“We want to be the premier shooting facility in Oklahoma, designed for the comfort of the shooter,” Moran said.
The 1950s-era warehouse at 615 W Wilshire that is being converted into the shooting range once was owned by Sylvan Goldman, native Oklahoman and inventor of the shopping cart.
“It really is an Oklahoma City landmark,” Moran said.
Wilshire Gun co-founder and gun expert Matthew Moulton, a former police officer and U.S. Army veteran, will be in charge of the shooting range's training and safety programs.
While Moran and Swanson have business backgrounds, Moulton calls himself “the gun guy.” He wants to help people who are not familiar with guns to become more comfortable using a weapon, he said.
“I want to be able to help novice shooters learn how to use a weapon and be able to protect themselves and their family,” Moulton said.
Designs for the gun range also include plans for the Caliber Club, a private club limited to 100 members and Wilshire Gun's ownership group. Club members will have access to a VIP lounge, dressing rooms and cigar lounge on the top floor of Wilshire Gun.
The business also wants to host corporate events and private parties, as well as shooting sport events.
Wilshire Gun has set a target opening date for sometime this spring.