Shooting Range in East Hartford

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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

Since 1907, Flamig Farm has developed into a reputable educational-resource facility complete with an extensive petting zoo. Visitors can frolic with emus, ducks, and sheep, then cuddle with bunnies and piglets. Though not included in this Groupon, the farm offers several other activities, including pony rides, hikes, and hayrides. The farm closes when the weather gets cold, so be sure to visit before animals migrate to Hollywood and resume their winter jobs as fast-food commercial spokesmen.

7 Shingle Mill Rd
West Simsbury,
CT
US

The Classes

Gun-training options include an NRA basic pistol-shooting course, a state pistol-permit class, a women's-only session, and firearms-free self defense. Sgt. Foster himself also works with people during one-on-one lessons.

The Firearms

At both indoor and outdoor ranges, Sgt. Foster and his fellow instructors work with clients in firearms from handguns to military-grade rifles.

At a Glance

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. 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

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

When owner Mike Wade directs his customers to local fishing holes, he knows what he’s talking about because he's fished them himself. Mike’s passion for fishing influences the gear he keeps in stock, from new and used reels to fresh saltwater bait to AquaSkinz clothing and accessories. He even fashions his own line of plugs, inspired by his fishing adventures and information gleaning during focus groups of randomly selected striped bass.

157 Main St
Westerly,
RI
US

The Range
  • 12 indoor shooting lanes
  • Electronic system sets targets 12–50 ft. away
  • Accommodates most calibers up to a .44 Special
The Rentals
  • Revolvers
  • Semi-automatics
  • Calibers from .22 to .45
At a Glance

Within Connecticut Firearms Training's classroom, NRA-certified and ex-military instructors teach firearm fundamentals, including a Basic Pistol Safety session and private classes in pistols, rifles, and shotguns. The range also hosts special events—including a half-priced ladies' night—and its onsite retail center sells firearms, gun-cleaning supplies, and other accessories.

7 National Pl
Danbury,
CT
US