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Unique gun range coming to Sparks
by Garrett Valenzuela
Apr 04, 2013 | 11450 views | 1 1 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune file photo -- The Sparks Planning Commission approved a Special Use Permit Thursday to American Target Sports to bring an indoor shooting range to the Sparks industrial area. The gun range will feature unique characteristics not found in other local indoor ranges.
Tribune file photo -- The Sparks Planning Commission approved a Special Use Permit Thursday to American Target Sports to bring an indoor shooting range to the Sparks industrial area. The gun range will feature unique characteristics not found in other local indoor ranges.
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SPARKS -- The Sparks Planning Commission approved a Special Use Permit Thursday to American Target Sports to bring an indoor shooting range to the Sparks industrial area. The range will occupy more than 17,000 square feet and will offer many features not available to citizens of Sparks.

American Target Sports’ Ken Crawford told Planning Commissioners that the safety of the indoor range would allow for lead-based bullets to be shot inside the 25-yard shooting stalls. Crawford said other indoor ranges in the Sparks and Reno area only allow non-lead bullets and do not offer the length of the American Target Sports range.

“The vendor that we are using designs the Marine indoor ranges and the Federal Bureau of Investigation so the technology going into this is pretty intense,” Crawford said.

Crawford added that the bullets that are fired down range would be removed and mined each year and would be a part of a major cleaning effort. The indoor firing range would also, according to Crawford, be able to serve local law enforcement in any training needed and he added that talks are still continuing with Sparks Police Department.

The indoor firing range will provide much more than the proposed 15 shooting lanes equipped with an automatic retrieval system. The building will also have classroom space, a martial arts studio, an archery range, a full-service gun shop and a retail gun shop. American Target Sports plans to host indoor shooting leagues and nationally sanctioned competitions inside the range and will also feature gun vault storage and specialty gun and ammunition availability in the retail shop.

Crawford said the retail shop inside the facility would stand as one to compete with Cabela’s or Scheels and would only serve to provide the gear being used during training sessions with the public.

Crawford said he is currently licensed to teach concealed weapons courses and would like to be able to bring them indoors, as well as offer other field training with certified instructors.

“Right now we conduct our firearms training through Washoe Regional Outdoor because there is no indoor facility within 500 miles that can accommodate what we are looking for,” Crawford said.

American Target Sports plans to build its indoor firing range inside the Turner Crossing Business Park in the Sparks industrial area. The business park has tenants such as Sierra Screen Printing, Delta Rubber, Flips Gymnastics, Pellet Construction and several other offices.

“The noise level from our range would be very minimal and compared to the entire industrial area surrounding us it would be almost inaudible,” Crawford said when asked what noise impacts would be to the surrounding area.

The floor plans for the shooting range show 3,750 square feet of retail space, 9,817 square feet of recreation space and 3,772 square feet of warehouse space. The building at 631 Dunn Circle which American Target Sports will occupy is the second largest building in the business park behind Sierra Electronics.

The SouthEast Connector, a project currently under construction by the Regional Transportation Commission, took another step forward at the Sparks Planning Commission meeting as the commissioners approved a Special Use Permit for the replacement of two telecommunication towers in order to make way for the new road.

Currently two towers sit along the right of way for the SouthEast Connector and the new towers, which belong to IHR Educational Broadcasting and Americom, will serve to broadcast AM radio and will be moved north 750 feet. The land where the new towers and a building maintaining them will be constructed belongs to the University of Nevada, Reno who has signed legal documents for the placement of the towers. IHR and Americom will lease the land pending approval from the Board of Regents in June.

The two towers will be 250 feet high and 120 feet apart from one another and the new location will allow for flood mitigation to prevent damage to the towers. An attorney for IHR said the location was an improvement on its current location because of its proximity to the flood plain, and she said the new location would allow them to control the towers using only one building rather than two.
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April 08, 2013
Cool... I don't know how they can do it with the political climate as it is... But I'm all for it (if I can afford to shoot there). The Washoe County range (out Pyramid Hwy) has gotten ridiculous on its fees & "lunch breaks"...

I generally just shoot on public land... but again with all the political crap re: guns....

I do wish them good luck on this venture... its something that is sorely needed in this day & age.
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