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25 Years Old!!!!

    I created the FOP Range Inc on January 1, 1996.  The last 25 years have not been easy but we are still here making a great place available for our members to shoot.  To celebrate the success of the facility, I have made all existing member's 2021 dues payments cost 25% less.  That’s right… renew now and your dues are 25% off what you would normally pay.  used to be a member?  You can get back in at the 25% off rate.  Not a member and want to join?  We are waiving the $25 setup fee new members are normally charged.  

 

    All dues are now collected through the range’s web site and all members are moved to a recurring billing setup.  It’s how the rest of the world runs membership based organizations.  Over 8000 businesses use the service we are using.  It works well and will make managing our membership base much easier and efficient.  


    Go to the range web page, www.foprange.com/join-here and select the membership access you want and check out.  Use the coupon code sent to you in your renewal letter to get the 25% discount applied.  Its an opportunity for you to upgrade or downgrade or even move to a monthly plan if you choose.  Returning prior members, call the range at 205-744-2600 for prior membership verification and the 25% discount code.  Its our way of saying thank you for your prior support as a member.  

COVID 19...

 

    COVID19 sucks!  We are dealing with the economic impact of covid and have had to make drastic changes to how the range operates to be able to survive.  I created a two tier membership system, instituted a small hourly fee, and a reservation system for range use.  See the www.foprange.com/membership page to learn more.  Watch the video on the range’s home page, www.foprange.com .  I explained what we are doing, how it is working, and why we had to do it as well as when it will change back to normal.  With vaccinations getting rolled out, in a few months our Governor will drop the social distancing thing and we will get the use of our whole facility back.  When that happens, the hourly fee and reservation requirements go away... back to normal.

 

    Range use is down 70%.  Renewals are down 50%.  Yet, we are still here.  Why the low numbers at the range?  Many lost jobs, got furloughed, had to make choices about spending money on entertainment, the cost of shooting got too high, or decided not to support the range because of the new hourly fee.  What ever the reason, the result is the same… 2020 has been tough.  It takes money to maintain what we have here.  No other shooting facility has what we provide for you.  No other range does it for less than we charge.  Even with the per hour range use fee to the Tier 1 guys and Trial Members, shooting here is as affordable as it gets.  When I opened in 1996, I wanted to be the “blue collar” range and have worked to keep us cheap.  We still are.  My hope is that the 25% discount to renew will get our members to stick with us a little while longer and those who are holding off on renewing to come back.  Your support is greatly appreciated.  Take a look at the ton of improvements we have recently completed.  We now have over 300 plates for you to shoot on our steel ranges.  It’s a unique, well maintained, great place to take family and friends to shoot. 

    Ammo is stupid expensive so shooting is not as affordable as it used to be.  Covid caused supply problems for the raw materials for making ammo.  The companies making ammo had to deal with covid outbreaks and shutdowns ordered by their government.  Then there is the 7 million new gun owners this year who also created more demand for ammo.  It all added up to make an ammo shortage.  They just can’t make it fast enough.  The law of supply and demand is real.  Its why 9mm ammo is about $24 a box locally and nuts are paying up to $99 a box for it online in some parts of the country.  It is getting better as most of the big box stores and better gun stores are still getting shipments in regularly.  It doesn’t sit on a shelf very long and most places have limits on how much they will sell you.  We do have ammo here are the range for market prices for use on the range.   We need make enough from it to replace it at next month’s prices.   Do what I do, shoot a pile of 22 rimfire.  500 rounds of 22 is fun on all the ranges and won't break my budget.  FYI... our 22 Rimfire Range is immensely popular and now has 180+ plates made just for 22's.

Yep.  We have been providing a great place for our members to enjoy their guns for 25 years.  The only time we closed for other than a major holiday was the 4 days COVID got us shut down in March 2020.   We are down 70% on range use and 50% down on renewals compared to this same time last year.  A pile of our members have decided not to renew since this thing hit us in March.  Membership and use fees is how the range makes payroll and pays the bills.  Your choice in supporting the FOP Range with your membership dollars is greatly appreciated.  

For all my members who are current or in arears, I am offering a 25% off renewal deal for 2021.  To get the discount, you have to have been a member of the range at one time or another as an annual member.  Your dues payment for 2021 will be 25% off what it normally runs.  Its all I can do to get you to hang in there with us or come back and help us through this tough time we are in.  We need your support.  Ranges without enough capital to make ends meet close.  When a range closes, it’s gone. Once it’s gone, you no longer have the option of going shooting there later in the year, next year or later.