I first became acquainted with the Gun Club located in Centennial, Colorado back in December of 2012. It was there that I took my multi-state concealed carry class, and since then I have taken another class and gone shooting on the original 6-lane range several times. During the summer I took advantage of a new member discount and became a member.
Today, January 6, 2014 marks the second full day of operations for the new 35,000 square foot facility located adjacent to the original store. I’d been looking forward to seeing the new store/range and my expectations were exceeded.
The Centennial Gun Club (CGC) store and range, located in the City of Centennial, CO is a full service business whose slogan is “Equip. Prepare. Practice.” To enable their members and customers to “Equip”, they have a pro shop with a wide selection of rifles, shotguns and pistols; ammunition, holsters, tactical clothing, gun safes and other accessories.
To “Prepare”, they offer a wide variety of classes including multi-state concealed carry, safety, hunter education, self-defense, NRA instructor training and others. The new facility boasts several classrooms for holding classes. I’ve been told their Women-Only classes and Tuesday Ladies Night are popular and well-attended.
Finally, for the “Practice” they have 28 shooting lanes for pistols, rifles, shotguns and air guns. With state-of-the-art ventilation and target retrieval systems, shooting there is a nice experience.
In today’s world, I expect a business to have a solid Web presence. CGC’s website is attractive, easy to use and intuitively designed. Menu items to select the area of interest are easily found along the top. For members, using the online portal to schedule lane reservations is easy. Using the website to schedule classes is just as easy. For Twitter users they are on Twitter as @GunClubCO and they are on Facebook as https://www.facebook.com/CentennialGunClub.
I have attended two classes at CGC, the multi-state concealed carry class and the “Introduction to the AR-15” class. Both classes were presented by instructors who were clearly subject matter experts in their fields, and both classes were enjoyable and worthwhile. My objectives – to obtain the certification necessary to obtain a Concealed Handgun Permit and to learn how to properly operate, fire and clean my new AR-15 rifle – were met.
In the next couple months I will be attending a few more classes at this facility to deepen my knowledge of gun safety, advanced concealed carry and NRA range safety and instructor training.
On every visit, I’ve found the CGC folks to be friendly, helpful and professional. The sales people are knowledgeable, and the range officers are courteous yet clearly safety conscious. Over the year since I’ve been a customer/member I’ve purchased a rifle and a couple of pistols. Each time the person assisting me was helpful in explaining the differences between different models, the advantages and disadvantages of certain guns for various uses, and in selecting the right holster.
Members of the general public are able to schedule lane reservations on a same-day basis, which when there were only 6 lanes was difficult sometimes. One reason I decided to become a member was so I could schedule in advance. The CGC offers several different membership levels from the “Patriot Individual” to the “Statesman”. The latter is an elite membership that allows access to a special range, a lounge, and other benefits. I have a Patriot membership, which is sufficient for me.
In conclusion, I give the Centennial Gun Club a 5-star rating. It’s a brand new facility, the range is nice, the people are friendly and the prices are right.
By Richard D. Turnquist
January 6, 2014