5 Tips for Going to a Shooting Range

In the country, there are plenty of shooting ranges – both indoor and outdoor. Most ranges allow patrons to fire just about any weapon that is legal in that particular state. Firearm owners regularly go to firing ranges to keep their skills up while amateurs spend a day or so at the range just to have some fun. On top of that, people who normally wouldn’t own a gun or even think about owning one usually enjoy some time at the range. Here are some tips for spending a day at the shooting range.

Look for a range that charges for the day and not by the hour.

The best ranges charge a flat fee for the entire day. Sure, there is nothing wrong with paying by the hour, but it almost always costs a lot more than a flat fee. You could pay $25 to use the range from opening until closing. However, paying $10 per hour could easily result in spending more than double that at another range. Flat fee ranges are the best choices for individuals and groups that really want to get the most out of their day at the shooting range.

Bring your own weapons and ammunition.

Many ranges offer gun rentals for use at the facility. Still, it’s best for visiting patrons to bring their own weapons and ammunition. Purchasing ammo at the range can end up costing a lot of money. Rentals usually aren’t that expensive, so it’s okay to rent one or two guns from the range. In the end, it’s always best to bring your own weapons though because you can save money by doing so.

Always arrive at the range early.

Of course, shooting ranges are popular places in many cities and towns. It shouldn’t surprise too many people that these ranges are packed during the day and on the weekends. With that in mind, you should make sure that you get to the range early any day that you choose to go. Getting there early helps guarantee that you will get your own lane or spot instead of having to wait around for shooters to finish up their rounds. Choosing to head to the range a few hours after it opens can lead to an extra hour or two of waiting.

Bring your own safety gear too!

Almost no range will offer you safety gear for free. Obviously, all ranges require that patrons wear safety glasses and may require earmuffs in some cases. These items are smart for shooters to protect themselves, so it’s a good idea to bring your own gear. It’s a lot better than spending $5 to $20 per person for protection. In reality, most people will prefer to wear their own safety items to avoid wearing used or dirty gear. Don’t even bother wasting your money by renting items from the range when you can just bring your own.

Invite some friends.

A day at the range isn’t that fun when you are there by yourself or with a really small group. Therefore, you should invite as many friends as possible. Large groups tend to have the most fun at outdoor ranges because multiple lanes can be rented out and used. Friends always love having shooting competitions and whatnot, so shooting ranges are great spots for big groups. For once, “the more, the merrier” applies when it comes to shooting ranges. You will enjoy challenging your friends to get a better shot than you or just tearing through the same target.

There are hundreds of ranges around the country!

Most cities and towns have multiple ranges, whether they are indoors or outdoors. For the most part, all ranges feature multiple lanes for most types of weapons. Many shooting ranges offer gun sales, rentals, and more for patrons. In most cases, a person or group can go to the range and enjoy the whole day there without the need to leave the range for food, drinks, or anything else.

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