Gun Ranges Were Popular with Lovers and the Broken-Hearted on Valentine's Day

Practice your shooting in a comfortable indoor gun range.
Practice your shooting in a comfortable indoor gun range.Field & Stream Online Editors

Indoor gun ranges had high traffic on Valentine's Day this past weekend—and not just from sharpshooting sweethearts. One Las Vegas facility created a Valentine's Day experience for divorcees looking to let off some steam.

V-Day is apparently always the busiest day of the year for the Montgomery Indoor Shooting Complex in Alabama, where the range is considered a hip date spot. "Couples are always looking for new things to do," Lilly Ann Gibbs, co-owner of the shooting complex, told NBC affiliate WSFA 12 News. "You might have the females that have their things they like to do, and the males have their things they like to do, and so this is a little unusual, and usually both have fun."

Some couples just want to try something different together, and some husbands and boyfriends want to make sure the women in their lives can protect themselves. "Nothing says true love like coming to the shooting range," said Henry Wall, who visited on Saturday with his wife. "I'm getting ready to buy her a gun, so she needs to get ready and learn how to shoot. After 31 years, I don't want anything to happen to her."

According to FOX 13 Salt Lake City, Machine Guns Vegas drew a slightly different crowd to their range on the Hallmark holiday. Their "Blasting the Past" package offers recent divorcees (and up to three friends) transportation to and from the range and a special VIP lane where they can hang up and shoot their wedding dress, wedding license, flowers, or other wedding memorabilia—other than pictures. They can wear a "Recently Divorced" sash, and shoot with their choice of an MP5, a pink M4, or a Browning 1919 .30 caliber machine gun. The package costs $499.

Range manager Melissa Cordero said the idea sprang from a customer’s request last year. "She was like, 'I want to shoot this thing, I just got divorced,' it was ugly," said Cordero. "It obviously provided... some emotional release."

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