NSSF Awards $435,000 in Grants to Shooting Ranges

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association
for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry,
has awarded $435,000 in grants to 22 ranges to develop programs
that put more people on the firing line.

The NSSF Range Grant Program assists qualifying shooting ranges
in their efforts to introduce newcomers, re-activate lapsed
shooters, encourage active shooters to try another shooting
discipline, and that promote the enjoyment of the shooting sports
to people of all ages. Projects such as physical improvements to
facilities not essential to the operation of the range are not
eligible for grants.

“We saw a lot of growth in the applications for range grants
this year,” said Melissa Schilling, NSSF manager of recruitment and
retention. “We believe range operators nationwide are beginning to
understand what a great opportunity this is to help get an idea
that will be good for their business and the shooting sports off
the ground.”

NSSF received 64 proposals requesting $2.8 million in grants–an
all-time high for the program. Lauched in 2008, the NSSF Range
Grant Program has awarded funding to 46 ranges totaling $1.17
million to date.

Schilling explained that a priority of program is to highlight
“models of success,” so that grant-assisted initiatives that have
been successful at the piloting range can be adopted by other
facilities to build more participation, customers and profits. Case
studies of programs that have received funding in prior years are
available for review at www.nssf.org/shooting/grants.

Shooting facilities that received 2011

Center Target Sports, Inc., Post Falls, Idaho

Central Oregon Sporting Clays & Hunting Preserve, Redmond,

Clark County Shooting Park, Las Vegas, Nev.

Colorado Rifle Club, Littleton, Colo.

Desoto Rifle & Pistol Club, Germantown, Tenn.

Greene County Fish & Game Assoc., Xenia, Ohio

Handgunners, Inc., Burlington, N.C.

Herminie #2 Game Association, West Newton, Penn.

Jentoe Corp.-A&S Indoor Pistol Range, Youngwood, Penn.

Lead Valley Range, Inc., Deer Trail, Colo.

Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks Foundation, Jackson,

Norco Running Gun IPSC Club, Norco, Calif.

Pocono Pistol Club, Stroudsburg, Penn.

ProShots Indoor Range & Training, Rural Hall, N.C.

Red Bluff Lodge, Allendale, S.C.

Red River Regional Marksmanship Center, West Fargo, N.D.

Riverside Range, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

San Luis Obispo Sportsmen’s Association, Morro Bay, Calif.

Targething Pro Shop, Garrettsville, Ohio

The Shooter’s Depot, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Tri-State Shooters Club, Inc., Rosholt, S.D.

Walla Walla Gun Club, Walla Walla, Wash.


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