Tarpon Springs, Florida: Sponge Docks and Shooting
Russ Chastain 04.27.16
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)
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.