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Shooting ranges serve as essential spaces for firearm enthusiasts and professionals to hone their skills. Choosing an indoor vs outdoor shooting range will depend on a number of factors, including personal preference. There are also specific advantages and disadvantages to each type of range. Let’s discuss indoor shooting range benefits, as well as a few considerations. 

Indoor Shooting Range Pros

Let’s start with the advantages of an indoor shooting range vs an outdoor range:

Weather Independence

One of the most significant advantages of indoor ranges is their immunity to weather conditions. Rain or shine, shooters can practice comfortably without worrying about external elements affecting their experience. In Omaha, it seems at least half the year is soaking wet, freezing cold, or so humid your safety glasses fog up. The Marksman Indoor Range is open year round with well lit, climate controlled lanes so you don’t have to worry about a lapse in training.

Consistency 

Consistency of surroundings is another benefit of an indoor shooting range. Beginning shooters, especially,  may find they are more comfortable training in a familiar environment with the same look, feel, and lighting. There are also fewer variables to consider, like wind resistance and uneven terrain. 

Safety Measures

Indoor ranges often come equipped with advanced safety features, including bullet traps, ventilation systems, and acoustic treatments. These measures contribute to a safer shooting environment for both shooters and range staff.

Accessibility

Indoor shooting ranges are often more accessible since they are contained within buildings in urban areas. Outdoor shooting ranges may be miles away, which can complicate things for individuals looking for simple target practice. 

Special Considerations for Indoor Ranges

Less Flexibility

Because they are often larger, some outdoor ranges provide up to 180 degrees of firing mobility. Indoor shooting ranges, by contrast, require that you shoot in a fixed position facing forward, Some outdoor ranges also allow you to shoot at multiple targets, whereas indoor ranges will limit you to one target in one lane.  

Inconsistent Quality

Not all indoor shooting ranges are created equal. Some may be outdated and/or unable to accommodate certain types of weapons and ammunition, for example. You will want to thoroughly research an indoor range prior to visiting. 

What to Look for in a High Quality Indoor Shooting Range

Safety

A good indoor gun range should prioritize safety above all else. Rules and regulations should be clearly posted throughout the range, and there should be safety officers on duty at all times monitoring the lanes. First aid stations should be readily available in the event of an accident.

Classes

The best indoor gun ranges provide regularly scheduled classes to help you learn how to shoot, clean, and maintain your weapon. There should be classes tailored to a variety of ages and skill levels. 

Rentals

You should also be able to rent a firearm at your indoor gun range. This allows you to practice with a variety of weapons and also decide if you like a particular one before you add it to your collection. 

Competitions

There is no better way to test your skills than through competition. A high quality indoor shooting range should have regularly scheduled events and competitions to allow you to practice your accuracy and speed in a fun and friendly atmosphere. The Marksman Indoor Range offers IDPA, pinhead, and bowling pin shoots several times a month. You can register through our events page.

Online Reviews

Before you head to a local indoor shooting range, check customer ratings on places like Google and Yelp. While not always an accurate reflection of a business’s quality, reviews can help you gauge a business’ trustworthiness, cleanliness, attention to safety, amenities, and more. 

Omaha’s Top Indoor Shooting Range

The Marksman Indoor Range is Omaha’s premier indoor shooting range. Our state-of-the-art facility offers clean, comfortable lanes with access to a huge selection of rentals. Our skilled safety officers and instructors ensure you have fun and stay safe. And, of course, we offer a variety of classes and events designed for shooters of all levels. Call or stop by our range today–walk-ins are welcome! 

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