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4 Considerations for Finding a Gun Range

More and more Americans are buying guns, in 2020, as new gun owners are hitting record numbers and gun 2nd Amendment supporters have been acquiring guns at record numbers -month after month.

Getting a gun is great, but you need to know how to use it, safely and responsibly.

This is where finding a good gun range can help in a number of ways. You can find a gun range in almost any city, but you may need to find one that has more to offer than just some lanes to shoot down.

Recoil put together a good article for this. Let’s take a look at these 4 characteristics to help you find the right gun range.

 1. Gun Stores

Does this gun store have a specialty? Is it primarily a hunting store, tactical store, or collector store? Do they have accessories such as scopes, sights, and magazines for the models they offer (this is somewhat difficult in today’s extraordinary demand)? Most good gun stores will have helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable staff.


 2. Combination Indoor Gun Range

A well run range will be organized and clean. There will be clearly posted rules for the range and staff that's willing to help and easily accessible for questions. Good ventilation is also a must due to fire hazards and lead exposure.

 3. Dedicated Outdoor Ranges

Many of these ranges don't sell firearms or ammunition and run off of memberships with local volunteers and part time staff. Here is where you can find opportunities to shoot long distance, sometimes up to mail or more. You are also likely to be able to practice dynamic shooting, where you can move around and practice drawing from the hip or holster. You may need to provide your own targets.

 4. Training Facilities

Some of these will offer tactical courses and training.

As military training spills into the civilian sector, so more people are interested in learning to shoot in urban environments, where “shoothouses” or safe, 360 degree target engagement can occur. Many times these facilities require advanced stipulations, sometimes limiting certain areas to military or police, though the trend is changing.

They will usually offer the sale of firearms and ammunition as well as a variety of courses taught by experienced instructors, many times with military experience.

For a more detailed look into how to find the right gun range, check out

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