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Old August 27, 2010, 02:35 PM   #1
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So, is there a "Disneyland" for gun enthusiasts?,,,

I tried googling for info and didn't come up with much,,,
Just places that are strictly training sites.

I would love to vacation somewhere that was like a theme park for guns,,,
A place with multiple training opportunities but also fun opportunities,,,
Like a long range rifle setup and a skeet shoot at the other end,,,
And also have a Sauna and Pool area with food and drinks.

Does anyone know if places like this exist?

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Old August 27, 2010, 03:34 PM   #2
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I know of several:
Cabelas, Gander Mountain and my local firearms retailer.
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Old August 27, 2010, 03:37 PM   #3
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But if I set up a tent in Cabela's,,,

I think they might get a bit upset,,,
Don't you think?

I'm thinking something like a Palm Springs golf resort,,,
But geared for firearm enthusiasts instead.

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Old August 27, 2010, 03:44 PM   #4
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If google turned up no results then I suggest you trademark the idea, and shoot me a PM when it opens...
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Old August 27, 2010, 04:17 PM   #5
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You could become a Boy Scouts Leader and go to summer camp once a year. You'd be helping young boys become good men, and get to participate at open shoot times. Better yet, become a firearms instructor for the Boy Scouts and you would rule the camp range!

Your idea does sound like a lot of fun. The closest thing would be the use of a friend's land. One of those mythical places where you could shoot at an abandoned car, washing machines, refrigerators, steel targets, paper targets, televisions, etc.. One can dream can't he?
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Old August 27, 2010, 04:22 PM   #6
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NRA Whittington Center?
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Old August 27, 2010, 04:25 PM   #7
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Places do pop up unexpectedly,,,

My former father-in-law was forced to take his wife on a cruise,,,
He was convinced he was going to be completely miserable,,,
Imagine his surprise when he found skeet off the stern.

I think he ran the boat out of ammo,,,
He was absolutely ecstatic.

I'll bet if they are to be found they will be in northern states,,,
Maybe a few e-mails to Minnesota and Wisconsin Tourism are in order.

I'm taking an entire month for vacation next year by gawsh!,,,
I wanna go someplace where I can shoot my guns.

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Old August 27, 2010, 04:47 PM   #8
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Hello spanishjames,,,

That's not a bad idea my friend,,,
And something I have actually been asked to do,,,
Not for the Boy Scouts, but for a local church group I know.

But not my idea of a semi-luxurious vacation though,,,
I want clean sheets every day with cable and air conditioning at night.

I know there are luxurious fishing lodges around Minnesota and Michigan,,,
Shucks, Drummond Island (where I lived as a kid) has a fishing lodge,,,
I would simply like to find one that has extensive shooting facilities.

Get up in the morning,,,
Smiling waitress bring me Belgian waffles,,,
Trundle out to the range and pop several hundred 9mm rounds in leisurely fashion,,,
Perhaps there would be a facility where a nice lunch could be had in air conditioned comfort,,,
Then maybe the afternoon could be spent on a different range where I could hone my exceptional (cough-cough) long gun skills.

Come back to the room,,,
Shower, powder, and dress for dinner,,,
Have a well cooked steak and retire to the bar,,,
Spend the rest of the evening fibbing to my fellow shooters,,,
About why I missed that one shot, when all the rest were one ragged hole.

A week of that and I could die a happy man.

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Old August 27, 2010, 05:13 PM   #9
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I just Googled "shooting range resort" and turned up a bunch of places that might be close to what you're looking for. Most have trap and/or skeet ranges, but a couple also had rifle ranges, and you might find one with a pistol range if you dug beyond page two... but two out of three isn't too bad. And they seemed to offer fine dining, whatever that means, and lots of other activities: kayaking, horseback riding, the usual outdoorsy stuff.

Sounds like fun -- want to bring a guest?
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Old August 27, 2010, 07:11 PM   #10
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Not a tactical issue.

Moving to General.
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Old August 27, 2010, 08:37 PM   #11
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This is the closest thing I can think of, but you'd have to travel all the way to Deutschland to visit it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyq90LEZe4k
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Old August 27, 2010, 11:58 PM   #12
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Valhalla Training Center; The Daily Show...

There is a well known firearms training site that also has a full resort. I think the name is Valhalla but I'd check the spelling. The ranch/resort was featured on Comedy Central's The Daily Show; www.TheDailyShow.com . They archive all the old clips so it should be there. I think it was in 2005 or 2006.
If you like shooting sports and fine living, it could be worth the trip.

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Old August 28, 2010, 12:06 AM   #13
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Gunsite maybe?
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Old August 28, 2010, 12:08 AM   #14
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What about Knob Creek during their machine gun shoot?
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Old August 28, 2010, 12:13 AM   #15
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yeah first thing that came to my mind was knob creek.
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Old August 28, 2010, 06:47 AM   #16
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I was going to suggest Gunsite. It's probably more intense training than leisurely shooting, but you get lots of shooting and you'll come out a much better shot than before you went in. The Whittington Center's perhaps another option. But I don't know if either place has what you're looking for in terms of hotel/restaurant accommodations.
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Old August 28, 2010, 10:11 AM   #17
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You might take a look at this.
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Old August 28, 2010, 10:57 AM   #18
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Old August 28, 2010, 11:14 AM   #19
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I think that Front ight is trying to make itself into this exact thing. They have plans for building condos and everything out there in the Nevada desert.
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Old August 28, 2010, 01:02 PM   #20
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update; Elk Mountain Resort, Valhalla Training Center LLC...

Hi;
I checked around today for more information about the Valhalla Center & the upscale resort; Elk Mountain. I went on www.defensereview.com . This website has a detailed article about Valhalla & the programs. They also noted a Aug 2004 SWAT magazine item.
Now for the bad news(or maybe sad news, ), the office phone number; 970-252-4900, states that Elk Mountain is now closed. The property is for sale but no longer open for regular business. The Valhalla Training Center website, listed in the DefenseReview.com article does not work either.
If any forum members have any news or details please PM me or post it on the board.

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Old August 28, 2010, 08:59 PM   #21
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IIRC, Rob Pincus and crew detached Valhalla from Elk Mountain Resort and transformed it into I.C.E. Training. Elk Mountain wanted to return to their original vision of being a luxury resort for gunnies vs. a training site a la Gunsite. Seems like being a training site was a better idea, not many people out there want to spend their days in the kill house and their nights sipping champagne and eating caviar.
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Old August 28, 2010, 10:10 PM   #22
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"Welcome to the Rifle Rest! We offer a full dining experiance at the Reloading Room, plus the Lube Can, a full service bar. For the daylight hours, we have seven different open ranges, two pistol, trap and skeet, two rifle, and of course, the Monster, the 2000 yard range for the really serious long range shooters, with complimentary golf carts for target changes!
When recovering from an afternoon of shooting, light meals and beverages are available at The Ammo Can Cafe, just north of the last trap range. And for those miserable rainy days, or if you just prefer to shoot indoors, we offer a thirty position, one hundred yard indoor range with electric target setters, fully air conditioned for your comfort. If you run short of anything, The Armory is located just to your left, with almost every caliber made on hand, and every availabe accessory or cleaning item you may need!
When you are just all shot out, the movie house plays a lovely selection of Westerns and every John Wayne movie made, or you can dial in one from a large selection on our in house movie provider to your room TV. Free internet in every room, and a complimentary single stage reloading bench in any one caliber can be delivered to your room. All reloading supplies can be delivered for a nominal fee. Here are your complimtary hearing protection, follow the nice young gentleman in the tan shooting jacket, as he will take your luggage to your bungalow. Have a great day at the Rifle Rest!"


You mean like that? Yeah, great dream, would love to do it sometime. Northen AZ would be a good choice for one.
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Old August 28, 2010, 10:41 PM   #23
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IZ's post, Elk Mountain Resort....

From what it sounds like IZ, the resort could have had 1 paying customer.
Really, I agree with your point. In these hard economic times, I doubt many firearm owners or hunters would spend a lot of $$$ for ranges/private hunts unless it was really plush, .
I would say it's a good business concept but like many niche markets it is hard to market or promote to large groups who lack the $$$.

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Old August 29, 2010, 12:39 AM   #24
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The problem was that the post-Valhalla Elk Mountain Resort was really promoting itself as a corporate retreat for gun enthusiasts more than as an individual resort. So how many companies consist of nothing but gun enthusiasts who would find such a retreat appealing?
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Old August 30, 2010, 12:53 AM   #25
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How about just renting a nice isolated cabin
and
shooting anything anywhere anytime you want.
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