Originally posted by novaDAK
Well I'm just hoping it's just a rumor. please keep us updated if anyone hears any news
Well I don't quite know what you mean by that. I worked at Shooters under the previous owner and I helped out after they transitioned to Coastal. Through the transition, Coastal kept just about everyone on board who wanted to stay. Coastal also treated the competition programs VERY well. The other groups that trained at Shooters were happy as far as I know. There would be NO reason to think they would not be just as generous if they bought Gilberts.
And speaking of Gilberts, we always got along great with them - regardless of who the owner of Shooters was. If we did not have a gun or other item, we often referred customers to Gilberts and them to us. Back when I ran the competition program at Shooters, I remember Gilberts saving my bacon by giving me some truly needed USPSA targets - and refusing to accept payment! Tim & the Gilberts crew were becoming regulars at our 3gun shoots too - along with the VA arms crew.
Those of you who seem to hate Shooters - well you got your wish. Its been gone for months now and it looks like a few more at least until they reopen. I hope you are happy now. Good people - my friends - are out of work. One of VA's more productive CCW instructors, VCDL's Bruce Jackson, is unable to certify as many new CCW holders every weekend. Other ranges are even more overcrowded and I'm sure many newbies have simply concluded "why bother?" You can't see a problem in all this? As I said, you got your wish. I hope you are happy now that Shooters is closed.
Think what you want. I for one always felt that the fire was a big loss for all of the N. Va shooting community and especially for the dedicated group of competition shooters that came to our shoots month after month. We volunteered a lot of time and I'd like to think it was worth it. If there's any way possible in the future, we'll be back. For those who don't hold some old grudge and who don't hate Shooters, we'll see you on the range.