a reply to: boymonkey74
$3.50 + a round for .50 cal. you might find it cheaper, but I doubt it.
Where I live range fees are around $20. I've never rented a gun though. I don't think it's all that spendy, and I think most places will give you
some sort of deal where you can shoot x amount of guns for $30 + ammunition.
The range I go to is only available to members, and the base membership fee for pistol only is $25 a year plus $15 every time you visit with no time
limit. I have the next level membership that runs $300 a year and gives me unlimited access to the pistol and rifle bays, and only costs $10 if I
bring a guest. Other than that they require you use certain ammunition that you bring (and they inspect it) or you have to buy ammo there. If you
make it to the Seattle area, I highly recommend this range, it's awesome and the staff will treat you very well.
West Coast Armory Bellevue Gun Club.
Where I shoot if you rent a gun you are required to either bring your own firearm or a friend in order to rent firearms. I'm not sure if this is
State law, or the gun range. The idea here is to prevent people from renting a gun and committing suicide, which has unfortunately happened. Call
ahead and ask about this before you go.
I'd recommend that you shoot both AR and AK variants and also a number of pistols including revolvers. Depending on how you feel about recoil with
the handguns, go up in caliber until you feel uncomfortable. Some people strongly dislike recoil. Start with 9 MM handguns. If you don't mind it
you should really try a 1911 (.45). Really a fun gun.
If you know your itinerary perhaps consider taking a class. They are usually fairly inexpensive at the beginner levels (under $100) and you will
learn a lot. Familiarize yourself with gun safety before going to the range. Familiarize yourself with how to line up your sites too. You can
YouTube this stuff, and while it's not a substitute for actual training, it will help you to feel confident and keep you and others safer to lay some
foundational knowledge. Look up the rules of gun safety and commit them to memory.
Really read reviews online. Not all gun ranges are created equal. I've actually left because I felt others weren't being safe. There will be a
rangemaster that's in charge of watching shooters. If you feel unsafe, or have questions don't hesitate to ask.
I once said that I wished the world was a little more like my gun club. You go in there and everyone is nice, helpful, and generous. You're
shooting with people of every race, every creed, women and men and kids. The age range runs the gamut from 6 year olds with their parents to 90 year
olds. Everyone is there for the same reason, and there is a real sense of community that spans pretty much all societal differences. You may be
shooting next to a billionaire and a guy that's barely paying rent. I've asked other shooters how they like a particular gun, and they basically
insist you shoot at least 10 rounds through it. I'm pretty darn good with a pistol and I've been shamed by a 12 year old in the stall next to me.