by Pam Zubeck
If you're somebody, you've probably been invited to the "ribbon-shooting" ceremony at 11 a.m., Wednesday to mark the opening of the Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex.
The ceremony is invitation only, but the range, a project by Fort Carson and El Paso County, will be open from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
The range idea emerged after the U.S. Forest Service shut down the Rampart Shooting Range in July 2009 after an Aurora man was killed in a shooting accident.
Here's Carson's news release:
The shooting complex, which is the largest outdoor shooting range in the State of Colorado,
is a joint project between Fort Carson, El Paso County, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, the National Forest Service and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. It will be open to the general public with minimal daily rates of $10 per person.
The 400-acre site is located on Fort Carson land near Interstate 25 just off mile marker 132. The entrance is just outside Fort Carson’s Gate 20 security perimeter. Shooters using the range will not have to enter the installation nor register their weapons with Fort Carson to utilize the range.
This marks the completion of the first of a three-phase construction plan. The complex currently consists of seven shooting ranges with approximately 120 covered shooting positions. Three ranges are designated for rifles with distances from 300 to 500 yards. There are also four designated pistol ranges and one multi-position range prioritized for law enforcement and public safety training purposes.
A small archery range will also be on site with plans to expand it as funding becomes available and a five-stand trap range is expected to be available in the spring for shotgun enthusiasts.
The second phase of the project will include the construction of five skeet & trap ranges and a club house. The club house will include a retail store, class rooms and offices. Completion of the project will occur during the third phase with the addition of a restaurant.
One 1,250-yard-long shooting range will be for the exclusive use of law enforcement, Monday through Friday, and open to the public on weekends.
The range complex will be staffed by Department of Defense Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation civilian personnel. Although on-duty Soldiers will not train on this range, the complex will be open to off-duty military personnel shooting their personal firearms, DoD civilians, retired military and all civilians.
Profits from the range will be used to fund the Fort Carson FMWR program, which supports Soldiers and their Families.
El Paso County has established a nonprofit organization called the Soldier’s Friend Foundation to raise funds for the next two phases of the complex. A web site under construction will allow for donations to help fund the two additional phases of the project.