There's been some delays in the process, but an indoor firearms range is set to open in March in Sumter.
Couples Rob and Megan Richards and Gary and Jenny Chapin, owners/operators of Ricochet Range, spoke Monday on the construction process and …
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Couples Rob and Megan Richards and Gary and Jenny Chapin, owners/operators of Ricochet Range, spoke Monday on the construction process and features of their new state-of-the-art facility, which will be Sumter's first-ever indoor pistol and rifle range.
Site construction at 1410 U.S. 15 S. involved three phases: demolition of sections of the former longtime Sumter Marine Supply facility, facility renovation and construction of the separate cinder block-and-concrete range building on the back end of the property.
Demolition is completed and a 4,700-square-foot range has been constructed, but firing lane stalls separated by ballistic plating are still to be installed, and the 4,600-square-foot retail building needs some finishing touches, the co-owners said.
In total, a little more than $2 million will be put into the project before the March opening, according to Rob Richards.
A key feature of the indoor range will be a state-of-the-art target retrieval system, where shooters can fire their pistol or rifle up to 25 yards. It will be the first of its kind for indoor ranges in the state, Richards said, and one of only a few in the nation.
The system sends targets back and forward, and it also has an integrated camera system.
"So, once you send your target down to 25 yards," Roberts said, "instead of bringing the target all the way back to you to see how you have shot, you can look to your left and see the mounted screen on the stall wall and see your target down range."
A shooter can program the system for precise target distance.
"Targets can be from three yards all the way out to 25," Roberts said. "If you want it to be 3.7 yards away, it will go 3.7 yards away."
Action Target, the system manufacturer, debuted the advanced system last year, he added.
The facility will also feature a "smokeless range," basically a firearms training simulator using laser technology, Gary Chapin said.
The video-simulated training allows shooters to do speed and timing drills, he said.
The private range will offer four levels of membership, with additional perks the higher up you go.
Courses will also be offered for concealed weapons permits, basic pistol and basic rifle, among others, they said.
Richards and Chapin are both certified instructors. Chapin is a former Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor in the U.S. Air Force.
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