PRIVATE RANGE FAQs
Can I bring my own guns?
Yes, you can bring your own firearms to shoot, subject to restrictions. See Private Range Rules on our website for a complete list of acceptable firearms and ammunition, as well as those that are prohibited.
Do I have to be a member to bring my own guns?
Do I need to bring my gun license or firearm purchase paperwork to shoot my own? Do I need a hunting license or gun permit?
No. We do not require proof of firearm ownership. Any personal pistols, however, would need an adult 21 years or older to be used on the range.
What do I need to know when bringing my own guns?
All firearms must be secured in a holster, gun case, box, or gun sock. Customers entering the store with uncased or unholstered firearms will be required to purchase a gun sock or case or will be asked to return the firearm(s) to their vehicle. Waistband carry without a proper holster is strictly prohibited. Once inside the store, do NOT unholster or uncase your firearm(s). The first time you shoot here, you will be required to attend a Safety Briefing detailing our Private Range Rules and outlining the do’s and don’ts of shooting here. You will be expected to be able to safely load, unload and clear your firearm(s) and you must possess basic shooting skills on your firearm(s) or you will not be permitted to shoot. The Rangemaster or RSO will make the final determination. Private Instruction is generally available for inexperienced shooters.
What kind of ammo can I bring?
When using our firearms, you must use our ammunition. If you are using your own firearms on our private range, then you may bring your own ammunition so long as it is factory new. We do not accept hand loaded, reloaded or loose ammunition. We also cannot accept tracers, incendiary rounds, green tip, armor piercing or steel core ammunition. If you are shooting clays with us, please make sure your shells are target load, 7 ½ shot or smaller. For a complete list of Private Range Rules, go to our website.
Can someone teach me how to use my gun?
Yes. We have private instruction, as well as group training classes and certification. Ask a member of our store staff for private instruction availability or a list of upcoming training classes or click the Training tab on our website.
*POCKETS, SHOPPING BAGS, CANVAS BAGS, BEDSHEETS, BOOK BAGS, AND DUFFLE BAGS WITH FIREARM BARRELS OR STOCKS EXPOSED ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR CARRYING CASES. *
Can I reserve a shooting lane ahead of time?
Only Members may reserve shooting lanes. We cannot reserve lanes for non-members or guests of members. Each member may reserve only one lane, however, if space is available, we are happy to issue separate lanes at the time of check in. Lane reservations will be held for 15 minutes but the hour time limit (if applicable) will begin at the time of the reservation. If the reservation is not filled within that time frame, it will be released. Reserving specific lanes or adjacent lanes is a request we will accommodate when possible – however it is not guaranteed. Reservations are subject to availability based on membership level and are on a first come first serve basis. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes prior to your reserved time. Online reservations are available at www.sunsetrange.com. Make sure to have your membership number available when booking your lane reservation.
Do I need to book more than 1 hour?
If you are making a reservation for the Private Member Range, you can book additional time that you plan to use. If you book more than one hour but do not use the additional time, you will still be required to pay for it.
Something came up. I can’t make my appointment. Is there any penalty?
We ask that our members be considerate of our lane time. If, for some reason, you cannot make it for your scheduled appointment, please cancel the appointment online as early as you can. While we do not charge a penalty for “no shows” or late cancellations (within 72 hours), members will lose their online reservation privilege after 3 such events.
Do you offer Private Instruction or Training Classes?
Yes. We offer both. Private Instruction can be purchased in half hour increments at the time of your visit (based on Instructor availability) or you can schedule one on one instruction in advance, based on your needs and specific firearms. We also offer formal Instructor-led classroom training on the many aspects of firearms and firearms safety. Our curriculum includes NRA and USCCA certificate and non-certificate courses. For a complete list of current classes, or to sign up, click the Training tab on our website.
Do you offer gunsmithing?
No, not at this time. We do not repair or clean firearms.
firearms purchase faqs
Do you sell guns?
Yes. We have a selection of over 100 new and used firearms for sale.
I am a PA resident, what do I need to bring with me to purchase a gun from you?
You will need to bring your valid PA Government issued ID. PA does not require any special permit or training requirement in order to purchase a firearm.
I want to buy a gun but I have no idea how to go about it.
You’ve come to the right place! Our signature Try, Buy & Train program allows first time gun buyers like yourself to try multiple guns with live fire and chose the one that fits your needs. Once you complete your purchase, you’ll spend a half hour or so with one of our Certified Instructors who will teach you how to load, unload and clear your new firearm, as well as how to safely store it. Try, Buy & Train gives you the peace of mind knowing that you will buy the right firearm and have some basic knowledge of how to operate it safely. Of course, 30 minutes is not nearly enough time to become proficient in firearms use, so your Instructor will recommend entry level classes, if you’re interested.
I bought a gun online, can I have it shipped to your range?
Yes, if you are a PA resident, possess a valid PA Government issued ID, and can successfully complete a PA State Criminal background check, you can have your firearm shipped here. You will be required to pay us the normal FFL transfer fee. For more information, click the FFL Transfers tab on our website.
My friend wants to buy my gun, do you do private transfers?
Yes. Both you and your friend must appear in person in our store at the same time in order to complete the transfer. The seller must show valid government issued ID while the buyer must possess a valid PA Government issued ID, and successfully complete a PA State Criminal background check. Appointments are required. Please call the store or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information and to make an appointment.
I don’t live in PA, can I still buy a gun from you?
Yes! We can sell firearms to out of state residents. However, it is your responsibility to make sure the firearm you are purchasing from us is compliant in the state where you live. For complete details on FFL Transfers, go to our website.