There are hundreds of shooting ranges all across the US, and it’s not an easy task to pick out the best of them. With that in mind though, here are some of the best shooting ranges in America, as rated by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
The Scottsdale Gun Club is a sophisticated, state-of-the-art range. No expense has been spared to provide for the comfort and safety of shooters at the club. It features 32 shooting lanes separated into 4 bays. Each range includes sound dampening technology, 360° rotating target system, and programmable target movement. They also feature a designated Tactical Bay where you can practice firearm presentation as well as a number of different shooting positions. Gun rentals available.
The Clark County Shooting Complex is the only public shooting range in Las Vegas. It features centers for archery, pistol/rifle, and shotgun shooting. With multiple pro-shops, gun training and safety classes, gun rentals, and a shooter’s campground, this range has something for everyone no matter your level of training or experience.
Back to Arizona, the Tucson Trap & Skeet Club was originally founded in 1948 and has grown since to become one of the largest sport shooting facilities in the country. The facility boasts 50 Trap Fields, 15 Skeet Fields, 5 Olympic Bunkers, a 9,000 ft² clubhouse, and more. Join a league or visit with your family and friends during their public hours.
The Bellevue Gun Club hosts its indoor range at the West Coast Armory. The range is based off military and law enforcement standards, providing a state-of-the-art facility for the public to enjoy. At The Bellevue Gun Club, nothing is more important than safety. To that end, they offer safety classes and firearm training for new and experienced shooters, or private lessons with one of their highly experienced trainers.
Top Gun Shooting Sports in Arnold, MO is one of the largest indoor ranges in the midwest. Built with top of the line range and ventilation equipment to ensure a clean and healthy environment, it provides a comfortable place to shoot in all weather conditions. They also boast a retail center with gunsmithing services, as well as a training centers which accommodates courses such as Concealed Carry, Basic Pistol, and NRA Personal Protection Inside/Outside of the Home.
The Colonial Shooting Academy is unique on this list for having two separate facilities, one in Richmond and one in Virginia Beach. Their attitude is that shooting should be safe, educational, and affordable, which shows in their various member plans as well as great retail rates. They also offer two dozen safety and training courses with certified instructors. If you don’t want a membership, there’s no problem. They have everything you need in their facilities whether you’re an expert marksman or first time shooter.
Heading down south again to sunny Florida where you can enjoy some sunshine at one of Okeechobee Shooting Sports’ outdoor ranges. They have rifle/pistol as well as skeet and shotgun ranges and feature events for members and nonmembers. Stop in at their store to rent or buy guns and ammo, or take a safety or certification course. OK Shooting is one of the most versatile ranges you’ll ever find.
Ammo pricing has steadily increased over the years and doesn’t appear to be getting cheaper anytime soon. Because of such expensive prices, many gun owners are turning to handloading their own ammo to save money. There are many perceptions out there that ammo reloading is a dangerous and tricky process; however, ammo reloading is no more dangerous than washing your own car. If proper steps are followed, you can soon find yourself saving 50-60% on ammo from a newly adopted hobby. This article briefly describes some of the skills and tools needed in order to reload your own ammo.
An important thing to remember before you begin your quest for cheaper ammo is that ammo reloading is an investment that requires real commitment if you are looking to save a lot of money. Proper equipment to ensure quality and accuracy are essentials to supporting your safety. Extensive research should be done to determine which equipment is needed to serve your planned production capacity. There are many innovative machines out there to simplify the process and increase production but available at high costs. However, there still exists low-cost machinery that can produce high quality ammo for beginner reloaders.
We don’t want to scare you with all the details of equipment because ammo reloading is actually very simple. To give you an idea of the process, we have provide a very basic summary of how it works:
1. Collect empty brass casings from shooting range or recent shooting location.
2. Clean brass casings and remove spent primers.
3. Insert new primers and fill casing with correct amount of powder.
4. Seat bullet at the proper depth inside casing.
5. Use your newly created ammo!
As there are quite a bit more details to the reloading process we suggest finding a thorough ammo reloading tutorial online of someone who has already mastered the technique. Ammo reloading is definitely an effective hobby that will treat your wallet right. After you have mastered the technique you should soon see the incredible savings right away. And don’t forget to try out the Sargent Sniper Rest as a perfect accessory to your handmade ammo. Increase your accuracy like never before.
It’s no secret that we love to hunt, and we figure that our customers and readers also share the same passion we do for being engulfed in nature waiting to take the perfect shot. It’s also a great opportunity to bond with family and friends. No doubt that many sons remember their first hunting trip with their fathers. So, with that in mind, we’ve compiled a short list of some of the better hunting movies. Whether you’re in the mood to just kick back and watch an entertaining flick, or if you need a movie to watch back at the cabin during your trip, we hope that you’ll enjoy some of these picks:
The Deer Hunter
Though this 1978 film is widely considered to be a classic war film, there is still a very important correlation to hunting. The titular character, Mike (played brilliantly by Robert De Niro), is a sharp-shooting deer hunter who finds himself fighting amidst the horrors of Vietnam. This film is definitely the most widely acclaimed found in our list and for good reason. There is much to take away from this powerful film for anyone.
The Ghost and the Darkness
The film claims to be based on actual events, and while that is true, there are many fictionalized elements that are depicted. Nevertheless, the film itself is a thrill ride. It places two hunters (Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas) against two man-eating lions in the African wilderness. Hunting movies do not get much more intense since the beasts that our heroes are hunting are just as capable at hunting, themselves.
Hard to go wrong with this classic story turned motion picture starring Gregory Peck. Peck plays Ahab, a man completely obsessed with hunting the great white whale that is responsible for taking his leg. Ahab will stop at nothing to get the elusive creature of the sea.
Another film in which we have hunters attempting to capture and destroy a superior hunter of the sea. The film is outright terrifying even after all these years. Plus, who can forget the line, “we’re gonna need a bigger boat”?
Alright, so this really is more of a survivalist movie than it is a hunting one, but there is a lot to take away from it that is directly related to hunters. A crew of Alaskan oil drillers are on a flight home when things go wrong and the plane crashes in the harsh environment of the Alaskan wilderness. Now, the survivors must band together and not only survive the natural elements, but a pack of ferocious wolves that are hot on their trail. The film is both terrifying and surprisingly poetic with a great performance from Liam Neeson.
What are some of your favorite hunting movies or a perhaps a movie with just one single great hunting scene?
Here at SSR Shooting, we want to give you the optimal hunting experience. With the Sargent Sniper Rest you can easily achieve a steady hand without the risk of fatigue. The perfect shot soon becomes a reality with our simple yet innovative product.
As we have previously mentioned, not only do we want to enhance your ability as hunter, but we aim to provide valuable information so that any hunting experience is never cut short. Hunting regulations from state to state can often be overlooked and ignored by inexperienced hunters. As it may sometimes seem as a hindrance to the sport, hunting regulations offer more benefits than they do harm.
It is always a good rule-of-thumb to stay up-to-date on current or upcoming regulations as they change each year. Failure to observe the hunting regulations in the state where you reside can result in heavy fees and punishment by law. In order to learn more about hunting regulations in several states, a brief description of several states and common regulations in each area can be found below:
Idaho contains of an incredible amount of hunting wilderness for big game hunts and for those who want to put your Sargent Sniper Rest to use. Idaho is a leading state for mountain lions and many of the top trophy mountain lions have been harvested in this state. However, it is good to know some of the common hunting regulations enforced in the state.
Effective July 1, 2014, the minimum age to hunt big game will change from 12 to 10 years. All youth younger than 12 must be accompanied in the field by an adult license holder close enough to be within normal conversation and hearing range without shouting or the aid of electronic devices.
Mountain Lion Regulations
Bag Limit: No person may take more than one mountain lion per legal tag in his or her possession.
Kittens, Female With Young: Neither spotted mountain lion young nor female mountain lions accompanied by spotted young may be taken.
It may come as a bit of a surprise, but Oklahoma has been ranked as the #1 state for best whitetail hunting. If you have ever dreamed of bringing home the trophy buck, make your way to Oklahoma with a brand new Sargent Sniper Rest. However, it is good to be aware of the state regulations in place.
Legal residents of Oklahoma who are 16 or 17 years old are eligible to purchase any of the youth hunting licenses.
Bag Limit: The combined season limit for deer gun seasons is no more than six deer per individual. This limit may include no more than two antlered deer as well.
Illegal devices: Fully automatic firearms, laser sights (unless 100% disabled or legally blind) and light enhancement devices (night scopes) are illegal.
Here at SSR shooting, we want you to put our product to the test. Please do not hesitate to contact us and tell us of your success stories as we know you will have many after using our product. We wish you success with your new Sargent Sniper Rest on your next adventure.
Hunting is our game and the type of animal that you’re hunting will depend on what state(s) you’ll want to visit. Whether you’re a big game hunter, a trophy hunter, or just a casual hunter, here are 5 places that are prime hunting locations:
Here is your chance to take home a big moose. Dale Denney of Bearpaw Outfitters believes that the bulls produced in Northeast Washington are trophy quality. Dale says that most bulls take there are, “between 36”-50” antlers” and “there are a few big old bulls in the area that will measure over 50”.” Here is a chance to not only take a bull, but take a trophy too.
4) Brownsville, Texas
Nestled next to the Texas/Mexican border, Brownsville is a quiet town that offers an array of hunting options. Choose your pleasure between deer, antelope, wild hog, quail, dove, turkeys, and ducks. Brownsville has options that will make every hunter’s mouth water.
Here is a twist for you: Argentina offers some great hunting options if you have the money to make the trip. Different hunting options include: Red Stag, Axis Deer, Wild Boar, Antelope, Puma (Cougar), Water Buffalo, or Capybara (giant rat). Not only do you get to experience the beautiful scenery of Argentina, but you can hunt some exotic animals.
2) South Africa, Zimbabwe, or Tanzania, Africa
All three of these could be in the #2 spot on their own, but we decided to combine them into one. Africa offers some great options for animal hunting between lions, elephants, leopards, buffalos, zebras and crocodiles. If you have the money and time to take a trip to Africa, you need to take some time to see the wildlife, and hopefully do a little hunting.
Alaska offers some of the best bear hunting opportunities in the world. Whether it is a black bear, grizzly bear, or a kodiak bear you won’t be disappointed in your choices here. Hunting a kodiak bear is an opportunity that every experienced hunter should have. Be careful though, these bears are smart and sometimes will hunt you instead.
If you are looking for a great hunting opportunity to test your skill, have a fun weekend, or maybe just for a trophy on your wall, we recommend looking at these 5 places. Remember happy and safe hunting!
Hunting is our business. The Sargent Sniper Rest was developed with hunters in mind. It allows the hunter to remain focused on the target with a steady hand. The SSR’s adaptability to an array of shots and positions makes it highly sought after within the hunting market. We stand by our product 100%, and we know that owning and using the SSR will enhance any hunter’s ability to make that crucial shot when the opportunity arises.
That being said, we feel a responsibility to educate our customers on gun safety. Knowledge is power. Unfortunately, there are too many horrible, and even fatal, gun accidents that occur, particularly in the United States. We believe that if more people who handled guns (including hunters) were better educated on gun safety, the number of gun-related accidents would be reduced significantly. Whether you are a seasoned hunter or a beginner, we feel that these tips are extremely important to learn for the first time or as a refresher for the experienced:
Keep the Gun Pointed in a Safe Direction
This means having the gun directed to an area that would not cause harm even if
gun were to go off unexpectedly. Never point your gun at something unless you
intend to shoot it.
Always Keep Your Finger Off the Trigger Until Ready for a Shot
There is no need to have your finger on the trigger until you intend to shoot. The
risk of an accidental shot is nearly eliminated when this rule is followed.
Keep Your Gun Unloaded When Not In Use
There is no necessity for a loaded gun that is not being used. Even still, treat an
unloaded firearm as if it were loaded.
Know Your Target and What Is Beyond
Always evaluate your target and the surrounding areas. Before pulling the trigger,
be sure there will be no collateral damage.
Familiarize Yourself with Your Gun
Know how your gun works, its parts, their purpose, and how to maintain it
properly (including regular cleanings) so that it will consistently perform at
an optimal and safe capacity.
Wear Proper Eye and Ear Protection
You don’t have to be shot to have a gun-related accident. Protect yourself as
much as possible.
Keep Your Guns Properly Stored
Make sure that unauthorized people do not have access to your guns. Also, store
Never Operate a Gun Under the Influence of Harmful Substances
Abstain from alcohol consumption, prescription drugs, over-the-counter
medication, and illegal substances while operating a gun. Mixing the two is a
recipe for disaster.
We want you to enjoy yourself on your hunts, and a major part of that is being smart. Familiarize yourself with these gun safety tips so that hunting will always be a safe and enjoyable experience.