New Craighead County Sheriff's Firing Range Open

October 31, 2003--Posted 5:05 p.m.

JONESBORO, AR-- It's open season at the new Craighead County Sheriff's firing range. After nearly three years of work and determination, the Craighead County Sheriff's department has a new $65,000 state of the art, weapons range. But very little of that cost came out of taxpayers' pockets after donations of money, time, and manpower.

"There's a lot of sweat equity in this place," says Sheriff Jack McCann. "We've got an underground sprinkler system, a state of the art target system and I mean we're really, really proud of the whole facility."

The Bailey family of Pocahontas Machine Works donated the nearly 20 thousand dollar pneumatic target system and the range now bears their name.

Craighead County deputies used to share the Jonesboro police range, but it was just getting too crowded. Now deputies are allowed to shoot as much as they want.

Sheriff McCann says, "The more proficient you are with your weapon the safer the officer is and the safer the public is."

Range Master, Marty Boyd adds, "More training hours means our officers are better equipped, better at safety, and better trained."

The Bailey Family Range took three years to complete and is not open to the public.