Looking for a shooting range for target practice and training? The USCCA, in partnership with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and its Where To Shoot website, can help you find a shooting range, gun club or sportsmen’s club near you. We’re proud to share this great resource so you can learn and practice the skills you need to protect yourself and your family.
WhereToShoot is the internet’s most comprehensive listing of gun ranges. Managed by the NSSF, this interactive map is updated frequently with range listings for every state. If you own a firing range or gun club and want to attract more customers, the NSSF encourages you to enter or update your range information free of charge at their website, WhereToShoot.org.
Though dry-fire training is an important component of defensive shooting, there is no replacement for drawing and firing your daily carry pistol. Odd as it may sound, that semi-auto or revolver that rides along with you every day has a personality of its own. If you are not thoroughly familiar with how it draws, how it handles and how it shoots, you will not be as ready as you can be to respond to a deadly force scenario. Similarly, if you haven’t tested your sidearm with a variety of different defensive loads, then you haven’t optimized that pistol or revolver for lifesaving use. Different powder charges and bullet weights pattern differently out of different firearms, and the 9mm +P jacketed hollow-points that run like a champ in your cousin’s Glock 17 might be unacceptably inaccurate out of your Ruger EC9s.
Along those lines, the only way to be certain that you will be able to effectively employ your home-defense shotgun or carbine is to train on it. Safety manipulation, reloads and rapid sight picture acquisition are all essentials in the world of home defense, and running drills in your residence with an empty gun will only get you so far. Like your EDC handgun, your rifle and shotgun will have preferred loads, and it is important that you assess at least two or three different options before you settle on what you’re willing to bet your life on. And like your EDC handgun, you owe it to those who you intend to protect to be as proficient as you can with that shotgun or rifle, and that means time spent shooting.
Whether you’re training on your defensive drills, blasting some clays or just plinking, it’s hard to name a better way to spend an afternoon. Indoors or outdoors, shooting ranges give responsibly armed Americans opportunities to hone their skills, try out new firearms and celebrate the liberties and freedoms guaranteed by our Founding Fathers. And in this age of smartphones, it’s never been easier to find your closest firing line.