Indoor shooting range planned in St. Peters
Facility could open by late summer
By Joe Scott
Tuesday, April 6, 2010 3:12 AM CDT
St. Charles County could have its only indoor shooting range by late summer.
"I think we'll do really well, especially in a climate-controlled environment," said Sgt. Paul Bastean of the Lake Saint Louis Police Department. Bastean heads the AIM Investment Group that plans to build the facility this summer.
The 9,500-square-foot building, called the Ultimate Defense Firing Range and Training Facility, will be constructed in an industrial area on Turner Boulevard near Blanton Construction and Krey Distributing.
The St. Peters Board of Aldermen unanimously approved the building March 25. The facility drew no objections during a public hearing and other meetings.
"I went out to shoot one day and there was a two-hour waiting list at August A. Busch (Memorial Conservation Area, which has an outdoor shooting range)," Bastean said.
The shooting facility will be built to contain noise inside and will include a landscaped berm outside. Bastean noted the facility has to contain noise because it will include rooms where training classes will be conducted.
That is part of a related business, Missouri Concealed Carry Training, which provides training for shooting, self-defense and people who want to obtain a concealed-carry permit. Bastean said the company has six instructors and offers seven different courses, "all of which have been insanely successful."
Bastean said the concealed-carry classes have trained more than 5,000 people, which makes it the biggest concealed-carry training business in Missouri.
Bastean said he believes the success of shooting and self-defense courses and soaring gun sales will mean success for the indoor shooting range, too.
"All these people have new guns and they don't have many places to shoot them," Bastean said. "Police officers are required to shoot at a firing range a minimum of four times a year. Anyone who owns a gun should train with it at least four times a year, just to keep up that minimum skill level."
Bastean said the facility will offer a full-line gun shop and rental weapons.
"That's a big service for us - you'll be able to try a gun out before you buy it and find out if you like it or not," Bastean said.