Tracy Rifle and Pistol owner Mike Baryla is moving his firearms shop at 2726 Naglee Road to the 11th Street site where he will double his retail space and add the indoor range.
“It was the next logical step — we’re always looking to grow and expand,” Baryla said. “We kind of reached our limit at the old place. We’re pretty packed.”
The new Tracy Rifle and Pistol store will occupy 11,100-square-foot space that once housed a beauty supply warehouse, barber shop and nail salon. Baryla bought the building in August and had the interior redesigned to include a 4,500-square-foot indoor shooting range.
“There’s kind of a niche in the market here. There’s nothing around,” he said. “That was kind of the reason I opened in Tracy — initially the gun shop, and this just the logical progression.”
The indoor shooting facility is one of two in San Joaquin County. The other is the Barnwood Arms in Ripon.
The range will have 10 shooting stations with a maximum distance of 25 yards from the shooter. Handguns and rifles up to .308 caliber will be allowed. No shotguns will be allowed in the shooting range.
The walls and ceiling of the range are made of AR500 ballistic plates to contain any stray bullets, while the ballistic steel and 60,000 pounds of shredded tires will catch bullets at the end of the shooting range.
“No matter what the weather is, you can shoot. You’re limited with range a little bit at 25 yards, but for handguns it’s fine or plinking with rifles,” Baryla said.
A motorized track at each station moves the targets toward and away from the shooter. Adjustable LED lighting, air conditioning and heating ducts at each station are designed to make the range more comfortable, Baryla said. A custom ventilation system exhausts smoke and gunpowder residue out of the range.
The range should appeal to target shooters, Baryla said, but the main group he expects to see is new shooters who can use the indoor range to find out what a firearm feels like. The shop will have some handguns and rifles that customers can rent to use in the range.
“We will have a good selection of handguns and rifles for people to try,” Baryla said. “It’s really hard to describe in words the feeling of firing a gun in different calibers. It’s a lot easier to show them.”
Baryla also had a classroom built and has plans for firearms classes starting near the end of summer, including concealed carry, advanced firearms and classes for women.
“It is kind of unique around here to do all the classroom portions of a class and the shooting in one building,” Baryla said. “You can take the concepts you learn in the classroom right to the range without forgetting anything, so you can apply them right away.”
Baryla said he has partnered with Wartac CQC, a company that provides law enforcement, military and civilian firearms training, to teach the concealed carry and advanced classes.
Use of the range is $15 per person per hour. Gun rentals are $10. Anyone who wants to use the shooting range has to watch a video describing the rules and safety requirements and sign a waiver, either online at www.tracyshootingrange.com or at the Tracy Rifle and Pistol shop.
The retail store and range will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday beginning May 13.
For information: 833-9100 or www.tracyrifleandpistol.com
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