Dan and I recently spent some trigger time at Houston’s Athena Gun Club. It was clean, modern, safe, efficient and friendly. Athena is, in fact, the perfect place to introduce new shooters to guns – and keep them coming back for more. It’s a million miles away from the dungeons that typify Old School gun ranges. The recent rise of Guns 2.0 indoor shooting ranges has been both spectacular and welcome. I’d even go so far as to say that . . .
the New School ranges have had measurable impact on gun sales and concealed carry permits (where available and required). More than that, the Apple Store-style environs have changed the image of firearms for fun and self-defense. As the video above indicates, women and urbanites no longer have to face gruff OFWGs (Old Fat White Guys) telling newbies they need a .357 magnum to splatter a PCP-fuelled bad guy’s brains over the hallway walls. There’s an understanding that new shooters need to be eased into the activity with classes and [non-live fire] simulators. We can’t wait for The Range at Austin. Meanwhile, for making firearms friendly, these New Wave gun ranges are TTAG’s Gun Hero of the Day.