XCAL Opens Firearms, Fitness Complex in Ashburn

Loudoun’s newest training and entertainment complex, XCAL Shooting Sports and Fitness, formally opened Saturday.

The $30 million, 95,000-square-foot center features a state-of-the art indoor gun range, an upscale fitness center, one of the region’s largest firearms retail stores, a restaurant, and a private club for members.

The center is the dream of Jason Brown and brought to reality with the help of his retired Navy officer father, Jeffrey F. Brown.

The opening comes 16 years after Jason began developing the concept and more than a decade after he started partnering with his father to flesh it out. They bought the land—next to two other well-established Ashburn entertainment destinations, TopGolf and the iFLY indoor skydiving center—in 2017. 

But XCAL is expected to be more than a regional destination for gun enthusiasts. It’s a family-owned business with designs on serving the surrounding neighborhoods as a community asset.

“We have three generations of Browns working here. You don’t do this without family, and it is great being here with family working, and we’ve got an employee group back here that we treat like family,” Jeffrey Brown said during the opening ceremony attended by state Sen. John J. Bell (D-13) and Supervisor Sylvia Glass (D-Broad Run).

While the center offers exclusive memberships that provide access to a private club with a full bar, restaurant, billiard room, cigar room, conference space rooms, monthly memberships for use of the firing ranges or the second-floor fitness center are designed to fit most household budgets.

“We want the community who lives here to be able to afford to come here,” Jeffrey Brown said. 

The hallmark of the center is the shooting range complex, built as a separate concrete bunker largely wrapped in acoustic material with innovations that include a sophisticated ventilation system and cameras that provide range safety officers a forward-facing view of the shooters.

“All that design work here was to create a safe, quiet, healthy environment for new shooters and experienced shooters to come in and really have a great time at the range,” he said. “It’s just the cleanest, quietest range you’ll ever see.”

The shooting complex includes a tactical range that can be opened up from its lane configuration for specialized training, a luxury range and five private ranges.

Other elements serve to separate XCAL from other area ranges, such as leaving politics at the door and providing a welcoming alternative to the typically gruff or grumpy range officer.

“We’re not political at all here. We’re going to train and build enthusiasm for the sport of shooting, and we think that is what we need to do. We believe in how much fun that is,” Brown said. The center offers rental weapons and lessons for novices wishing to learn the proper, safe way to handle firearms.

He noted the first reaction that he sees in most first-time shooters: “It is just a big smile, and that’s what we believe in. We believe in doing it right—to be a great place to shoot, and work out, and eat, and shop.”

XCAL Shooting Sports and Fitness is located at 44950 Russell Branch Parkway in Ashburn. Learn more at xcal.com.

11 thoughts on “XCAL Opens Firearms, Fitness Complex in Ashburn

  • 2022-05-09 at 6:19 pm

    Fitness center — fine. Restaurant & bar — fine. Gun range, not so much. If truth be told, I could do without any gun range (or firearms store) in Loudoun County. After all, it’s the Land of Love. I really don’t see how anyone could be enthusiastic about guns in this magnificent county. Happy Mental Health Awareness Month Loudoun!

    • 2022-05-10 at 10:37 am

      I’m enthusiastic about having access to a tool which, when used properly, will effectively stop attackers who are armed with blade weapons and blunt force objects… you know… the kind that have been used in the vast majority of Loudoun’s murders and other violent crime over the past year or two.

    • 2022-05-10 at 4:46 pm

      ” The only times an Afro-American who was assaulted got away has been when he had a gun and used it in self-defense. The lesson this teaches and which every Afro-American should ponder well, is that a Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every black home, and it should be used for that protection which the law refuses to give.”

      Ida B. Wells

    • 2022-05-11 at 9:24 am

      Nothing wrong with a gun range. Responsible people honing their skills. You need to worry about those who purchase their guns illegally. I guess you don’t like cars, knives, medication either. These things all kill people. Can’t believe you like alcohol it causes DUI’s that can result in death. Typical lefty logic.

  • 2022-05-09 at 9:03 pm

    So we have two of Virginia’s anti-Second Amendment (D)s attending the opening of a firearms training facility. I guess desperate times demand desperate measures, right… anything to get a few votes… even if it’s directly contrary to your own policy?

    On a personal note, while the country club atmosphere isn’t my thing, I am very grateful to see another local option for personal defense training. I hope this gets more people interested in exercising their Constitutionally-guaranteed rights.

  • 2022-05-10 at 11:31 am

    This is great news! I wish them all the success in the world and look forward to taking the family. I hope they work with local schools to get field trips for our youth to learn basic gun safety. You can’t have enough well-trained legal gun owners in Loudoun County.

  • 2022-05-10 at 12:04 pm

    It’s nice to see a new family business open that provides a service needed in Loudoun.

  • 2022-05-10 at 2:29 pm

    Not everyone that has a gun are crazed lunatics. 99% are responsible gun owners who enjoy the sport of hunting, as well as, needing it for their jobs.

  • 2022-05-10 at 6:15 pm

    A gun range like this is about as “well-regulated” as it gets. Sounds like attending such an opening is perfectly appropriate to a plain reading of the 2nd Amendment, without the rampant gun-humping and secessionist porn many ranges cater to…

  • 2022-05-10 at 7:49 pm

    Good for them. After all the stray bullet complaints a few years back, another range can only be a good thing. I love the part about “gruff and grumpy” R/O’s. A range officer is not there to be your friend; he or she is there to keep you and others safe.

  • 2022-05-11 at 5:56 pm

    it is great to have another range in Loudoun County. If you are going to own a gun, you should take classes on how to maintain it and use it. I have introduced many friends to shooting and they enjoy it. We need more ranges for people to become proficient on how to use a gun. Legal gun owners are more law abiding for the appreciate the right to own a gun. Hope to see everyone soon at X-Cal.

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