Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex

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The Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex is a military site on Fort Carson along Interstate 25 near the Fountain, Colorado, exit for Mesa Ridge Parkway and the post's Gate 20.[1] The complex is planned with "90 firing points" and "check-in/check-out…controlled by MWR" to be "open 7 days a week" to the public which will not have to enter a controlled gate of the military installation. The planned "6 individual ranges…1 dedicated to Sheriff's department Monday-Friday" are to include "30 lanes dedicated for pistol", and "beyond [300 yards] will be gongs…".[2] Unlike the privately owned weapons range of the post's interior,[3] users of the complex "will not have to register…firearms".[2] An admission fee will be required,[4] and 2nd/3rd phases of development will include utilities, a clubhouse, and skeet/trap facilities.[2]

History[edit]

More than 95% of the Front Range forests and grasslands allow recreational shooting,[1] but facilities on Rampart Range Road and at the Fort Carson trap/skeet club have closed. The Broadmoor Shooting Grounds at 4570 Cheyenne Mt Zoo Rd closed after 1996,[5] and Fort Carson's International Shooting Park began in 1985, which is leased to USA Shooting and is closed to general users. Ent Gun Club's 2006-7 efforts approved by the fort to open recreational Fort Carson trap/skeet operations were rescinded (the Peterson AFB club disbanded May 31, 2007). The Secretary of the Army approved the new facility in 2011 and the range site was transferred to the post's MWR department. The El Paso County government and the fort signed a Memorandum of Agreement[when?] for moving the county firearms training from the Pikes Peak Community College range shared with the Colorado Springs police department.[2] Groundbreaking was on December 15, 2011.[1] The "nonprofit called “A Soldier's Friend” has been established to help raise funds for the shooting complex", and phase 1 bids to the El Paso County commissioners were due May 3, 2012.[4] Phase one was "tentatively scheduled to open in June of 2012."[6]

External images
DFMWR map
local news articles
Temporary Erosion Control diagram

References[edit]

The Cheyenne Mountain shooting complex opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on January 23, 2013