Column: Range staff at Knight’s Trail plum loco

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The rifle and pistol range at Knight’s Trail Park could be a great shooting venue. Some shooters, however, boycott the facility because the range cadre frequently yell at shooters for minor rule violations.

The rifle and pistol range at Knight’s Trail Park could be a great shooting venue. Some shooters, however, boycott the facility because the range cadre frequently yell at shooters for minor rule violations.

Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 11:42 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 11:42 a.m.

The rifle and pistol range at Knight’s Trail Park could be a great shooting facility.

Prices are a bit high, but not that unreasonable. The hours of operation are accommodating.

There are 70 shooting positions all with overhead cover, which allows for target practice during inclement weather.

However, there’s one big problem with the place that many shooters at least witness, if they’re not unlucky enough to experience first-hand.

The range staff is plum loco.

They like to yell — a lot — usually over the public address system.

At their best, they’re rude and surly. At their worst, they can be downright mean.

Horror stories abound.

I personally watched them emasculate a young man in his mid-20s who brought his girlfriend to the range to shoot a .22 carbine.

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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1741 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

7 Comments

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  2. loco, that is a compliment for these guys, I truly had to leave there on my first visit. I asked the worst of the bunch if he had a clue as to who paid his salary there. after he just cocked his head, I said the people here that you are treating like crap, why the attitude I asked, it really makes some people uneasy, pack it up and leave he said as he pointed to the parking lot????, It reminded me of the train stations in Germany, 1942, and being sent to Poland, same little roofs like the train stations there, knights trail storm troopers, sad little men,

  3. Richard Berthiaume on

    I live closer to other shooting ranges but have chosen to travel and shoot at Knights trail regularly for over twelve years. That is in spite of higher cost and in particular, due to the disciplined professionalism of its staff. There is no such thing as a “minor” infraction of safety rules on a properly run shooting range. The Range Officers at Knights Trail make every effort at 100% safety and I can find no fault in that.
    My experience has been over these twelve years + of using this venue is that this is where I would like to see young people experience their first outing with a firearm. At Knights trail they may experience what a safe shooting environment is supposed to be like ….an important first impression.
    Those of you who might boycott Knights Trail because your feelings are hurt …good riddance….you are likely not experienced a shooter for me to feel comfortable around.
    My name is Richard Berthiaume of Port Charlotte . I spent many years involved in Service Rifle competition ….and know what a disciplined range should be run like

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  6. I don’t mind shooting at Knights Trail. I’ve been shooting there since the late 70s. One thing I don’t like is there’s no rapid fire, no double taps. How does one train properly when you cant double tap or engage multiple targets quickly? The only answer is to go somewhere else, ie… Take Aim or out to Lakewood Ranch where you can train and hone your skills. Its too bad Knights Trail isn’t more accommodating.

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