Winding Brook gun range reloads with new operator

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The former Blue Ridge Arsenal in Ashland has reopened under new management. (Mike Platania)

An Ashland shooting range is back in business after a brief hiatus caused by a standoff between its landlord and the Northern Virginia-based company the space was built for.

The short-lived Blue Ridge Arsenal at 11547 Lakeridge Parkway has reopened as Winding Brook Indoor Shooting Range, with the property’s landlords now running the show.

Robert Alvarez, part of the group that owns the property, said it will honor all memberships that were paid for while Blue Ridge Arsenal was the tenant.

He said the group is operating the gun range for two reasons: “To maintain our staff and their livelihood, and make sure they still had a job; and two, to maintain memberships. The old tenant had members who had paid for a year’s membership and we’re going to honor those contracts.”

The 24,000-square-foot shooting range closed in late July, less than a year after it was opened by Blue Ridge Arsenal, which also operates a Chantilly location.

The property ownership group took over the space after filing a lawsuit in Hanover County General District Court in May, alleging Blue Ridge Arsenal owed $150,000 in unpaid rent.

Alvarez said the new management is working toward adding a retail component, which requires certification to sell firearms.

“We’ll still offer training, we’ll still have tournaments for competition. We’ll focus on bringing on more members. We want to have a strong presence in the market,” Alvarez said.

The business’ hours are noon to 7 p.m. every day but Tuesday. Alvarez said it will expand the hours as management settles in.

The lawsuit is still ongoing with a hearing scheduled for Sept. 19. Alvarez declined to comment on the case.

Blue Ridge Arsenal’s first location in Chantilly remains open.

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