Originally Posted By Bend:
Hope I get a few more classes in on my Diamond membership before things go away.
They need, IMHO, a corporate facelift. The place has potential to be even better, but is hampered by some puzzling management choices. The core content of the lectures & training is excellent. However, the goal of appealing to a wider audience to improve PR for gun owners may be hard for them to hit. A few thoughts off the top of my head:
Running water & septic system bathrooms to make the facility less austere for first-timers. I still dread the prospect of dropping my mags, gun, eye pro, or ear pro into the blue water in a Porta-Potty.
Food concession. That's a no-brainer with running water. They have captive group of students either carting in their lunches or having them delivered at great cost. FS is missing out on $ there.
Get a proper film producer to do a better-quality "documentary" that doesn't charge a "million dollars." My father's been a documentary & industrial film producer for 30 years. I guarantee he could crank out a piece with higher production values for that amount or less, unless the testimonials were heavily compensated. The distorted audio in some parts is truly bush-league.
Spend some of the advertizing budget on the physical plant (see above about bathrooms), to include rental guns. The M16s in my last class had a very high failure rate.
Get the Pro Shop to actually answer my phone call & email about ammo availability for the Advanced Tactical Handgun class in 2 weeks... but I digress there. Bought ammo online elsewhere.
Get a web presence on various websites, populating forums like our own industry forum here. I agree that a "members-only" webpage is nice but somewhat self-defeating.
If Piazza ever had to relinquish control, I'd hope that a good group of investors & managers could keep the place going. It has a recognizable name and a long history.