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'Empowering citizens'

Businessmen Ed Dick and Pat Knipp plan to open Dickinson's first indoor gun range aimed at "empowering citizens, professionals, and military by offering a fully equipped and state-of-the-art" training facility.

Woman takes lessons in shooting with a handgun on the shooting range. Stock art.
Woman takes lessons in shooting with a handgun on the shooting range. Stock art.

Businessmen Ed Dick and Pat Knipp plan to open Dickinson's first indoor gun range aimed at "empowering citizens, professionals, and military by offering a fully equipped and state-of-the-art" training facility.

Current plans have the range's anticipated construction expected to begin in 2019, but before that the duo will host a public information meeting on Thursday, October 11, at the Dickinson Eagles Club. Residents are invited to listen to development and operation plans, participate in a question-and-answer forum and enter a raffle for a chance to win prizes.

"We want to gauge public interest for an indoor shooting range in this area as we believe the demand is high," Dick said. "We fully intend to see this operation come to fruition and provide the people with an opportunity to receive quality training and education on subjects ranging from firearm safety to self-defense."

When the company launched their website earlier this year, they were not surprised to see more than 1,000 new visitors in a matter of weeks, according to Knipp.

The public information meeting raffle will provide an opportunity for attendees to win a Henry Golden Boy .22LR, Benelli Nova 12 gauge black, M&P Shield 9mm and a $200 gift certificate for basic pattern dip or basic Cerekote color.

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"Proceeds from our public information meeting raffle will benefit the Dickinson Indoor Gun Range," Dick said. "We invite the public to come hear about the new range and ask tough questions."

As for the building, Dick said most of the budget would cover safety shielding designed to prevent rounds from penetrating and exiting the building. Ballistic roofing and ballistic sheets are part of the construction design, but Dick plans to include state-of-the-art sound proofing, as well. All of which the duo expect to come fully from local contractors and subcontractors.

"As a gun owner, you need a safe and legal place to practice. Instead of finding a remote location, people can come to Dickinson Indoor Ranges," Knipp said. "At our indoor gun range we will offer a state-of-the-art place to practice your marksmanship in a safe, controlled environment. Our location will be suitable for private citizens, as well as members of the police force and SWAT team."

According to the business plan, patrons, regardless of skill level, will find the range offers "an accredited shooting range that is locally and nationally known" in addition to leadership teams composed of "industry experts" available to assist in everything from planning to general operation.

"Once our range opens, we will incorporate proper education for our members. This includes teaching basic gun handling knowledge, gun cleaning, and appropriate gun safety practices while at the range," Knipp said. "All the services we can host are permissible under the law, including classes safety training and classes on hunter safety, CWC, long range; gun rentals for legal adults or children; firearm sales and rentals; ammunition and reload sales; gun cleaning services and gunsmith work; pistol, rifle, and shotgun ranges; and conference and banquet rooms."

Dick believes the range would attract future shooting competitions sponsored by various manufacturers and organizations, such as those hosted by the National Rifle Association annually in Bismarck, Mandan and Grand Forks.

Knipp plans to partner with various local groups to develop programs and host events, such as the NRA's Women on Target program.

"Gun safety and protection are more important than ever in today's world, and we will offer more than 12 lanes to practice with 100 yards of shooting distance," Knipp said. "Our membership fees are reasonable, as well. After all, we hope to empower and aid our citizens and professionals by offering a safe and fun atmosphere for the entire family to learn about all things concerning firearms."

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For more information about Dickinson's Indoor Gun Range, call 701-761-0141 or visit www.dickinsonindoorranges.com . Residents can also attend the Oct. 11 public information meeting for details surrounding the facility.

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