Uncle Duke wrote:
I live very close to The Marksman in Barberton (formerly known as the Deer Hunter). In my experience the staff has an attitude and could really care less about waiting on you unless you're either a friend or relative or a girlfriend of one of the former.Limited selection of ammunition available for sale and poor climate control are the "Icing on the cake" for me. I've been there in the winter and the range is bitter cold and I've been there in warmer times and it's been beastly hot. The ventilation sucks and by the time you're done shooting you're ready for chelation therapy to get rid of the lead from your system or file for disability, which seems strange given the fact that you can hear their exhaust fans running away like Howard Hughes is Spruce Goose when you pull in the parking lot.
They seem to be more invested in their indoor archery range (which seems pretty scary to me because people are shooting arrows out in the open and what seems to be a large open space that is separated from the area used by the general public only by the presence of orange safety cones. Oh, yeah I almost forgot no more rifles or shotguns.
I've only been to The Marksman as a part of an instructor-led class (Chris Cerino's "Marksmanship Enhancement Clinics" in the winter of 2012), so I really have had no interaction with the staff there.
We were forward of the line for most of the class instruction, and it's definitely colder in there than some of the other indoor ranges I've been to in the area (those listed above, plus a few more, including Pro Armament) - nevertheless, I do not believe that they are that outside the bell-curve, either: Stonewall and Sherwin also get plenty cold (I typically shoot in just my T-shirt). I've never been inside The Marksman during the summer...then again, for me, that can be said of pretty much all indoor venues during the summer months, when I typically take outdoor classes.
As for ventilation, my opinion is undoubtedly distorted by the fact that I was in a low-round-count class along with only a few other shooters.
Locally, I think Select Fire and Point Blank I have the best air-handling and HVAC. If you're looking for somewhere really warm for the winter months, the Gray's Armory range in downtown Cleveland usually has me sweating (again, in just a T-shirt) by the second hour of classes.