Hunters and supporters of the second amendment have been flocking to the new Shooter’s Retreat indoor shooting range in Litchfield.
More than two years of planning went into the new facility which was constructed in the former Skate Zone building on St. John Street.
"He essentially built a building inside a building so this could all be created," co-owner Leo Hicks said of Rodney Law of Best Builders in Litchfield.
Law is also a co-owner in Shooter’s Retreat. He said his crew used supplies purchased from RP Lumber and A&D Electric in Litchfield and also enlisted the help of Mondin Electric in Hillsboro to get the wiring done. Gerl’s Auto in Litchfield also painted and donated several items to Shooter’s Retreat.
Leo and his wife, Christine, operated Skate Zone for over 14 years before deciding it was time to close the business. With firearms being one of Hicks’ passions, the idea to build a shooting range came pretty easy.
"Along with indoor shooting range, we also offer firearms training including concealed carry classes and a sporting goods store onsite," he said.
The store Hicks is referring to is Sportsman’s Choice, a long running gun shop operated by Jeff Harbaugh of Litchfield who previously had the shop out of his garage.
Partnering with Law and Hicks to have the shop inside Shooter’s Retreat gave Harbaugh the space to put nearly all of his inventory on display rather than be stepping over boxes.
“There’s never been a business like this in Litchfield,” Harbaugh said. “I’m proud to be working with Leo and Rodney to help educate the public about firearms and their rights as gun owners.”
Shooter’s Retreat has a number of attractions under one roof aimed at attracting whole families. Along with the 12 ranges reaching up to 25 yards each, there is also a full snack bar featuring Fema’s food items, hunting clothes and boots, hunting accessories, knives and much more.
Law and Hicks also have plans to create a virtual sports room with a system featuring shooting, golf, football and more.
Those interested in taking advantage of Shooter’s Retreat must have either a valid Illinois FOID card or an out-of-state driver’s license. They also have a variety of pricing options to choose from before going into the range.
Shooter’s Retreat has yearly membership options for regular shooters including Standard for $199.95, Gold for $349.95, Active Law Enforcement for $174.95, and Military/Veterans for $149.95.
Those who are interested in membership details are asked to stop by or call Shooter’s Retreat.
Non-members can shoot for $10 for half an hour or $15.95 for a full hour.
All shooters must bring in or purchase their own ammunition, and each box will be checked for any bullets with steel that could do significant damage to the range.
Those age 18 and up may shoot a rifle alone and those under 18 must have a parent or guardian to use the range. The minimum age to shoot a pistol alone is 21. Each lane has a 42-inch high counter that all shooters must be able to see over.
The only guns allowed on the ranges are pistols up to a 500 Magnum or rifles up to 3,600 feet per second. Gun rentals are also available.
Concealed carry class information is available at Shooter’s Retreat with classes being taught by Safe Direction Firearm Training LLC.
For more information on Shooter’s Retreat, stop by 311 W. St. John in Litchfield or call 217-324-6555. They are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with Sportman’s Choice open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
A grand opening celebration will be held on Saturday, April 11. Watch upcoming issues of The Journal-News for more information.