New Indoor Range Hosts Grand Opening Aug. 3
MONTROSE – From expert archers awaiting hunting season to novice outdoorsmen looking for a new hobby to parents in search of a new activity the whole family can enjoy, Montrose Archery Xpress, or MAX, an indoor archery range, celebrates its grand opening – and offers a week of free shooting.
Located at 237 N. 4th St. in downtown Montrose, MAX is a full-service archery headquarters for the region.
The grand opening takes place Saturday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., when visitors can check out everything from its shooting lanes to the archery pro shop, shooting lessons, league shoots, equipment repairs and maintenance.
"What we’re trying to bring back to Montrose is archery," said Iraq War veteran Heath McCombs, who worked with his brother, Jesse (also a veteran of the Iraq War) and their cousin, Zach Johnson, to fill the void that dates back to the closure of Montrose outdoor retailer Jeans Westerner, a couple of years ago.
The trio has poured ample “sweat equity" into renovating the former transmission shop that’s now an archery hub, complete with 20-yard shooting lanes and a variety of targets.
Heath said one of the trio’s goals for MAX is to begin working with local kids through a variety of youth organizations, including the National Archery in the Schools Program, with skilled instructors teaching archery to middle- and high-school kids.
"We’re really trying to get in with the kids through 4-H and Boy Scouts," Heath said, with an eye to attracting “those families who want to learn together.”
MAX classes are already receiving positive feedback. One happy client is San Miguel County resident Ed Andrews, a real estate broker who was given a bow by a client who is president of the South Carolina Bow Hunters Association. The bow was "top of the line," Andrews said, but he needed help learning how to use and properly maintain it.
Thanks to MAX, Andrews has set his sights on bow-hunting this season for the first time.
"I drove on down there and met with them, and I found them to be very friendly and very nice,” he said of his introduction to archery. "I just know I'm getting better,” thanks to instruction at MAX.
MAX will offer practice and training for archers preparing for national shoots like The Vegas Shoot, in Las Vegas, Nev., said Heath; he added that, in the week that follows the Aug. 3 grand opening, "where people can come in a shoot as much as they want and get their bows tuned."
Door prizes, balloons and activities for the kids will be set up for the grand opening. For more information about Montrose Archery Xpress visit: www.maxarchery.com or on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/MAXarchery. For more information contact Heath McCombs at 970/596-9128, Jesse McCombs at 970/596-2231 and Zach Johnson at 970/201-1936.