Question # 1 – When is Front Sight going to be completed?
June 6th, 2006
Hello, this is Ignatius Piazza, founder and director of Front Sight Firearms Training Institute. I’m answering the top ten questions as surveyed by our students on May 15, 2006.
Question No. 1.
The top question to come in on the survey is: “When is Front Sight going to be completed?” Well, that’s a great question and I’d love to tell you it’s gonna happen tomorrow or it’s gonna happen next week or next month, but that is clearly not the situation.
What you need to understand is when we started building Front Sight on 550 acres, we started from scratch on raw land out in the middle of the desert with no roads, no water, no power. Now we’re at a point where we have an MAI appraisal of $45 million for the land, water rights and improvements that we’ve placed on Front Sight., and we are currently under contract to complete the firearms training portion of the facility to a level that far exceeds anything that we even envisioned.
But even under contract, it’s still going to take time, because first thing that occurs is the redesign of all of the plan for the facility – the architects get involved, the designers get involved, everything has to be drawn out. It goes through several different revisions.
It has to be approved. Then it has to go to the county planning building permit process, all of that. A lot of that has to occur before we can get out there and start building additionally over what we’ve done. And we’ve already done a lot out there at Front Sight, and it clearly is already one of the finest firearms training facilities in the world, and we have, hundreds of students, thousands of students each month that come out and take our courses and enjoy our memberships and our training.
But in order to complete it to the levels and beyond of what we originally envisioned, it’s gonna take some time. So I believe it’s probably a good two to three years before we will have everything completed out there on the firearms training facility and the master plan community.
And I will also tell you that I have some very, very big announcements to make that I expect to be able to make within the next 90 days or so if everything goes according to plan. And again, I would love to tell you all of the information right now, but you need to understand what some of the things that I’ve shared with you in the top 10 questions, that this is a situation where we want to give the right information and we want to give it at the right time, and we want to make sure that we’re right in giving the information. So once all of those things come into play to where I can feel comfortable in sharing the information with you, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. And I know that you’re gonna be as thrilled as I am when I give that information, because again, our students and our members have supported Front Sight from the early days and are going to benefit from all the things that we do in the future.
So that is kind of a long way of saying it’s not a question of if we’re going to build it, it’s a question of how long it will take and, best case scenario to complete everything, if we were to start tomorrow, would probably be about a 21/2 to 3 year period, and I hope to be able to give you some big announcements within the next 90 days.
Now, if that didn’t answer it for you, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll look forward to answering your question if I can.
And I want to thank you very much for participating in the survey, if you provided questions and certainly listening to the answers to these questions, and, look for additional surveys that we send out as we continue to find out how we can better serve you, our students and members. Thanks very much.