Mixing beer, bourbon and … bullets

CNN interviewed the owner of Wilshire Gun, a gun store and range in Oklahoma City, features a restaurant and bar. After ordering a drink customers are barred from the range  for the remainder of the day (both to shoot and to observe). Have any of you visited this range?

Steve Johnson

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  • kipy

    I heard this story somewhere else, but they failed to mention that you could not use the range after having a drink. I knew there had to be more to the story than just “drink some bourbon, shoot some guns”. Another example of the media out to sensationalize anything to do with guns

    • gunslinger

      yup. well.. it’s a clickbait.

      i see nothing wrong with this. actually it’s better. i mean, i can get all boozed up before hand and to shoot (so long as i can hide it)

    • Grindstone50k

      Yep, the purposefully misrepresent the range. Just look at the order of the phrase you quoted. They have many systems in place to prevent you from entering the range after drinking.

  • Michael R. Zupcak

    The fact that someone can go in there and order a rifle but not order a drink indicates a major problem with the drinking age in this country.

    • noob

      to steer away from politics I’ll just joke that a 2 week cooling off period on beer would suck.

      • Michael R. Zupcak

        My bad about that, I didn’t really think of my critique of the drinking age as politics but I guess it is.

        • Grindstone50k

          Hell, one could argue that the color of your underwear is politics.

          • floppyscience

            No honest man needs high capacity boxer shorts.

  • USMC03Vet

    Need gambling and a grill.

    The wives can just drop us off for the weekend.

  • Don Ward

    I’d be more reluctant to eat anything there given the recent spate of news stories about lead poisoning at gun ranges. Our local indoor range in Bellevue, Washington has been the subject of an ongoing investigation in that regard about poisoning employees with improper lead handling.

    Hope that place has a Skookum HVAC system.

    • noob

      didn’t that guy in Bellevue ask people to shovel lead with their bare hands while wearing a paper mask?

      • Don Ward

        It’s a multiple part issue.

        If you use The Google and type in Wades Eastside Guns and “Seattle Times” you should get an exhaustively researched multi-installment story. Part of the issue is that apparently ventilation from the shooting range was dumped into the employee’s office and sales floor. I’m not a nanny-stater but that report has given me pause about indoor gun ranges.

        • noob

          jeebus. I’m not a nanny-stater, but I think I should add that range owner to my list of “dumb people to avoid”.

          he hasn’t been licking the berm in his off time has he?

        • Phil Elliott

          Just this one idiot! Most gun range owners are pretty conscientious, especially since EPA sniffs around. I knew one guy who made his employees who worked the range in any fashion take Blood Tests, both to establish a base line and see if any had elevated lead levels.

  • magnetik

    all it needs now is a strip club, washateria, and small engine repair in the back.

  • baldeagle91

    All it needs is a cigar humidor and its the ATF superstore.

    • Grindstone50k

      They have a cigar lounge upstairs.

  • Grindstone50k

    Can I get an invite? That sounds awesome!

  • Grindstone50k

    Yep, nearly $30 an hour for the 100 yard range. It’s really nice, but obviously for the Nichols Hills crowd. I’ll stick to my mil discount at H&H and pay $14 for an all-day lane for two of us.

  • Pete Sheppard

    Hopefully knee-jerk anti’s stayed with the story long enough to hear that a shooter is not allowed on the range after ordering alcohol. It would have been nice if that tidbit had been mentioned with the first reference to the bar