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Shooters Mercantile in Salem

Discussion in 'Outdoor Shooting Areas' started by taylor, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. taylor

    taylor Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    I drove by the old Shooting range on Silverton rd. yesterday and it looked like somethings going on there. Is it open again?
     
  2. wayoutwest

    wayoutwest Polk County, Oregon Active Member

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    Have not heard anything about it, will try to drive by and check it out.
     
  3. Old Hick

    Old Hick Oregon Active Member

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    That would be SWEET if it opened back up.... Let us know.


    Stay Safe.
     
  4. VW_Factor

    VW_Factor Woodburn Oregon Active Member

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    That place has been closed for years.. Anyone know what happened the first time anyway?
     
  5. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Tom closed soon after Sportsman Warehouse came to town He told me the competition from them was just to much he wasn't able to make a profit. I wasn't aware of any health issues. Though that could have factored in.
     
  6. VW_Factor

    VW_Factor Woodburn Oregon Active Member

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    I could have sworn it was closed for 2 or 3 years before Sportsmans even opened up.. Beyond that, the prices @ Sportsmans are still awful. Can't imagine they would have been much competition, especially with him having a range.
     
  7. JohnWayne

    JohnWayne USA Member

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    Yeah, they were closed long before Sportsman's opened
     
  8. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The Sportsman Warehouse in Salem Oregon Opened between Mar and Jun of 2002 based on the companies Web site at the time.

    Shooters Mercantile closed later the same year. And as I said Tom Foster the Owner told me part of the reason for closing was not being able to compete in the new gun market with Sportsman Warehouse.

    Tom and I lobbied together on various firearms bills in the late 80's early 90's I even gave him rides to a couple of the hearings we attended
     
  9. 2gr8dgs

    2gr8dgs oregon Active Member

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    It would be nice if the indoor range they had would open back up to the public. As far as competing with Sportsmans, I think he could have given them a run for their money. It was (for me) always a pleasure to do business at Shooters.
     
  10. Gabriel

    Gabriel Oregon New Member

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    It is to bad about them closing. I drive by there often. A friend looked at tearing out the walls for a potential buyer. They said the only way to do it was with explosives. I would think there would be money to be made as a shooting range.
     
  11. krkruse

    krkruse Salem area Active Member

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    yeah, id love to go there when I dont have the time to drive for 45 minutes to go shooting
     
  12. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    Went by there last week, sadly it's still totally closed up.
     
  13. RallySoob

    RallySoob Salem, OR Active Member

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    we are talking about the indoor shooting range that was once open in Salem...correct? I moved here after that place closed down. Before that I lived in Eugene and would go to the Barrons Den weekly. I think there is money to be made if someone would open an indoor range in Salem. Shoot if I had the money I would love to make that my day job ;) It seems like someone would get on that... And I could go without the high lane fee's and over priced ammo too...I would price everything to keep costomers coming back if it were me who owned it. Aahh wouldn't that be awesome...
     
  14. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    there have been two indoor ranges in Salem in recent decades. The well known Shooters Mercantile on Silverton Rd and then there was one in the strip mall right behind the Chase bank and Burger King on South Commercial I believe it is now a Gym. The range was down stairs with a full line gun shop on the first floor.

    I think I remember there was an accident or purposed shooting at the range that caused it to be shut down. I could be remembering wrong it's been quite a while. I think we shot there 2-3 times.
     
  15. RallySoob

    RallySoob Salem, OR Active Member

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    never knew about the downstairs one. What year was that?

    Is there an indoor range in Pdx? Only one I know of in Oregon is Barrons Den
     
  16. RallySoob

    RallySoob Salem, OR Active Member

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    just learned about "a place to shoot" in pdx but wow, those range fee's for non-member is way out of comprehension. And you have to buy and use their bullets!? wonder what kind of mark-up they have on their ammo. It seems like knowone in their right mind would shoot at the place unless they were so rich they had money to literaly throw away

    link to fee's at "a place to shoot" Range Info
     
  17. jdub75

    jdub75 PNW Well-Known Member

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    I went to an indoor range years ago in the midwest & they had very similar policies. Think about things like rent, utilities, payroll, taxes. When you only rent range time, requiring ammo purchases only makes viable business sense IMO. Obviously, the indoor range business isn't the get rich scheme, evidenced by the lack of them around.
     
  18. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    Well, not exactly in Portland, but just south of Clackamas Town Center there is a pubic indoor range:

    Public Safety Training Center & Indoor Shooting Range

    $15 range fee and you have to buy/shoot their ammo. It isn't cheap but it is a very nice facility. A 50 round box of 9mm is $16 and 100 round box of 22LR is $9.
     
  19. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    There is that, but they also have guns to rent as well.
     
  20. mectec21

    mectec21 oregon New Member

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    Theres an indoor range in Lebanon open 24 hours with membership or you can pay by the hour, dont know the prices