Since 2015, Velocity Tactics and Fort Scott Munitions, business endeavors started by Ryan Kraft, have sold lead-free ammunition through online sales. But with their Grand Opening held Saturday, their storefront at 523 E. Wall Street is officially open for customers as well.
Office Manager Steven Kalm said the store has been open to the general public for about four months, but they did not want to widely publicize that fact until after their computer systems and new website were completely ready. With the Grand Opening during the Good Ol’ Days weekend and advertising through their website and Facebook page, Kalm said word has spread quickly, surprising many people who did not realize they sold more than ammunition.
Velocity Tactics provides tactical clothing, pellet grills, firearms, suppressors, knives and beef as well as lead-free ammunition in a wide range of caliber, designed and developed for more than three years and now manufactured by Fort Scott Munitions. The store also features a 13-foot alligator and other stuffed animals given to the store by hunters who used the ammunition, which is designed for greater accuracy, impact and damage.
“We’ve had real positive feedback,” Kalm said of their opening, which drew a long line of people Saturday interested in ammunition giveaways and the approximate 650 free hamburgers that were handed out to customers.
Kalm said the business has made great strides on the property, which was once the Key Industries building, improving the parking area as well as preparing the store and manufacturing areas of the building for Velocity Tactics and Fort Scott Munitions. As business continues to grow, Kalm said they look forward to tailoring their services to their customers and Fort Scott.
“Slowly we’ll add little by little,” Kalm said of Velocity Tactics, adding he believes their business will continue to grow as customers return and word spreads.
The store is currently open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will be open this Saturday for the first time from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those Saturday hours could be adjusted based on how much business the weekend hours draw in.