February 18, 2020
Davenport Guns & Shooting Club Earns NSSF Four-Star Rating
NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, is pleased to announce that it has awarded Davenport Guns & Shooting Club a Four-Star rating for range excellence.
Located in the heart of Davenport, Iowa, Davenport Guns & Shooting Club sports a temperature-controlled, 12-lane, 50-foot indoor range open to the public and supported by a robust rental firearms inventory that includes several full-auto firearms packaged experiences. New customers often discover the range through Davenport’s own YouTube channel, which highlights both traditional target shooting offerings and the facility’s VAST—Video Action Target—live-fire sessions. The range’s large number of nationally recognized training programs and leagues are also a big draw. These include NSSF’s First Shots® introductory classes, NRA’s Refuse to be a Victim, several classes created by the United States Concealed Carry Association, and a very active chapter affiliate of A Girl & A Gun. Davenport further builds on interest and participation in those classes through its own training curriculum, which covers concealed carry license classes for both Iowa and Illinois, in-home personal protection and even first aid, among others.
While training and entertainment are in sharp focus at Davenport, this range works diligently to be a full-service facility for this Iowa community and visitors from nearby Illinois. Gun cleaning, FFL transfers, firearms accessory mounting and bore-sighting all keep the front door swinging, as does a well-stocked retail center. Davenport’s firearms inventory is a mix of both new and used guns, and area residents appreciate the consignment and trade-in services the store offers, which in turn is supported by Davenport’s expert firearms appraisers.
“This is a top-notch facility and we’re pleased its owners took the opportunity to utilize NSSF’s Star-Rating Range program as a tool to improve overall business practices,” said Zach Snow, NSSF Director, Retail & Range Business Development. “During our evaluation, we saw nothing but happy customers and friendly, knowledgeable staff, and that speaks volumes about their commitment to being a viable, well-respected member of Iowa’s business community. We’re looking forward to seeing Davenport implement the suggestions for improvement we made, as well as those they have in the works, and seeing this range reach Five-Star status.”
“Just opening the doors isn’t enough to stay in business,” said Jeanelle Westrom, owner of Davenport Guns & Shooting Club. “We strive to offer the best and latest products, from firearms to accessories and range equipment, and we partner with many local organizations to increase firearms awareness and safety. We’re constantly learning how to be better from working with the NSSF and use that knowledge, along with working with the entire firearms community, to make Davenport Guns & Shooting Club the best range and retail space we can for our entire community.”
NSSF’s highly respected Star-Rating Range Program works to encourage ranges of all sizes and locations to excel. Applying for a rating requires answering a comprehensive questionnaire and business owner self-evaluation of the facilities, staff, community outreach and other criteria. Ranges that appear to meet the criteria for Four- or Five-Star rating receive an on-site evaluation by NSSF staff. NSSF member ranges that meet a Three- and Four-Star rating are recognized for being a part of the Star-Rating range family and are provided guidance to improve their facilities and achieve the higher ratings. For more information, including instructions on how to apply for NSSF’s Star-Rating Range Program, contact Zach Snow at [email protected].
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.
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