Gun Range, Handgun and Personal Safety Course Offerings
Important Update on COVID-19: The firing range will re-open to the public starting Saturday, June 6th at 50% of capacity. We will very much appreciate the use of masks while on the premises. All staff and customers will be required to comply with social distancing standards.
South Metro Public Safety Training Facility allows the general public access to firing range for the purpose of practicing safe and proficient firearms handling.
The gun range is open to the public every Saturday 8 AM - 2 PM and most* Wednesdays from 6 PM - 9 PM. Cost is $20/lane for a single shooter.
Also offered are Intro to Handguns, MN Permit to Carry, Advanced Carry, and Women's Self Defense Pistol Training. Click here for course info.
*Occasionally, the range is unavailable on a Wednesday evening for police training. On these events, we provide notice to customers via email. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please provide your name and email below.
Please NOTE: On November 18, only the small range (4-lanes, 45 ft. distance) will be open from 6PM - 9PM.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Our Intro to Handguns and Firearms Safety training course ($109) is for those who are new gun owners or are unfamiliar with firearms. This course is recommended prior to taking the MN PTC course.
History of SMPSTF’s commitment to offering gun safety programs to the public.
It was October 24, 1964. Edina resident, Dr. Frederic Wippermann and his two sons were on a highly anticipated hunting trip when the worst happened. Twelve-year-old, Brian’s 20- gauge shotgun accidentally discharged, killing him instantly. Amidst their grief, the family resolved to somehow turn this profound tragedy into something positive.
In 1971, with over $50,000 in pledged donations from the Wippermann family and the Edina Optimist’s Club, the Brian Wippermann Memorial Gun Range was opened on a parcel of city-owned property in the corner of Edina - just to the south of where the South Metro Public Safety Training Facility now stands. The donations, which extended over 25 years, were earmarked to educate youngsters in the importance of safe gun handling in an attempt to ensure that other young people and their families, might be prevented from having to endure such a tragedy.
By 1997, when the Brian Wippermann Memorial Gun Range had to close, largely because of environmental concerns, nearly 4000 children had participated in firearms safety programs with many thousands more area residents using the firing ranges to practice safe gun handling through indoor target shooting and outdoor trap shooting.
In 2004, the South Metro Public Safety Training Facility was opened - with the mission to provide a state-of-the-art training environment for area public safety agencies. The facility is jointly owned and operated by the Cities of Edina, Eden Prairie, Bloomington, and by the Metropolitan Airport Commission. Training space and on-site support services are provided for these and many other police and fire agencies throughout the southwest metro area.
The City of Edina’s joint venture with the Wippermann family and the Edina Optimist’s Club may have ended in 1997; however, the Board of Directors governing this facility and the City of Edina Parks and Recreation Department’s determination to honor the spirit of the past arrangement did not. Opportunities are offered for people of all ages to use the firing ranges. In addition, several firearms courses are offered throughout the year, including Introduction to Handguns and Firearms Safety, MN Permit to Carry, an advanced carry course and a women's self defense course.
The City of Edina is proud to continue honoring the memory of Brian Wippermann, and the South Metro Public Safety Training Facility is grateful to be able to assist in this worthy endeavor.
The South Metro Public Safety Training Facility operates under a joint powers agreement between the Cities of Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina, and the Metropolitan Airports Commission.
The facility provides a variety of police and fire training opportunities in a 28,000 square foot, two-building campus on a 3 1/2 acre site. It is conveniently located in the northeast corner of Hwys 169 and 494 in Edina MN.
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