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The drive from Mendota, Ill., to Rockford, Ill., is approximately one hour.

For students of Brian Frayne’s concealed carry classes, the drive is necessary to get from the class to the closest gun range. So Frayne decided to take matters into his own hands.

Frayne recently finished building his own range in Mendota to cater to his students.

“There’s no indoor range in this area at all. So it was either have our students take the class in Mendota and then drive all the way to Rockford to use pine tree, or to find a facility here,” Frayne told WREX 13 in Illinois.

The new facility, which is open for instructional use only, has seen 60 people fire their weapons. A local contractor brought in the dirt and built the necessary berms, with the NRA stopping by and giving “their blessing” so Frayne could insure his new range.

“Between your insurance, your liability insurance, your corporation insurance, the whole nine yards, all these add up,” Frayne told WREX 13. “Just by building a range people think, ‘Well you’ve got your own place to shoot,’ the expenses involved are huge and we don’t make a whole lot of money per student.”

While the range isn’t necessarily a big money maker, Frayne said that wasn’t the intention. He just wants his students to learn the proper concealed carry techniques without being inconvenienced.

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