Tarpon Springs, Florida: Sponge Docks and Shooting

   04.27.16

Tarpon Springs, Florida: Sponge Docks and Shooting

Tarpon Springs, FL – Since I love guns and grew up not too far from Tarpon Springs, a recent news report about the range’s opening and simulator caught my attention.

The range is called Reload Quality Indoor Shooting Range, and it offers a variety of shooting ranges and experiences. They have 45 lanes, which vary in length (15-, 25-, and 100-yard lanes). That’s a lot.

On top of that, they have an exotic simulator that is only one of two in the nation available to civilians. It’s called the V-300, and it offers five huge screens to present video and CGI scenarios in a 300-degree immersive environment. The electronic equipment allows participants to identify and engage threats with special ammoless guns that simulate recoil. Sounds pretty intense.

Superior, lifelike, 300-degree training: Video and CGI scenarios across multiple screens with incredible audio generate unparalleled realism and immersion. This allows training in a situational awareness, contact, and cover and threat assessment.

Reload has one of two V-300 simulators that are open to the public. (Photo: Virtra)

Reload has one of two V-300 simulators that are open to the public. (Photo: Virtra)

Their seven 100-yard lanes are rated up to 50 BMG, although prior approval is needed for any cartridge more powerful than a 30-06. They say they have “high-speed digital target retrieval systems” as well as high-tech ventilation equipment to keep the air free of toxins.

Shooters have several “levels” of membership to choose from, either monthly or annually, or can simply pay by the hour ($17.95, or $24.95 to use the 100-yard range). If paying hourly, each additional shooter in the same lane will cost another $10 per hour.

Sounds nice, and although I personally prefer a lack of crowds and the great outdoors for my shooting, that’s not always practical–and the simulator really looks interesting.

(Photo: Reload Gun Range)
(Photo: Reload Gun Range)
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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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