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About Us
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Since day one, Michigan Shooting Centers has aspired to be a shooting sports company unlike any other. We are family-owned, customer-focused, and dedicated to sharing our passion for the shooting sports with you.

Michigan Shooting Centers was founded in 2001 by Patrick Lieske, an accountant and part-time professional sporting clays shooter. Lieske sought to turn his passion for the shooting sports into his full-time profession by bidding on a long-term lease to operate the Island Lake Shooting Range in Brighton as a private concessionaire of the MI-DNR. He was awarded the lease and has been a full-time range owner ever since.

In 2009, eight year from its inception, Michigan Shooting Centers added Bald Mountain Shooting Range in Lake Orion to its lease with the MI-DNR.

A full-service gun shop was added to the Bald Mountain facility in 2012. Our gun shop has since grown into one of the nation’s largest premium gun dealers and in 2022 was rebranded as its own entity, Orion Outdoors Co.

Today, we are proud to say that Michigan Shooting Centers and Orion Outdoors Co. remain a family owned-and-operated business. Our team of approximately forty full and part-time employees is led by Pat and his son, Drew. Their passion for the shooting sports is indisputable and contagious, which is one of the many reasons why you will find us always working to ensure that your next experience is better than your last.

In the end, our mission is quite simple: to offer you venues for which you, your family, and your friends can all have a safe and fun shooting experience. Whether you are a complete novice, a hunter, or a seasoned competitor; we’ve got something here for you!

From our family to yours, come visit us and see why our ranges are Michigan’s most visited shooting ranges.

Company History

Michigan Shooting Centers LLC is formed.

Patrick Lieske began Michigan Shooting Centers in October of 2001 when he bid on and was eventually awarded the lease to operate the shooting range at Island Lake State Recreation area in Brighton, Michigan. At that time, Island Lake offered only rifle & pistol and skeet and trap amenities. A…Read More

Michigan Shooting Centers hosts its first large-scale competition.

In 2005, Island Lake Shooting Range was selected to host the Michigan Sporting Clays State Championship. This was the first of countless big blast sporting clays tournaments to be hosted at Michigan Shooting Centers.  209 shooters participated in the main event.

Michigan Shooting Centers takes over operations at Bald Mountain Shooting Range
Michigan Shooting Centers takes over operations at Bald Mountain Shooting Range

In the fall of 2008, Michigan Shooting Centers was awarded the lease to operate the range at Bald Mountain State Recreation area in Lake Orion. Bald Mountain had been closed to the public for several years with the exception of the rifle & pistol range. The previous tenant had let…Read More

Michigan Shooting Centers begins selling firearms.

In 2012, Michigan Shooting Centers began selling shotguns, rifles and pistols out of its Lake Orion location. Inventory consisted of just a few units and was housed in one small display room and a single gun display counter.

Michigan Shooting Centers celebrates 20th anniversary by announcing lifetime warranty.
Michigan Shooting Centers celebrates 20th anniversary by announcing lifetime warranty.

In 2021, Michigan Shooting Centers celebrated its 20th year in business. We celebrated this achievement and further perpetuated our commitment to our customers by announcing our Lifetime Warranty. This warranty is included with every factory new firearm purchased from us. Our industry-leading lifetime warranty is the first of its kind…Read More

Michigan Shooting Centers rebrands gun shop business unit to Orion Outdoors Co.
Michigan Shooting Centers rebrands gun shop business unit to Orion Outdoors Co.

Michigan Shooting Centers has been in the gun shop business since 2012. Since that time, we have evolved into one of the nation’s largest competition sporting and hunting gun retailers. As our gun shop continues to grow and expand, operating it under the same name as our shooting range facilities,…Read More

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We Love What We Do

We’re a growing team of shooting aficionados and visionary leaders – full of personality and passion.

FIVE STAR FACILITIES

''The entire professional staff is courteous and polite.'' - Tom Thomas

“I have used their ranges on numerous occasions and have always had a great experience. The staff is friendly and helpful. Their safety procedures are top notch and I have always felt extremely safe and comfortable shooting here. I highly recommend this range.”

Jordan Jones