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Are there any shooting ranges around here?

Amy Hotz

Not many anymore. Almost all the ranges have moved out to the country, far from Wilmington’s urban development.

You will find one indoor public range in New Hanover County, Shooter’s Choice, 6789 Gordon Road, Wilmington [Map this]. Their phone number is 350-0GUN (0486). If you don’t have a gun, you can rent one there and buy ammo. They also have lady’s nights and concealed carry classes.

Other than that, your best bet would be to head south to Brunswick County where you can join Buccaneer Gun Club, State Road 1413, Winnabow. The club also, periodically, hosts open-to-the-public days where only a small fee is paid to shoot skeet, Cowboy Action or other target types. You can find more information about this club at http://buccaneergunclub.org.

Ant Hill Range is another private shooting club located on Green Swamp Road (N.C. 211) near Southport. Check out www.anthillrange.com for more information.

Or, for the freedom to go shooting anytime without anyone to bother you, head out to Ye Olde Gun Club and Shooting Range; $20 will get you in and allow you to shoot all day to your heart’s content. The Gun Club is located on N.C. 211, four miles west of Southport. Call before you go, (910) 523-0203. Also, read more about the facility at www.yeoldegunclub.com.

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