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Dalton shooting range changes ownership

by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter
January 17, 2019
DALTON — New ownership has taken over at the Dalton Gang shooting range. Chris Cyr, who just recently became part owner of the Team O'Neil Rally School, has purchased the 70 acre parcel of land located across the street from the school on Miller Road. Cyr affectionately referred to the area as the 'Miller Road Valley.'

Cyr purchased the property from owners Don and Nancy Mooney who operated the range for over 20 years.

"The contributions of Don and Nancy to the local firearms community are extraordinary. We're honored to keep the property serving as a gun range and training center," said Cyr.

The new owner has a broader vision to turn the area on Miller Road into a destination where people can escape suburbia for time well spent camping and developing other rural skills such as firearms training, forestry training and even learning how to drive a manual transmission.

Cyr said, "The bigger picture for me is about the whole valley being used for rural training and development. I want this to be a place in the next ten to twenty years where people can come and experience things that are becoming harder and harder to do with the modern growth of cities. My plan and vision is to have these complimentary businesses related to the rural outdoors."

The facility will have a greater focus on firearms training. Cyr has reached an agreement with Alex Hartmann of Ridgeline to make the Dalton facility the home of the Ridgeline Training Center. The facility will be New England's premier tactical training center. The shooting range is being designed by the Ridgleline staff and will be purpose-built to support world-class training, as well as research, development and testing. Cyr, will also serve as a Business Advisor to Ridgeline.

The range will open this spring.

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