By Vicki A. Brady
The Kaleidoscope Weekly is pleased and honored to introduce Vance Ewing and Mike Ryen, and their new column, On Target. Vance and Michael are veterans, childhood pals, and the owners of The Bow and Barrel Sportsmen Center in St. Robert, Missouri. Their passion for firearm safety, personal protection and responsibility is well known in the community.
Meet Vance Ewing
“For as long as I can remember, I always knew that I was going to be a cop!” Vance grew up in a home that respected law enforcement and patriotism. His father instilled a keen sense of right and wrong and admonished him to “never let something evil happen in your presence.” He joined the military and served for 22 years in the US Army as Military Police. After he retired, Vance spent another eight years working as a NATO Counter-IED and Anti-Terrorism Instructor. In 2011, while on assignment in Afghanistan, Vance came to a decision. In January, he made a promise to God that if He would get him home safely, Vance would never leave the United States again. Within 30 days he was home for good with his wife, Laurie, the Supervisory Management and Program Analyst on Ft. Leonard Wood, and their son, Nicholas.
Introducing Michael Ryen
Michael’s journey after school included eight years as a reservist in the US Army as Military Police and a successful career as a Business Analysis for Boston Scientific, a medical devices and technology firm in Minnesota. His training and experience as an Operation and Plant Manager was great for his career, but he never lost sight of his military training, his passion for weapon safety, or his commitment to personal protection and firearm responsibility. Michael, his wife, Tanya, and their children, Mikayla, Megan, and Tommy, made their home in Minnesota where Michael trained and was certified as an NRA Range Safety Officer, NRA Basic Poston and Home Personal Protection instructor.
A Brilliant Idea
After returning to Missouri, Vance had a vision for starting his own business. He worked tirelessly on his business plan which included calling his friend, Michael, in Minnesota to ask him to be his partner. After much prayer and discussion, Michael and Tanya resigned their careers and moved to St. Robert, Missouri. And in November, 2013, they opened the doors to The Bow and Barrel Sportsmen Center. The state-of-the-art facility offers an indoor shooting range with several lanes, electronic targets, and a bulletproof window for guest viewing. A ten-lane outdoor archery range is available for the bow hunter and competitor. Inside, a well-stocked retail store carries firearms, bows, cases, ammunition, locally made holsters, and conceal garments and purses. Complimentary coffee, classrooms, events, and a cafe draws customers from miles around. Speaking of events, The Bow and Barrel Sportsmen Center has an incredible line-up for 2018 including a Bulls-Eye Tournament and League, Military Monday, Ladies Night, Luck of the Draw, Last Man Standing Shootout with the top prize being a Heritage Revolver 22LR, Kid’s Night, and Date Night the last Friday of every month with childcare. The Bow and Barrel Sportsmen Center has over 70 firearms available to rent and offers generous discounts on classes and events with memberships.
Together, Vance and Michael will be providing a new column, On Target, exclusively for The Kaleidoscope Weekly. Weapon technology, legislative alerts, gun comparisons, archery tips, firearm safety, and personal protection are just a few of the many topics On Target will deal with. Readers can send questions and comments about topics that they would like Vance and Michael to address to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bow and Barrel Sportsmen Center is located at 22940 Harlan Lane in Saint Robert. Take I-44 to exit #161 and turn right. Turn right again on the North Frontage Road, and within a half mile turn left on Harlan Lane. The Bow and Barrel Sportsmen Center will be on your right. They are open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on Sunday from Noon until 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 573-451-2129.