Skip to main content

An Omaha, Nebraska shooting range venue that bills itself as a “unique, family-friendly entertainment experience” has announced plans to open in the Twin Cities, prompting critics to rehash allegations that the company uses white supremacist and Nazi symbols and imagery.

88 Tactical, in partnership with investment and development firm City+Ventures, plans to expand to 16 new cities, including the Minneapolis area, according to the company’s announcement.

“The future 88 Tactical locations will be over 100,000 square feet,” the announcement shares, adding the facilities will also feature a state-of-the-art fitness center, full bar and restaurant, drop-in childcare, virtual reality simulators, an outdoor entertainment area and more.

The company offers training for civilians, law enforcement and military personnel and advertises a “family-centric community” that combines learning lifesaving skills with a unique entertainment experience

But, the company continues to face allegations regarding some of its branding.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, 88 is one of the most common white supremacist symbols, meant to be a numerical code for “Heil Hitler.”

However, in a blog post titled “THE TRUTH BEHIND OUR NAME”, 88 Tactical says the company’s founder, Shea Degan, named the business after “Signal 88” — a radio code used by Nebraska police that means the “situation is safe and secure.”

“If you’re wondering why the state of Nebraska chose the number 88 for this code, you’ll have to ask them,” the post reads.

Besides the name itself, 88 Tactical has also been accused of displaying hateful numerology on a topographical wallpaper, which showed an elevation of 1488 feet.

“Frequently linked to white supremacy, the numerical combination ‘1488’ combines code for ‘Heil Hitler’ and the 14 Words, a white nationalist saying that extremist David Lane coined,” the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote about the wallpaper. “The 14 Words refers to securing a future for white children.”

In response, Tactical 88 said the wallpaper was purchased as a stock design and meant to compliment the facility’s military memorabilia decor.

“Appalled and embarrassed by such accusations, the wall wrap was removed and replaced immediately,” the company wrote.

“We always have, and always will, completely denounce white supremacy,” Tactical 88 further stated on Twitter in regards to the incident.

Several other accusations have been made against 88 Tactical’s branding, which the company says amount to “vicious defamatory attacks” fueled by “blatant lies and slander.”

Earlier this year, the city of Omaha scrapped a plan to swap police gear with 88 Tactical amid pushback from Nebraskans Against Gun Violence.

It’s not yet clear where the company is looking to open in the Twin Cities. 

Next Up


11 'urban explorers' face charges after being found in Fridley sewer system

A 911 caller reported seeing a group removing a manhole cover Monday night.


Man killed by St. Paul police ID'd by family, community demands answers

The man was identified as 24-year-old Howard Johnson.

Screen Shot 2022-12-07 at 7.38.02 AM

Quick shot of snow to impact morning commute in Twin Cities

Snow is moving into the metro Wednesday morning.


Body found in burned out car near Bird Island identified as local farmer

The deceased is a 59-year-old man from rural Bird Island.

Screen Shot 2022-12-06 at 2.47.44 PM

Minneapolis' Khâluna named in Eater's 2022 'Best New Restaurants'

The restaurant, opened in 2021, is known for its Laotian cuisine.

ambulance, crash

3 pedestrians struck by drivers Monday in Minnesota; 2 dead

The victims involved a 39-year-old man and two 74-year-old men.

snow, plow

Shifting storm tracks: Significant storms Friday, next week?

Sven Sundgaard has the details on an interesting forecast.

Life Link

Worker suffers serious injury in rooftop fall in rural Minnesota

The man only fell a few feet, but suffered a serious leg injury.

Walz, Flanagan

Minnesota reports massive projected budget surplus of $17.6 billion

The huge surplus comes as the DFL prepares to assume a trifecta of the Legislature and the Governor's House.


Screen Shot 2022-11-17 at 11.47.24 AM

Winnebago to open technology innovation center in the Twin Cities

The company is North America's leading manufacturer of outdoor lifestyle products.


UPS hiring 3,300 seasonal workers in Minneapolis for the holidays

The shipping company will hire more than 100,000 seasonal workers nationwide.

Screen Shot 2022-10-20 at 4.44.37 PM

Red Wing Shoe Company names first woman CEO in 117-year history

Allison Gettings will be the company's tenth chief executive officer.


'Upscale' brewery with golf simulator planned for Chanhassen

Take a look inside the plans for Hackamore Brewing Company.


Honey Baked Ham stores under new ownership in Minnesota

The premium meats seller has over 400 locations nationwide.