By Mikalee Byerman, special to the RGJ
And at that intersection is the brand new Reno Guns & Range, which recently held its grand opening and unveiled its 24,000-plus-square-foot, technologically advanced facility.
“Reno Guns & Range is a rebrand of U.S. Firearms Academy and services provided by MiScenarios,” said Debbie Block, president. “We are a state-of-the-art indoor shooting and training facility, offering retail and rentals of firearms and accessories.”
With construction of the region’s largest and most technologically advanced indoor shooting range and training facility now complete, the new Reno Guns & Range features 24,226 square feet dedicated to safe indoor live fire, scenario-based training, firearm sales and service.
The facility, which employs about 30 full- and part-time employees, holds a total of 20 25-yard live fire lanes and more than 100 rental firearms, a Digital Simulator Trainer and a 4,500-square-foot retail area.
“Technology plays an important role in the everyday operations of this facility and touches both customers and employees,” Block said. “From security to environmental concerns, we use a variety of technologies.”
Training ranges from beginner to advanced, and the facility offers Concealed Carry Weapons Certification programs (CCW) as well as Reality-Based Training.
Classroom and shooting qualifications for the CCW certification are done on site. Completion of the class qualifies students to apply for Nevada, Florida, Oregon and Utah permits.
The training options at Reno Guns & Range are extensive with group and private instruction options. In addition to live fire lanes, the facility also offers a digital simulator, as well as a 2260-square-foot, reality-based training room where role players and firearms capable of firing non-lethal marking cartridges are used.
A popular training class, Block notes, is called “Fundamentals of Home Defense,” a 6-hour course designed to educate students about the handguns used for personal defense and methods of efficiently using them in the context of a home defense scenario.
“Many of our classes combine classroom and interactive experience,” Block said. “In this class, for example, students will experience the live fire range, where they are introduced to the fundamentals of defensive shooting.”
Another option at the new Reno Guns & Range: a 1,600-square-foot Special Events room with private access to four lanes for parties, groups, team building and more.
“Our facility caters to all levels of interest and experience,” Block said.
Range membership is not required to use the facility, although three memberships options are available, which include free range time plus other discounts and offers.
Learn more about Reno Guns & Range at NCET’s Tech Wednesday, Oct. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Due to the potentially sensitive nature of this event, children and those convicted of felonies are prohibited. NCET is a member-supported nonprofit producing events to help individuals and businesses explore and use technology.