MATTHEWS – Leaders in Matthews voted Monday night, Nov. 11, to approve a 20-lane, indoor shooting range that will include training rooms for classes, a retail area and a gun club.
The Point Blank Range will be built at 10726 Monroe Road, offering area customers a place to fire handguns, rifles and shotguns for $18 per day. People will be able to rent weapons and accessories such as suppressors if they do not have their own, and will be able to purchase targets and ammunition to use, according to general manager Dave Driscoll.
“We’ve wanted to expand in south Charlotte for a long time,” Driscoll explained. He and Jim Litsey opened a Point Blank Range in Mooresville more than two years ago, and have been looking for a spot between Independence Boulevard and Interstate 77 in south Mecklenburg to expand. The Matthews location was picked because of its zoning and easy access, Driscoll said, and the two expect it to become just as popular as their Iredell County location – which has seen 25,000 customers since July 2011.
Commissioners at the town’s meeting Monday raised concerns about noise levels associated with the range, and town leaders were assured by the developer that the building would be constructed to limit any noise area residents could hear. Town leaders said they were satisfied with the plan.
Driscoll said local law enforcement agencies partner with the Mooresville location for training and education about the newest equipment available, and he hopes the same holds true in Matthews. Point Blank Range offers discounts for law enforcement officers and military members.
Point Blank Range will host concealed carry classes with certified instructors, as well as personal instruction options – something Litsey expects to be popular for Matthews-area customers.
Customers also will be able to join the Patriot Gun Club, which will give them access to the range at all hours, as well as access to a relaxed club space general customers won’t have.
Find more information at the company’s website, www.pointblankrange.com.