Had a chance to tour the new Gander Mountain Academy in Lake Mary, FL today. https://academy.gandermountain.com/
They are going to be opening three more in various states this year.
The facility is just amazing. There is a live fire range (8 lanes) that can handle up to .300 WinMag, with high-flow air recirculation and AC, with nice electronic target handlers and fully bulletproof partitions between the bays.
But to me the most interesting feature is the simulators. They have electronic simulators that emulate a traditional square range (with a variety of target types), and 180 degree and 300 degree action stage simulators.
For the simulators, they use CO2 / laser "firearms" which feature reciprocating slides on the pistols (they currently have Glock 22, Beretta 92, shotgun and M4 carbine simulator guns, with more coming in). The simulator guns are converted real firearms.
For $40, you get a half an hour on the virtual range, with all the "ammo" you can shoot. Personally, I've been known to shoot a lot more than $40 in real ammo in 30 minutes.
For $75, you can purchase a half an hour on the 300 degree simulator with an instructor, doing scenarios like a convenience store robbery, etc. Following the shooting time you do a debrief with the instructor and the video system, showing when you fired and where the rounds impacted.
I'm looking forward to going up there to do some live fire and simulator shooting, and I'll post some feedback afterwards.