ATLANTA (CBS46) – Forget electronics and appliances, guns were apparently the must-have item on Black Friday this year. FBI statistics show more than 200,000 people requested background checks to buy guns on Black Friday, up nine percent from last year. At Stoddard’s Range and Guns in Atlanta, Nikki Bradley is honing her shooting skills. She said she’s never been a “gun person” but started shooting a few months ago after a friend was carjacked during Atlanta’s slider crimes. “After that happened, it made me want to shoot for self-defense,” she said. “I have two little kids.”
Men’s Book Atlanta hosted their Spring issue release party at Stoddard’s. Attendees enjoyed time on the range, followed by fantastic food, drinks and hand rolled cigars on the patio.
“This gun requires a tremendous amount of effort to pull,” Ken Baye, the owner of Stoddards said.
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“Any time there’s discussion of rifles, ARs in particular, we see people get a little more nervous about what the government might legislate,” said Ken Baye, an owner of Stoddard’s Range and Guns, with locations in Atlanta and Douglasville.
“You charge it just like racking a slide with a handgun,” range owner Ken Baye said. “You would use the charging handle here and rack it.” Baye is one of the owners of Stoddard’s Range and Guns in Atlantic Station. He said the AR-15 may look as menacing as its military cousin but it falls far short of the mark.
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Meggitt Training Systems partnered with Stoddard’s Range & Guns on the design, equipment and installation for this showcase facility. The only gun range within the city limits of Atlanta, Georgia, Stoddard’s provides a turnkey shooting experience. Stoddard’s uses range equipment from Meggitt Training Systems, including the XWT GEN3 wireless target carrier system, GranTrap rubber bullet traps, clear view and solid shooting stalls, computer-operated lane systems, ballistic baffles, walls and guards, and much more. With nearly 90 years in the shooting range industry, Meggitt Training Systems has fielded over 13,000 ranges worldwide.