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Gun Ranges in Illinois: 6 Spots for Firearms and Pistol Practice

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By    |   Monday, 23 Feb 2015 11:32 PM

Illinois gun ranges offer pistol and rifle shooting enthusiasts the opportunity to use their firearms safely. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and many private companies operate gun range facilities.

Here are six private indoor and outdoor ranges with reviews for firearms and pistol practice in Illinois:

1. World Shooting and Recreational Complex
Sparta, Illinois
The World Shooting and Recreational Complex offers a wide variety of shooting opportunities. They have cowboy action shooting, skeet and trap shooting, sporting clays. A pistol and rifle berm allows for short-range shooting when a range officer is on duty. A Naperville, Illinois resident called it the

"Best Shooting in the USA," says a reviewer on TripAdvisor. "If you are an avid shooter then this is the place for you. This facility is the mecca for trap shooting." 

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2. On Target Range & Tactical Training Center 
Crystal Lake, Illinois
The On Target Range in Crystal Lake offers a 75 foot pistol range and a 150-foot rifle range. The pistol range cannot handle more than a muzzle velocity of 2500fps. The rifle range cannot handle a .50 caliber rifle, but will allow any gun smaller than that. Ammunition has to be approved by staff before use.

3. Article II Range 
Lombard, Illinois
Article II Range allows customers to make reservations online. The range has a 25 yard length with 8 positions for targets. There are four indoor lanes and no exterior lanes. Rifles, pistols, shotguns and black powder guns are allowed on all four lanes. The gunsmith at this location gets good reviews.

"That's the nice place to enjoy your shoot ... friendly and excellent customer service.The owner, the nicest person you can meet. Thanks again Article ll!" writes a reviewer on Google. 

4. Buffalo Range Shooting Park 
Ottawa, Illinois
This exterior gun range allows pistol and rifle shooting. It offers as 50 yard auxiliary range and a trap range. The rifle range has a 100 yard target length. The pistol range has target positions at 5, 10 and 15 yards. It is only open seasonally. Owners invite shooters to come with picnics and bring the family to enjoy the day.  

"Plenty of space and the range officers were easy to talk to. One of them even spotted for me while I ran some clips at the 50 yard range," writes a reviewer on Google.

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5. Metro Shooting Supplies
Belleville, Illinois
This store offers a 25 yard indoor shooting range with eight lanes. Three lanes are intended for rifles and other long guns. Five lanes on the gun range are for pistol shooting. They have many of the amenities of other ranges, like automated target retrieval and lounge areas for viewing.

6. Pelchers Shooters Supply 
Lansing, Illinois
This gun shop and indoor shooting range offers concealed carry classes along with the opportunity to shoot. They also offer "basic pistol instruction" for beginners. The store and range was started by a former law enforcement officer and focuses on safety and quality on the range. It also has a newer facility for shooting.

"Pelchers is one of the cleanest ranges I've ever been to. The staff was courteous and knowledgeable and made taking my partner shooting for the first time a convenient and heavily enjoyable experience," writes a reviewer on Google. 

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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