Gunsmithing, sales and archery range to be in former roller rink building
By Ted Pennekamp
Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, especially firearms and bow hunters, should be glad to know that a new indoor archery range and gun shop will soon be open for business in Prairie du Chien. NCS Gunsmithing and Sales will be owned and operated by brothers Chad and Nick Smethurst in the former River City Roller Skating building at 815 E. Campion Blvd.
“This was the perfect building and location,” said Nick, who noted that he and Chad are remodeling the building and hope to be open by Sept. 2. Nick said that the building will have an archery range with targets at up to 30 yards. Five to seven people will be able to shoot at the same time. Eventually, the range will include life-size 3D targets.
“We’re planning on having archery leagues and tournaments along with open range times,” said Nick, who noted that father-son, father-daughter, mother-son, and mother daughter participation will be encouraged. “We’re trying to get the younger kids involved,” he said.
There will also be a retail shop where guns, rifles, bows and accessories will be sold. Customers will also be able to place orders for items not in stock.
In addition, Chad, 38, is a certified gunsmith and Nick, 34, is certified in Duracoat firearm finishing. “You can have any color under the sun,” said Nick about the firearm finishing. Chad had been selling firearms and gunsmithing at a different location in Prairie du Chien but needed more space, which the new building will provide.
The brothers are remodeling the interior of the building themselves, with the exception of the tin ceiling, which was done by Craig Krantz of Bloomington, who also put tin on the exterior of the building. New concrete in front of the building and around the corner was completed by Dobbs Construction of Rochester, Minn.
“We’re excited,” said Nick, who noted that he and Chad are looking forward to serving firearm and archery customers soon.