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Reloaded: New gun range replaces old one

Within six months of the closure and auction of the Heartland Outdoors gun range in Edmond, another shooting sports business has taken its place. Safety 1st won’t have its grand opening until later this month, but is already serving customers.
By Catherine Sweeney, Business Writer Published: June 4, 2014
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photo - Mitch Harrington, owner of Safety 1st Gun Range and Training is seem Wednesday in Edmond .  Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman  Steve Gooch - 
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Mitch Harrington, owner of Safety 1st Gun Range and Training is seem Wednesday in Edmond . Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman Steve Gooch - The Oklahoman

Out with the old, in with the similar.

Within six months, one Edmond shooting range and gun retailer closed, and another replaced it.

Safety 1st, Edmond’s newest range, moved into the storefront at 1456 N Kelly Ave, which had housed Heartland Outdoors.

“It’s kind of crazy to open a business in the exact same location with the same business that just failed,” said Safety 1st owner Mitch Harrington.

Targeting in

Heartland closed in January and later that month held an auction. Harrington, who owns J&K Bullet Casters in Moore, went to the auction to see the range equipment, but had no intention to buy. It was too expensive.

He introduced himself to the man who bought the range equipment, who planned to take it to his gun range in Missouri.

“He said, ‘Well, I really only need half of it.’ And I said, ‘No kidding?’” Harrington said.

Although the equipment was too expensive in total, half was manageable.

“After about eight hours of sleep that week, I was able to get a solid business proposal done,” he said. After buying the equipment, Harrington tracked down the building’s owner and persuaded him to rent it out.

Open for business

Safety 1st won’t have its grand opening until later this month, but is already serving customers.

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