Shooting Range, Outdoor Sporting Goods Retailer Proposed in Simonet’s Furniture Building

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Minnesota Shooting Academy is proposing a gun range and outdoor sporting goods shop in the Simonet’s Furniture building on Curve Crest Boulevard in Stillwater.

Minnesota Shooting Academy is proposing to retro-fit the 26,000 square foot Simonet’s Furniture building into an outdoor sporting goods retailer and range similar to Cabela’s and Gander Mountain, according to a letter written to the Stillwater Planning Commission.

The plans for the building include about 7,500 square feet of retail space, along with a lounge, training rooms and 2 offices, gunsmith room and warehouse area.

The south side of the building would include a two 75 foot shooting-range bays that will be divided up into an public range with 7 shooting lanes, and a separate, 6-lane range for private members and law enforcement.

“Training will be a large part of the day to day operations, Mark Kamas of Minnesota Shooting Academy wrote in a letter to the Planning Commission. “With over 1 million firearms sold in 2014, we would like to ensure the citizens that live in and around the twin cities as well as western Wisconsin have the best possible training available to them.”

Guardian Tactical Solutions will lead all of Minnesota Shooting Academy’s training classes. Classes will range from introductory to firearms, basic firearms course and higher level conceal and carry courses.

Currently, Minnesota Shooting Academy has 10 NRA certified instructors, Kamas wrote.

Minnesota Shooting Academy has “assured city staff the building materials would not allow audible noises to be heard from adjacent businesses,” according to city documents. “The applicant will be including additional sound proofing measures so the decibel level would be reduced to less than that of a passing vehicle to the while standing in the parking lot.”

The Stillwater Planning Commission will take up discussion and a possible vote on the proposal during a meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8 at City Hall.

Stillwater Gun Range Proposal

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