Old and young men called. Women called. Some called twice. They all wanted to know more about the Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex, featured in Wednesday’s Gazette. The story ranked in the top two throughout the day in views by online readers.
The complex opens Jan. 23 with an invitation-only, mid-morning ribbon-cutting ceremony (or should it be a 21-gun salute?). Congressmen are invited along with the governor and local officials, including Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, Fort Carson’s commander. It’ll be open for public shooting about 1:30 that day, at no charge.
“People are welcome to come that afternoon and look the place over,” said Imad Karaki, El Paso County’s director of support services. “The complex will have a lot of conveniences.”
The county partnered with Fort Carson on the long-awaited project, which will feature seven shooting ranges, three for rifles and four for pistols. Targets and earplugs will be provided at check-in. Seated firing positions will be available at the rifle ranges.
Rates for civilians will be $10 a day, $90 for a 10-visit pass, and $210 for a 25-visit pass. It’s slightly less for retired military, Department of Defense civilians and active military. Children ages 6-12 will cost $4 a day.
Women will shoot free one Saturday a month, all will be free one day per quarter-year, and other discount days will be observed.
Read more about the shooting complex, located off Interstate 25′s exit 132 just outside Fort Carson Gate 20, at http://www.gazette.com/articles/county-149230-shooting-complex.html.