If you’re a shooter and looking for some gear, or maybe you’re thinking of taking up reloading your own ammo, then check out Hico Custom Ammunition llc and Shooting Supply.

The store is owned and operated by Frank and Carol Hengels who recently opened a location on South Walnut Street in Hico.

“We opened the business in 2015 and operated out of our home until we moved in here about two weeks ago,” Frank said.

Asked how he would describe the store, he replies, “First of all, we’re not gun dealers, but we sell everything for shooters except guns. We also sell anything you need for reloading. We have a complete package that includes everything you need to get started in reloading for $249.”

But not only can you buy everything you need for your gun experience, but the business also offers a reloading class.

“We teach reloading here with an emphasis on safety and enjoyment. We teach a reloading class that’s very hands on that we offer for free,” Frank said. “We also have an NRA class that’s more book oriented, and (the NRA) requires people to buy the NRA study materials for that.”

Frank came into this business after enjoying it as a hobby for about 40 years.

“When we moved here from Granbury about four years ago to be equidistant from our kids, we started thinking of making a business out of it and did so in 2015,” he said.

Frank likes introducing people to reloading because there’s more to it than meets the eye.

“The thing is, reloading is a very meditative kind of thing. You have to concentrate on what you’re doing, of course, but even though you have to stay focused it’s also very relaxing,” he said. “I don’t think most people would realize that until they’d tried it, and they can do that here for free.”

Some of the items on the well-stocked shelves include, powder, bullets, brass casings, optics and holsters.

“We do everything we can to keep our prices as low as possible and are usually even less expensive than online dealers, so we’re extremely competitive on prices,” Frank said. “And we always have a sale or two going on as well. Right now we have a sale on hand-tooled ladies concealed-carry purses.”

Frank points out that store hours at Hico Custom Ammunition llc and Shooting Supplies are tailored for the working customer.

“We know that not many people can just come in when they want – they have to work,” he said. “So we make the store available when the customers are free to come by.”

Those hours are:

• Monday through Friday: Noon-8 p.m.

• Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Sunday: Closed

For more information, call 817-243-6668 and be sure to ask about their free local gun selling website that’s in the works.