Westfield range attracting new gun owners

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WESTFIELD – A new gun range and store in Central Indiana will officially open on Friday, but the owners have already seen a wave of residents come in ready to buy and train on their first gun.

Tim’s Shooting Academy on Commerce Drive in Westfield held its soft opening on Wednesday and owner Tim Tomich said he has already signed up dozens of members.

“We have had a number of people who have come in that have never owned a handgun,” he said.

He began working on plans to build the range about a year ago after he retired from the construction business. The 15 lane facility offers space to shoot rifles and pistols. Tomich built 10” thick concrete walls to suppress the noise. All the lanes have steel bullet traps designed for .50 caliber bullets, but the range will only allow common sporting rounds.

So far, Tomich said, 40 families and 30 individuals have signed up for memberships. He said a lot of people are coming in, because of the recent wave of violent home invasions.

It’s one of the reasons why Tracey Moore walked into the range, Thursday, with her family.

“It seems like more and more they don’t really care if you’re at home or not at home. If they want in, they’re gonna get in,” she said. “I would like to protect myself when I’m alone.”

Tomich’s range offers private training courses as well as classes for women only. In fact, it will also serve as the Well Armed Woman Shooting Club local Chapter which creates opportunities for women to learn safe gun handling skills and train together.

It’s a club Moore is very interested in.

However, Tomich said his facility is for everyone; even those who aren’t sure about owning a gun.

“Even if you’ve never used a gun and God forbid that you ever have to use it, you at least know how to do it,” he said.