What To Look For In A Quality Shooting Range
How Do I Find A Shooting Range In My Area?
There are two excellent resources to finding a Professional Shooting Range in your CITY, county or State.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation "Where To Shoot" CLICK HERE
The list of NRA approved Shooting Ranges CLICK HERE
Are Shooting Ranges Hard To Find?
Not at all, almost every state has a website of public shooting ranges that are owned and operated by the state, also the NSSF, and the NRA have lists of every shooting range in the country both indoor and outdoor.
What are some of the best ways to find a local shooting range?
The fastest is an internet search with terms like:
- Local shooting ranges
- Local Gun Clubs
- Public shooting ranges
- Private Shooting ranges
- Pistol ranges
- Rifle Ranges
- State run shooting ranges
In some areas the app "YELP" is a great resource for finding nearby shooting ranges. Also, any local Sporting Goods store staff will know where all the local shooting ranges are!
Are There Shooting Ranges On Federal Land?
YES there is, a lot actually! The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) offers millions of acres for recreational shooting. There are some areas, however, that are closed to recreational shooting. It is your responsibility to know the locations, rules, and regulations that apply to any activity on BLM lands. Commercial, competitive, or organized group activities require a BLM permit. Check with the appropriate local office in your STATE for details.
At Any Range Know What Type Of AMMO Is Allowed
When shooting at an indoor range usually only Lead and/or frangible ammunition is allowed, very few indoor ranges allow steel bullets, This is very important that you find out what type of ammunition is allowed before you go out and buy ammunition and bring it to the range, otherwise you may have to buy all your ammunition at the range which typically cost more than if you were to purchase it at a larger discount style store.
If the range only allows frangible ammunition you may have to purchase the ammunition at the facility as frangible ammunition is very difficult to locate in most sporting goods stores. Make a call first!
Other considerations in choosing the right shooting range for you is what type of staffing support is available to you. Also, if you are a responsible shooter and concerned for the environment even the type of bullet trap system may be of importance to you and to know how the bullets are captured, and recycled.