5 Reasons to Shoot Indoors This Winter

Bristlecone Blog: November 2019









5 Reasons to Shoot Indoors This Winter

Written by Joe Kriz


Whether you’re ready for it or not, winter is here. But that doesn’t mean you have to put down your guns while the snow piles up. Winter is the perfect time to shoot indoors and Bristlecone Shooting, Training & Retail Center offers Denver-area gun owners, hunters and firearm enthusiasts 14, 25-yard lanes for shooting pistols, rifles and shotguns.


Don’t believe me? Here are 5 reasons why you should make Bristlecone your second home this winter — and beyond.


#1: Avoid the Elements

Whether you’re a native or recent transplant, there’s no denying Colorado winters are no joke. The combination of high-elevation and low humidity produces single-digit temperatures, harsh winds, freezing rain and heavy snowfall, capable of keeping lips chapped and hands cracked from November to March.


Avoid the pain of windburn and trouble of hand lotion by stepping inside Bristlecone’s climate-controlled indoor shooting range and retail store. Come on in, the shooting is warm!


#2: Close to Home

While Colorado has many outdoor shooting ranges, as well as National Forest access, getting to these ranges — often located an hour or more away — can be difficult if not impossible during winter months. Unpredictable weather (see Reason #1 above) can cause dangerous driving conditions and even shut down entire stretches of highway.


Located in Lakewood, Bristlecone is just a short drive from downtown Denver and the surrounding metro area and easily accessible. If you’re going to go dashing in the snow, why not jingle over to Bristlecone?


#3: Top-Rated Facilities

Rated as a 5-star indoor shooting range by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), Bristlecone meets the highest expectations in amenities, shooting sports development, appearance and management.


From our 25-yard tactical and pistol bays with programmed shooting drills to our diverse selection of rental guns to our regularly scheduled bowling pin, USPSA and GSSF competitions, there’s something for new and seasoned shooters alike.


And when done on the range, shooters can also take advantage of our pro shop, stocked with popular guns, ammo and accessories, a full-service gunsmith and a comfortable members lounge. There’s even fresh coffee, hot chocolate and snacks available!


#4: Try Something New

Speaking of rental guns, Bristlecone’s firearm rental fleet features more than 50 handguns, rifles and shotguns from popular manufacturers, including GLOCK, Smith & Wesson, SIG SAUER, Springfield Armory, Taurus and others.


Handguns are available to rent for just $15 (plus the cost of ammo) and can be switched out as many times as you’d like during your range session. Rifles and shotguns are $20, while suppressed firearms are $25. Full auto rentals are also available and vary in pricing (50% off on Fridays).


Make a resolution you can keep this New Year and shoot something new when you rent at Bristlecone!


#5: Safety First

If you’ve ever had a muzzle accidentally pointed at you while on an outdoor range, you know

there’s a fine line between fun and safety. Despite Colorado’s gold rush and pioneer history, this isn’t the Wild West anymore.


At Bristlecone, we take safety seriously. All range safety officers (RSOs) are certified through the NRA and trained to enforce our shooting range rules. If you’ve not shot with us before, you will be given a safety brief before heading onto the range for the first time and at least one RSO will be in the range at all times. When in doubt, adhere to the four basic rules of firearm safety and ask questions.


Shooting safely is fun — let us prove it to you!


If you had any doubts about shooting indoors this winter, I hope you find these reasons enough to give Bristlecone Shooting, Training & Retail Center a shot. We hope to see you on the range!