Starting a Shooting Range Business

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A shooting range business makes money from recreational shooters who practice firearms at a specified time and place. If you happen to be a retired military veteran who’s looking for starting a business that best suits your experience, you can consider a shooting range business. Read on to find which things are essential for you to start a shooting range business.

Getting started

Register your shooting range business with the city authority. You shall be looking for the additional special permits and licenses for the use of air guns.

Just after you have received permission to run a shooting range, find a place or room for the equipment of the shooting gallery. A shooting range business will be profitable and popularly patronized in places where a large number of people are concentrated. It could be parks, entertainment and even shopping complexes.

You can place a shooting range in almost any room, without really straining about the decor and not spending on repairs. It will be sufficient only to provide a wall-capturing of the walls (so that there are no ricochets) and to hang the walls with a camouflage. The minimum floor space required is 40-50 square meters. This is, of course, all about entertainment, not about a professional dash.

The main item of expenditure will be equipment, that is, weapons and targets. To begin with, it will be enough to have ten weapons (pistols, guns). Targets can be as simple as paper or moving. The cheapest option, of course, paper targets, but it should be understood that they will not be enough to attract visitors and maintain excitement.

The more interesting and colourful the targets are, the longer the client will want to spend time in your shooting range and the more he will leave you money. If you plan to open a small shooting range, one instructor will be quite enough to serve it.

Startup costs

Here is a list of things where your expenses will go in order to set up a shooting range business.

  • Room rental ($150-300 per month)
  • Weapon – ($500-1000)
  • Targets ($50-100)
  • Instructor salary ($60-120 per month)
  • Prizes, repairs weapons and other expenses ($30-40 monthly)