New Jersey ranks 49th in a 2014 list of the best states for gun owners compiled by Guns and Ammo.
"One cannot even possess a handgun outside of a few designated areas unless a carry permit has been issued." The state's dismal score of 7 out of 50 is based on right to carry laws, restrictions on sporting rifles, National Firearms Act rights, the Castle Doctrine and a miscellaneous category.
Here are six spots for firearms and pistol practice in the state of New Jersey:
1. RTSP Shooting Range:
Located in Randolph, this premier indoor gun range, store and training facility occupies 35,000 square feet including a 900 square foot Digital Simulator. Twenty-one shooting lanes equipped with electronic retrieval systems are available and RTSP has a rental inventory of over 125 guns.
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"Facility is nice and clean, stuff ranges (no pun intended) from nice to great and they do not try to nickel and dime you charging for "eyes" and "ears"," writes a reviewer on Yelp.
2. Gun For Hire:
Located in Woodland Park, this gun range bills itself as "America's Urban Defense Institute Since 1992" and makes the claim, "We shatter the 5-star standard and would qualify for an unprecedented 6-Star Rating — if one existed!"
"Had a very enjoyable last night at the range! Very friendly staff accommodated me well. Very clean very safe place to shoot! Very happy to see so many people supporting the 2nd amendment in such an ungun friendly state!!!!" writes a reviewer on Facebook.
3. Shore Shot Pistol Range:
Located in Lakewood, this gun range sells a complete line of firearms and accessories and provides a ten shooting stall, 25-yard indoor pistol range. The range is climate controlled with a high volume exhaust system. The facility rents firearms and instruction is available from beginner to advanced tactical.
"Friendly helpful staff, very organized and willing to help if needed. I work in law enforcement and qualify twice a year for my agency. Knowing the importance in safe gun handling I'm fully aware of the rules of the range and the staff here respects that," writes a reviewer on Yelp.
4. Central Jersey Rifle & Pistol Club:
Located in Jackson, this club features three outdoor ranges with covered shooting stations and benches including a big bore rifle, general purpose and 50-yard pistol range. In addition, there is an indoor pistol range, four regulation skeet ranges and an archery range.
"They have an area called the pits where you set up your own targets for close rage. They have outdoor ranges for short and long distances, skeet ranges, archery and last but not least a 24hr indoor range," writes a reviewer on Yelp.
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5.Thunder Mountain Trap and Skeet:
Located in Ringwood, this is the "closest shooting range to NYC, only 25 miles from the Tappan Zee Bridge." The facility is a shotgun and clay target only range and features three skeet fields, two trap fields and one modern skeet field.
"Fantastic range. Definitely caters to all skill levels of shooting. Equipment available; great prices on rounds and ammo. Safety is the number one rule and "having fun" is the number one goal," writes a reviewer on Google.
6. M & M Hunting Preserve:
Located in Pennsville, this member's only facility invites people to "Enjoy the fastest growing shotgun sport in America. Originally designed to simulate hunting, targets are presented in a variety of unique woods and open field situations on a course that’s both challenging and fun."
"The facility was magnificently clean and well laid out. The clay shooting was fantastic and I would go again in a second. I would highly recommend this facility to anyone interested in sport shooting," 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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