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Pow pow! Rocky Mountain Gun Club opens in Grand Junction

Brittany Markert


WHAT: Rocky Mountain Gun Club

WHERE: 545 31 Road, Grand Junction

WHEN: Tuesdays through Sundays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

COST: $15 per hour with personal ear and eye protection, $20 per hour if RMGC provides

INFO: Visit http://www.rmgcgj.com or call 970-523-7642.

Stand firm; have a strong hold; concentrate on your target; look down the sight; take a breath; pull the trigger; smell the smoke; check your target.

You got ‘em.

Visit Rocky Mountain Gun Club — located at 545 31 Road, in Grand Junction — for a similar experience while shooting a revolver or rifle. A grand-opening celebration is set for this weekend, Friday through Sunday, May 9-11. Everyone is invited to check out Grand Junction’s newest business. Prize giveaways, including memberships, are scheduled daily throughout the weekend.

“We are ecstatic to finally be opening,” office manager Brandi Knowlton said. “Everyone else has been patiently waiting as well and they are excited we are finally opening.”

Owner Shad Knowlton came up with the idea for an indoor shooting range as a way to promote safe gun use. He noticed a need for an indoor range while shooting out in the desert.

“I thought to myself, there had to be something better out there for me,” Shad explained.

Then two years ago, Shad, his wife — Brandi, his brother and a few others purchased Rocky Mountain Gun Club’s building for $1.5 million; they immediately began retrofitting the facility to make it state of the art, totaling $5 million in renovations.


RMGC has strict range rules, including gun checks, protection, and instruction. Double-ear and eye protection is required for the live shooting range.

The range is split into three sections, including 20 lanes for archery.

Smaller firearms, like pistols, are best in RMGC’s second section, where 14 lanes are provided with protective glass (for easy viewing of other lanes). Targets are also adjustable to various yards, with the ability to turn the targets for tactical training.

The last section offers six lanes for guns, like rifles.

An open area for practiced shooters wanting to train with a car for tactical cover is also available.


Need a place to wait or take a break? A members lounge — fit with two large-screen TVs (one is 90 inches!), a small kitchen, seating, and an outdoor patio — is part of the fun.

Plus a variety of memberships are available — individual, family, group, and corporate; all memberships include unlimited shooting for a year and discounts at the full-service pro shop.

Non-members can shoot for $15 per hour if personal ear and eye protection is provided; it’s $20 per hour if eye and ear protection is provided by RMGC.

Need instruction? RMGC will host concealed and carry classes, including a new training system called “Ti” Training, which provides a real-life simulation.

“It’s really cool,” Brandi said. “We can record any location and simulate any situation — from schools to banks to hostages.”

A gunsmith is also on site for maintenance, along with gun and bow rentals.

RMGC employs approximately 30 locals, most of them National Rifle Association certified, along with several veterans and former law enforcement.

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