About Us

Barracks 616 is West Michigan’s newest, state-of-the-art shooting facility, firearms & accessories retail store, and training/education center. We offer friendly, knowledgeable service for all skill levels — from beginner to the expert marksman — with the product selection you want.

Our goal is to provide a comfortable environment to anyone interested in shooting, whether you have experience or not. Safety and education are our top priorities.

We offer everything you need for a great day of shooting, or firearms & accessories shopping — all under one roof.

Hours

Mon-Sat: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sun:       11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
* Range closes one (1) hour prior to store

Contact Us

Phone: (616) 259-6979
E-mail: barracks616@barracks616.com

Indoor Range

Standard Range Fees

  • $18 per hour
  • $12 per 1/2 hour
  • 50% off for 2nd person (maximum 2 people per lane)

Call ahead and make reservations up to one month in advance.

Range Rules and Policies

Prior to using the Barracks 616 Firing Range, you will be required to read and sign (on-site) our Range Policies document. These Rules & Policies are posted online only for your review — actual form must be filled out on-site before entering the range.

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Barracks 616 Range Rules & Policies (Download in PDF format)

Rental Firearms

We offer a wide selection of rental firearms with two options for rental:

  • Full rental – $10 for the firearm + Cost of ammunition (rentals must use our ammo).
  • 10 for 10 – $10 for the firearm + 10 rounds of ammunition to try it out.

We also offer a selection of demo suppressors to try before you buy.

Facility/Technology

12 Shooting Lanes - 25 Yards

Our state-of-the-art range offers safety & environmental benefits not available elsewhere in the greater Grand Rapids area.

8 full-time public lanes, 4 private lanes

Our private lanes are used for classes, events, classes and overflow. Call us today to reserve lanes for your event.

Industry Standard

Action Target’s Total Containment Trap™ (TCT) is the dominant industry standard for modern, heavy-duty, steel bullet traps.

Action Target’s Total Containment Trap™ (TCT)

The TCT incorporates the strengths, and eliminates the weaknesses, of other traps, and is the superior choice for ranges where safety, reliability, and ease of use are top priorities.

Environmentally Friendly

It also protects the environment by collecting lead fragments into sealable containers, filtering lead dust.

Environmentally Friendly

It eliminates the need for potentially hazardous materials like rubber, oil, or contaminated water. It also protects shooters by eliminating dangerous splatter, ricochet, and lead dust build up.

Funnel Plates

Gently sloping funnel plates reduce bullet break up on initial impact. Splatter and ricochet are virtually eliminated, even when firing at very close distances.

How it works

Bullets slide along the plates until they reach the deceleration chamber where they are safely contained.

Deceleration Chamber

Bullets slide along the funnel plates through the open throat, safely spin along a round steel path until their energy is fully dissipated, and fall harmlessly to the bottom of the trap.

Patented Open Throat Design

the Total Containment Trap™ (TCT) has absolutely no deflectors, side walls, or other vertical edges found in other designs. The chambers are assembled to form a continuous sealed environment with no gaps.

Dust Collection Unit (DCU)

Designed with a negative pressure vacuum system that continuously removes lead dust and other fine airborne particles from inside the deceleration chambers of the TCT.

OSHA Approved Filtration

To comply with OSHA regulations and protect the surrounding environment, the DCU uses its own internal filters to clean the air from the trap before it is exhausted. Our negative pressure vacuum system is superior to positive pressure.

Products

Used Firearms

Rental Firearms

Training and Classes

Basic Handgun

  • Cost: $75
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Class Size: Min 4 / Max 8
  • Provided Equipment:
    • Eye & ear protection provided
    • .22 caliber handgun with 50 rounds of ammunition will be provided
    • (Optional) Bring your own personal handgun & 50 rounds, and receive a $5 credit

This class is for the first-time gun owner, or those who are new to handguns. The purpose of this class is to teach the new handgun owner the essential safety skills required to operate, transport and store a handgun safely and effectively. Students will learn the different types of handguns, major components of each, and how to properly care and maintain their firearm. Students will also learn the fundamentals of handgun marksmanship. The class will conclude with a live fire session on the range, where each student will fire 50 rounds and receive individual instruction from a qualified handgun instructor. Class size is limited to five students to ensure that each person receives quality instruction.

Women-Only Basic Handgun — The same course as the regular Basic Handgun except enrollment is limited to women only. Get your friends together and come and learn how to safely handle a firearm. A great option for Ladies night out!

Concealed Pistols License (CPL) – NRA Personal Protection in the Home

  • Cost: $150
  • Duration: 8+ hours
  • Class Size: Min 8 / Max 16
  • Required Equipment:
    • Handgun
    • 100 rounds ammo (check for availability at retail)
    • Eye & ear protection
    • Lunch/snacks
    • Pen/Pencil

This is the class required to apply for your State of Michigan Concealed Pistols License (CPL). The class is taught by an NRA-certified instructor, and the legal portion by a licensed attorney. Each student will receive an NRA packet. Must be proficient with operation and use of your firearm (clearing, loading and unloading). Class size is limited to 16 students.

What you will learn:

  • Firearm Safety
  • Basic Defensive Pistol Skills
  • Strategies for Home and Personal Safety
  • Legal Aspects of Personal Protection
  • Using a firearm in a responsible and ethical manner

NRA Refuse To Be A Victim® Seminar

  • Cost: $25

The Refuse To Be A Victim Seminar teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for developing a strategy for your personal safety.

The seminar includes classroom instruction on a variety of crime prevention strategies including:

  • Home Security
  • Personal Security
  • Automobile Security
  • Workplace Security
  • Technological Security

Seminars can vary in length, but typically last approximately 3 hours. This is not a firearms instruction course, and does not include instruction in physical combat self-defense.

This seminar also teaches common weaknesses that criminals may take advantage of, the psychology of criminal behavior, and teaches a variety of corrective measures that are practical, inexpensive, and easy to follow. Just a few strategies we’ll cover are home security, carjack avoidance techniques, cyber safety, and use of personal safety devices.

Students will receive the Refuse To Be A Victim student handbook, NRA Refuse To Be A Victim® brochure, NRA Become A Refuse To Be A Victim® Instructor Brochure, Refuse To Be A Victim® Firearms Supplement, and a course completion certificate.

Defensive Pistol Skills I

  • Cost: $150
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Class Size: Min 4 / Max 8
  • Required Equipment:
    • Defensive caliber handgun (.380 or larger)
    • 250 rounds ammo (check availability at retail)
    • Holster
    • Minimum 3 magazines
    • Eye & ear protection

This class is for the person that already possesses their CPL. This class will build upon the foundation that the Concealed Pistols License (CPL) provided. Topics discussed will be handgun and holster selection, how to dress properly to conceal a firearm as well as the proper mindset required while carrying a firearm. The majority of the class will be spent on the range learning the proper draw stroke of the firearm, reloading, malfunction clearances and the essentials of handgun marksmanship including different shooting positions. Class size is limited to 8 students.

NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home (PPOTH) Basic and Advanced

    • Cost: $250 Due at time of Registration
    • Date: January 17, and 18, 2015
    • Duration: 14 hours Total, Saturday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Sunday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

** ADVANCE YOUR CONCEALED CARRY PISTOL SKILLS ** This course provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitude essential for avoiding dangerous confrontations and for the safe, effective and responsible use of a concealed pistol for self-defense outside the home. Students will learn the proper draw-stroke and presentation of the pistol from concealment, reloading, malfunction clearances, use of cover, different shooting positions, turning and shooting, multiple targets, shooting and moving and low-light shooting. The NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home series is divided into two levels (PPOTH Basic and PPOTH Advanced). Day One is a nine-hour course and offers the essential knowledge and skills that must be mastered in order to carry, store, and use a firearm safely and effectively for personal protection outside the home. Day 2 is an additional five hours of range training and teaches advanced shooting skills.

  • Required Equipment:
    • A Valid MI CPL
    • Defensive Caliber Handgun .380 or larger (No .22’s)‘)
    • 250 Rounds minimum, 300 recommended
    • Minimum 2 Magazines or Speed-Loaders
    • Strong side ONLY holster that allows for safe one-handed holstering or purse holster (No crossdraw or shoulder holsters permitted)
    • Magazine Carrier(s)
    • Eye and Ear Protection
    • Concealment CLothing (jacket, shirt, vest)

Subjects Covered::

  • Mindset and Awareness
  • Strategies for personal safety
  • Legal aspects of self defense
  • Modes of carrying concealed handguns
  • Skills for defensive handgun use
  • Defensive shooting positions (cover and concealment)

Prerequisites::

  • You must show a valid MI CPL and/or proof of completion of NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Course (CPL Class)

Private Instruction

  • Cost: $75

The instructor will consult with the student to determine what type of instruction that they are interested in. Instruction is available for handgun, shotgun or carbine.

Our Instructors

Dan Bolens

Instructor Dan Bolens

Dan served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1970 (Vietnam) where he was awarded the Purple Heart. He served 8 years in the National Guard during the Iranian Crisis.

Dan has 25 years experience in law enforcement, including 12 years on the Kentwood Police Special Response Team. From 1995-1998, Dan worked for Eastern Michigan University as an Assistant Instructor with SOS Temps/former SEAL Team 6 teaching SWAT courses, including CQB.

Since 9/11, Dan has worked for several security companies in both domestic and foreign theatres in their personal protection divisions. He served on protection details for V.I.P.s including Hollywood celebrities, sport professionals, and political figures.

Dan deployed 5 times with Blackwater as a team leader on Personal Security Detail. He completed 2 tours each in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2004, Dan formed his own company, Eagle Tactical, providing tactical/gun training — as well as personal protection services — to private clients.

Instructor Garret Clark

Garret Clark

Garret has been involved with firearms his entire life, and is an avid shooter and hunter. He is an NRA-Certified Instructor for Basic Pistol, Personal Protection in the Home, Personal Protection Outside the Home and an NRA Range Safety Officer. He is also a member of the Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors. Garret considers himself a lifelong student in the defensive use of the firearm, as well as developing the proper combative mindset. He is passionate that all firearm owners receive proper and ongoing training.

Garret Clark He has trained with nationally recognized handgun instructors and is continually researching the latest information from experts in the field. It is Garret’s belief and mission that every law-abiding citizen should take the appropriate steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from harm. It is his goal that every student he instructs is able to develop the proper mindset and attitude to be a safe and responsible gun owner.

Garret has trained with the following schools and instructors:

  • NRA Instructor School
  • Michigan Defensive Firearms Institute – Steve Fisher
  • Shivworks Extreme Close Quarters Concepts – Craig Douglas
  • Handgun Combatives – Dave Spaulding
  • Suarez International – Roger Phillips
  • Liberty Defense Training
  • Michigan State Police – “Security Issues for Places of Worship”
  • Surviving Active Shooter Incidents
  • Kyle Defoor 2-Day Handgun
  • NRA Basic Personal Protection Outside the Home
  • NRA Advanced Personal Protection Outside the Home
  • ADSI Intstructor Development “Intuitive Sighted Fire”
  • “The Bulletproof Mind Seminar” with Lt. Col. David Grossman

Garret adheres to the tenets of the Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors:

Code of the Professional Defensive Shooting Instructors

  • I am committed to the safety of my students, and hold that the expected benefit of any training activity must significantly outweigh any known or perceived risk of that activity.
  • I believe that it is my responsibility to understand not just what I’m teaching, but WHY I’m teaching any technique or concept, or offering specific advice.
  • I recognize that defensive shooting skills, along with the drills and gear used, are inherently specialized and usually distinct from those of target shooting, competition and hunting endeavors.
  • I will encourage my students to ask questions about course material, and I will answer them with thorough and objective explanations.
  • I understand that Integrity and Professionalism are subjective traits and I strive to maintain high levels of both. I am capable of, and willing to, articulate the reasons for the way I conduct my courses and how I interact with students & peers.
  • I believe that it is valuable to engage my peers in constructive conversation about differences in technique and concept, with the goal of mutual education and evolution.
  • I believe that the best instructor is an avid student, and I will strive to continually upgrade my own skills and knowledge. As part of this belief, I understand that my own teachings need to be subject to critique and open to evolution.
Instructor Terry Gay

Terry Gay

Terry Gay is the founder of S.R.C. Tactical Defense, he is also a NRA Certified pistol instructor, NTL Affiliate Instructor, Security Guard / Bouncer, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Certified Ranger Tactical Handgun, Member of the Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors.

Terry is a competent handler of firearms and is very capable of instructing students on safe and proper firearm and knife handling in the basics and fundamentals of real world self-defense.

  • 8th Degree Black Belt
  • 40+ Years Martial Arts Experience
  • P.A.K.A. Kickboxing Champion
  • Certified Cage Combat MMA Referee
  • ISCF Certified MMA Referee
  • ISCF Certified MMA Judge
  • International Hall of Fame Member
  • NRA Certified Instructor
Instructor Pia Sullivan

Pia Sullivan

As a Swedish native, Pia Sullivan began her interest in firearms and other defensive strategies when she was 18 years old and served the Swedish Military/Coast Guards as an officer trainee. While the interest of perseverance of body and mind was still there, she moved on to pursue another career. Pia moved to America in 1993.

Pia is currently a dual citizen of Sweden and the US. She has owned and operated her other business, BodyMind Inc., which provides Acupressure Massage, for the last 18 years. She is a mother of a teenage son and resides in Grand Rapids.

Little over 3 years ago, Pia decided to start up her marksmanship training again and to introduce her son to both the sport and the home defense aspect of pistols. They joined a local range for safety classes and indoor target shooting. She spent the summer competing in IDPA matches and started taking defensive firearms training classes from various instructors and organizations.

As an alumni of MDFI, Pia has completed Handgun I & II, Handgun Low Light, Carbine I & II, Handgun Cover & Movements, and last year she competed two rounds of Home Defense 360 degree Shoot House training at the Alliance Police Department Facility in OH. Pia continues to further her personal defense training, lethal as well as non-lethal, with different instructors and modalities.

Pia is currently certified by NRA as an instructor for Basic Pistol and Personal Defense in Home (CPL/CCW). She is also a holder of a Michigan Concealed Pistol License.

Her passion is to share the sport of marksmanship, the confidence of gun handling and the power of self-defense with other women.

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Instructor Jon Durell

Jon Durell

Jon Durell was a police officer for Fruitport Twp PD (Muskegon County) and Wyoming PD. His assignments included patrol, communications, detective, and many temporary specialized enforcement assignments.

Over the years, his use of force training included crowd control, dynamic and static firearms training (pistol, shotgun, patrol rifle), scenario based simunition training, firearms simulator training, taser and less-lethal weapons, defensive tactics, and collapsable and side-handle baton training.

  • Graduated GVSU December 2001, B.A. Criminal Justice in February 2002 to August 2013
  • Thomas M. Cooley January 2011 to April 2014, Juris Doctor (J.D.) Cum Laude
  • Licensed Attorney in Michigan November 2014.
Instructor Derek Jensen

Derek Jensen

Memberships

“Enlisted” Membership

$250 annually, or $150 semi-annually

Includes:

  • Free range use 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Free range use all day Wednesday
  • One-time waiver/policies sign-in (Member is required to disclose any changes to their status)
  • 5% off in-stock merchandise (excludes firearms)
  • Six (6) 1-hour guest range passes
  • One (1) basic firearm cleaning (annually)
  • Free firearm rental on member’s birthday

“Officer’s” Membership

$450 annually, or $250 semi-annually

Includes:

  • Free range time (Unlimited)
  • One-time waiver/policies sign-in (Member is required to disclose any changes to their status)
  • Call-ahead ammo reservation (subject to availability)
  • 5% off in-stock merchandise (excludes firearms)
  • $10 discount on all firearm transfers
  • Ten (10) 1-hour guest range passes
  • Three (3) basic firearm cleanings (annually)
  • Free firearm rental on member’s birthday

“Platoon” Membership

$2500 – $6500 (See options & details below)

Our Platoon Membership offers great savings by pre-buying range time — range hour cards make a great gift for clients and/or employees.

  • 200 hours of range time* – $2500 ($500 in savings)
  • 1,000 hours of range time* – $6500 ($1,000 in savings)

Platoon Membership Range Passes may be used to rent our private range. One Hour of Private Range Use will require 7 Range Passes. If your group requires a Range Safety Officer you can either submit another range pass or pay separately ($25.00 per hour).

* Range hours expire one year from the date of purchase.

Locker Rental (Optional)

Convenient, on-site locker rental is available as an addition to any membership rank. Two locker options are available:

  • “The Boot Locker” — 30″H x 18″W x 18″D, 16 available, $25/month* (billed annually)
  • “The Surplus Locker” — 80″H x 16″W x 18″D, 9 available, $40/month* (billed annually)

NOTE: We will keep 2-4 small lockers available for short term storage.

* One time initiation fee of $100.00 for either locker option (good as long as you’re an active renter)

Action League

  • Cost:: $59.95 (All 3 matches & T-Shirt)
  • Members:$29.95 (All 3 matches & T-shirt)
  • Pre-Registration/safety screening required

Action shooting is where the target shooter’s score is based on both accuracy and elapsed time when engaging multiple targets. The Action Shoots are used by many shooters for practice and to improve their defensive skills. Everyone can shoot in the Action Shoot from beginners to experienced shooters. Just remember, everyone was a beginner shooter at some point in time. Practice made them better!

If you are unfamiliar with an Action Shoot, you are welcome to come in and see the shoot from our large observation area.

You will need to bring a firearm with a barrel shorter than 6?, 2 magazines, a magazine holder, a safe holster, and 100 round of ammo. If you need assistance with proper equipment, please stop by and see us at Barracks 616 and we will show you what is needed. The course of fire changes every match, new experiences await every shoot!

Divisions:

Production – As the name implies, this class is for stock unmodified* pistols. Factory Barrel porting not allowed. * Exceptions: Grip enhancers, Aftermarket notch and post type sights, Internal trigger work (Strikers, sears, springs, connectors/disconnectors, and any other part which is NOT visible when the gun is in battery is considered INTERNAL)

Limited – This class is for modified pistols with non electronic sights

Open – Anything goes!

All shooters are welcome, of all experience levels. Our staff here at the Barracks 616 will assist you in getting started, as will the other shooters. We promote a fun, safe, and secure shooting experience!

3 Match Series

Matches will be held Jan 12th, Feb 9th, and Mar 9th at 6pm

Questions? Give us a call! 616-259-6979