Shooting Range in Bristol

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The Range

The Ware Gun Shop houses an NRA- and state-certified shooting range in its basement.

The Rentals

During courses, instructors supply rental firearms equipped for laser exercises or live-fire ammunition.

At a Glance

Despite its store's name, the staff at Ware Gun Shop does't just sell firearms?though it does feature a changing stock of equipment and accessories from brands such as Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Beretta, and Remington. Each week, the firearms experts?each of whom holds certification from the NRA as well as the Massachusetts State Police?conduct a safety course and explain the proper way to handle firearms.

91 W Main St.
Ware,
MA
US

The NRA-certified instructors of Your Pistol Permit have one goal: to instill in their students responsible handgun practices as outlined by the National Rifle Association. To do this, they lead the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting course, blending both classroom and range training so students feel comfortable handling a firearm and auditioning for the next Police Academy movie. Along with demonstrating the proper mindset needed to responsibly operate a handgun, instructors teach terminology, stance, loading and unloading, and firearm cleaning. They also offer private instruction for clients who prefer training tailored to their skill level.

22 Pine Street
Bristol,
CT
US

Lifelong paintballers Glen Kapostas and Eric Schreiber founded Yankee Paintball with the aim of introducing new people to their favorite sport on a safe and fair playing field. Their 50 acres of paint-strewn battlegrounds include five different fields, each with a distinct layout and environment. Inflatable obstacles are scattered throughout the Airball Field, the layout of which changes every few weeks to enhance replay value. The 10-acre Castle Field—the largest of the bunch—spans the length of a small hill. Its battlegrounds light up with multi-colored crossfire during team games in which players crouch in bunkers, take shelter behind trees, and hide in the crowded nests of woodland critters.

571 Quaker Farms Road
Oxford,
CT
US

A distinguished marksman for the US Marine Corps who trained his fellow Marines in pistol and rifle shooting, Sergeant Matt Foster now helms a team of coed firearms instructors. Teaching classes such as the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course, an state pistol-permit class, and a women's-only session, the instructors rely on a TPI training method?an acronym for Total Participant Involvement?that emphasizes one-on-training and encourages students to go at their own pace to maximize skill retention.

157 S Main St.
East Granby,
CT
US

A distinguished marksman for the US Marine Corps who trained his fellow Marines in pistol and rifle shooting, Sergeant Matt Foster now helms a team of coed firearms instructors. Teaching classes such as the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course, an state pistol-permit class, and a women's-only session, the instructors rely on a TPI training method?an acronym for Total Participant Involvement?that emphasizes one-on-training and encourages students to go at their own pace to maximize skill retention.

4 Thompson Rd.
East Windsor,
CT
US

With its main lodge built during the era of the Founding Fathers, Orvis Sandanona serves as one of the oldest permitted shotgun-shooting clubs in the country. Given its history, it's no surprise that the diverse 20-stand sporting-clays course has been chosen to host many prestigious competitions. Lush greenery and wooden fences also extend to both the modern skeet and five-stand courses, where onsite specialists teach the English Churchill method of shotgun hunting. In addition, fly fishing instruction comes in handy during guided fishing trips arranged by the staff. The clubhouse's dining room?whose ceiling beams and wooden accents give it the vibe of a colonial tavern?serves as a cozy spot for lunch or dinner.

3047 Sharon Turnpike Road
Millbrook,
NY
US