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PARMA, Ohio – The former U.S. Army Reserve Center at 5301 Hauserman Road is now Parma Armory Firearms, a combination gun range and retail firearms and equipment store.

Owner Robert Euerle bought the building in 2015 and has spent the past two years cleaning up the building and grounds and renovating the interior.

The store opened Dec. 22, 2016, and the gun range opened in late March.

What was an eyesore is now a place for licensed firearms owners to practice and for those who want to be trained in shooting and the safe handling of firearms.

The store sells handguns, rifles and long guns from .22 caliber long guns to AK-47’s.

Euerle said that the first floor was originally a range which was evident by the “rocket ship exhaust pipes,” which stood out for years on the south side entrance.  It was then converted to classrooms.  It has now been returned to its former glory and houses five brand new stalls.

“Our range is also heated,” Euerle said, “so during the cold weather, you can shed that bulky coat.  The air is circulated and cleaned by a Laminar Airflow Airwall ensuring a fresh and clean visit.

“We are also proud to have Range Officers to ensure a safe environment to which you can comfortably bring your whole family,” Euerle said. “During those busy times, you can enjoy the comforts of our lounge, which has a great view of the range, or you can play an arcade game or shoot some pool.”

In addition to the store and range, two classrooms have been outfitted on the second floor.  The building will serve as a center for continuing education, health conferences and regional meetings. Anyone can rent out the space.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. May 10 with Mayor Tim DeGeeter and members of council scheduled to attend. They will have a grand opening May 13.

“We invite everyone in the community to come out for some music, food trucks and raffles on May 13,” Euerle said. “We will have new shooter specials, discounted memberships and other offers.

“This has been a long time in the making,” Euerle said, “and we still have a lot of work to do to make this building everything it can be.”


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