Pistols and rifles. Ammo and targets. Familiar names like Glock and Springfield. Carter Shooting & Supply's store supplies most things a shooting enthusiast might be looking for?including training. Its onsite range makes for an ideal practice ground, where instructors teach handgun fundamentals and techniques to address potential real-world scenarios.
At Benton Sporting Clays, marksmen take aim at airborne clay pigeons from 14 fully automated shooting stations and a tournament-grade clays tower. A fully covered five-stand shooting station protects shooters from wind, rain, and real pigeons avenging their clay cousins. Between sessions, shooters traverse the expansive grounds to try different stations in one of the facility's comfortable carts. Members enjoy benefits such as year-round shooting, waived cart-rental fees, and discounted clay pigeons at the range’s fully stocked pro shop.
75 handguns, including a Beretta 92FS
An onsite gun range and an experienced staff make Bulls Eye Marksman Gun Club & Indoor Range an ideal training ground for pupils of all ability levels. Its instructors regularly host group classes, including women-only sessions, which focus on basic handgun skills, safety, and shooting mechanics. Beyond handguns, they train students privately to fire rifles and shotguns or master more nuanced tactical skills.
Targets strung up in 12 comfortably ventilated and climate-controlled lanes await approaching bullets as they fly from firearms held 25 yards away. Adjacent to the range, a private, 16-seat room houses NRA- and state-certified instructors as they walk novice and advanced trigger fingers alike through the safety and skills necessary to wield a pistol. In addition to supplying customers with firearm-operating knowledge, the expert gunslingers equip marksmen with a wealth of rifles and pistols from brand names such as Colt and Sig Sauer. Holsters, magazines, and cleaning supplies—such as a gun that shoots all the dirt off your other gun—round out the shop's extensive stock, which includes more than 27,000 products in its online store.
The readers of Creative Loafing Atlanta voted Stoddard's Range and Guns "Best Shooting Range in Atlanta" in both 2012 and 2013. In addition to the amenities of the range itself, much of the credit for these accolades goes to the NRA-certified instructors, who teach courses such as basic handgun classes. Firearms experts also run the gun shop, where the staffers sell firearms and perform services such as cleaning and scope mounting.
Owners Robyn Marzullo and Cara Workman have made an impact in the world of firearms training. Robyn was profiled by CBS 46 for her efforts to make inexperienced shooters and new comers feel more comfortable on the range, while still catering to shooters with more experience. The female owners strive to empower women and take steps to make certain that ladies can become more involved in the firearms community, which include hiring female instructors, scheduling women-only handgun-fundamental classes, and implementing a Ladies Day at the range to provide a comfortable learning experience. Their team's other sessions welcome men and women, with training in defensive techniques and more specialized firearms, including AR-15 rifles. Both locations also offer a variety of training in defensive techniques, fire arms safety, private events, and a full retail area. Wheelchair accessible lanes are available.