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Dead-On Shooting Range opens west of Proctor


The spacious and versatile Dead-On Shooting Range, northern Minnesota’s first indoor shooting range, has just opened at 6552 US Hwy 2, eight miles west of Proctor. The facility has 10 lanes for target practice, firearms for rent, a firearms-safety classroom and a retail store selling firearms, ammunition and related equipment.

Construction on the $1.9 million, 9,600 square foot facility began in May 2017, and was completed on schedule.

Chad and Laura Walsh, a husband and wife team who also own Advanced Services, Inc. (adjacent to the new shooting range), said Dead-On Shooting Range fills a need in the community.

“We heard from firearm enthusiasts and others that they wished northern Minnesota had a safe, indoor facility where they could practice, receive training and try out firearms before purchasing them. Now it’s here,” said Chad Walsh. “Dead-On Shooting Range is available not only to the general public, but also to law enforcement and the military.”

Dead-On Shooting Range charges $25 per hour of shooting in the lanes, which are 25 yards long. Annual memberships are also available. Minnesota permit-to-carry/recertification courses have already begun, with additional ones beginning Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 30.

The shooting range and store have the same hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

“We think the Northland will embrace everything our facility has to offer, and we invite people to stop by and look around,” added Laura Walsh. “That even includes holiday shoppers, because we also have gift certificates for sale.”

“We appreciate that business Consultant Curt Walczak and the UMD Center for Economic Development provided great assistance with business planning, financial projections and helping secure financing,” said Laura, adding that funding was provided by Frandsen Bank in Cloquet, the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission and the Northland Foundation.

The phone number for Dead-On Shooting Range, which has eight employees, is 218/729-9689. Its web address is