Rowdy’s Range takes aim at stereotypes, offers memberships

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.

Test your aim and hone your skills at this six-lane, indoor shooting range found at Rowdy's Range and Shooters Supply, St. George, Utah, July 18, 2014 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News
Test your aim and hone your skills at this six-lane, indoor shooting range found at Rowdy’s Range and Shooters Supply, St. George, Utah, July 18, 2014 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

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.

Ready, aim, fire! Patrons choose from different targets at Rowdy's Range and Shooters Supply, St. George, Utah, July 18, 2014 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News
Ready, aim, fire! Patrons choose from different targets at Rowdy’s Range and Shooters Supply, St. George, Utah, July 18, 2014 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

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.

Not just a pretty purse. Women's accessories, including this conceal and carry purse with a specially designed pistol pocket, are available for purchase at Rowdy's Range and Shooters Supply, St. George, Utah, July 18, 2014 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News
Not just a pretty purse. Women’s accessories, including this conceal and carry purse with a specially designed pistol pocket, are available for purchase at Rowdy’s Range and Shooters Supply, St. George, Utah, July 18, 2014 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

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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Resources

  • Learn more about Rowdy’s Range including hours of operation, rates and courses by visiting their website or “like” them on Facebook

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19 Comments

  • brad September 8, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    It’s expensive by the time you get out of there. The booths are okay but If the guy next to you is shooting a high caliber gun. It sucks. You can’t holler and hoot and have a good time. It’s like you are confined in a small space . You dont have to worry about somebody commiting suicide or some idiot accidentally shooting you. Wednesday night out by hurricane is a tactical range. They have ladies night to help the woman. They just take donations and people bring all kinds of guns for you to shoot and they have a great staff to help. Also they will let you keep your brass. You don’t have to mark it and have any hassle. For buying a gun. Go to dixie gun and fish. Locally operated and has been around for years. Great staff and dick probably will give you a deal. . So that’s my opinion. My wife and I and family really don’t like the indoor range. We live in southern utah. Enjoy the outdoors.

    • bobber September 9, 2014 at 2:29 am

      I was correcting your grammar as I went along and my head literally exploded…

      • Andy September 10, 2014 at 9:56 pm

        If only it really “literally” exploded.

    • Shelly September 10, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      I am sorry you didn’t have a good experience. I hoot and howler all the time when I am at Rowdys. We really enjoy the indoor range. I feel safer in there, and they guys are awesome to help me out when I have any questions. It worked great for me to have the range right there when picking out a gun, so I could see what worked best for me. Just my opinion.

  • koolaid September 8, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Good place for abused Utah women to take shooting lessons to prevent being ever abused again.

  • Mandy September 8, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    That is one ugly purse.

    • EL JEFE September 9, 2014 at 9:07 am

      That’s what my wife said about that one. So she bought the other less-bejeweled purse for her G-27. Fit perfectly. Happy wife…happy shooting life.

  • Mean momma September 9, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I’d like to get lessons for my 10 year old daughter to learn how to shoot an AK-4, any takers?.

    • Mean momma September 9, 2014 at 7:00 am

      That’s supposed to say AK-47

      • Ornery September 9, 2014 at 8:40 am

        Can we teach her to shoot Bobber?

        • Mean momma September 9, 2014 at 9:36 am

          Gladly Ornery!

        • Koolaid September 9, 2014 at 1:47 pm

          Defensive lessons on how to shoot them Dixie pervs who like little girls, regardless how worthy they otherwise may be. Then have her go after the guys who molest animals.

      • EL JEFE September 9, 2014 at 9:05 am

        Yeah, but for a 10 year old, an AK-4 is about right.

  • EL JEFE September 9, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Rowdys staff is very professional and highly qualified. Their in-house gunsmith (wish I could remember his name) is top notch. They have worked on a few of my handguns and I find them reasonably priced and their work excellent. And their Ultra-sonic cleaner is amazing. Keep up the good work Colby and Brett….I promise I will make the next “bullet bowling” event for sure.

  • bobber September 9, 2014 at 11:43 am

    At how many monthes of age is it appropriate to teach a toddler to fire a glock 19.

    • My Evil Twin September 9, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      Bobber it is more about maturity than it is age. I think most people are responsible enough to be a teacher by the time they are 65 years or so. That would be about 780 months old. So are you the toddler that wants to learn how to shoot the Glock?

    • Gunner September 9, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      In response to bobber , with my exsperiance, if you leave your glock laying on the floor they seem to know instinctively how to grip the trigger , what else is there to teach.

  • Shelly September 10, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    I have gone to Rowdy’s Range many times, and they are fabulous to work with. As a female who did not know anything about handguns, they have been very helpful and patient with me. They helped me find the right gun for me, and helped me feel comfortable with it. I really like the indoor range. As a female I can go in there by myself and not feel uncomforable. There is always someone there to answer any questions I may have. Thanks guys.

  • proudtobeamerican September 10, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    My 94yr old Grandmother is packing! She has been packing way before the computer was even invented, heck almost before most gun laws were even created. She was packing before most people who dreamed up these stupid laws and regulations were even born. GO FALCONS!!

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