Friday, October 27, 2006

Clark County Shooting Park Breaks Ground

Last Saturday a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site of the soon to be Clark County Shooting Park. Approximately 200 people attended including Senator Harry Reid, who is responsible for acquiring the land for Clark County, and other local dignitaries, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

"'This has been a team effort, and I am so happy to have been part of this team,' Harry Reid said. 'This is going to be another part of Nevada's uniqueness, the greatest shooting park, not in the United States, but in the world.'" According to the Shooting Park website, the first phase of construction is scheduled to begin in November with the initial construction completed by January 2008. The initial areas to be open will include "30 site Host Area with full RV hook ups, concert pads and shade covers. Known Distance Archery Range with 16 different distances out to 90 meters. Suitable for all points. Covered firing area, shade ramadas, night lighting, and a 1,500 square foot classroom with restrooms. Shotgun Center with a 5,000 square foot building (cafeteria, pro shop, security room, manager’s office, 50 gun locker storage area). 24 combo trap and skeet fields, 3,000 square foot storage building, 12 shade ramadas, 96 full hook up RV sites with 50 amp service, and lots of parking. Hunter Education Center with a 4,000 square foot education building (seats up to 90 people, restrooms, two offices), two simulated hunting field courses, shotgun range, 20 point pistol range to 50 yards, 10 point rifle range to 100 yards, 10 point archery range to 90 meters. All firing points are shade covered, two shade ramadas, and night lighting. Public Rifle/Pistol Range: 3,000 square foot building (pro shop, convenience store, restrooms and 30 seat classroom). Shaded firing points, 30 points out to 50 yards, 15 points out to 100 yards, and 15 points out to 200 yards (60 points total), shade ramadas, safety control tower, target frame holders at 50 foot and 3, 7, 15, 25, 50, 75, 100, 150, and 200 yards, shade ramadas and night lightning (sic)."

The park will eventually include an area for mounted Cowboy Action Shooting and a high power rifle range of 1200 yards. The need for a public shooting range has been discussed for years in the Las Vegas Valley and now seems to be headed to fruition. There are private ranges in the area, however, many of them have steep membership fees and are limited to 200 yards. This park will make outdoor shooting available to those in the valley who now use the increasingly populated open desert for target shooting and plinking. The County Shooting Park will also be aiming to host national and international shooting events, and plans to be a high quality destination for those who enjoy the shooting sports. Once completed, the park will rival, if not surpass, the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Arizona. The Clark County Shooting Park will actually be larger than Ben Avery.

As target shooting gains in popularity and people are reasserting their rights to self defense, a public range in Las Vegas is now a necessity. A large, well run facility such as this will help people learn the skills needed to safely handle their firearms and it will bring many hours of family enjoyment to those already involved in shooting sports. If the park is built out to plan, all residents and visitors to Clark County and Las Vegas will have access to the best facility in the nation, if not the world.

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