It wasn’t that long ago that having a female owner of gun shop was the exception to the rule within the industry.
But that’s changing quickly, and Bristlecone Shooting, Training, and Retail Center in Lakewood, Colorado, is a prime example.
Meet Jacquelyn Clark, the female face of Bristlecone – Denver’s premier indoor shooting range and retail center.
Jacquelyn opened Bristlecone with her husband Bryan in 2015. Together, they’ve shaped Bristlecone into an inviting, local shooting facility known for its outstanding customer service.
“Whether you are looking for a traditional gun range, one that caters to families, or one that offers something for women shooters such as A Girl & Gun, we have those at Bristlecone. We want to make our customers feel welcomed here,” Jacquelyn explains.
Jacquelyn and Bryan became interested in recreational shooting while they were living in Atlanta. “We had a home invasion scare, and it took the Atlanta police (what felt like) 20 minutes to get there,” says Jacquelyn. “It left us feeling vulnerable, which got us rethinking our own home-defense strategies.”
The couple took up recreational shooting shortly after that, and it quickly became their passion. They joined a upscale shooting range in Atlanta that was owned by two sisters, and really enjoyed its inviting atmosphere.
Later they moved to Columbus, Ohio, and found a similar shooting range to join there.
A few years later, the Clarks moved to Denver. When they looked for an upscale indoor shooting facility in Denver, they were surprised not to find one they liked. That’s how the inspiration for Bristlecone was born.
Today, Bryan oversees the operations for Bristlecone, including maintaince of the shooting range, and retail and buying, while Jacquelyn handles the marketing and memberships, and the facility’s ATF compliance.
Bristlecone received its 5-star rating from NSSF in 2017, and it continues to thrive, now going into its fourth year of business.
“Our goal from the beginning was to open a family-friendly and welcoming place for our customers,” she says, “We want them to feel at home here. Whether you are a beginner or expert shooter, we have varied offerings and classes to meet our customers’ needs.”
Services include a retail center and firearms rentals, gunsmiths on site, TI Outdoors virtual training simulator, state-of-the-art indoor shooting center (14 lanes and tactical bays), weekly and monthly competitions such as bowling pins, USPSA and GSSF matches, A Girl & a Gun league events, and training classes for recreational shooters of all levels, abilities, and interests.
“We believe we’re on the right track with how Bristlecone has grown. We are looking forward to what the future holds as we continue to refine the facility and the many options for our members and customers,” says Jacquelyn.