These are the best gun ranges in the U.S., chosen for a variety of reasons.
There are plenty of die-hard gun owners who’d rather venture into the mountains or remote wooded areas to break in their new rifles and get a little target practice.
But even those individuals would be doing themselves a disservice by not taking advantage of America’s top gun ranges and the amenities they offer.
Here are our picks for the five best shooting ranges in America.
Colonial Shooting Academy
Where should we start with this shooter’s paradise? Located in Richmond, Virginia (with another in Virginia Beach), Colonial Shooting Academy is the largest gun range in the U.S., covering 60,000 square feet.
It has 51 private shooting lanes designed to accommodate both beginners and professional sharp-shooters. The onsite gun store offers a wide selection of rifles, handguns, machine guns, and ammunition, all priced competitively.
You can bring your own weapons and ammo, or rent the firearm of your choice. Colonial also offers classes like Home Firearm Safety, Basic Pistol, and Conceal Carry.
Lanes rent for $20 per hour without a membership, or you can pay $35 per month (plus a $100 initiation fee) for unlimited access based on availability.
Waterloo Rifle & Pistol Club
Originally called Rumseyville Pistol Club, Waterloo first opened in 1934 in Seneca Falls. It moved to its current location in Waterloo, New York in 1952 after a long-time member donated land to build it on.
Shooters can enjoy both indoor and outdoor shooting environments for as little as $3 per hour. Both ear and eye protection are required for everyone near the lanes. Waterloo also holds regular competitions for shooters of all levels.
Helping the community is one of Waterloo’s primary goals. It allows Boys Scouts of America, 4H, and several other organizations three free sessions per year, so kids and others can get experience early in life.
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Sand & Sage Rifle and Pistol Club
The best part about this Garden City, Kansas range is the 24-hour access. That means you can go in and get your practice in at 3 a.m. as long as there’s no scheduled events. One caveat with Sand & Sage is that you must be an NRA member to get a membership to the club.
Sand & Sage has only seven lanes, but they’re all outdoors and in wide open space. The entire facility, however, meets both NRA and U.S. military specifications for safety. A junior program for kids under 18 years of age is available, with the club supplying guns and safety equipment. There are several adult competitions as well, including a Civilian Marksmanship Program and Cowboy Action Shoots.
The price is pretty reasonable as well, with an annual fee of only $50.
Ben Avery Shooting Facility
Formerly the Black Canyon Shooting Range, Ben Avery is located on nearly 1,700 acres in Phoenix, Arizona. It received a Five-Star rating from the National Association of Shooting Ranges despite being a government-funded establishment.
The club has 67 shooting tables that are available on a first come, first serve basis. A good number of said tables have 200-yard shooting positions to practice extra-long range marksmanship. It also has archery-specific ranges.
Ben Avery is affordable as well, with an all-day pass costing only $7. Children under 17 accompanied by an adult are admitted free of charge.
Athena Gun Club
No list of top gun ranges would be completed without at least one in Texas. Athena received a Five-Star rating from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The Houston facility rents just about any type of firearm you can imagine, including Sig Sauers, Glocks, and S & W’s. What makes Athena unique is its virtual training simulators, which are similar to interactive rifle ranges you can find online. It simulates high-stress decision making situations, marksmanship training, and other courses.
Athena offers several levels of membership, with the VIP Club being the most expensive. Executive Memberships offers the most bang for your buck at $69 per month and a $149 initiation fee.