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A Superior Shooting Experience 
16 Years and Counting

The Whistling Pines Gun Clubs in Colorado Springs, CO were designed to provide a unique selection of facilities to the modern firearms owner. Our multi-location, membership-only model provides a calm atmosphere with carefully selected retail; versatile, state of the art ranges; and opportunities to continuously develop your skills through extremely varied training courses, competition and practice.

 All four of our indoor ranges feature programmable target management systems. These allow shooters to safely continue when other “public” or non-membership ranges would be calling a halt to swap out targets, shooters, or both.

Our systems also allow you to test yourself against moving, turning and disappearing targets. A huge curriculum of handgun and long gun courses provide a variety of “next steps” too. These are taught by certified NRA or Military/LE instructors as well as competitive Grandmasters (there’s even a USPSA Senior National Champion in there somewhere).

Ventilation systems are a critical component on our ranges. With the slight breeze you’ll always feel at your back, you’ll know our systems move air down range at a monitored and controlled rate of 75 feet per minute. This technology eliminates virtually all lead exposure and ensures that those on the firing line will always breathe fresh, comfortable air in any season or weather.

Our Clubs offer open-to-the-public retail at each location. We carry studiously vetted firearms, holsters, gun cases, optics, knives, ammunition, and much more. So we’ll say it again: Our retail areas are open to the public.

A large selection of current model firearms are available for rental. We also have technology available that evaluates the ergonomics of your grip and trigger press. In just a few minutes, we can show you in precise, objective terms which firearm is likely to be the one you’ll shoot best!

East Range:

1412 Woolsey Heights, Colorado Springs, CO 80915
(719) 597 – 3456
Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Saturday: 9 AM–8 PM
Sunday: 9 AM–6 PM

West Range:

4750 Peace Palace Point, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
(719) 375 – 3636
Monday: 9 AM–8 PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Saturday: 9 AM–8 PM
Sunday: 9 AM–6 PM

Holiday Hours:

Memorial Day*: 9 AM–2 PM
Independence Day: 9 AM–2 PM
Labor Day: 9 AM–2 PM
Thanksgiving Day: CLOSED
Christmas Eve: 9 AM–2 PM
Christmas Day: CLOSED
New Year’s Eve: 9 AM–2 PM
New Year’s Day: CLOSED

* 9 AM–2 PM West Club Only

Please call either location for questions or send an email to info@whistlingpinesgunclub.com

Staff

Bob and Joyce Holmes, Owners

In 2006, Bob and Joyce opened Whistling Pines Gun Club to provide responsible firearm owners in Colorado Springs an upscale, safe, clean, family friendly place to shoot. Both Bob and Joyce have served in the armed forces (Bob – Navy and Joyce – Army) and believe strongly in the 2nd Amendment right to defend yourself and your family. Bob has a BBA and an MBA from the University of New Mexico and Joyce has a BBA Degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.


Richard

Richard comes to Whistling Pines as our Director of Training and Lead at our East location. He has served honorably in the United States Air Force, was a diesel mechanic and is also an NRA Instructor. His expertise in all firearms is unsurpassed and he is available to you with any questions you may have. In his off time, Richard enjoys motorcycles and snowboarding.


Brent Voorhees

Brent is the lead at our West location. He graduated from Colorado Technical University with a BA in Information Technologies. Brent shoots in USPSA competitions and is an NRA Certified Instructor. Hunting and fishing are some of Brent’s favorite pastimes besides spending time with his family and awesome 1st grade daughter.


Frank Winn

Frank is our Director of Marketing and has been studying arms and their relationship to tyranny, meaningful liberty and personal security all his adult life. He has also been a firearms safety/shooting instructor for nearly 30 years, holding certifications in multiple disciplines and from multiple organizations.

He has won state, regional or national titles with both handguns and carbines. He presently holds “Master” or “Grand Master” rank in both USPSA and GSSF disciplines. Frank was profiled by noted gun writer and firearms instructor Massad Ayoob in the 2018 GLOCK Annual magazine (“Master With A Glock”).

Frank may be familiar to members from NRA publications like NRA’s America’s 1st Freedom. As a freelance writer and Guns & Gear Editor he contributed more than 400 print and digital features on firearms, the 2nd Amendment, shooting techniques, biography and American history. He is also author of the forthcoming book 21st Century Handgun.


Josh Goodwin, Gunsmith

Josh is a graduate of the Gunsmithing Program of the Colorado School of Trades in Lakewood. His experience includes refinishing, repair, and customizing rifles, shotguns, and pistols. He has earned armorer certifications from Beretta, Glock, Mossberg, Remington, and Sig Arms. Josh enjoys spending time with his family in his spare time.


Chad Edwards

Chad has over 30 years of successful leadership, law enforcement, investigations, special operations, and program management world-wide. Extensive local and federal law enforcement and intelligence expertise in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Arabian Gulf; working joint operations with over twenty U.S. and foreign agencies in over nine countries.

Operations included unit leadership, protective service operations, investigations, collections, training, special/unconventional operations, counterintelligence, counter-threat and counterterrorism. Chad’s training and working highlights include: all branches of the US military and many foreign military and police (including many special operations forces), FBI, FBI SWAT and HRT, CIA, DIA, DEA, USSS, SEK, NTOA and LAPD SWAT, Denver SWAT, and as a course director for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

Chad is a veteran of operations in North America, Central America, Southwest Asia, Asia, Europe and combat operations in Iraq. He currently supports a National Nuclear Security Administration component responsible for the transport of nuclear weapons and components, is a volunteer adjunct firearms and tactics instructor for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and is the owner of Rescue 29 Consulting (www.rescue29.com).


Mark Bailey

Mark is primarily at our West location and as a NRA Certified Firearms Instructor. He enjoys teaching first time shooters the basics and fundamentals of shooting. As an avid hunter, fisherman and lover of all things outdoors- Mark spends his free time enjoying Colorado life. As a native Coloradan, he spent 34 years with HP and is now happily retired.


Tom “Hoser” Freeman

Tom started shooting competitively when he was 12 years old with a Winchester model 52 in Rim Fire Silhouette. He’s currently is a member of the Air Force Action Pistol Shooting Team specializing in IDPA Stock Service Pistol and IPSC Production divisions.


Don

Don served 24 years in the United States Air Force and has over 30 years of experience with firearms. He is based out of the West location. Don loves to interact/network with our members and help/train new shooters. Don likes spending time with his family, is a huge Hockey and Football fan, and he loves everything outdoors that Colorado has to offer, to include hiking, camping and fishing.


Dan Tippie

Dan has been actively shooting for over 40 years. He is a certified NRA Pistol Instructor, NRA Metallic Cartridge Reloading Instructor, and a NRA Range Safety Officer. Dan is a NRA Benefactor member and a member of the GSSF, USPSA. He has participated in USPSA and Bullseye Shooting competitions for many years and loves to share his passion for shooting with others.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a member to shoot at Whistling Pines Gun Clubs?

Yes. At Whistling Pines Gun Clubs safety comes first, and membership helps us track and resolve safety issues in a way “public/hourly shooter” organizations simply cannot. Members are welcome to bring guests, but a signed waiver and safety briefing are required for each guest prior to entering the shooting bays. Please inquire about military, law enforcement and student discounts for membership. Our training courses, retail shop, and gunsmith services are open to the public.

What is the policy in regards to bringing or inviting guests?

Members are allowed to bring up to 2 guests in each shooting session. Each guest requires a guest pass (which may be purchased in advance, or at the time). A safety briefing and signed Waiver of Liability are required before entering the shooting area(s). Staff may also ask to check your ammunition in order to protect our facilities prior to letting you shoot.

What courses and training do you offer at Whistling Pines Gun Club?

We have many courses and training offerings, including private/small group options. Many of our “competition” venues are also mentoring/training oriented. Please click here to see details of each course. Please forward special requests or needs here.

How do I get a concealed carry Permit in Colorado?

There are several steps you must go through if you are interested in obtaining a concealed carry permit in Colorado. Once you have received sanctioned training (see our Concealed Carry Courses), you then fill out and submit the application from to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department (or the County where you reside), provide your Colorado Driver’s License or State ID, pay all fees, and include the “proof of training” we’ll provide upon successful completion of an appropriate course.

Who is eligible to obtain a concealed carry permit?

An applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 21 years of age or older at the time of the application
  • Be a resident of El Paso County (active military stationed in El Paso County qualify as residents with a Military ID and PCS Orders)
  • Provide a valid Colorado Driver's License or Colorado ID or a Military ID and PCS orders
  • Submit proof of firearms training within the last ten years
  • Successfully complete a background investigation
  • You cannot be ineligible to possess a firearm pursuant to section 18-12-108 or Federal Law. (Deals with possession of weapons by previous offenders.)
  • You cannot have been convicted of perjury under section 18-8-503. (Deals with information provided or deliberately omitted on a permit application.)
  • You must not be chronically and habitually use alcoholic beverages to the extent that your normal faculties are functionally impaired.
  • You are not an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance as defined in section 18-18-102(5). (As determined by Federal Law and Regulations, the ATF has determined that state issued Medical Marijuana cards Do Not exempt this restriction.)
  • You are not subject to a restraining order under certain guidelines.
How do you demonstrate safety and proficiency for CCW application purposes?

You can demonstrate your safety and proficiency by submitting:

  • Evidence of experience with firearms through participation in organized shooting competitions
  • Evidence that, at the time the application is submitted, you are a certified firearms instructor
  • Proof you have been honorably discharged from a branch of the United States Armed Forces within the three years preceding your submission of the application, or ten years if you held a pistol qualification
What kind of training is required for a concealed carry permit?

A training certificate from a “handgun training class” obtained within the ten years preceding your submission of the application fulfills this requirement. At Whistling Pines Gun Clubs, the following classes will meet the Concealed Carry License training requirement:

Other classes may also be acceptable (see the course description). You do not need to be a member of Whistling Pines Gun Club to attend any of our courses. You will submit the training certificate we provide to the agency taking your application.

How much does it cost to obtain a concealed carry Permit in Colorado?

Cost varies from county to county. You should expect it to be ~$160 (El Paso County is $135, but fee submission requirements are very specific – check here). This amount does not include the cost of any training/certification you may need to submit with your application.

Can I have a firearm transferred to Whistling Pines Gun Club?

Yes. If you would like to have a firearm delivered to our location for transfer, feel free to request our FFL for documentation (either in person or here). The FFL Transfer Fee is $30 for members and non-members. Your will also need to pass a background check to receive your firearm (just as you would if purchasing locally - $10.50).

What if I have to cancel a reservation for an event? (i.e Date Night, Family Night, Movie Night, etc.)

Unfortunately, admissions/reservations for events involving food cannot be refunded or exchanged

What if I have to cancel a reservation for a training course?

Withdrawals will be honored with 48-hour notice via email to cancel or switch to another class. Emails must be sent to: frank@whisltingpinesgunclub.com

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