Friday, March 10th, 2017
Generally I find life that much more rewarding when others are engaged …
Stating that we are open and honest is one thing….putting yourself out there under the spotlight so to speak is another…
This month we had the chance to chat with both sides of the fence in the arena and talk with the Andrew and Gavin over at the “Canadian Patriot Podcast” show where the whole truth and nothing less was put out there; also after working through dueling calendars we finally managed to meet up with the three lead project developers over at SRF Gun and Archery Range who are in the same stage as ourselves in establishing an indoor range over towards Orangeville/ Innesville area in Ontario
The co hosts of the Canadian Patriot Podcast were quite gentle on me actually; I am pretty sure I had a slightly more conservative edge to me compared to their normal sharp wit, edged political commentary, quick fire banter from the rest of the panel but it was a solid time and they made me welcome for sure. To me I regarded it as just a conversation about our hopes for the shooting facility…warts and all. I think it came across as interesting and informative and certainly real and honest. Personally, hearing myself on a less than ideal mic with the remains of a cold was a bit painful but I hope you are able to look past that to the projects information; I would suggest at least to take particular note of the support the troops aspect at the latter half – it is close to our hearts
Catch up with these guys anyway. You will always get an animated exchange of information, great guests and at the very least you’ll likely have a good laugh too.
Canadian Patriots Podcast
Audio: Episode 62
On a tangent was our meeting with “SRF Gun and Archery Range”. A great team of guys who are looking to set up an indoor facility to cater to handgun, small bore rifle and 3D archery.
We met in the obligatory office away from the office …Tim Hortons and spent a very animated hour or more chatting about some of the issues we have both experienced and overcome. There was a good exchange of information from issues of finding ideal buildings or rural locations; of funding to local municipal interactions; of lease issues to cost of backstops. We respected our boundaries and of course we didn’t go into each other’s business plans but one thing that did come across was that we were each there as a support for each other’s’ development efforts – and we both wanted the other to be as successful as ourselves. In our cases the location and business plan over view didn’t offer any complications or conflict so it certainly made things more comfortable but in reality even if we were both within the same vicinity the market is large enough that if we both opened on the same day we’d both be at capacity by end of year anyway.
Since our chat the guys at SRF Gun and Archery Range unfortunately lost their preferred indoor location due to timing issues where, even though the building owner was certainly in their corner, it just meant that they had to go a different direction.
Which means then there is an opportunity out there for any lease holder who is on the west side of Lake Simcoe that has a decent sized indoor location within an area zoned for discharge of firearms to connect with them and talk to see if you can connect the dots on that one.
Reach out to them here :
Finally, if you haven’t heard, Firearms of Canada have made some great headway in being able to establish their own indoor shooting range adjacent to their store in Ajax. Absolutely super news and certainly needed for that area. The best thing about this story is certainly the end result – obtaining zoning to allow them to operate; but a close second to that was the huge outpouring and support from the community. As reported there were in the order of 200 people or more at the chambers to support the motion.
Well done to FOC but also a respectful nod to those that attended this important meeting. It is always easy to make a noise and say that we need more ranges and cry when there is push back from municipalities – it’s all too easy to sit on the couch and complain – to actually take a moment and be part of the action is important.
Take a second and catch up with their success here
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