At first glance it looks like any other big box store.
"It's beautiful, it's kinda like a Walmart," said Kevin Headlee of Bradenton.
But it doesn't take you long to see, and hear, that this is much different from your neighborhood WalMart.
Shooters World is a 62,000 square foot firearms superstore.
But to simply call this a gun store really wouldn't do it justice.
"We wanted something to be wide open and very accessible to families, to women, to bringing your kids in to shoot," said Shooters World general manager Bruce Kitzis. "We have classes every day of the week from beginning to expert, from ladies only to children's courses and safety class."
There's also a firearms museum and of course, multiple shooting ranges.
The company says the store is the largest in the state.
The opening of Florida's largest gun store comes at an interesting time for the firearms industry.
Guns are polarizing these days with gun control a hot topic following the Newtown, Connecticut shootings.
Many believe tactical weapons like the ones dominating a section of the store will soon be banned and that has meant a run on guns.
But Shooters World says they aren't some fly-by-night operation taking advantage of the big rush.
"This concept was started long before the onset of this latest rush for guns, we had been planning this for a long time," said Kitzis.
They say they will keep their prices the same and not take advantage of the demand.
They say they are here to serve their customers for the long haul.
Customers like Renita Singh.
"I shot maybe six rounds today, I experienced three different guns," said Singh.
Singh, a USF senior, wouldn't call herself a gun expert by any means but might soon become a customer.
"I heard Monday night is ladies night so I'll definitely be back for that," said Singh.
Kevin Headlee has a little more gun experience.
"I've probably been shooting pretty much my entire adult life in one form or another," said Headlee.
He says Shooters World and their well rounded approach is a welcome change, he's also a fan of the "run on guns."
"I think it's a good thing that people are exercising their constitutional rights and deciding to be interested in doing something like that," said Headlee.
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