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Southside Guns and Ammo has broken ground on their new shooting range, Sharpshooters STL!

Southside Guns and Ammo and Southside Jewelry are proud to announce we have broken ground on the areas newest indoor shooting range, Sharpshooters STL. Sharpshooters STL will be a full service indoor shooting range including 20 lanes, comfortable 4ft wide lanes, high quality training available, qualified instructors with law enforcement and military backgrounds.

Sharpshooters will feature a full service BBQ restaurant, lockers will be available for customers to store their goods while they eat at our restauruant, shop at our fully stocked firearms and jewelry neighboring/sister store; Southside Guns and Ammo and Southside Jewelry.

This facility will be one of the largest indoor shooting ranges in the midwest! All 20 lanes are compatible up 50cal. The MANCOM fully automatic target retireval system will be available to shooters; all to insure a top quality shooting experience at Sharpshooters STL.

Sharpshooters, St Louis' Newest and Best Indoor Shooting Range

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Gun store owner Keith Brooks has kicked off a new venture — a shooting range and restaurant — with a bang.

indoor shooting range st louisSharpShooter Indoor Shooting Range and Training Center opened last month, after Brooks spent $2.75 million to build the 20,000-square-foot facility on Gravois Road in Affton. Brooks has operated South Side Jewelry & Loan — which combines jewelry sales, a pawn shop, and firearm sales and loans — at an adjacent building for 21 years. “We make handgun and firearm loans,” he said. “So it was kind of a natural move for us.”

A car wash was torn down to make way for the new shooting range and the restaurant, called SharpShooter Pit & Grill, at 8135 Gravois. There’s also a new causeway connecting his existing store to the new space.

The shooting range, with 20 lanes, has an advanced ventilation system. Costing $750,000, it replaces the air in the building every 60 seconds. SharpShooter Pit & Grill is a 60-seat restaurant serving smoked meat and barbecue.

Brooks financed the project with a loan from Concord Bank. His combined business is expected to generate $3 million in revenue, he said.

Brooks said the jewelry, pawn and gun store is a $1 million business with 18 employees; the pawn shop alone sees 1,500 transactions a month. The gun store has 4,000 square feet of retail space.

Brooks hired 23 employees to staff the new facility, and he projected gross sales of $750,000 at the restaurant, and about $1 million at the shooting range.

The range has two training rooms, and Brooks employs five training instructors led by Larry Bruns, a retired FBI special agent. They are certified to lead professional law enforcement training.

Customers are a blend of professionals, such as security guards and officers, and recreational customers, including first-time shooters.

“One of the biggest growing segments of our customer base is women,” Brooks said. “They are very interested in their personal protection.”


Original Article here: http://m.bizjournals.com/stlouis/blog/2013/10/shoot-and-dine-at-new-south-county-range.html?ana=e_du_pub&s=article_du&ed=2013-10-08&r=full

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