As a fine example of what I have been talking about regarding good management of a town government, no finer example could be found than in West Chester, Ohio with the opening of Premier Shooting & Training Center in just a few weeks of this writing. CLICK HERE TO REVIEW WHY. Typically projects like Premier are crushed through the zoning process where pin-headed liberal activists too often apply the worthlessness of their lives behind a façade of community interest using the power of regulation to provide meaning to their collectivist world vision. Entirely too often developers have to donate huge amounts of money to politicians just so they can have the opportunity to build something halfway decent—and usually what they end up with is a long way off from the original vision once zoning chews up a project into pieces and leaves the consumer public with an end product far less imaginative than when it was conceived. Precisely to the point, since Mark Welch has joined George Lang as a trustee in West Chester things have finally started to move in a positive direction. At the Streets of West Chester a fabulous entertainment facility is about to open called The Main Event, which is essentially a very high scale bowling facility—among many other things.
The Holiday Inn just built a wonderful hotel across from IKEA—and the steak house featured at that establishment is great for business lunches. But then there is the Premier Shooting facility which is a game changer for a target range in the Tri-State area. It’s so nice that people will drive into town just to visit it from other cities. It is a top class facility. I was happy to get an invite to a sneak peek that the owners were putting on to tour the facility behind the curtain, and all I can say is that it was extremely impressive—and that three years ago—before Mark Welch was elected as a trustee giving George Lang that critical second vote that he needed for the many previous years of struggle—that the Premier facility could have only have been built within the last year. West Chester has a lot to look forward to regarding entertainment and leisure activity—and the Premier Shooting and Training Center is just the exclamation point at the end of an extravagant pro-capitalist government culture that has been created under the guidance of George Lang. I personally like George, but too often people disappoint me because they don’t walk the talk. George talks a lot—more than most people, but he walks more than he talks—let’s put it that way.
A few years ago a gun dealer and very pro Second Amendment guy named Mike Reed tried to set up shop in West Chester. The zoning people gave the prospective employer a rough way to go so he went north and essentially set up his Right 2 Arms gun shop in my backyard. He is doing well and has a great shooting simulator in the basement of his shop that can get people a concealed carry permit—among other things. I recently bought my Vaquero from Mike and was impressed to learn that it was his parents who essentially put up the money for him to manage—so it was a nice little family business that they were conducting because the family believed very strongly in the values of the NRA and specifically the Second Amendment. In my sport of Cowboy Fast Draw we call that the Cowboy Way.
I was more than a little surprised to learn at the preview of the Premier Shooting & Training Center that it was a very similar story to Mike’s, a mom and dad, Myron and Tommie Rowland had put up a very large amount of money to create a shooting establishment that their son will essentially manage. He has a background in the military and law enforcement and is the martial arts instructor.
When I spoke to him he specified to me that his mission was to provide the people least able to defend themselves against aggression the means to do so—which is a tremendous service to the people of West Chester. He could have said to me that he hoped to make enough money to break even after their first year of operating—and in the context of our conversation he could have easily have said such a thing without shame—but he was quite sincere. That’s when it became apparent that the Premier Shooting & Training Center was a dream for this family and that George Lang and Mark Welch had created a business environment that allowed that dream to actually be constructed—along with a determined and well-known developer.
You can see that the dream was easy to share for this determined family because walking into the foyer of the facility is a very proud tribute to the Second Amendment. I included pictures on this article to do the place justice because the entire facility is just a testament to very firm American values. There is nothing like the Premier Shooting & Training Center in the Tri-State area and beyond within several hundred miles.
The shooting lanes for target work are certainly on the high-end up range, but down range it is just state of the art. For me the most noticeable luxury was their air evacuation system which was moving a lot of air during my visit. As all shooters know there is a lot of lead in gun smoke so at a range where several shooters are working with their firearms smoke can fill the room quickly. That air has to be moved to keep things fresh because you don’t want to breathe too much as a shooter. It smells nice, but isn’t good for you under sustained conditions.
The first thing I thought of after touring the facility was that the owners of the Premier Shooting & Training Center had certainly taken care of their target audience. The gun retail store in the center of the action will be a place that guns of all kinds can be purchased and shot on the premises in the kind of luxury setting that shoppers would expect to find at Victoria’s Secret. It’s a nice, clean environment that provides access to their stock. For men who love to shoot, it’s a dream come true. But better than that—they can bring their wives without having to worry about the environment being too intimidating for them to feel included. The shooting range is set right off the retail area and is clean and safe. There is even an office for the range master to supervise two separate ranges by looking out a central window to ensure that no trouble occurs for the sake of safety. There is even an armourer on site to help with gun customization or troubleshooting that is equipped for minor gunsmithing duties. Everything about the shooting experience associated with a target range was on the top end.
But that wasn’t all, the facility offers a gun safe so that if you have a firearm that you want to protect while you’re out of town, or that you have purchased and are awaiting a permit for—like a machine gun—or something of that nature—it can be stored at the Premier Shooting & Training Center. I can think of a lot of times where a service like that would be valuable. There is also a combat training area with mats on the ground to protect falling bodies while learning hand to hand combat—with additional physical training equipment typically associated with a gym. Then there are conference rooms and classrooms that can be used to advance understanding of firearms and other topics. One of their meetings rooms would be ideal for renting any event where 100 people or so wanted to gather for an instructional class of some kind. It was a very nice facility.
Of course there was a lounge area designed to get people talking with one another which was a nice touch. Additionally under various membership packages there was a VIP area that was quite nice. The first thought I had was that this was an ideal place to bring business clients. Instead of taking clients out for a round of golf which takes all afternoon, a trip to the Premier Shooting & Training Center was a better option for the kind of bonding that is often required during business meetings and power lunches. The quality of the place made it fashionable especially with the VIP lounge which has the look of Teddy Roosevelt’s living room in South Dakota. There is a very nice patio that looks out over a lake and the setting is luxurious for a shooting range. It was a wonderful place to speak with people and network within the community. It was a very smart idea to include as a bonus to an otherwise fantastic shooting experience.
The Premier Shooting & Training Center was just the most recent example of what the American people can produce if you just get government out of their way and actually help them achieve their dreams. Mark and George, even though they will not take the credit—had a lot to do with making it so that such a wonderful place could actually be built-in West Chester. The owners had been shopping around and were looking at three possible sites. Zoning just a few years ago in West Chester would have forced the Rowlands to go out into a more rural location where there were less college trained leftists actively working against the Second Amendment. For West Chester to now be able to offer such a wonderful gun range within a few miles of Jags, and the Main Event is really an advantage for the entire community. I can easily see a business afternoon with VIPs dining at Jags then swinging over to the Premier Shooting & Training Center to shoot a few rounds—maybe even let them shoot a machine gun—which Premier is licensed to handle—then conduct further business in the VIP lounge before dropping them off at their hotel for the evening. Not only will the Premier Shooting & Training facility help train people how to defend themselves, and to more fully utilize the Second Amendment, but it will also facilitate even more business activity which will proportionally improve the productive output of the entire area. It is the kind of place that makes you feel safely wrapped in the American flag and to realize that we live in the greatest country on earth. And West Chester has one of the best shooting facilities in that country—right in our own back yards.
Rich “Cliffhanger” Hoffman
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