Midwest Shooting Center was founded by former United States Marine Corps Officers, David Sabo and Jeff Swinford. The business was started in June-2016 as an e-commerce retailer selling firearms through a basic website and various firearm auction sites. The business was met with immediate success and expansion into a 2,000 square foot retail location soon followed in March of 2017. As their experience and customer following in the industry grew, it became apparent that there was an invisible barrier to entry for many customers (non-experts, specifically) due to many peers in the industry being perceived as outdated and intimidating. These industry norms presented an opportunity to provide a better experience for customers.
In April 2018, the decision was made to build an indoor range/retail location that had a broader commercial appeal than was typical in the industry. The concept was to be inviting, personable, and community-oriented. Rather than focusing just on retail product, this location was to have a range, experienced trainers, and other amenities required to break down the barriers to entry in the firearms industry.
Midwest Shooting Center in Lima, Ohio opened in March 2019 with 1,000 active members on opening day. Through the immediate support the location received it became evident that providing a more approachable business model with surprisingly personable staff resonated with the community surrounding the facility. This support was so strong, in fact, that it lead to the decision to expand in early 2020.
In 2021, Midwest Shooting Center became a regional brand opening facilities in Fort Wayne (IN), Sylvania (OH), and North Pittsburgh (PA). Midwest Shooting Center continues to expand with confirmed locations of Dayton (OH), Cincinnati (OH), Indianapolis (IN), and Cleveland (OH) in 2022.