Safeside Tactical opens multimillion-dollar gun range in Lynchburg

Safeside Lynchburg will hold grand opening event at 9 a.m. Saturday

By Magdala Louissaint - Lynchburg Bureau Reporter

LYNCHBURG, Va. - A multimillion-dollar indoor shooting range is now open in Lynchburg. Safeside Tactical's new location has 18 pistol lanes and four 100 yard-plus rifle ranges. There will be an official grand opening celebration this weekend.

Safeside Lynchburg is now open to customers.

“While I was out there shooting, there was a person that you normally would have to pay for instruction like this, but he freely helped me,” college student ChaseHolyfield said.

More traditional customers like law enforcement along with private security firms and other departments, will have an opportunity to train. The new facility is expected to attract a wide range of gun owners.

“That always comes at a cost, though, so budgets are a big concern. So as we're creating the market here for indoor-range law-enforcement training. We'll be working in the next few years to grow that,” Mitchell Tyler, managing partner of Safeside Lynchburg, said.

Safeside says they take responsibility for knowing who is purchasing a gun from their stores. 

"We also try to engage with customers, ask questions, talk with them, make sure we're not picking up any signs that they are a prohibited party or that there might be something wrong with documentation as far as IDs or that sort of thing,” Tyler said.

And with reassurance of safety comes the right to brag a little. You'll find a number of different gun ranges, but one that's making history of its own is more than 100 yards long. Owners say this is the longest indoor gun range on the east coast.

“So in Roanoke, we kind of held the record of 101 yards, which was the longest indoor range east of the Mississippi. Here, we're gonna beat that. And we'll be announcing Saturday what the length is,” Tyler said.

Safeside Lynchburg will hold their grand opening at 9 a.m Saturday at 2309 Mayflower Drive on .

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