It’s definitely not your grandpa’s shooting range

New concept lets you dine and drink after target practice

Bob Wooley
bwooley@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 5/18/22

The Gallery Sportsman’s Club and Range is now open in Lakewood.

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It’s definitely not your grandpa’s shooting range

New concept lets you dine and drink after target practice

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The Gallery Sportsman’s Club and Range is now open in Lakewood. An upscale option for both experienced firearms enthusiasts and newcomers looking to learn in a friendly, well regulated environment, it’s like nothing the area has seen before. 

Although new to Colorado, the business model has been used in certain other states for years.

Co-founder and Operations Director Megan Hymanson thinks it will provide a vibrant place for customers to shop, shoot and then sip, if so inclined. 

Asked about predictable red flags the concept might raise, Hymanson said she welcomes those tough questions and believes that since a large number of residents are already practicing concealed carry, her establishment actually employs more safety requirements than most.

“We worked really closely with other ranges that are operating successfully under similar models. We took all of their best practices and we implemented them here, and the oldest one has been operating for 10 years without incident,” she said. “It’s been vetted by the ATF. It’s been vetted by the Lakewood Police Department.”

Aside from the shooting galleries, The Gallery offers a full-service coffee bar featuring Vail Mountain coffee — locally roasted in Minturn, hunting and camping gear (including licenses and park passes) and a wide variety of new and used firearms and accessories for sale. 

There’s also a conference room and flex space for large gatherings or corporate events. But what makes the place unique to these parts is The Barrel Room, a restaurant/lounge with full menu and craft cocktails made from premium Colorado distilled spirits.

No expense was spared in the creation of this new venture. Hymanson said providing quality products — locally sourced, if possible — is all part of the plan. 

The technology in the shooting galleries is impressive. The bays, equipped with touchscreens, can even show your groupings without retrieving your target. Bays can also be programmed to let the user shoot in different scenarios, like charging drills. Meanwhile, a state-of-the-art system circulates and filters the air, keeping customers breathing easy.

Training Manager John Gonsalves comes to the range with 30 years of experience in shooting sports. One of his responsibilities is to make sure no one sips before shooting. Once the customer’s identification is scanned into the system, it is exchanged for an electronic key card that gives the user entry into the shooting gallery. When the customer is finished shooting, they are given their I.D. back and if they wish, can head to the Barrel Room for food and/or drinks. 

Conversely, when customers enter the Barrel Room their I.D. is scanned, preventing those who might want to imbibe from being allowed entry to the shooting galleries until the next business day. In fact, Hymanson said everyone in a party must have their I.D. scanned if anyone in the party intends to consume an alcoholic beverage, providing an extra level of security to prevent drinking and then trying to shoot. The I.D. scan in the Barrel Room also prevents a customer who’s consumed alcohol on-premises, from being able to purchase a gun that day by locking them out of the point of sale system.

Guns (even concealed carry) are not allowed in the Barrel Room. There are lockers in the lobby for customers to store their weapons, and security measures in place to prevent scofflaws from bending the rules, according to Hymanson. 

“Safety first means absolutely everything to us,” she said. “And we’re sticking to that.”

Offering training in everything from concealed carry, advanced tactics and firearms safety to first aid and mental health awareness, Hymanson said The Gallery is meant to be an open, inviting, friendly place where safety is a priority and everyone, regardless of experience, gender, proficiency or politics can feel welcome.

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