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It’s called the “3Bs Indoor Shooting Range,” and the “Bs” stand for Bows Bullets and BBs. It offers just about anything any kind of shooter could be looking for. The spanking new facility, which was completed in September, is located just behind the plaza that holds the Pennsyltucky Grill.
The concept was the brainchild of builder Grace Anderson and her husband Santos Rolon, who built the new complex and also own it. On a day in early October the place was bustling with various kinds of shooting enthusiasts and instructors.
There are three different kinds of ranges in the complex: one for bullets, another for arrows and a third for simulation shootings. Anderson says this is the only place in the state that provides all three in the same location.
So what’s the simulation shooting range all about? Well, if you want to shoot zombies, this is the place to go. Anderson said, “We have Pennsylvania’s only certified gunfighter pro virtual simulator—the best way for me to describe it is a video game on steroids. So for zombie slaying, a Western draw, moving target, paper target, this is it. There are real skill-building scenarios. The young adult would understand; they have their Call of Duty, so we have scenarios that are similar to that. Also, we have law enforcement-like scenarios, personal protection scenarios where there might be a car-jacking, or a kidnapping, and you’re actually the police officer in that scenario, and you have to decide shoot, or don’t shoot.”
For the more traditional shooter there is the range for bullets, whether they come from handguns, rifles, machine guns or BBs. Anderson said the bullet range allows machine-gun shooters to fire “full automatic.” As for the BB guns, she said, “All of our BB guns are as realistic to a firearm as you can get; They all blow back and they simulate just like a firearm, a rifle or machine gun would, but the projectile is a BB.”
The third range is for bows and arrows. Anderson said they have outfitted it with, “three dimensional targets, so from deer to bear to antelope to jackelope there’s a lot to shoot inside and you can alternate lanes to get different targets, and there are backstop targets on the wall.”
Instructors certified through the National Rifle Association are available to members.
She said they are going to initiate leagues in the winter and they have already begun competition shoots with “bowling pin night, steel reactive target evening, there’s clay shoot and best bullseye. First place is free membership to the range, and second place is a $25 gift card to the facility.”
The facility is open seven days a week, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from Monday through Saturday and from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Sundays are also designed to allow children aged eight through 12 to participate in activities except for live-fire shootings. Go to 3bsrange.com for more information.