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ackvil
08-25-2006, 18:06
Any recommendations for a good range open to the public in the Orlando area? I e-mailed the Central Florida Rifle and Pistol
Range but never got a reply. I will be in Orlando for one week and would like to find a public range. Thanks.

Droanx
08-27-2006, 08:08
There are quite a few indoor ranges. The beautiful thing about living here is that most of these ranges allow you to use your own ammo in your own guns. There is a large indoor range called Shoot Straight. Go to shootstraightonline.com and look up the Apopka location. They have directions and info. I usually go to East Orange Shooting Sports because it is closer to me. It is a smaller range though and they don't allow rapid fire like Shoot Straight does. There info can be found at eastorangess.com There is also an indoor range called the Shooting Gallery. I don't know their website but I know where they are located. If you need more more info let me know. When you coming maybe we can go together....I'm so busy though.

GPalmer
08-28-2006, 21:22
I've only used the East Orange Shooting Sports range so far. I like it mostly for the people working there. Range is well ventilated but not air conditioned. Target suspension system isn't great, you'll watch those targets bounce on the chlothesline. Only offers up to 20 yard range. You pay the your money and shoot however long you want be it 15 minutes or 15 hours, it's all the same price. I personally like it enough I'll continue to go there since it's convenient. They also offer an on-site gunsmith and a decent though small shop. You don't say what you'd like to shoot but they offer pistol ranges only, no rifle, haven't asked about shotgun but I don't think it's allowed.

vangion
08-29-2006, 19:21
I like the ShootStraight range in Casselberry.
There is a small range on Oakridge and Reigs on that Trail.

I personally don't like East Orange range or gunsmith.

From the arrogant semi competent range staff to the gunsmith that tries to pass of a cold bluing of half a slide as a reblu job

chris098
09-11-2006, 14:04
Iíve got a membership to Shoot Straight, and usually go to the one in Apopka, but have found more and more inexperienced, unsafe, etc. (shooting their Glock sideways) shooters as of late. Itís a large range and well ventilated (but VERY hot as the day progresses). Iím in the process of looking into joining the Central Florida Rifle and Pistol club, but just have been busy, and waiting until it cools off outside.

Chris

FlaChef
09-13-2006, 07:54
OK, I remeber this thread coming up before but I can't find it.
So here goes again....

Shoot Straight Apopka Largest indoor range in FL. Allows rapid fire, but no drawing from holster. Does rentals. Don't remember fees. Also has rifle lanes. Mon is ladys day (used to be anyawy haven't been in a while). Getting in on weekends can mean a long wait. Reatail prices always seem high, but have heard they will make deals off sticker prices, most of the stock goes out to the gunshows on the weekends however. Heard horror stories of their smiths being "parts changers" and screwing up or improperly fitting components. Has website.

Shoot Staright Casselberry second location for the mega shoot straight, much smaller. Only ever been in the shop, never shot there. Also has rentals, don't know range rules or rates though. Most convenient location to north side suberbs (maitland, longwood, altamonte, etc.). Pistol lanes only IIRC. Has website.

Oak Ridge Gun range small, cramped range w/ four stalls (pistol only). Rentals are $15 and you can change out guns as much as you want, but can only have one out at a time (unless you want to pay another $15). Shooting is $9 all you want and if you save ten receipts you get a fee range session. If you buy a gun from them you get 1 month free range trips. Store is recently renovated (paint, carpet, etc.) but still kinda a whole in the wall in a strip mall in a so-so area of town. Allows shooting from holster and rapid fire. Does a lot of it's business from british tourists coming in and renting due to it's proximity to International Drive. Sales are mostly used guns, and sometimes some deals to be had. No website.

Reig's Gun Shop on South OBT about 1/2 mile around the corner from Oak Ridge. They have two ranges (though they only open the second when they are really busy. Rentals available, don't rtemember the price. Ranges are nice. However they charge by the hour and the employees are glock snobs and sometimes kinda rude. Only place I've seen that ALSO charges for use of eye and ear protectors if you don't bring your own. They seem to make most of their money off doing the classes for private security guard certifications. Has website.

Shooting Gallery Located across from the county jail in a strip mall full of bail bonds places. Range fee is $8 shoot as much as you want, and rentals are $8 each gun. Six very spacious lanes. Allows rapid fire, and will let you draw from a holster if they know you. The target holders are a little beat-up and don't always sit straight (but neither do bad guys :) but supposedly their working on replacing them (i know they got new ones in, but they didn't fit the carriers and they were trying to find other options). Also does some good british tourist business as they advertise machine gun rentals in the guide books. This location does not do gun sales, it is a range only, their other store is Universal Weapons on OBT, which is a full gunshop w/out an attached range. Don't know if website or not.

East Orange Shooting Sports off forsyth rd between colonial and university. Allows slow fire only and no drawing from holster. Two ranges, pistol calibers only. Don't remember fees, but does have rentals. Dick Divitorio (sp?) was the owner for eons, but recently sold to one of his employees and now just works there as the gunsmith and rangemaster on competition nights. He is my best recomendation for a smith in the area, IMHO the only one to be trusted w/ competition guns, and I've heard from several sources the best revolver smith in FL (he will always ask if a trigger or action job is for competition or a carry gun, if a smith doesn't understand the distinction and what you want the gun for then I wouldn't be very confident in their experience). EOSS offers IDPA/IPSC/ICORE/Bowling pin/ and Bullseye matches on a rotating schedule Thurs nights. Mon nights is an informal practice session for shooters from all those disciplines and is usually 3-4 stages for around 50 rounds, if you have ever thought about the action pistol sports this is the best time to get a feel for them w/out being tied to the rules and regulations (except the safety ones) of one discipline or the other. Also if you've never even drawn from a holster or done anything but shoot from a stall this is a blast w/out "counting" for anything or being competitive (it's just good trigger time). Private instruction is also availible and if they know you from competitions then they will, when it is slow, let you use their second range to practice drills and stages (holster, movement, repid fire, etc.) Dick is great w/ women shooters and his attention and encouragement on Mon night sessions is the reason my wife shoots IDPA w/ me now. Check website for match score, schedules, directions, etc.

The Orlando outdoor world is I think the only one w/out a range (that whole mall is littered w/ no weapon signs, so I guess it is a landlord rule). They are building a Gander Mtn. store in Lake Mary, don't know if it will have an attached range or not.

Have heard of their being a range on International Drive, but have never seen it, found it in the phonebook, or wheretoshoot.com

Private, members only outdoor ranges in the area... Central Florida Pistol and Rifle Club, Road's end Shooting Range, Seminole County Gun and Archery Club, Choulote (sp?) Sportsmans Club. All have pistol and rifle ranges, all have websites and some kind of open to the public day and/or matches where you can check them out.


I don't know squat about Kissimmee/Osceola county ranges, I just don't get out there much.

chris098
09-13-2006, 08:20
Very nice summation!

I still can't believe that we're one of the handful of BP/Outdoor Worlds that doesn't have a range.

GPalmer
09-13-2006, 09:18
Originally posted by FlaChef
OK, I remeber this thread coming up before but I can't find it.
So here goes again....
WOW, hats off to you, that's a fantastic writeup!

SkaOG
09-13-2006, 10:00
Wow I have yet to go to half of those places, thanks for the info.

ackvil
09-13-2006, 12:38
Yes, thanks for the great wrtie up.

stukibuilt
09-20-2006, 18:42
Reig's :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

They aren't really Glock snobs... some prefer 1911s, some Glock... If you sat in there and watched some of their walk ins, you'd understand why they can be short sometimes, but they are very knowledgable, and actually really cool guys if you take the time to talk... They also aren't the would be militia type, which is always a plus...

HardcoreKeith
09-22-2006, 15:33
Originally posted by vangion
I personally don't like East Orange range or gunsmith.

Ditto. Seems like I got attitude every time I went there.

I now to go Rieg's. Yeah -- you should see some of the people that they get in there. One of my favorite exchanges that I heard as I was filling out my card involved,
"That much? Do I HAVE to have eye and ear protection?"
"Yes."
"Damn! Is it like that everywhere?"
"I would imagine so, yes..."

stukibuilt
09-22-2006, 20:36
Originally posted by HardcoreKeith
Ditto. Seems like I got attitude every time I went there.

I now to go Rieg's. Yeah -- you should see some of the people that they get in there. One of my favorite exchanges that I heard as I was filling out my card involved,
"That much? Do I HAVE to have eye and ear protection?"
"Yes."
"Damn! Is it like that everywhere?"
"I would imagine so, yes..."

Ha ha ha, had to have been Jose... he's the most dry sense of humor in there... :rofl: It's always hillarious to spend some time in there and see the exchanges between customers and staff... When someone oils their gun with used frying oil (catfish no less, and this is after the staff cleaned it) and says "see, I told you they just want you to buy they oil," you know you are in for some serious laughs...

HardcoreKeith
09-22-2006, 21:05
Originally posted by stukibuilt
Ha ha ha, had to have been Jose... he's the most dry sense of humor in there... :rofl: It's always hillarious to spend some time in there and see the exchanges between customers and staff... When someone oils their gun with used frying oil (catfish no less, and this is after the staff cleaned it) and says "see, I told you they just want you to buy they oil," you know you are in for some serious laughs...

Indeed! He taught the concealed weapons license class that I attended and I really enjoyed it. :thumbsup:

When I bought my Glock 19 there and was helped by Stavros it was probably one of my best experiences buying anything .

So yes, Rieg's for me :thumbsup:

Mr. Blandings
09-23-2006, 10:26
FlaChef posted:
Have heard of their being a range on International Drive, but have never seen it, found it in the phonebook, or wheretoshoot.comShooting Sports Orlando was located in a strip mall slightly off of I-drive, near Wet-n-Wild, but that location closed several years ago.

Just some shooting range history for ya'.

steeltoe
01-23-2007, 14:20
Wow, thanks. Shoot Straight appears to be the closest for me. Only six lanes though. Should I call for an appointment? Man this really makes me appreciate Calibers back in NC. I think they had 15 lanes or so.

EDinFL
02-03-2007, 06:24
I'll have to check out Reigs, driven by it many times but never stopped. I usually go to Shooting Gallery unless I want to shoot rifles, the I go to Tenoroc in Lakeland.

Parasite
02-14-2009, 09:49
Well, back from the dead!

I too am looking for a good Orlando range. Searching brought me here, which seems to be one of the best threads on the topic yet.

I was checking the GMaps reviews, and there are some really bad write ups for Shoot Straight and for Reig's.

Basically, since it's been a little bit, has anyone else got more input?

njl
02-14-2009, 10:38
It depends on which part of Orlando you're in. It's an awfully big and spread out "city".

One I haven't seen mentioned in this thread is Eustis Gun Club (http://eustisgunclub.com). Contrary to the club's name, they're not really in Eustis (but I believe they originally were). It's actually closer to the southern edge of Tavares. It's about a 20 minute drive for me from NW Apopka. CFRPC is an hour drive and several tolls for me. They're more of a rifle and shotgun club (nice skeet field), rifle ranges out to 200yds. No reactive targets :( They do have handgun ranges.

If you're in the part of town where you'd shoot at ShootStraight Apopka, but would rather shoot outdoors or like to shoot your rifles at >25yds, it's worth checking out. AFAIK, yearly dues for EGC are actually quite a bit cheaper than a membership to ShootStraight...and as an added benefit, EGC is a CMP affiliated gun club, so if you like buying from the CMP, it'll save you $25/year if you were joining some other club just to satisfy CMP purchasing requirements.

EGC is a members-only and members + guests range...so you can't just go there and shoot. They also have some restrictions on how many times a person can come shoot as a guest, I assume as a way to encourage them to join if they want to use the range frequently. If you wanted to go there unescorted to look around, I suspect you'd need to go on a second Sunday of the month during the monthly membership meeting, and someone would likely be willing to give you a tour.

FlaChef
02-26-2009, 19:09
WOW, my old write up from 2006! As i first started reading this thread, I thought "I'm gonna have to dig up or recreate that summation I wrote".
can we get a sticky on this?

Parasite
02-26-2009, 20:58
Well, I'll add my experience since this must be useful to someone.

I visited Shoot Straight in Apopka. It was nice - it was well stocked with just about anything you could imagine. To be honest, it's probably one of the most complete selections i've seen yet! Their prices left something to be desired, but I didn't try talking them down, so who knows if they're willing to deal.

Their staff is hit or miss. A couple gentleman were very friendly, but quite a few acted as if I was an interruption to their day. I'd say it's worth a visit for their range, the range was very nice - just don't have high hopes for their customer service, and you won't be disappointed!

njl
02-26-2009, 21:17
Oddities with Shoot Straight Apopka:

They stock shotguns, but no choke tubes.
Their prices are generally very high, but I've been told they'll generally come down a bit off the price tags if you ask.
No reloading components. I went in recently and asked if they stocked primers. The guy responded "no, and with current prices, you're not going to save anything reloading."

Like most public ranges (I suspect), they tend to be very crowded recently. Last time I was there, we waited a while (on the pistol range) for a spot on the rifle range to open up, and it never did.

Membership there is more than EGC. Sure, you can shoot there in the rain or dark (because its indoors and lit)...but I really prefer shooting outdoors, and 25yds for a rifle range is just sad.

greatwun
03-01-2009, 16:11
I usually go to Shooting Gallery because of the $8 range fee, although the Shoot straight lanes are also very nice. I also like to buy practice reloads from the oak ridge gun shop as they sell them for $10.75/50 rounds. As far as sales, Ive bought from Al's army store, universal weapons, shoot straight, and Reigs gun shop. Reigs gun shop was my best buying experience but that's probably because it was a Glock. The guy even told me they tend to cater a bit more to glock owners.

LurkMastR
03-01-2009, 19:47
I've only shot at Shoot Straight in Casselberry and East Orange Shooting Sports. I can pretty much agree with the previous posters: the help at Shoot Straight is hit or miss (some are ok, some act like you're bothering them). I prefer shooting at East Orange Shooting Sports.

FlaChef
03-01-2009, 20:42
Noticed a new sign for Oak Ridge Shooting Range in an unfinished strip mall just around the corner on Orange Ave. Building looked empty when i drove by, no idea if they are relocating to new digs or adding a second location, but the new building is about 3 times the size of the old one.

greatwun
03-01-2009, 21:12
they are suppose to be moving to the new location sometime this fall. Or so it said on one of their fliers I picked up at the range.

SilverBullet_83
03-01-2009, 21:17
was in there friday and they were telling customers they would be moving in march

pcguy
03-06-2009, 05:36
If I am out to buy a handgun or spend range time in the hot summer months Rieg's is the clear choice.

That being said, if I want a quick shoot close to home East Orange shooting sports is just around the corner and cheaper.

I swear I have been in every single shop in orlando, and Rieg's clearly has the best sales staff of any of them.