LEONI TWP., MI – A new entertainment venue is opening next door to the 12-lane Suburban Lanes bowling alley.
But this business – boasting 13 lanes – isn’t for bowling.
The Lead Bunker Inc. Indoor Gun Range opened March 9 at 3791 Ann Arbor Road in a former Wonder Hostess Bakery Outlet.
Co-Owners Tammy and Kenneth Brindle are commercial builders who helped construct three metro Detroit gun ranges: Huron Valley, Top Gun and Firing Line. They decided to remodel their Jackson County building to have a range of their own.
“We’re in an area where there are several hunters as well as sport shooters and enthusiasts,” Tammy Brindle said. “We’ve been quite busy.”
Previously, the closest indoor gun ranges to Jackson were in Mason and Ann Arbor, Lead Bunker Chief Range Safety Officer Bill Wheaton said.
The range caters to new and experienced shooters. An all-inclusive package for beginning shooters that includes personal instruction, lane time and a rental gun is $75.
Customers can also bring their own guns, including pistols, rifles and shotguns.
Brindle’s mission is to educate people on firearms and how to use them safely. The nine employees are certified to be on the range and there are workers medically trained in case of emergency, Wheaton said.
Lead Bunker is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, but may extend hours in the summer. It costs non-members $18 to rent a lane for an hour. Memberships are $299 per year, with six-month and month-to-month options also offered. Members get unlimited range time, as long as there are lanes available.
Members also get a 5-percent discount on ammunition and a 10-percent discount on firearm accessories sold in the retail portion of the building.
The 13 lanes have electronic target movers, so no cease fires are necessary. Lanes go out to 22.5 yards.
“Once (people) do come in and shoot a gun, it’s exciting, it’s fun, it’s a sport, it’s a challenge,” Brindle said. “Even elderly people. Little old ladies have come in. They love it.”