exterior

    • Interior

    • Inventory

    • Intrusion Detection

    • Cameras and Physical Mechanisms

  • FFL Safety and Compliance, and more…


Stuart mullen’s unique career path offers an unmatched background of experience and expertise that allows entrepreneurs, investors, lenders and business owners to:

  • optimize the necessary steps involved to their advantage

  • remain focused on running their existing business

  • create a more effective new brand

  • allowing time to refine and grown brand equity

  • focus on the operational needs

  • focus on hiring and training the right people for the right jobs

  • save time

  • save money

 

Several years ago research, study, and documentation of key features (both good and bad) of quality, next generation shooting facilities came in to demand.

Here is where you will find the necessary skills and knowledge acquired over several projects with diverse conditions put to work for your benefit…so you don’t have to learn the hard way.

Range Development Services projects range size from 12,000 square feet to +40,000 square feet.

 
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Finance and Funding

Our services are structured such that the owner-operator will be empowered with knowledge, information, and insight to better facilitate the investor relations, raise money and secure a bank loan.

Investors want to know the individuals who are going to be accountable and in a position of authority regarding the day-to-day facility operations. While Range Development Services will provide you, the operator, with valuable guidance based upon what we see happening (strengths and weaknesses) in range facilities around the country, funding a multi-million dollar facility also depends upon the operator’s ability to effectively communicate and negotiate the objectives of the facility and respond to investor concerns/objections.

Want to know how to build an indoor shooting range? You need money…

Currently our projects range in total cost to establish from $3.5m to +$10m.

There are a number of strategies for raising funds necessary to establish a shooting range, and a number of determining factors influence what funding will be needed. The average facility (including the range itself, a gun and accessories store, educational / training space, and gunsmith) may have a dozen or so shooting lanes and range in size from 10,000 to more than 30,000 square feet. A new range must also be 100% climate controlled. Each client will have personal reasons or professional motivations to structure their funding in a way that suits them, the needs of their project, and their investors.

Our Scope includes guidance and recommendations to navigate through the timing and cost issues that can impact a shooting range project and do so in a coherent manner. A common question is “which do I do first, go get the site or go get the money?”

This is where the “art” of the deal comes in to play. One key goal of Range Development Services is to ensure the real estate in question can actually be used for a shooting range. This reaches far beyond the question of zoning to include financing, code/regulatory compliance, facility programming, and the multifaceted examination of the real estate (whether an existing building or raw land, etc).

As with any business venture, risks are inevitable. Minimizing those risks provides assurances to investors that you have the skills and knowledge at your disposal to not only establish a range, but to do so with the utmost professionalism.

Two critical path tasks for successfully opening a shooting range are evaluating the physical condition of the property (whether a renovation or raw land for a new building) and evaluating the depth of the market (not all locations are “range-ready”.)

Having access Range Development Services’ methodical, tested, and proven skill set for establishing an indoor shooting range will better enable you to attract investors and secure a bank loan so that you can take your shooting range from concept to cash register!

Email us for more information on our Scope of Services and the nature of our involvement in building your shooting range.

 

Contact:

(855) 211-1919

stuart@rangeds.com

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