Blacksburg Shooting Range


the rifle / pistol range (click to enlarge)

Cost

FREE!  (but throw a few bucks in the donation pole every once in a while to help out the range)

Amenities

rifle/pistol range: -10 postions with ambidextrous covered wooden shooting benches + built-in seats
-standing / sitting / prone grassy area down on the far end
-100m (I've never measured it, but that's what I've heard)

shotgun range: -single position trap range

outhouse:

-single position national forest outhouse with no handwashing facilities and possible lack of TP


Where

from Blacksburg / Christiansburg: 460 West past the north end of Blacksburg, up the big hill by Brush Mountain Estates, and back down again.  Past the Jefferson National Forest sign (on your right), take a right on Route 621 (a.k.a. Craig Creek Rd) in the dip at the bottom of the hill (across from the Pandapas Pond area entrance).  Follow the road down a little bit till you see the sign for the shooting range on the left and turn there.

from the West:
Watch out for 621 and the Pandapas Pond area sign.  Turn left on 621 (a.k.a. Craig Creek Rd) when you get there (across from the Pandapas Pond area entrance).  Follow the road down a little bit till you see the sign for the shooting range on the left and turn there.


Hours

sunrise to sunset, every day, except cleanup or ROTC training days (signs are posted in advance)


Things to Bring

-guns
-ammo
-keys to trigger locks / gun cases if ya like to lock 'em up
-safety glasses (sunny enough most days to just wear sunglasses with good coverage)
-hearing protection

-targets
-target frame / holder
-stakes to keep your target frame from blowing over + hammer to pound them in with
-staple gun + staples / tape (for attaching targets)
-bench rest / sandbags / shooting pad
-misc. tools, including screwdrivers and allen wrenches (scope adjustments, tightening scopes, etc)
-pre-moistened hand wipes (nice to clean up your hands / face a little before going home or post-outhouse use)
-big trash bag (clean up when you're done for the day)


Do

-be safe
-be courteous
-keep things clean
-shoot only where you're supposed to
-enjoy this great free shooting range and help keep it beautiful and operational


Don't

-shoot targets that are going to cause ricochets or leave dangerous messes (rocks, thick metal, explosive / flammable)
-call "hot" until you've made sure everyone is back in
-start shooting until everyone has responded "hot" and you've double checked again that everyone is back in
-shoot other people's targets (be careful of others' targets that are beyond yours)


Managed by:

New River Valley Ranger District, Blacksburg Office: 540-552-4641