New ammo-free capturing vary opens in Rifle

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Timberline Sporting Items proprietor Paul Kaufmann demonstrates the right way to use the shop’s new digital indoor capturing vary.
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Utilizing ammunition at a stay capturing vary will be pricey. Timberline Sporting Items proprietor Paul Kaufmann desires to supply a less expensive different.

Ushering in Black Friday, Kaufmann hosted an all-day demonstration of the Rifle outside store’s new digital capturing vary. Geared up with laser-shot simulations, customers can take purpose at a large display screen and improve their accuracy bullet-free, participating in a number of respective actions and situations.

“You’re paying $20 an hour versus $20 {a magazine},” Kaufmann mentioned. “It’s like a handgun on the vary however you’re not capturing up $50 price of ammo.”

The digitally-controlled arsenal is made up of distant handguns, shotguns and assault rifles. Situations vary from looking and capturing drills to even on-screen hunter-safety programs.

If the rest, the brand new, state-of-the-art contraption is loaded with fun-filled simulations. Set sights on applications known as 5 Stand, Full Boar, Mallard Insanity or Sensible Capturing Charlie.

A one-hour rental prices $20 for adults and $10 for youngsters 12 and beneath.

“It’s set off time,” Kaufmann mentioned. “These firearms, they’re based mostly on the true deal. Weight-wise, the set off — all the pieces is comparable.”

This three-dimensional capturing clinic additionally brings a novel alternative for first-time gun patrons. When Kaufmann fields buyer questions on any specific gun, he can provide a glimpse of what it’s like proudly owning a firearm and the way it works by encouraging them to check out the digital vary.

“They will make extra of an informed buy than simply shopping for one thing,” Kaufmann mentioned.

For Timberline gunsmith Thomas Albright, he admits the brand new vary has concurrently sharpened his shot and broadened his horizons.

“I haven’t finished a lot with shotguns, and it’s truly taught me to shoot shotguns for birds,” he mentioned. “And similar with pistols. I’ve been attempting to study to shoot with each eyes open, and I haven’t been in a position to do it till three days in the past. With the simulator, I’ve been in a position to discover ways to do all of that. And it’s simply a lot cheaper than going out burning by ammo.”

Timberline Sporting Items proprietor Paul Kaufmann takes a shot a goal whereas utilizing the shop’s new digital indoor capturing vary.
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Kaufmann initially got here throughout the concept of incorporating digital firearm simulations whereas exploring methods to boost the store’s archery lanes. Within the technique of devising a method to set up a darkish system — an indoor archery technique that applies reflective arrow ideas — he got here throughout the computerized vary, at almost a 3rd of the price.

New facilities like this foreshadow what’s to come back for the brand new proprietor of Timberline, a Rifle outside hub since 1982.

Kaufmann, an Oklahoma native who began taking breaks as a full-time electrician to volunteer at Timberline two years in the past, took over for former Timberline house owners Shelly and Steve Sanve on Sept. 1.

He graduated from Oklahoma Wesleyan College in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Colorado State College in Fort Collins. He holds levels in biology and chemistry, together with minors in physics and genetics.

However with the brand new vary, in addition to quite a few plans for Timberline over the subsequent 5 years, Kaufmann agreed he’s little doubt pursuing his passions.

“So I’ve acquired all that, and right here I’m,” Kaufmann mentioned. “And I wouldn’t commerce it for nothing.”

Reporter Ray Ok. Erku will be reached at 612-423-5273 or


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