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February 2, 2014

STORY AND VIDEO: Goshen gun range opens

Shoot to Thrill offers gun rentals at Lincoln Avenue facility

GOSHEN — An indoor gun range with the most modern of amenities for shooters has opened in Goshen.

Shoot to Thrill is located at 713 E. Lincoln Ave. The range is an outgrowth of Rocket Guns, a gun store at the same address. Both businesses are owned by Greg Faubion.

“We have two different ranges. We have what we call the pistol range and what we call the rifle range,” Faubion said.

The rifle range has three shooting lanes and the pistol range has nine shooting lanes. Each lane features digitally-controlled target systems that can place targets at any range with a one-quarter inch accuracy. Targets can also be lit with LED lights attached to the target carrier system.

The pistol range is 60 feet deep and the rifle range 75 feet. Each range features shredded rubber as the backstop, which makes for a much quieter shooting experience, according to Faubion.

And, the rubber is easily sifted so spent lead bullets can be recycled.

There is also extensive lead control throughout the range. The air is recycled once a minute by a powerful HEPA filtering system that removes 99.97 percent of contaminants, Faubion said. The staff also wipes down doorknobs and surfaces frequently with special lead-removal wipes. At the end of the day the entire range is vacuumed with a special HEPA vacuum.

“What sets us apart from other ranges in the area is we have a true HEPA air filter system,” Faubion said.

Faubion and his staff built most of the facility themselves. Faubion sold his plumbing, heating and air conditioning business so he could install the range in the former plumbing showroom and warehouse.

“We actually built a building within a building,” he said.

The walls and floors of the range are poured concrete with nylon reinforcing to resist chipping from a stray bullet. The ceiling is steel plate with an overlay of plywood and ceiling tiles to absorb sound and keep stray bullets from leaving the range.

The range has 30 brand-new guns of all types for rent, as well as hearing and eye protection and bullets for sale.

“If you don’t own a firearm, that’s just the way we like it. Come in and try one before you buy one,” Faubion said.

“A lot of people, women especially, will go to another gun shop and they get a teeny, tiny gun and then they find that gun doesn’t shoot the way they want it to. Here we let you take a firearm and test it.,” Faubion said.

Faubion wants his facility and staff to cater to female shooters, a growing segment in shooting sports.

“We want this to be a female friendly place,” he said.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the shooting industry’s marketing organization, conducted a study of the Goshen area for Faubion before he committed to building the range.

“We have five times of 18-and-older population to keep the range in operation,” Faubion said.

There are also firearm instructors at the range. Pat Morganthaller, a reserve police office and National Rifle Association certified firearms instructor, is head trainer. Chris Brown, a former Marine and competitive shooter, is another NRA certified instructor. And Norm Hood, a former Alaska state trooper and career military member is a part-time trainer. Wayne Markham is vice president at Shoot To Thrill and maintains the facility.

And Faubion is not done building. His crew is currently working on a second building adjacent to the range that will have four meeting rooms, each with bathrooms and two with showers. He envisions those rooms being rented by groups for meetings and team-building events and maybe even exercise and non-lethal self defense classes. Faubion said it might be eight weeks before that building is ready to open.

All together, Faubion said, he has invested just more than $1 million into the range and his insurance company values the three buildings on the property at $2 million.

Shoot to Thrill

Owner: Greg Faubion

Address: 713 E. Lincoln Ave., Goshen

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.

Phone: 574-534-7500



Follow Roger Schneider on Twitter at @rschneider_TGN

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