Could Lufkin benefit from a public range and/or TacticL store?

Big Phil

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The rat race in the big city has got me down so I'm thinking of moving back home and starting up a tactical store or public gun range.

As far as I know neither exist in the area. So my question is is that for a reason or just because no one has ventured into that market yet.

Does anyone think or know that Lufkin and surrounding areas could benefit from either of these? Thanks for any input.
 

Big Phil

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Which one or both?

It's been awhile since I've been back so I'm not sure if the market for a store full of tactical gear would make it.

Plus in 20+ years of living in Deep East Texas we NEVER went to a gun range, just the family farm.

I think a Tac store might do ok with Paul Howe's facility in Nacodoches but I don't want to open a range if everybody just goes out to a friends house to confirm their zero.
 

cconn

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A Tac store would be great. I hate ordering off the internet and not knowing if I will like what I get. But other than driving to Houston it is my only option. Honestly I would not use a public rang,though I would love a place to shoot IDPA or 3 Gun in Lufkin area.

Get with Paul and stock all his recommended gear.
 

TundraWookiee

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I would have to look up the name of the owners and range again but I believe there is one about to open in Lufkin. A husband and wife that had just finished building were in my NRA instructors course in July.

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Big Phil

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I too love competition shooting. I have land available but only using it for competition wouldn't make it very profitable.

Since we're on the subject though how many bays do you think would make for a good course?

I envision one bay out to 100, 3 out to 50 and 3 more to 25. They would be wide enough to have some good movement but I don't want to use all the land available just for weekly matches. If I was a millionaire, no problem but I need to make money.

Thanks for the input.

Any other thoughts?

We're do LEO, firefighters and first responders get their gear in the Lufkin area?

Does the civilian population care about tactical gear?
 

Glockster69

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I know it's not what you want but you've answered your own questions Phil.

You would have to compete on price with what Walmart and Academy stock, then make your profit on what they don't stock assuming there was a viable market.

Hate to say it but I see a huge risk.
 

Big Phil

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True but I'm talking about brands neither store carries. Shellback, Safariland, Tru-Spec, etc. Then I'm looking at a bigger piece of the pie.

I'm not looking to get rich, just make money.
 

Big Phil

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Made a survey for collecting hard data

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9pdzrvk
 
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