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Ares Training Facility is located in Leesburg Florida. The 100 acre outdoor facility is beautiful. Soak up nature as you gaze upon the mature oaks decorated with Spanish Moss. Spot a Red Tailed Hawk flying across the sky as you aim down range. Inhale the fresh air as you control your breathing before taking a shot. Enjoy the experience of shooting in tranquil surroundings.
The Main Shooting Range has 26 spacious stalls covered for your shooting pleasure, including one handicapped accessible stall. There is a wide berm at 100 yards to allow for pistol, shotgun, rifle, and even black powder shooting. Steel targets are set up at the berm. Wooden target stands are available to hold paper targets, and can be set up at any distance. The Main Range also has narrower berms at 200, 300, and 400 yards with steel targets for long distance shooting. The firing line has poured concrete slab to allow for a stable shooting area.
The Pocket Berms are like having your own private mini range! You can walk down and see your target while the rest of the range is hot. You are able to practice more advanced techniques that you can't do on the Main Range Firing Line. You can draw from the holster, move and shoot, and engage multiple targets. They range in width from 15 ft to 30 ft wide and all are 25 yards deep. They are primarily for Members and Instructors. I recommend making a reservation on the weekends.
The Long Range has steel targets at each berm so you can shoot at distances from 500 to 860 yards. There is a raised shooting platform as well as shooting tables on the ground to shoot from. Long Range Shooters are required to qualify at 400 yards before being granted access to the Long Range.
We have the ShotMarker Electronic Target System installed on the 500 yard and the 860 yard targets. Just use your phone to connect to it, and you can see where you are hitting and what adjustments you need to make.
The Instructor Range is for Certified Instructors to have a place to offer various types of training and classes. We have local Instructors that offer classes on a regular basis, as well as Instructors who come from all over the country. Instructors offer classes and training covering topics such as shooting from concealed carry, close quarters rifle usage, long distance shooting, and life saving skills in an active shooter situation.
If you are a Certified Instructor looking for a Training Friendly Range to teach at, call or email us to request an Instructor Packet.
You can always shoot shotguns on our main range and in the pocket berms.
Eventually, We will have a separate range just for shooting clays!
It will have its own building with bathrooms and parking area.
In past years, our Range was honored to host events such as the NFA Review Shoot and Florida Firearms Expo. Recently we have added Dropzone Gunner, which combines a mud run, obstacles, and guns! These large events give visitors an opportunity to talk to vendors in the gun industry, as well as try the latest products in a fun and safe atmosphere. Our smaller events include charity fundraisers. We are proud to say we have raised money for organizations that support Veterans, Law Enforcement, and to prevent sex-trafficking. We also host competitions and individual gun company events. Don't miss the next event. These are fun opportunities to safely shoot rare or new guns and see the latest products and accessories.
We have Local Instructors that use Ares Training Facility as their primary range for training and instructing. Most of them offer Concealed Carry Permit Classes as well as a variety of other topics and skills. They can be with you every step of the journey from deciding which gun to buy, how to safely handle and shoot it, to cleaning and maintaining your gun to more advanced skills like drawing from concealment and moving and shooting.
We also have visiting instructors from other states and even other countries that come visit us to host classes. These classes cover a variety of topics from beginner to advanced using a variety of guns, including pistols, rifles, and shotguns. Each one of them can add a special set of skills to expand on what you have already learned.
Never stop training! Like everything, new skills are developed and old ones become outdated.
When you come and visit, here are some things you might want to bring:
Hearing Protection and Eye Protection. We recommend electronic hearing protection, so you can hear the Range Safety Officer through the microphones. Hearing Protection is required, so please feel free to use foamies or plain ear muffs too. Eye Protection is required as well, so don't forget your sunglasses or some shooting glasses. Prescription glasses are sufficient if they completely protect your eyes.
Don't forget your Guns and Ammo! We allow pistols, shotguns, and rifles up to and including .50 cal. We do not allow steel core, armor piercing, or tracer ammunition. We do have a variety of guns available for rent. Just call us and set it up in advanced. We do not store our guns on the range. We also sell Hyperion Munitions Ammo on site in case you run out. More common rounds only.
Targets. We have wooden target stands available for rental. Bring your paper targets. It makes things easier for you, if you have your own stapler and staples. We also have steel set up at the berms. You may bring your own steel or other targets. We do not allow glass, explosive targets, or any other exotic items to be used as targets. Please check with the Range Safety Officer before setting your target up on the range.
Camping Chairs, Coolers, Food, Drinks! Make a day of it and have some fun and relaxation. Please dispose of trash in the cans and clean up after yourself. No alcohol.
Children! Please help educate the next generation of 2A supporters! They must be supervised at all times. If the child is shooting, an adult must be next to them, not shooting so they can be supervising the child's shooting.
When you arrive, check in so you can pay your range fees, sign the waiver, and participate in a safety briefing.
"Range is hot"
This means that shooters may handle their firearms on the firing line. They may also handle their firearms in the ready area provided the actions are open or otherwise made safe. Load only on the firing line. At all times the 4 basic safety rules must be observed. Shooters can fire.
"Range is cold"
This means that the range is closed with respect to handling any firearms either on the line or in the ready area. All firearms are to be cleared; magazines removed, actions open or made safe. Long guns must be racked. Hand guns may lay on the bench with the action exposed for verification by a Range Master. All shooters after benching their firearms must step back from the firing line. Absolutely no handling of firearms during a Cold Range.
This command should be given by the Duty Range Master after the range is declared hot. It informs the shooters that they may begin firing at authorized targets.
Whenever this command is given all shooters must immediately stop shooting, put the guns down on the table pointed down range, step off the concrete, and wait for further instructions from the Range Safety Officer.
NOTE: This command may be given by anyone who observes an unsafe condition on the range.
Shooters are permitted to fire all legally owned firearms up to and including .50 caliber firearms. Fully automatic firearms are permitted on the Range with proper documentation.
Shooters are permitted to fire all legal muzzle loading rifles and pistols and smoothbore muzzle loading rifles and pistols. Shotguns firing rifled balls/slugs or sabots are permitted.
Under no circumstances will any shooter fire tracer, armor piercing, steel core, or any other exotic ammunition.
Explosive devices and materials, including, but not limited to, such as Tannerite, are prohibited.
Flamethrowers are prohibited.
Helicopters or other aircraft may not land or take off on the property except for Special Events.
Firing from military or paramilitary vehicles, such as helicopters, tanks, and vehicles with mounted weapons is prohibited. These types of vehicles may be displayed during Special Events for educational purposes only.
1. Always point the muzzle of all firearms in a safe direction, down range or down at the ground.
2. All pistols and rifles must be kept at a low ready position when preparing to fire and never pointing in the air.
3. Always wear eye and ear protection while on a live firing range. All shooters and spectators on the firing lines and staging areas must wear ear and eye protection. Safety ear and eyewear is available from the check in area.
4. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
5. A “Cease Fire” may be called by anyone on any range at any time for any reason.
6. Never load or fire a firearm if there is any doubt of its ability to operate safely and reliably.
7. Never attempt to load or fire any firearms unless they are familiar with their operation.
8. A loaded firearm will never be left unattended.
9. No loaded firearms are allowed on the Ares Training Facility property other than on the Firing Line under a Hot Range condition, unless they are properly holstered for open carry or properly concealed for valid CWP holders. Only individuals with Concealed Weapons Permits from the state of FL or states with reciprocity may carry loaded concealed firearms on ATF property.
10. ALL firearms must be unloaded, cased, and/or actions open when taken to and from the firing line, as well as sitting on the firing line, if not actively being shot.
11. Always be sure that firearms and ammunition are compatible. Do not fire any ammunition that had to be force into the chamber.
12. All shooters will be given a safety briefing prior to shooting.
13. All members and guests must be sure of their target and what is behind it; all bullets will impact the dirt berms.
14. No ground level targets, cross-firing or ricochets are allowed.
15. All members and guests must ensure that all bullets and shots fired on Range property remain on Range property.
16. No shooting cross-range.
17. All shooting can only be done from the firing line. Dry firing or aiming behind the firing line is prohibited.
18. No shooting of large caliber rifles in the pocket berms. They are for machine guns, pistol calibers and lower velocity rifle rounds. No shooting the side tire walls of the pocket berm.
19. Offhand, sitting, and prone shooting of rifles is only allowed in the rifle area on the Main Range or on the Long Range in allocated positions assigned by the RSO.
20. Firing of armor-piercing or tracer ammunition is prohibited. Armor piercing ammunition means a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a firearm and which is constructed entirely, excluding the presence of traces of other substances, of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, or beryllium copper. The armor piercing rounds cause damage to our steel targets and is expensive to replace.
21. Explosives are prohibited.
22. No bullet impacts off the range, into buildings, signs, storage containers, sheds, or any other structure or range feature not an Ares Training Facility approved impact area.
23. No repeated misses of the target board, or bullet strikes that ricochet causing a danger of bullets leaving the range.
24. No disruptive activities, such as loud music or children that are not supervised properly on the firing line.
25. The shooting of glass, non-approved steel or rocks is prohibited.
26. All members’ and guests’ firearms are to be used only on the designated targets with safe ammunition.
27. Exercise caution not to negligently discharge guns in the direction of range property, range signs, and stationary furniture. None of these will ever be permitted down range and used for a target.
28. If your rounds are not going to hit solidly in the berm - DO NOT FIRE!
29. Firing in a careless manner will not be tolerated. Shoot at your target only. Do not shoot at any elevation that will allow a bullet to travel over the backstop berm. Any bullet strikes to facility equipment, structures, or the like other than a designated target carry a fine/fee to cover costs of replacement and/or repairs. Those individuals firing in a careless manner will be dismissed from the range for the rest of the day. A Safety Incident Report will be filled out by the RSO and will be reported to appropriate staff for collection of fees. See "Replacement and Repair Costs" chart at the end of this document to be used by the RSO to determine fines/fees to be assessed.
30. No shooting at wildlife.
31. As part of the range safety procedures, all safety rules will be followed.
32. Inexperienced shooters are to advise the RSO if assistance is needed.
33. When a "Cease Fire" is called by anyone, stop all shooting immediately, place all firearms on the table, back away from the firing line, and wait for instruction from the RSO.
34. When “Cold Range” is called by an RSO, stop firing, unload, clear, and lock back each personal firearm on the line. Wait until RSO has cleared the whole firing line and granted permission for anyone to go down range. Do not go past the 100 yard berm without the RSO’s permission.
35. NO firearms are to be handled or moved during a “Cease Fire” or “Cold Range” at all. Individuals must wait until the RSO gives a Hot Range command. All firearms in need of cleaning or repair during a "Cold Range" must not be touched without prior consent of an RSO and an RSO present to supervise.
36. RSO commands and range rules must be accepted at this range. Challenge to any rule or RSO command may be made in writing or in person to the Ares Training Facility management.
37. The RSO on duty will be equipped with first aid supplies, basic tools, and radio for communications with other RSOs/Instructors.
38. Every Individual on the property of Ares Training Facility must sign the Liability Indemnification and Release Waiver whether they are shooting or not.
39. All shooters must ensure that all safety rules and regulations are followed.
40. All members are responsible for their guests and must have them under direct supervision at all times including minors under the age of 18.
41. Range is to be used as posted, or as directed by the RSO on duty.
42. All shooters must sign in and pay for their range use, targets, ammunition, and any other consumables that they may need on the range as a receipt is necessary to show the RSO on duty.
43. Target stands may be rented from ATF. Personal targets may be used if they meet the requirements of the RSO on duty and are to be properly disposed of or returned after individual is done shooting. Glass targets, explosive targets, and any other exotic items may not be used as targets at any time without the permission of the Range Management and/or RSO on duty. Each shooter on the range must clean up their bench and targets down range prior to leaving - this will be enforced by the RSO on duty.
44. Keep your area used clean - the RSO will enforce this. Please respect the equipment and clean up your area when you are through shooting. If you move something, PUT IT BACK. If you break something, REPORT IT so it can be repaired for future use. If you make a mess - CLEAN IT UP.
45. All targets are to be removed from down range when finished shooting - but only during an RSO called "Cold Range".
46. The range will pick up all shell casings. Please only pick up your brass if you reload.
47. All members and guests are responsible for their personal belongings.
48. Clean up all your range trash when you are finished and throw it away.
49. Vandalism at the range will not be tolerated and will be handled with potential serious consequences. Vandals may lose their membership and ATF may initiate both criminal prosecution and civil action to recover damages.
We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.
35615 North Treasure Island Avenue, Leesburg, Florida 34788, United States
We are open in all weather condition, unless there are other local closures due to hurricanes and other really severe weather condition. The range might be called cold while bad weather moves through, but it usually moves fast.