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Laser Ammo Smokeless Range provides marksman and judgmental simulation which is used to train for concealed carry, personal protection and competition shooting.

Enhance your skills with cost effective top notch training.  Save money on ammunition without losing quality training.

Develop your Marksmanship Skills with drills such as transitional skills, tracking drills, speed drills, moving targets and matching drills.

We have recreational training drills such as a dueling tree, trap shooting, target shooting, can toss and bomb blast.

For Competition Shooters we have IPSC Challege with each stage including multiple targets, stationary and moving targets, targets that react when hit (Texas Star, Steel Plates, etc) and penalty targets (no shoot) and much more.

$20 for 1/2 hour

$30 for 1 hour

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No ammo? No problem! Gun range switches to laser 'bullets'

by Christina Thompson

Thursday, February 25th 2021AA

APPOMATTOX, Va. (WSET) — Nationwide, the US is experiencing an ammunition shortage.

The National Rifle Association predicts the ammunition shortage will last through the end of this year.

The NRA says during the pandemic, roughly 7 million people bought guns for the first time. Gun sales increased by 73% compared to the year before. The NRA says this put strain on ammunition supplies.

 

Before the shortage, local gun range instructors said you could get a 50-round box of 9mm range ammo for $10 to $15. Now, that same box of ammo will run you between $35 to $50.

One gun range in our area is saying "no ammo, no problem."  Black Target Firearms in Appomattox is changing the way you practice shooting on a range. You can practice shooting using their laser range.

 

You can either use the laser with your own firearm or with one of their laser-ammo-specific guns.

The laser slips right into the barrel. Then, you just shoot.  The range is a large indoor room with a computer and a projector. It’s essentially one big technology hub that’s all connected. After loaded in a gun, the laser works when it hits the scenario range projected.

 

The software picks up where the laser bullets hit each time. It’s not physically cutting through anything-- the computer system just makes it look like it is.  "It is more sophisticated, but it's kind of like a videogame for adults," says Gene Riffey, a regular at the laser range. "There's obviously a little bit of a difference, but the firearm is very similar to the one I use. I don't get the blowback or kick that I get with the real firearm."

The range-supplied gun he's using is not equipped with a recoil feature. But Black Target Firearms Instructor Gloria Krauklis says the lack of power is easily remedied by adding a kickback feature, which makes it feel more like live ammo shooting.  If you like to shoot far, the computer system can also generate a target at any distance that you’d see on a regular range.     Plus, more.

"We have multiple scenarios. Competition, steel plates or going through different courses of competition," says Krauklis. "There are also targets you can place around the room and practice your aiming and speed and accuracy.”  Krauklis says the idea for a laser gun range started after seeing it demonstrated at a gun show in Las Vegas.  But it took a pandemic and national ammunition shortage to finally pull the trigger.

Shooting with a laser costs $20 for a half-hour or $30 for a full hour. Once you're set up and shooting, the laser has an unlimited number of shots.

"It's very cost-effective," says Krauklis.  Still, even with all its perks, both Krauklis and Riffey agree: laser ammo will never replace live ammunition.  "They'll never shift away from live ammo," says Krauklis. "This just allows them to continue developing skills preparing for live ammo shoot."

Black Target Firearms is located in Appomattox just off Richmond Highway. They are open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.