I became a member 7yrs ago right after I moved from ATL and discovered it was less than 2mi from my new house. Lucky Me. Wife not so lucky lol. In the last 7yrs the range has been building and expanding there facilities a lot. I have a few friends that have been to this range in the past but when I showed them the new and improved range they got a membership as well. If you purchase ammo in there store as a member you get a $2 discount on each box or used to, I buy online now. Joining is a bit of a cost but if you go often try adding up the daily shooter fees over time. Waiting in lines on weekends, as a you go straight to shooting at a free line or bay in the back. They even have an air rifle building now as well. As a member you can do a whole lot more than a daily shooter can up front. They also have cowboy, 22lr, and other competitive shooting matches. Come on to the range and blow away some targets and release that bent up frustration. Pic of being shot in the back with birdshot. OOCH
The facility is nice, the staff could be friendlier and they have extremely limited firearm knowledge, the lines to cash out move at a snails pace, and if you haven't been here before, be prepared to watch a rather lengthy safety video and take a test before you shoot. We won't be back.
Went last tues. Shot my ar the people are friendly, the site is nice, had a good time shot with another friend from out of town
I joined Gateway 6+ yrs. I was much surprised at the low ratings, but they were not recent experiences. I have introduced several friends as guests who joined and renewed. The facility is well-maintained. The office sells ammo as a courtesy, not as a profit base. The range officers constantly monitor. They are polite, and essentially return courtesy with courtesy. Yes, the 1st time you watch a 20 minute safety video. Typically, the other shooters who enforce the safety rules. The rules are simple, nonnegotiable, and everyone goes home at the end of the day without leaks. The club continues to make improvements as funds allow, particularly the pistol ranges for members and guests. This is and outdoor gun range, not a country club. Members are polite, helpful, but focus on their shooting, not yours. There are organized events if you are so inclined. The rifle range is only 200 yards. I would prefer longer. 500 to 1000 would be nice. B. Rhoden
Terribly run abrasive staff that turns a fun day at the range into a miserable over bearing experience. This is what happens when you get a old fat redneck a "badge" and a little bit of authority and call him a range officer. Treat your customers like customers and make them want to come back! Don't treat them like your personal idiot peons. Don't talk down to them. And don't treat your customers with no respect or dignity.
I have used the few ranges available for day shooters for more than a year, and have found them adequate. Most of the ranges are members only so I cannot speak to them. The people in the office and the range safety officers have always been very professional and helpful. I an retired so I go out during the week which is less hectic than the weekends. I would consider membership but the application fee of $112 is outrageous.
Cecil Field Tactical Weapons Training Center is definitely one of the best weapons ranges I have ever used. MR. Pilgrim is running an excellent operation, his professionalism and customer service is second to none.
I have been a Federal Firearms Instructor for 16 years. Our unit has utilized the Cecil Field range for the last 7 years. We tried numerous other ranges in the area and only Cecil provided the scheduling flexibility, accomodating staff and multi-use facility that we require for qualification and tactical training. The range is well maintained with a turning target system that allows us to properly administer our qualification course of fire. Plenty of space and barricades are available to set up tactical excercises. An excellent small arms facility that allows us to train securely and in private.
This is definitely the best training facility I have used in the State of Florida. I have trained Protective Security Officers in Tampa, Orlando, Tallahassee, Pensacola and various places in-between. The facility at Cecil Field is maintained very well and meets al my training needs. The staff is very helpful and is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure my training is conducted in the best possible way. I recommend this facility to any entity, Federal, State or private contractor looking for a place for small caliber weapons training.
One of the most professional training sites I have had the opportunity to work with. A former US Military and Florida Highway Patrol training range, it is designed to cater to Federal, State, and Local agencies. It is superbly managed by a courteous, knowledgeable, and professional staff. It provides each entity complete privacy for specialized training at very affordable prices. It truly renders an outstanding experience for firearms professionals.