Sharing the range
Islip Rifle & Pistol Range

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Sharing the range


ISLIP TOWN—Officials recently authorized an agreement with Nassau County allowing the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department to use Islip Town’s Rifle and Pistol Range on Freeman Avenue in Islip. 

The NCSD does not operate its own firearms range, according to Capt. Michael Golio of the NCSD. 

“The department utilizes facilities operated by other agencies, including the Nassau County Police Department,” Golio said. “This year we have also contracted with the Town of Islip to provide additional availability for annual firearms training.”

Starting this month, the NCSD will be using the Islip facility at a cost of $250 per day, two to three times a week. Each training session will last the entire day. 

The contract, which was approved during last month’s town board meeting on Sept. 25, 2018, extends until the latter half of this December. 

“We will be evaluating the use of this range after completion of the annual firearms qualifications this year to determine the need for next year,” Golio added. 

The range, which first opened to the public in 1963, will not be open to the public on days the NCSD is present. The weapons being used by the NCSD include handguns, rifles and shotguns.

Islip Town previously had a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which began in 2011 and was scheduled to expire in 2015. 

After several residents who live near the gun range complained to this newspaper about the level of noise coming from the facility during those training sessions, this publication reported (“Community under fire,” Aug. 29, 2013) on ICE agents firing off automatic weapons at the facility. There have been no reported complaints at this time. It was during that time that a $300,000 capital project began to construct a sound barrier and higher berms at the range.

A number of other departments besides ICE currently use the Islip range, according to Town officials.

They include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, United States Marshal Service, Customs and Border Protection, Fire Island National Seashore, Suffolk Court Officers, Wildlife Conservation Society (aka the Bronx Zoo), American Combat Evolutions, Gold Shield Tactical, and New York State DMV Investigations.