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Top Gun Indoor Shooting Range - Harrisonburg, Va

Postby nickf829 » Tue, 26 Jan 2010 15:52:01

Indoor range with approx 15-25 lanes. Shoot out to 25yrds. Pistols(FN FiveSeven is NOT allowed), Rimfire rifles and carbine rifles allowed. Only standing lanes, no benches.

Clean range, usually not very busy. RSO sits behind you(glass wall seperating shooters from RSO and Lobby). Pretty friendly staff.

Warning... it's COLD in the winter.

Some pistols available for rent. MINIMAL ammo available for purchase. Targets available for purchase.

$12/hour for non-members, or you can get yearly memberships for I think $180/year, less if you are a student or LEO.

They also offer training classes, home security and that sort of thing at the adjoining business "US Training & Development Center"

Hours= Mon-Thurs 3-8pm, Fri 1-8pm, Sat 10-6pm, CLOSED SUNDAYS

I like this range alot. Great for the winter when its bitter cold outside, however its not "warm" inside.
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Re: Top Gun Indoor Shooting Range - Harrisonburg, Va

Postby DavidG » Mon, 14 Jun 2010 09:02:24

I went to this range this past Saturday and I made two trips in one ( my first and my last). Very unfriendly person working the range. I believe he may of had little man syndrome. This is an older guy and he seemed to not be happy with his job as he was very disgruntled and not a person that should be working with the public. For some reason or other he picked me to take his frustrations out on that day and it has cost them three customers because of it. I have forty-three years of shooting experience under my belt and in all of these years I can honestly say I've never had a negative experience anywhere that I've shot other than at this place and it will not happen again.


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Re: Top Gun Indoor Shooting Range - Harrisonburg, Va

Postby ProShooter » Mon, 14 Jun 2010 09:49:09

nickf829 wrote: RSO sits behind you(glass wall seperating shooters from RSO and Lobby).



A range with an RSO? one that watches the shooting lanes?

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Re: Top Gun Indoor Shooting Range - Harrisonburg, Va

Postby zephyp » Tue, 15 Jun 2010 05:17:13

Thats the one thing I like about Sharpshooters. The RSO sits behind glass and only enters the range if he/she sees something stupid going on...they do knock on the glass if they see me pull a swig on a water bottle though... :confused:
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Re: Top Gun Indoor Shooting Range - Harrisonburg, Va

Postby ProShooter » Tue, 15 Jun 2010 12:30:54

zephyp wrote:they do knock on the glass if they see me pull a swig on a water bottle though... :confused:


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Re: Top Gun Indoor Shooting Range - Harrisonburg, Va

Postby Unkn0wN » Tue, 15 Jun 2010 12:47:54

ProShooter wrote:
zephyp wrote:they do knock on the glass if they see me pull a swig on a water bottle though... :confused:


As well they should!


Forgive me here....... why is taking a swig from a water bottle a bad thing? I've never taken a bottle of water into an indoor range, but when I go to the gun club to shoot, I take a big ole jug of water with me....
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Re: Top Gun Indoor Shooting Range - Harrisonburg, Va

Postby ProShooter » Tue, 15 Jun 2010 16:47:55

Unkn0wN wrote:
ProShooter wrote:
zephyp wrote:they do knock on the glass if they see me pull a swig on a water bottle though... :confused:


As well they should!


Forgive me here....... why is taking a swig from a water bottle a bad thing? I've never taken a bottle of water into an indoor range, but when I go to the gun club to shoot, I take a big ole jug of water with me....


Because no food or drink should be consumed on a range, and you should wash your hands before eating, drinking or smoking. The lead particulates are absorbed by food and drink and then ingested into the body. Every range I've ever been to has a no fod or drink policy and that is why - lead ingestion.
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Re: Top Gun Indoor Shooting Range - Harrisonburg, Va

Postby zephyp » Wed, 16 Jun 2010 06:01:41

Lead ingestion on an indoor range by drinking water? Bah...you get dozens time more just by breathing the air driving by and looking much less standing there for an hour shooting paper...maybe obama should be called...he can integrate that into his crap and tax junk...
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Re: Top Gun Indoor Shooting Range - Harrisonburg, Va

Postby ProShooter » Wed, 16 Jun 2010 07:24:41

Lead exposure occurs in indoor firing ranges when proper environmental and occupational health controls are not in place to effectively protect the health of shooters and firing range staff from exposure to lead. Common types of exposures are from inhalation (breathing in lead dust) or ingestion (swallowing lead dust, usually from contaminated hands or food).

Workers are commonly exposed to airborne lead when using ammunition with primers containing lead styphnate or lead bullets. Shooters or anyone in the firing range can be exposed to lead fumes from the "gun smoke" or the lead dust that is released into the air when the gun is fired. Workers can also be exposed to airborne lead dust when cleaning the range and guns or emptying bullet trays.

Workers and hobby shooters can also ingest lead when eating, drinking or smoking. Lead dust can settle on hands, lunchroom surfaces or food and drink. Workers and shooters should wash their hands and face immediately after shooting, cleaning firearms, picking up spent casings/pellets or reloading ammunition, and before eating, drinking or smoking.

Workers and hobby shooters can also carry lead home on their clothing and skin and potentially expose their families to toxic levels of lead. Lead in the home is especially dangerous for children and women of childbearing age.


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Re: Top Gun Indoor Shooting Range - Harrisonburg, Va

Postby DavidG » Wed, 16 Jun 2010 14:46:52

Also had a gripe that they don't allow loaded carry in the building. I've been told by some other guys that the older guy is a p.i.t.a. and they don't go there anymore because of him.


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Re: Top Gun Indoor Shooting Range - Harrisonburg, Va

Postby zephyp » Thu, 17 Jun 2010 04:44:06

Yep, no loaded carry by customers. Cant figure that one out either.
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Re: Top Gun Indoor Shooting Range - Harrisonburg, Va

Postby nickf829 » Sun, 20 Jun 2010 12:21:27

I would guess the no loaded gun in the lobby thing is an insurance requirement? Thats about all I can think of

I mentioned the RSO not as a good or bad thing, merely as a fact.

The old man never bothered me, I've only seen him get shitty with someone who wanted to see how fast he could "dirty harry" the target from the hip and completely missed the backstop and put a round into the cement floor, which I felt his reaction was justified. Other than that, no issues.
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Re: Top Gun Indoor Shooting Range - Harrisonburg, Va

Postby pete » Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:17:53

I took a trip out to Harrisonburg a couple Saturdays ago to visit my son who attends JMU. We made a "ballistic" day out of it and went to the gun show, hit some of the local gun stores, and tried out Top Gun. The gun show was okay, basically a smaller version of the Chantilly show we usually go to. But the stores all sucked. Hunters Paradise was going out of business that day and the inventory was just about gone. An outdoor sporting goods store near the university whose name I forget only had a small dusty case of over-priced handguns and a small rack of rifles. Pawn Emporium had nothing but junk and Ashby Arms is a crappy little cave.

Kind of a bummer day until we got to Top Gun. When we first pulled up we thought for sure it was closed since there was only one car was in the parking lot. But they were open for business and we had the range to ourselves. Definitely nice compared to the weekend crowds at the ranges up in Fairfax. The RSO was a little stiff at first but we talked to him for awhile and he turned out to be real helpful and pleasant and let us run probably a half hour over the hour we paid for. Overall the range is modest but clean, reasonable, and decent. We'll be going back.


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Re: Top Gun Indoor Shooting Range - Harrisonburg, Va

Postby krmgator » Thu, 03 Mar 2011 20:47:25

I've gone a few times and have always had a good experience there. It's a good alternative in the winter when there's bad weather and I can't drive to the range up Hite Hollow Road.

I don't mind a grumpy old man at the counter, quite frankly I don't expect a great customer service experience at a place like this. Just a nice place to shoot where people leave you a lone.

I went with a friend to Rivanna Gun Club in C'ville a couple of weeks ago. Too many range Nazis there for me. I will never join that place


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Re: Top Gun Indoor Shooting Range - Harrisonburg, Va

Postby zillakilla » Sun, 09 Oct 2011 09:49:01

I have to highly recommend the Top Gun shooting range in Harrisonburg. If you go into this place with a good attitude and a healthy respect for both guns, and the experienced staff that work there, you're going to have a great time.

First, it's the ONLY shooting range in our area. That being the case, one might expect that they might not care at all about providing good customer service and a pleasant shooting experience. That has not been my experience at all. Second, I would have to drive 45 minutes to get to the nearest outdoor range, while Top Gun is on my way home from work. Very nice!

My girlfriend and I are new to shooting, and we were very happy with Top Gun from our very first visit, about a month ago. We went in with several questions and Larry, behind the counter that day, was more than happy to answer all of them. He spent more than an hour with us, explaining the rules of the range, and informing us of all of the products and services they offer (like gun rentals, accessories, protective gear, targets, and handgun training classes). He was also kind enough to offer us suggestions, based on many years of experience, about brands and types of pistols/revolvers, calibers, and tips on shooting practices and home defense.

A few days later, on my first visit to actually rent a gun and shoot it, I met Charles. Great guy!

Charles is friendly and patient, has great customer service skills, and is very knowledgeable. Even though we're beginners, Charles doesn't make us feel that way. The first pistol I rented was the Bersa / Firestorm .380 (a very nice little close-range gun, by the way, which we have actually just purchased). Though it's a basic gun, Charles took the time to go over everything about it with me to make sure I was comfortable with its functionality. Even though he has many years of handgun experience and has probably dealt with more than his share of yahoos, newbies, and idiots, he is never condescending (as many "experts" in a field can often be).

After renting my second pistol (a Ruger P95, 9mm) and putting over three hundred rounds through it without a hitch, I had my first FTF. When I went to get Charles to make sure there wasn't something wrong with the gun, he was Johnny-on-the-spot and quickly came over to check the gun and make sure there was nothing wrong with it. He then confirmed that it was just a dud and said with a grin, "Don't get too excited, you'll have a lot more of them in the future." If I keep buying cheap WWB ammo, I'm sure I will!

If your target falls while you're shooting, which happens from time to time, Charles doesn't seem bothered or annoyed, but happily jumps up and runs in to get it for you (after making sure everyone has stopped shooting and is back from the line, of course).

When we've been to the range and it isn't very busy, Charles will actually come over to watch us shoot and offer friendly (and much needed) advice about little things we can do to improve. That's a nice touch.

If I were the owner, I would want to know that Charles does an excellent job of making sure the customer is aware of the products and services they have for sale, while not coming across as a pushy salesman. He never forgets to ask if we need targets, ammo, or accessories, or if we have any other questions or issues he can help us with. He actually wants to ensure that his customers get everything they need to have an enjoyable shooting experience and come back for more in the future. Great job, Charles! You deserve a raise!

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$12/hr, per lane, per person
$180 per year annual membership (unlimited visits and members shoot before non-members if it's busy)
$8 gun rental (they have a Firestorm .380, Ruger P95-9mm, and two .22 pistols)

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Now that I've purchased my first pistol, a Glock 17 (much to Charles' chagrin.... he's not a big Glock fan) I'll be getting my annual membership very soon. If you live in the area and haven't tried Top Gun yet, you should definitely stop by and check it out!


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Re: Top Gun Indoor Shooting Range - Harrisonburg, Va

Postby zillakilla » Fri, 21 Oct 2011 06:36:39

Correction....

$180 per year annual membership (unlimited visits and members shoot before non-members if it's busy)

I misunderstood. Members do get unlimited visits and range time, but do not get to go before non-members. However, if a member is shooting, a non-member will have to wait until whenever the member finishes to get their lane.

Also, a family membership is $230. A little quick math... if only one member of your family ends up going to shoot, only once a week for a year, that's $4.42 per week. Not too bad.


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Re: Top Gun Indoor Shooting Range - Harrisonburg, Va

Postby Paulthecarguy » Mon, 20 Feb 2012 00:10:02

My wife and I went often many years ago just to plink. We returned this past week for the first time in at least ten years. The place looked like not a day had gone by, and the staff was friendly, nice, and helpful. I have been to other ranges, and the range masters here need special commendation. I have never known range masters to be as courteous, and helpful, and just downright accommodating, while still emphasizing safety. I will be visiting often again.

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Top Gun Indoor Shooting Range - Harrisonburg, Va

Postby Dooga » Tue, 21 Feb 2012 02:32:29

Why no FiveSevens?


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Re: Top Gun Indoor Shooting Range - Harrisonburg, Va

Postby johndonovan » Tue, 28 Feb 2012 10:54:31

Excellent, friendly - Larry and Gary were very helpful to my wife and me when we stopped to shoot our new pistols after the Harrisonburg gun show on February 25, 2011. They each explained the rules of the range and gave us helpful coaching comments when we first started shooting. I would recommend this friendly place to anyone, especially those new to shooting pistols.


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Re: Top Gun Indoor Shooting Range - Harrisonburg, Va

Postby BigRiverGunServices » Mon, 05 Mar 2012 11:43:03

It's a nice range with very strict rules. The older gentleman that runs the office who is also the RSO was a burden. If he would stay behind the glass and not interrupt everyone on the range it would have been different. Do not bring full body silhouettes as they will only let you shoot half the target due to bullets hitting the floor. There is no live carry and your weapon must be in a case or a holster not attached to you. They have a tremendous amount of targets to choose from, i believe they have a small selection of ammo. They have gun rentals fairly decent priced (only 9mm and .380) they also have weapons and security duty gear. I only go there during the winter, its ventilated fairly well.


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