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SafeFire Indoor Shooting

Discussion in 'Business Discussion & Reviews' started by bilt, Nov 14, 2015.

  1. bilt

    bilt Vancouver, WA New Member

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    Just caught a glimpse of a range opening in Camas. There may already be a post or thread about this, but couldn't fine one. Just wanted to share. Sure hope the membership fees are typos.

    http://www.shootatsafefire.com
     
  2. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Holy smokes, that's a spendy range. I don't know how many folks in the gun community are going to pony up that kind of cash to belong to an indoor-only range.
     
  3. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    25 yard max range.

    Massive range costs + ammo I'm guessing by the way things are worded.

    The "Silver package" costs $30 per month plus you still have to pay $10/hour for lane time...

    Seems like that would force you into the "gold" package for $50/month to get free lame time.

    OR your only 20 min from Larch Mt at that point...
     
  4. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Yeabut.. "Classroom 2. Painted "Intense Teal" for an inviting and fun learning environment!".
    lol
     
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  5. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Unless it's funded by a group of wealthy people (or a wealthy retiree) designed to be a "past-time" venture to indulge their hobby, it won't last.

    Those prices are... interesting. :rolleyes:
     
  6. thirtycal

    thirtycal Camas, WA Active Member

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    Exactly what I thought to myself as I was talking to the tour guide this afternoon... I stopped by for their open house since I'm literally five minutes away. It's a great facility, no doubt... But I told the gentlemen giving me the tour that it looks like an incredible capital investment, and quite a risky one given how the 2nd is being attacked from every angle, especially financial (think Operation Choke Point). I asked who was bankrolling it, and he said "sorry I can't give out that information".

    So I looked up who registered their website domain SHOOTATSAFEFIRE.COM. It's registered to Chris Leland, of Robertson & Olson Construction. That's the company that built the building, but it's hard to say they're the money behind it.

    Even though it's just down the street from me, I can't imaging shooting there. IMO, 25 yrd lanes, no matter how nice, aren't all that fun. If I want to shoot, I just go up to Larch for $0. Or to Clark Rifles ($100/year), or the English pit ($18/day); and I can shoot at 100 yds in all of those places. At $20/hr, for what in all practicality is really just a nice pistol range, I'll just drive by it on my way to those other places.

    I wish them all the success possible, especially in the retail store upstairs, and in the gunsmith's shop downstairs (Brimstone Gunsmithing, who has moved up from Amboy). But I'm betting they're going to have a rough time keeping those lanes full and money rolling in. I think alot depends on their retail store. They do transfers, including class III stuff. They are planning to do rentals, which could be interesting to me, especially if they get a good selection of suppressors.

    -Thirtycal
     
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  7. bassman2

    bassman2 SW WA Active Member

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    They guy backing it also owns the Golf Course. He's got deep pockets.

    I'm betting the range will be successful. Did you see what was already in stock? If retail prices are inline with Sportsman's, Safe Fire will dominate the market.

    I'm guessing here, (not affiliated) but if you're shopping for a new gun and want to test it out I bet you'll be able to test a rental gun on the range before you buy. Or get deals on range time with purchase.

    I splurged and ponied up for a membership. Since I'm also 5 minutes away, I figured I'd end up shooting a lot more.
     
  8. thirtycal

    thirtycal Camas, WA Active Member

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    Did you go gold? That didn't seem to be rediculous (in terms of price), given that it at least gets rid of the hourly range charge... Yah I'll have to think about it more. I don't get up into the hills enough, so yah maybe the convenience of 5 minutes away would be worth it - particularly now that I'm handloading. I'll need to ask them about chronographing. I've got a MagnetoSpeed chrono so technically I don't need to set up a chrono downrange... It's sitting on the end of my barrel.

    Yea this is starting to make more sense to me. If they'll let me use the MagnetoSpeed, that might be enough to convince me that a gold is worth the money. But Clark is only 30 minutes away, and it's a really nice range, and I'm a member. Tough call.

    Thirtycal
     
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  9. scrandall01215

    scrandall01215 Washougal,WA Well-Known Member

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    There's a lot of wealthy people in that area!!
    Stacy
     
  10. bassman2

    bassman2 SW WA Active Member

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    I went platinum so I be a snob - actually I thought it might be more fun to have unlimited guest passes and priority. I figured I'd use if more if I was bringing someone along all the time. And I can rent out the lounge if I want.
     
  11. transittech

    transittech PDX Well-Known Member

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    No thanks. Way to pricey for me.
     
  12. thirtycal

    thirtycal Camas, WA Active Member

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    Damn, dude got $$$$. Sounds like i'll need to go when you're there so I can get lounge access as your guest :).

    -Thirtycal
     
  13. NWCustomFirearms

    NWCustomFirearms Vancouver, WA Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    After they didn't return any of my emails or answer any of my questions I eventually stopped trying and will continue to spend a fraction of their prices at Clark every year where I can shoot a lot more.
     
  14. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Did you maybe miss the part where you give them your net worth? You know like those investment groups you have to make over so much a year to participate in?
     
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  15. bassman2

    bassman2 SW WA Active Member

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    The range opened today. Lots of people were checking it out!

    Prices on guns looked to be good / competitive with Sportsmans. They also had a LARGE selection of accessories, mags, etc.. and AMMO. I didn't check ammo prices though...
     
  16. Vanillagerrilla

    Vanillagerrilla Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I took my fiance and her friend there Sunday .
    Its very nice , very clean and its set up for a wide range of shooters from beginner to expert. The ROs were very cool with me instructing the girls and I was able to even pass on a couple of tricks to the ROs. The lanes are clean, very well designed, and user friendly.
    The best part is that they want to make a welcoming environment for new shooters and women that may find the usual ranges more "male" friendly and intimidating.
    Both girls had a great time and were impressed with the set up for the range.
    Women are making up a larger percentage of new shooters and this place is geared for that. And I am all for supporting any place that wants to change the public opinion of what a "gun range" looks like.
    Yeah, its pricey, but shooting sports isnt a cheap hobby. Its like spending $500,000 on a Sports car and them complaining about $50 wiper blades...
    A nice clean well staffed and professional business is very appealing to folks, and a wet muddy cold pit maybe a little off putting for some...
     
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  17. bassman2

    bassman2 SW WA Active Member

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    I was told that women shoot for free on Mondays! I didn't see any signs saying this, but the guys at the counter said this was the deal!

    I also had a good first shoot experience. RSO was super cool and friendly. The gun shop also has some neat stuff... like spikes lowers, KMR rails in stock, Higher end guns... The nice thing is - they hired the right folks to work the place.
     
  18. Vanillagerrilla

    Vanillagerrilla Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Agreed. The guys at the sales counter were very knowledgeable and great to BS with.
    And the ladies running the range were very helpful to my two ladies I brought along. I think having the women behind the counter made it much more comfortable for my fiance and her friend.
     
  19. nastybynature

    nastybynature ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Active Member

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    Safefire is $20 per hour for one person if you just walk in. Shoot your own ammo is fine but no steel core or tracers. Shotgun limited to #6 shot or bigger. No 410 out of a Judge or Governor. Allows up to a .308 win cartridge. Mondays all ladies have their hour of range time fee waived. Classes are ramping up as well.
     
  20. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Are you associated with the facility? Any insider info on what's in the works?