Shooting range opens near Proctor

Firearms, ammunition, training offered

Dead-On Shooting Range, northern Minnesota’s first indoor shooting range, has opened at 6552 U.S. Highway 2, eight miles west of Proctor. The facility has 10 lanes for target practice, firearms for rent, a firearms-safety classroom and a retail store selling firearms, ammunition and related equipment.

Construction on the $1.9 million, 9,600-square-foot facility began in May. Chad and Laura Walsh, a husband and wife who also own Advanced Services, Inc. (adjacent to the new shooting range), said Dead-On Shooting Range fills a need in the community.

“We heard from firearm enthusiasts and others that they wished northern Minnesota had a safe, indoor facility where they could practice, receive training and try out firearms before purchasing them. Now it’s here,” Chad Walsh said in a formal announcement. “Dead-On Shooting Range is available not only to the general public, but also to law enforcement and the military.”

Dead-On Shooting Range charges $25 per hour of shooting in the lanes, which are 25 yards long. Annual memberships are also available. Minnesota permit-to-carry/recertification courses have already begun and additional ones are scheduled.

The shooting range and store have the same hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

“We think the Northland will embrace everything our facility has to offer, and we invite people to stop by and look around,” said Laura Walsh.

The UMD Center for Economic Development assisted with business planning, financial projections and helping the owners to secure financing. Funding was provided by Frandsen Bank in Cloquet, the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission and the Northland Foundation.