MATTHEWS – Crews have broken ground on a new gun range that will soon offer Matthews residents an upscale, indoor shooting and training center, according to officials who hope to see their location open around Thanksgiving.
Point Blank Range will open in the new Matthews Commerce Center, at 10726 Monroe Road, becoming the second Point Blank Range. Co-owner Jim Litsey said the new range is being modeled after his location in Mooresville, but will be larger, featuring 20 climate-controlled lanes spread across three separate bays for pistol, rifle and shotgun use, according to a news release.
The ranges also will feature a “fully programmable turning target systems and state-of-the-art range ventilation system,” the release said.
There also will be a variety of National Rifle Association-certified instructors available to give anyone a helping hand, whether they are new enthusiasts or experts.
“You can walk into our store at any time and get a private lesson on the spot,” Litsey said. While most ranges only provide group lessons, which Point Blank Range does, as well, the private lessons give people a chance “to customize their training based on their level of proficiency,” Litsey said.
Litsey has been a shooting enthusiast for years, he said, and has been a member of various gun clubs and country clubs throughout his life. He hopes to bring the good experiences he’s had to Matthews and area residents so they can see what it’s like to practice in a professional, comfortable atmosphere.
“I just thought Charlotte needed a nice place for people to go shoot,” he said of the reason for the location of the second store. Litsey and co-owner Dave Driscoll looked at multiple locations, picking Matthews for the demographics, location, size and access they were seeking.
The two-story building will have an open retail space on the first floor and a mezzanine level with administrative offices. Litsey wanted an award-winning design for his building and an open, airy feel for his retail space – a feeling a one-story building wouldn’t provide.
Centers such as Point Blank Range may be the new model for shooting ranges, Litsey said. The trend started 10 years ago when a high-end, indoor range opened in Scottsdale, Arizona, he said, giving people a nicer place to shoot than they were used to.
“From there, a lot of people tried to copy that concept of making the whole business high-end. That’s where you’ve seen all this development in the last five years,” Litsey said, adding Point Blank Range is on the cutting edge of that development.
Litsey also believes upscale indoor shooting ranges will continue to be popular. “Everybody would rather go to a nice place than a dirty, grimy place,” he said. “I think shopping should be an experience.”
Point Blank Range Matthews will be open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. Visit www.pointblankrange.com or call 704-230-0262 for more information.