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The following press release was issued by Stoddard’s Range and Guns

Stoddard’s Range and Guns today opened the first commercial indoor shooting range within the city of Atlanta.

The 34,000-square-foot facility, which is located at 485 Bishop St. in West Midtown, gives long-time shooters, novices and law enforcement alike the opportunity to shoot recreationally, train professionally and learn about firearms and firearm safety in a secure environment. The combination retail store and shooting range focuses on customer service and safety.

The new Atlanta location marks the second Stoddard’s location for owners Michael Halbreich and Ken Baye. The former real estate attorneys opened the first location in Douglasville in August 2011.

“We want to create a distinct destination that combines a best-in-class shooting range and a retail store with a focus on service,” Halbreich said. “Our core belief is that all customers deserve the highest level of personal attention to ensure their shooting or shopping experience is enjoyable and entertaining, regardless of their level of shooting experience.”

The 24 climate-controlled shooting lanes — comprised of 16 25-yard lanes and eight 25-meter lanes — are equipped with a number of safety features that exceed industry standards, including eight-inch-thick concrete walls and bullet-resistant viewing windows. The eight 25-meter lanes, while open to all, are attractive to international competitive shooters.

An ultramodern air filtration system will continuously provide customers with clean air and remove any lingering airborne gunshot residue. Air inside the range will be cleaned through a triple filtration system.

Certified range instructors will provide on-site training classes, and no one will be allowed onto the range without meeting strict safety standards. For new shooters, Stoddard’s instructors will offer basic handgun orientations at no charge.

Complementing the range, a 6,500-square-foot firearms store featured every major brand of firearms and firearm accessories, including Beretta, Smith & Wesson, Glock, Heckler & Koch, Sig Sauer, FN, Colt, Remington, Kimber, Ruger, Mossberg, Perazzi, Benelli and Safariland. The store includes a 1,000-square-foot Beretta-branded store featuring apparel in addition to Beretta guns.

Stoddard’s will also offer full gunsmithing services.

“We’ll be a destination for anyone who wants to experience shooting in a safe and welcoming environment,” Baye said. “We embrace hobbyists of all kinds, from hunters to sport shooters to avid collectors. Our culture is one of inclusion, and we celebrate diversity.”

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