There's a Gun-Range Arms Race in North Texas, and North Richland Hills is Winning

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Caliber Shooting Center
When it was first announced, all the way back in January, the Frisco Gun Club billed itself as the nation's largest indoor shooting range. Nine months later, as club prepares to open this month, it has dropped that claim, focusing instead on its luxurious VIP lounge and culinary offerings.

There's a reason. In July, it became clear that the Frisco facility, at 43,000 square feet, would be dwarfed by a 100,000-square-foot shooting range and gun shop planned for Colorado. Turns out, it won't even be the biggest in Dallas-Fort Worth.

That claim is being staked by the Caliber Shooting Center, a 147,000-square-foot behemoth set to open in the summer of 2014 in the vacant Home Depot Expo shell in North Richland Hills. The City Council unanimously approved the project last month, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

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Allen Kreag, the Army vet and private-security firm owner behind Caliber, is quick to differentiate his project from the one in Frisco, which is aiming for a high-end, country-club feel. He describes himself as "just a regular guy" who says he is less concerned with creature comforts than with offering realistic, top-notch training.

"For individuals who want to get training...it's really easy to go get a CHL and get a gun and carry it around on your waist or in your purse," he says. "It's another thing to be prepared and ... comfortable."

That's where Caliber's 10,000-square-foot "simulation city" comes in. It will feature mockups of buildings -- homes, offices, banks, ATMs, a restaurant -- where visitors can test their skills in real-world scenarios. There will also be a good chunk of space devoted to a virtual-reality training center offering law enforcement-caliber training via wraparound 3D screens. (These use real guns, but the kick is provided by CO2 cartridges, rather than bullets.)

All of this is in addition to 60 traditional handgun lanes and two rifle bays, plus classrooms, a cafe, and a large, open retail area.

"Imagine an Apple Store, but without the iPad," Kreag says.

All of this leaves libtard gun skeptics scratching their heads over a lot of things, namely why there seems to be a sudden urge to turn gun ranges into massive, full-service amusement parks.

For Kreag, the better question is why not. He's betting that there are a huge number of North Texans who would love nothing more than to spend their Saturday pretending to gun down would-be muggers, then calmly moving to the cafe to sip an iced latte while they browse the new arrivals.

He's probably right.

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Anonymouse
Anonymouse

Really?  "Libtard"?  Unprofessional and ignorant, you sound like a 12 year old CoD fanatic with that - just waiting to read how you'll be doing my mom next.

bsawyer64
bsawyer64

TOO MANY COUNTRY CLUB TYPE GUN RANGES IN AND AROUND DALLAS/FT.WORTH AND OTHER AREAS FOR ME , I'M OLD SCHOOL AND PREFER THE OLD TYPE OF GUN RANGE , IT'S CHEAPER TO USE AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE UPPER CLASS THAT THINK THEY KNOW EVERYTHING EXCEPT WHERE TO POINT THE GUN !!!

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Rabeeta

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ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

"All of this leaves libtard gun skeptics scratching their heads over a lot of things, namely why there seems to be a sudden urge to turn gun ranges into massive, full-service amusement parks."

Eric, the main argument usually proffered by the left wing anti-gun nuts against gun ownership is that the typical gun owner is not trained.  Well now we have some quite realistic training centers and you might refer to these locations as continuing education.

In the past typically, the only thing that the average gun owner could do would be to visit a target range at least once a month in order to maintain proficiency at hitting the target.  Sometimes, jokingly referred by the gun owners as "gun control".

Now the average owner will have the opportunity to practice making that split second decision between "shoot -- don't shoot" and "friend or foe".

After all, wasn't there a recent incidence where the FWPD shot and killed an armed homeowner?

Wouldn't it be good training for an armed homeowner to practice defending himself against an intruder and he see a policeman instead?

ericrapesbabies
ericrapesbabies

Eric, if you are going to use the terminology that I imposed upon you with my meme-warfare techniques, you need to do it correctly. You can't just refer to yourself as simply a "libtard". You have to use the entire term reserved for you and people like you, which is "naive white-guilt-ridden libtard propagandist". Get it right next time.

observist
observist topcommenter

Suburbanites who are well-trained and well-practiced are not really the problematic gun users.  For them It's mostly a self-image thing, like people who drive an F-350 dualie to their office job every day.  Texas urbanites & suburbanites looooove pretending they're ranch hands.

markzero
markzero

Is the cafe going to be a Starbucks? :)

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

For Kreag, the better question is why not. He's betting that there are a huge number of North Texans who would love nothing more than to spend their Saturday pretending to gun down would-be muggers, then calmly moving to the cafe to sip an iced latte while they browse the new arrivals.

Riiiiight.  And people who run marathons spend their Saturdays pretending to carry military messages between battles.  

scamsANDflams
scamsANDflams

I see this becoming so popular that one day there will be old Circuit citys everywhere with the name Caliber Shooting Center, Cafe, & Churchs everywhere.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Let's move everyone out of the panhandle and put in a really, really, really big gun range.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

"namely why there seems to be a sudden urge to turn gun ranges into massive, full-service amusement parks."

The answer to this is easy. There's a lot of money to be made with these kinds of facilities. The past 10+ years has seen a massive upswing in gun owners and shooting sports participation. And, let's face it, firearms and ammunition aren't cheap. This means gun owners have money to spend.

monstruss
monstruss

You know...I'd much rather see an old Home Depot building being used for this than another damn megachurch.

roadsidecouch
roadsidecouch

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul One of our favorite frend or foes games is "Libtard, not a Libtard" where you (the shooter) have to decide if the target is a libtard and shoot it within a certain time period.

ruddski
ruddski

I liked my pickup because it was comfortable, cruised nicely at 100mph, and could carry crap from Home Depot. I'd wager that most of us suburbanites drive them for the same reason, not to play pretend manual laborer.

observist
observist topcommenter

So... what you're implying is people don't really carry guns for protection - they're really just dangerous toys. Glad to see you're finally coming around.

observist
observist topcommenter

@Tim.Covington"The past 10+ years has seen a massive upswing in gun owners"

Have any evidence for that?

http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/31/politics/gun-ownership-declining/index.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/12/14/nine-facts-about-guns-and-mass-shootings-in-the-united-states/

This Gallup data shows an uptick in 2011, certainly not a 10-year trend.  Looking at the wild swing from 2010-2011, particularly in their Eastern US data, I'd say the last couple years of data are suspect.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/150353/self-reported-gun-ownership-highest-1993.aspx

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

@Tim.Covington Perhaps a dose of realism can go a long way in showing owner operators of firearms just how serious of a business it is to draw  a weapon ?

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@monstruss 

unlike the (supposed) not-for-profit megachurch, these guys pay their property taxes.

observist
observist topcommenter

@ruddski  

"I liked my pickup because it.... could carry crap from Home Depot.... not to play pretend manual laborer"

Thank you for your personal testament illustrating my assertion!  

If you're like most white-collar pickup drivers, your bed is empty 95% of the time, and 4.5% of the time is only carrying as much as would fit in the trunk of any sedan... except you have strap it down to keep it from sliding around and can't leave it in the back for risk of getting stolen.  So, if you drive around getting 16 mpg pulling an inconvenient 50 cubic-foot metal parachute for the 2 times a year you buy a sheet of plywood, then you should admit it's an image thing, not a practical thing.  You know, like this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s05jcrJw0as

observist
observist topcommenter

I mean Hollywood Western ranch hands... You know, cowboys.

observist
observist topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul @ruddski  Yup - and I overcompensate by driving a family sedan that seats 5 and gets 30mpg, and by tying down the trunk when I get something bulky at home depot 3 times a year.  

The only inconvenience is that I have to use velcro straps to keep the guns from falling out the rack on the slanted rear window.

hardlineHARDLINE
hardlineHARDLINE

@ruddski Hell were I work they look at you like your some kind of faggot if you don't drive a truck.  I say fuck the united arab emirates, fuck exxon mobil, and cruise in my 33 mpg compact.

ruddski
ruddski

No, it's not an image thing, I actually prefer the versatility of the truck, as crazy as it seems. And, the bed was full maybe five percent of the time. If it pisses off some muttering anti-choice busybodies, I can't really help them.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@scamsANDflams @monstruss such a subjective statement.  Are we to assume that YOU are the most perfectly evolved and enlightened being on earth and WE are all supposed to be striving to emulate you?

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