ST. GEORGE – Ready. Aim. Fire. With its indoor, air-conditioned range, a wide variety of guns and ammunition and several courses designed for shooters to hone their skills and target personal safety, the proprietors of Rowdy’s Range and Shooters Supply – a licensed firearms dealer – have set their sights on becoming a high caliber destination for the local community and beyond.
Owned and operated by four people local to the St. George area – Colby Seegmiller, Rowdy Reeve, Brett Pruitt and Ron Larsen – Rowdy’s Range, has been open at its current location, 610 North Industrial Road, for six months and is ready for you to come out and get firing.
Feel at home on the range
The range features six lanes that are 25-yards long with a granular rubber – a material similar to many playground surfaces – berm at the back, co-owner and Sales and Marketing Manager, Seegmiller said, the range is air-conditioned and ventilated to remove the dangerous particulates associated with the discharge of firearms.
Thick cement walls fitted with sound deafening panels and steel lane separators create a comfortable and safe environment for gun owners to tune in their target practice, test their equipment and maybe even relieve a little stress.
For the first-time or less-experienced shooter looking to purchase their first firearm or even just get comfortable with a gun, Rowdy’s Range has a rental counter stocked with a large selection of firearms to help customers find a gun that fits their style and grip; and Rowdy’s expert staff, all of who have been shooting for years, Seegmiller said, are there to help throughout the process.
The staff’s gentle manner puts the shooter at ease and teaches proper technique for loading, holding and firing a gun without being condescending.
“Our push has been that we provide a friendly, comfortable shopping experience where we try to help you select a firearm that best suits your needs,” Seegmiller said, “with the opportunity to be able to shoot something similar before you purchase it so you have an idea as to what you are getting.”
Though the thought might be intimidating, Seegmiller insists that they can take a person who has never held a gun and get them shooting in one day, he said.
Rowdy’s rental counter also carries an array of targets, ammunition and safety gear such as eye and ear protection – must-haves out on the range.
Courses for the beginning shooter, families that own guns and expert marksmen are available at Rowdy’s Range and Shooters Supply and provide guidance and safety tips to help make everyone a safer gun handler.
A concealed firearms permit course is offered twice a week and takes students through everything they need to know in order to file papers with the state to receive their permit, Seegmiller said.
Low hourly rates for both the range and the rentals are offered to everyone and Rowdy’s has recently launched a membership program designed to help shooters get more bang for their buck.
Memberships come in packages for the whole family or for an individual and include use of the range, discounts for shared lanes, four free guest passes, two free gun rentals, one free gun cleaning and discounts on additional rentals, items from the pro shop and ammunition.
There is also a single shot membership that pays for time on the range but does not include the additional benefits of a full membership.
Memberships can be paid with an annual fee or can be billed monthly.
What’s in store for you?
Walk in to Rowdy’s Range and Shooters Supply and you will find a host of firearms from pistols to rifles to shotguns – sold primarily for personal protection, Seegmiller said, and though they can order hunting rifles it is not their focus.
Rowdy’s Range recently received its Class 3 license which allows to them to sell and transfer fully automatic firearms as well, Seegmiller said, and they now have them available at the rental counter for customers to try out. Persons wishing to purchase fully automatic firearms can order them from Rowdy’s.
The clean bright pro shop carries everything from firearms, holsters, tactical gear, ammunition and maintenance supplies to outfit you for the next zombie apocalypse or just a day on the range.
The store also features a service department to help customers with upgrades and modifications to their firearms and where they can have their guns cleaned with a special ultrasonic cleaner.
Catchy and humorous signs designed by a local graphic artist adorn the walls and give the shop a friendly, welcoming feel.
Taking aim at stereotypes
Though stereotypes persist within the gun industry; preppers on their piles of ammunition and hairy, bearded men all decked out in Americana to name a few, Seegmiller said that Rowdy’s Range is for everyone from the hardcore enthusiast to someone who has not yet held a gun.
Children as young as 8 are allowed on the range – with proper supervision – and they often host scout groups looking to earn their merit badges.
Wednesdays are ladies days and all women receive free range time on those days. Additionally, the pro shop carries items specifically for the woman shooter like specially designed conceal and carry purses that combine aesthetics with functionality; the purses are pretty but it is the separate pistol pocket that gives the bag its punch.
Rowdy’s Range makes an ideal “date night” for couples wishing to engage in a friendly firing competition or just get away from the stresses of daily life for an hour or two.
The range also holds regular competitions like bulls eye competitions and their bowling pin competition which gives everyone something fun to shoot for as they hone their skills in a safe and exciting contest that will bring them back time after time.
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