by: Jim Hart Brian Coleman, owner of Rapid Arms Gun Shop, is pictured behind the display counter with a silenced Remington Model 700 Varmit rifle with a telescopic sight calibrated for extreme accuracy with a specific bullet.

After about two years in business, most of it in his own home, Brian Coleman is taking his business to 'Main Street.'

He'll be moving Rapid Fire Arms from his shop facing an interior parking lot out into the limelight of Proctor Boulevard.

Within a few days, Coleman intends to open the doors of his new, expanded space at 39110 Proctor Blvd., in the space last occupied by the Sandy Post several years ago.

With nearly twice as much elbow room, Coleman says he will be better able to conduct classes on how to build guns from scratch (parts only) as well as safety classes to meet a requirement for a concealed hand gun permit.

He'll also be expanding his displays of rifles and hand guns, adding more products such as ammunition, targets, cleaning supplies and holsters. He now carries some of those products, but says in the new store there will be a larger selection of different types of typical gun shop products.

Coleman is very happy about moving out into the limelight.

'When we move onto the main road,' he said, 'people will actually be able to see us, and not have to navigate a parking lot to find us.'

Coleman also noted the smaller store was so small that it has become difficult to talk to or listen to another person because all those voices talking at once make it so loud.

'Spreading out in the new store,' he said, 'should make it a little quieter - a little more family-friendly.'

The gun shop will continue to offer the same type of service, Coleman said, catering to all the needs of his clients - new and returning.

'We'll still provide the same friendly service, where you can come in and talk,' he said. 'We don't do pressure sales. We just want to make sure people get what they want.'

There will be many more guns in the new store, but if a customer wants something Coleman doesn't have, he says he can get almost anything within a 24-hour business day.

Gunsmith work is done in the Sandy shop as well as sent out to approved gunsmiths when the workload requires faster service.

Coleman said his gunsmithing includes such work as customizations and repairs.

The business is open 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 503-482-6881.

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