By Lauren Olsen
Tim’s Shooting Academy, 17777 Commerce Dr. in Westfield, opened for business on Jan. 17, providing this part with Indiana’s safest shooting range. Owner Tim Tomich said he built this facility according to naval specifications because they are the world’s most rigorous.
“We studied the USA Naval regulations for indoor shooting ranges to develop our HVAC system and to provide protection for shooters with divided-wall stalls. Also, our building’s concrete perimeter prevents any errant shots from exiting the building,” he said.
The range provides three shooting bays with five lanes each, two bays for handguns and one for handguns and rifles. It also has three NRA-certified instructors, and Tomich is working on getting his accreditation.
“I’ll go through a program the NRA recognizes and approves that covers all criteria required to instruct classes,” Tomich said.
Tomich’s motto, “safety and education,” is in the forefront of everything he does in his business. With that in mind, he has an on-site classroom that holds up to 20 people and offers classes such as basic and advanced pistols, home defense, private instruction and a two-day concealed carry and combat class.
“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” Tomich said. “The reason people kill people is because they are not familiar with their guns, how to handle a gun and render it harmless. That’s why I press safety and education.”
The range offers gun rentals, which can be especially useful for those looking to purchase their first firearm.
“(Visitors) can fire different guns and make an intelligent decision,” Tomich said.
Tim’s Shooting Academy is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 399-7918 or visitwww.timsshootingacademy.com.