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Craig McEwen, Published September 24 2009

New indoor shooting club opens Oct. 24 in West Fargo

Shooting enthusiasts will soon have a new place in West Fargo to pursue their sport.

The 15-lane, 12,000-square-foot indoor Red River Regional Marksmanship Center is slated to open Oct. 24 at 1640 16th St. N.

The shooting club’s primary focus will be handgun, small-caliber rifle and air gun marksmanship.

“We hope to have a full shoot schedule in November,” said Lisa Dirk, RRRMC secretary-treasurer.

The shooting range will provide recreational shooting, marksmanship and firearms safety classes for members and the general public.

“Five years ago a few of us sat down around beer and pizza, lamenting that we had no place to shoot locally,” said Tim Pederson, president of the nonprofit organization.

“We determined there was a need for a facility like this, and here we sit,” said Pederson, standing mid-range in front of a banked wall of shredded tires built to absorb spent ammunition rounds.

Directly in front of the shooting range is a small control center flanked on each side by observation rooms where visitors can watch participants shoot.

The facility also offers a sizable vault for space to store secure items, Pederson said.

The RRRMC contains two large classroom areas for hunter safety and concealed carry courses – “pretty much anything to do with the shooting community,” he said.

One classroom will also serve as a pellet-gun and pellet-rifle range for youths, he said.

The second classroom can also be used for BB-gun courses.

“We’re pretty youth-oriented,” Pederson said. “If we can get them started young and started right, we will have some pretty good shooters around here.”

The club, to be run primarily by volunteers, expects to draw members from within a 50- to 75-mile radius of Fargo-Moorhead.

“I think there’s going to be so much pent-up demand here that it will just go boom,” said Rick Killion, RRRMC board member and director of advertising and marketing.

“I think we will have more than enough shooters,” he said. “There are all kinds of different disciplines that will find a home here.”

Dirk anticipates several women joining the organization.

“We’re definitely going to gear a program around women,” said Dirk who, as a child was taught to shoot by her father in Maryland.

Her husband, Doug, is also a shooting enthusiast. “We’ve raised our kids around shooting and hunting,” she said.

Readers can reach Forum Business Editor Craig McEwen at (701) 241-5502