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.
Quickshot Shooting Range has three locations, but none of them look like a typical shooting venue. Couches, tables, and other places to linger fill each range's loft-style lobby, where paintings and other artwork cover the walls. In fact, the staff is often asked whether the business is also an art gallery. While they do host the occasional art show, the team here focuses mainly on safe shooting instruction during both private and group sessions for all levels.
A shotgun-only facility, Tom Lowe Trap & Skeet Range invites beginner marksmen to shoot across 20 combination trap-and-skeet fields as well as a five-stand sporting-clays field. At each of these areas, clay pigeons launch into the sky above dense forests and rolling hills. Shooters as young as 10 (with proper supervision) can target the wingless birds during practice sessions and competitive leagues. Tom Lowe Trap & Skeet Range also partners with local independent instructors, who train beginner shooters to shoot and track the migratory patterns of clay pigeons.
Before hitting the field, visitors can rent a gun from Deshotels Arms, Inc., the onsite pro shop. The shop also sells ammo, used guns, and new shotguns from brands such as Beretta.