When Osseo Gun Club opened in downtown Osseo in December of 2014, husband and wife owners, Chris Williamson and Jeanine Gill, wanted to create a facility that offered much more than a shooting range and retail outlet. They wanted to create a place where people could gather for recreation and training in a safe and supportive environment.
And in the almost two years since they opened their doors, they think they have succeeded.
Sure, Osseo Gun Club (OGC) offers what you would expect, given its name: 20 rifle and pistol lanes, firearm rentals and sales, and a retail store.
They also offer some services perhaps you wouldn’t expect, things like an interactive training simulator, conference and training rooms, a lounge area with ample seating and more.
Plus, they provide the Minnesota Permit to Carry and DNR Hunter Safety classes every week.
In fact, they are all about providing the proper education and training. Osseo Gun Club offers a variety of daily classes from Ladies-Only Intro to Pistol classes on Tuesday nights to permit to carry, advanced carry, and firearm safety classes, including private instruction that may be scheduled anytime.
And while they cater to both men and women, they are carving out a special spot for women who want to learn about gun safety and how to shoot in a non-intimidating environment.
Women-Only Classes and Leagues
First, women can join the A Girl and A Gun league. This ladies-only league was established by women shooters and is for women who are just beginning or want to take their skills to the next level. The mission of A Girl and A Gun is “to educate and encourage women about firearm usage, safety, and promote women’s shooting interest & participation in the competitive shooting sports.”
They do this by providing special clinics on a wide-range of topics and special quarterly matches.
A Girl and A Gun ladies meet the first Tuesday and fourth Wednesday of each month.
Osseo Gun Club also offers a ladies-only Intro to Pistol classes every Tuesday at 6:00 pm.
With this class, women have the opportunity to learn the basics in OGC’s top of the line firearm simulator room, and then move into a private range for live fire practice with the guidance of their staff.
And if you just want to shoot on the range, Tuesday night is Ladies Night. Women get two-for-one lane fees and free firearm rental from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm every Tuesday.
A Place for Couples
Of course, Oseeo Gun Club offers plenty of classes for men, too. And, recognizing that couples might want to shoot together, they offer Date Night every Friday from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. For a discounted price, couples get gun rental, simulator visit, a lane and refreshments in the lounge.
Or, if you’d like, you and your significant other can join their Couples Pistol League on Thursday nights.
Couples can shoot at their leisure any time between 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm and then enjoy dinner and drinks at a local restaurant for a discount.
And because they offer a wide range of services, classes and leagues, people come to Osseo Gun Club from all over the metro area.
“We’ve really become a gathering place for people who share a common interest,” says Chris. “There really is a sense of community among the people here.”
Osseo Gun Club is located at 22 4th St. NW in Osseo. Their hours are:
- Monday 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
- Tuesday through Friday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Saturday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
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