It’s about time.
The range has been closed since Sept. 29, 2011 — well over two years — after several bullets fired from the club struck houses, and even a person, in the nearby Cutter Park subdivision.
Since that time, the Rod and Gun Club has gone to great lengths to make safety improvements to the range, and rightly so. While the gun club has been in existence for more than half a century, the surrounding area has seen an explosion of new development. What used to be undeveloped fields and farmland now features sidewalks and kids on scooters.
Still, the North Ottawa Rod and Gun Club remains a valuable asset to our community, and the outdoor shooting range is one of the club’s most popular features. The club’s membership has taken a hit with the range being shut down. The outdoor range also generates revenue for the club through sight-in days during the fall, and that money has been lost over the past few years.
The latest chapter in the ongoing saga allows the club to move forward with plans to institute a “no blue sky” baffle design — something that would, in theory, make it almost impossible for bullets to leave the range.
There are still plenty of hoops to jump through for the club, but the fact that progress is finally being made is a great step in the right direction.
We’re eager for the day when the range officer can again announce that the range is “hot,” and shooters can once again have a place to sight in their rifles or try out their latest hand-loads.
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