Country’s largest indoor shooting range opens near Willow Lawn

Posted at 11:23 PM, Apr 05, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-06 06:35:20-04

Henrico, Va. (WTVR) The largest indoor gun range in the nation is now open for business on West Broad Street in Henrico County, just a stone's throw from Willow Lawn.

The Colonial Shooting Academy hosts 51 shooting lanes.

“We have the latest and up to date most modern target equipment for our shooters to use… everybody is excited about this,” said manager, Edward Coleman.

Coleman said the state of the art gun range is also well insulated, with two-inch acoustic panels in the ceilings and walls to keep the noise down.

And, while the gun range is gaining national attention, it's also getting the attention of locals who work or live in the area.

“Sometimes, this area has a bad reputation, and to bring in a shooting range on top of that, I think it`s going to attract more of the wrong element to the area,” Shelby Cosby said.

But Coleman says everyone who enters the shooting range is carefully screened.

That's good news for restaurant manager, An Mekong. He's been looking forward to the opening of the range.

“I think it would bring more business to this, so I`m all about bringing business to this block,” he says.

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