How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Gun at a Shooting Range?

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Introduction

It will cost you about $10 per hour to rent a gun at a shooting range. Well of course this price goes up in case you are renting other shooting accessories such as ear muffs and protective eyewear. The location of the range also contributes to the cost.

There are many shooting ranges available in the United States and they are open to the public, for both indoor and outdoor shooting. Some allow the use of either privately owned firearms or rented ones from the shooting range. However, the range rules depend on the owner of the range. 

Some ranges rent their handguns and also provide instructions in the use of rental guns at shooting ranges. Most ranges have a range master to help shooters learn the proper use of all rental and owned firearms. Most major tourist destinations in the gun-friendly U.S. States have rental ranges that provide service to both the domestic and international tourists. 

The rule of most shooting range facilities in the United States borders on safety and there is an urgent need for a range to have more than one range master. The idea is to ensure that all gun safety rules are always stringently followed.

Gun Rental Prices per Type of Gun

20% discount on retail to Law Enforcement, Military, & First Responders with photo I.D, showing branch of service.

Examples of costs in a shooting range

Shotgun

  • $8.50 per round (25 clays)
  • Minimum 1 round charged
  • .34 Per clay
  • There are no charges per shooter
  • Only # 7 ½, #8 & # 9 shot size allowed

Rifle & Pistol Range​

  • No time limit, no charge on the number of firearms
  • $10.95 per shooter (includes 1 target, earplugs)
  • $5.00 under 14 years old
  • $3.00 per extra rifle target
  • $2.00 per extra pistol target

Is it Cheaper to Own a Gun or Just Go to the Range?

Rental fees might appear nominal but considering that ranges that rent guns require you to buy ammo from them. It is justifiable though, as part of owning a shooting range is customer safety. One might just rent a 300 win mag rifle and put in a case loaded with Green dots. The risk of a shooter blowing themselves up is rife. 

It is also understandable since gun ranges do not want their guns ruined by people shooting poorly made reloads. However, gun ranges often sell ammo at a significant price. In the end, you may end up spending twice as much on ammo than you would buy at retail stores like Walmart. 

The inability to use cost mitigation measures like reloading means that you spend so much on ammo, sometimes twice as much as the rental costs.

A rental gun may cost $10.95 to rent, on top of range time. The ammo could be slightly less than 20 dollars a box, sometimes more depending on the gun, you will use. It means for one to use the range time fully you would at least spend double the rental cost. 

There is some positive from this as it means you get to try many handguns and find the one that fits your desires before buying. But going to the range more than four times a year is costly as you spend more than you would have spent to buy a gun, reloading equipment, and lots of components.

In essence, it is cheaper to own your gun when shooting at the range. 

Here are some of the costs levied on gun ranges with special discounts and offers for members.

How Many Rounds Should I Shoot at the Range?

For most ranges, the minimum round you can shoot is perhaps one box of ammo.  However, there is no limit to the amount of ammo you can purchase thereby no maximum restriction. 

The reason most shooting ranges insist on the sale of ammo for the guns at the ranges goes beyond safety precedence. There are rules about the type of ammo allowed regardless of whether you are shooting from your gun or a rental gun. 

Most ranges prohibit the use of Armor-piercing, tracer, and incendiary ammunition. If you are not familiar with these kinds of ammo, always inquire before entering a shooting lane. 

You must always present a valid government-issued photo ID and be at least 18 years of age to purchase rifle ammunition, and at least 21 years of age to purchase a rifle or handgun ammunition.