Opening Soon: Gun Range With A Bar

By: Aaron Smith
By: Aaron Smith

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- One shot, one bourbon, one beer.

That's a gun shot, by the way. Oklahoma City entrepreneurs are opening a gun range next month where both alcohol and full automatic machine guns will be on tap.

"We're the only range in Oklahoma that has a liquor license to serve alcohol," said Larry McAlister, a spokesman for Wilshire Gun, which is still under construction.

When Wilshire Gun opens in July, it will feature 24 firing lanes, a separate section for archery, and the lounge, where alcohol will be served. McAlister said that customers can bring their own guns, or can rent firearms from Wilshire's arsenal, which will include machine guns.

McAlister described this "guntry club" business model as unusual but not unique, noting that there is a similar establishment in Georgia and "two or three" in Texas.

Co-owner Jane Moran, a certified financial planner and shooting enthusiast, said that "guns are the new golf" in the world of corporate events. She wants to create a clubhouse environment where business people can schmooze.

The shooting and the drinking will be kept safely separated, Moran said. The range will scan customer driver's licenses so that after they leave the range for a drink they can't get back in.

There's a similar range called the Governors Gun Club located in Powder Springs near Atlanta. Members pay a $700 sign-up fee and $800 annually to use the Freedom Lounge, which features a billiard table, a poker table, a humidor and a bar. They also get a gun locker and a cigar locker, as well as a free machine gun rental on their birthday.

There are even retail establishments that sell both guns and hard liquor under the same roof, although they're rare. Ken's Sporting Goods & Liquor Store in Crescent, Ore., has a sculpture of a bear with a salmon and a sign that says "Guns Ammo Liquor Beer Wine."

Ken's has been selling liquor and guns for at least 36 years, according to Chuck Defoe, who sternly condemns drinking and shooting at the same time.

"I get some people coming in here and they say, 'Oh, you're pushing drinking and shooting,'" said Defoe. "I don't drink and shoot guns. I don't advocate anybody having a drink and shooting guns. If anybody appears to be on drugs - there's a lot of that around - or drinking, we will not sell."

Store clerk Phil Lindquist said he's only had a customer come in once to buy a gun and liquor at the same time.

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