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Not sure where I should ask this question but for clubs just starting out, how did you find or purchase your connex box/shipping container to store your equipment? We are a new USPSA Club starting out and not sure if we should ask the range to help us with that or find "sponsors"? The range was generous enough to donate money to help us buy the supplies needed to get us started to build our walls and what not.  Any help or guidance would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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55 minutes ago, Chappytactical said:

Not sure where I should ask this question but for clubs just starting out, how did you find or purchase your connex box/shipping container to store your equipment? We are a new USPSA Club starting out and not sure if we should ask the range to help us with that or find "sponsors"? The range was generous enough to donate money to help us buy the supplies needed to get us started to build our walls and what not.  Any help or guidance would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Believe it or not there are sales lots with those things for sale. Probably just start googling your area. I bought a large used one for $2600 some years back. They work good but a wider option like building a small pole barn would produce more storage space.

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When our club started out we worked out of two hand me down sheds that other members had abandoned at our range.

After three years we were able to save up for a conex box and have been using that since.

Having everything in one location is a huge benefit during set up and tear down.

The key is to set it up logically, neatly, and efficiently. We were fortunate to find some used grocery store racking (like pallet racking but only 2' deep) that we use as shelves. The other key is to cut a door in the side of it so you don't have to work out of the end. Again, we are fortunate to have a volunteer who is extremely handy and helpful. He helped us cut in a 4' door that slides out of the way when opened. Having that large opening in the middle makes it easy for volunteers to hand things to the core staff who knows exactly where everything goes.

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2 hours ago, davidb72 said:

When our club started out we worked out of two hand me down sheds that other members had abandoned at our range.

After three years we were able to save up for a conex box and have been using that since.

Having everything in one location is a huge benefit during set up and tear down.

The key is to set it up logically, neatly, and efficiently. We were fortunate to find some used grocery store racking (like pallet racking but only 2' deep) that we use as shelves. The other key is to cut a door in the side of it so you don't have to work out of the end. Again, we are fortunate to have a volunteer who is extremely handy and helpful. He helped us cut in a 4' door that slides out of the way when opened. Having that large opening in the middle makes it easy for volunteers to hand things to the core staff who knows exactly where everything goes.

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I’m highly jealous of this.  I work out of a tiny shed that is packed wall to wall and has claimed chunks of flesh many times 

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4 hours ago, davidb72 said:

When our club started out we worked out of two hand me down sheds that other members had abandoned at our range.

After three years we were able to save up for a conex box and have been using that since.

Having everything in one location is a huge benefit during set up and tear down.

The key is to set it up logically, neatly, and efficiently. We were fortunate to find some used grocery store racking (like pallet racking but only 2' deep) that we use as shelves. The other key is to cut a door in the side of it so you don't have to work out of the end. Again, we are fortunate to have a volunteer who is extremely handy and helpful. He helped us cut in a 4' door that slides out of the way when opened. Having that large opening in the middle makes it easy for volunteers to hand things to the core staff who knows exactly where everything goes.

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That looks awesome!  May I ask about how much did you guys pay for the connex?

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I visited a club in New Zealand a few years ago for the IPSC Australasian Championship match, they are very good at using shipping containers over there, they has a shed set up with 3 40 ft containers forming a u shape which were al storage and in the centre was a workshop area for storage, fixing and maintenance tasks, the whole area was covered. They also had a few set up around the range area as smoking areas that had pallets set up inside as vision walls as it was a non smoking range due to it being in a pine growing forest, it was an experience going in there looking for someone as it was like going into a tear gas training room, no ventilation at all.

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