Minnesota-based Bill’s Gun Shop & Range earns NSSF Five-Star Rating
NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has announced that Bill’s Gun Shop & Range, with stores across the Upper Midwest, has achieved Five-Star Ratings at all five locations.
Originally a single range built into Minnesota’s Robbinsdale Town Center in 1998, Bill’s Gun Shop & Range was purchased by current owner John Monson in 2003. That purchase was followed by a second range acquisition in nearby Circle Pines in 2005. Monson added a third location across the state line in Hudson, Wis., in 2012, and a fourth in Fargo, N.D., in 2015. A fifth retail-only store was developed in Moorhead, Minn., in January 2016, quickly followed by another range facility in Minnesota’s Brainerd lakes area.
Each range follows the master “blueprint” Monson devised, with an emphasis on firearms education, safety and expansion of the shooting sports.
“We designed the new Star Rating Range Program in a way that will help advance and improve the overall business practices within the shooting range and retail community,” said Zach Snow, NSSF director-Shooting Range Services. “It’s our expectation that ranges who are applying for a Five-Star Rating be the best of the best. But when we have one business that has five distinct and unique ranges scattered across three states — and all five earn our Five-Star Rating — then you have a true model of range ownership and operation success.”
— National Shooting Sports Foundation