Welcome to the FOP Range Inc.
The best sport shooting facility in B'ham!!!

 

 



20th Anniversary at the FOP Range Inc.

 We are 20 years old and going strong....

How we got here...
On January 1, 1996, I opened the doors to the FOP Range Inc. We had only one range, $10,000 in saved up cash, a bulldozer, and a plan. I was the Range Master for FOP Lodge 58, responsible for operations of the Lodge's police qualification range. We were having problems with vandalism and careless range users. There were bullet holes in everything we had here. It was not safe and because it was not staffed 100% of the time, could not be made safe. The Lodge's solution was to make it a Police Only facility. We had about 500 civilian associate lodge members who had range access. This would have shut them out. I negotiated a lease with the Lodge and the FOP Range Inc. was born.
Over the last 20 years, we have hosted hundreds of competition events (including the 1996 and 1997 NFA Subgun Nationals and the USPSA Alabama Section Championship for 11 years straight), had more than 5000 people join the facility, seen 100,000+ range users, hosted boy scouts who needed a safe place to work on merit badges, provided women's self-defense classes, and provided a qualification range free of charge for local municipal, state and federal law enforcement agencies to train and qualify their officers.
I have gone for years at a time without a paycheck, survived a direct hit from a F4 tornado and a near miss from a F5. We have endured a 2 week ATF FFL inspection, we lost our computer system and database, and had a substantial loss of inventory. I have had to dig into my savings several times to make ends meet and keep the facility going.

Where we are today....
The range is managed by knowledgable staff that I have complete confidence in. I spend one day a week pulling maintenance on the facility, more often if something breaks. I still work night shift for the Pleasant Grove Police Department as a Sergeant. We have a solid membership base with about 800 total members, 48 of which took advantage of our Christmas Sale and joined last month and another 50 during January. We see on average over 1000 range users a month, with about half that being members and the other half public range users. Half a dozen law enforcement agencies and several private security firms keep our qualification range booked. The range is busy.

Where we are going tomorrow...
In order for the range to have a bright future, I have to continue to grow the facility. We already are the only facility in the area with reactive steel targets on all the ranges. I just added an Action Target dueling tree to range 4 and replaced most of the plates on the plate racks. I will work to maintain what we have and continue to add fun things to bang on to the facility. Our qualification range needs some attention. We have plans to widen it to accommodate more shooters on the line at a time and a turning target system is also in the plans.

What you can do to help...
The 4 big "L's"; Lease, Labor, Lights, and Liability Insurance, are not cheap. The rates for range use and membership have been unchanged for many years. In order to make ends meet, one of two things has to happen at this time... either we raise the rates for all the range users or acquire more range users. I don't want to make shooting any more expensive than it already is. I do want to see more guys enjoying the range with friends and family. I will keep the rates as they are and open the doors for everyone who wants to join. It will get busier on the weekends but we can handle it. 
Support a range with your membership dollars. It would be great if you choose our facility but all ranges need money to survive. It doesn't matter if you only shoot a few times a year; by supporting a facility, you are doing your part to make sure you and your kids have a place to shoot in the future.

What I can do for you...
I am extending an offer to you that begins on January 1, 2016. I can reduce your first year's range dues $25 and waive the first year initiation fee saving you a total of $75 off what it costs to get a membership here. After the first year, they will return to the regular rates.

What does it cost to join the range?
There are three types of memberships here:
• $200 = Full Membership gets 7 days a week range access for you, your spouse and kids up to 21 years old. You may bring guests for $10 each.
• $150 = Single Membership gets 7 days a week range access for you. Anyone else you bring as guests have a $10 range guest fee.
• $100 = Limited Membership gets Monday through Thursday range access for you, your spouse and kids up to 21 years old. You may bring guests for $10 each.

Now is a great time to join the FOP Range. Hurry, this sale will run until we hit 1000 members.

 

FOP Range Inc Web Site

     From here, you can learn more about the facility, its fees and amenities, shop for guns in the online gun store, check the calendar for upcoming events, learn more about self defense tactics and keep up with the ongoing impovements to the facility.  If you can't find what you need here, give us a call at 744-2600.  We will be happy to help you any way we can.

     The F.O.P. Range is the nicest family oriented shooting range around.  The F.O.P. Range is located just outside Birmingham, Alabama, in Pleasant Grove.  The Range facility has eight outdoor ranges, each with a covered shooter's area up-range to permit year-round use in all weather.  It is located about 15 minutes from the I-59/65 interchange, making it a short drive from anywhere in Birmingham. 

 

Range Schedule...

We are closed only 3 days a year, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.  Our business hours are 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Saturday and Noon to 5:00 pm on Sunday.  During the summer when the days are longer, we stay open to 7:00 pm.  You can reach us anytime at 205-744-2600, our business phone number, which after hours forwards to my cell so I can help anyone with a question. 

New!! Daily Range Specials!!!


Public Range Specials

Monday Free Kids Day!  No range fee for kids under 21 with one paid adult.
Tuesday Cheap Ammo Day!  All ammo for sale at 20% off the Range's already low prices.
Wednesday Lady's Day!  Any and all of the female persuasion use the Public Range for free.
Thursday Senior Citizen Day!  All old farts 60 and older use the Public Range for only $5.00 each. 
Friday Civil Service Day!  Military, Police, and Firemen, active or retired, use the Public Range for 1/2 price.
Saturday Free Gun Rental Day!  Buy a box of ammo from the range and get the gun to use to shoot it for free.
Sunday Free Gun Rental Day!  Buy a box of ammo from the range and get the gun to use to shoot it for free.

Range Member's Specials

Monday Free Guest Day!  No range fee for any guests you want to bring, no limit on numbers, bring 'em.
Tuesday Cheap Ammo Day!  All ammo for sale at 20% off the Range's already low prices.
Wednesday Lady's Day!  Guest fees waived for any and all guests of the female persuasion.
Thursday Senior Citizen Day!  Guest fees waived for old farts 60 and older.
Friday Civil Service Day!  Guest fees waived for Military, Police, and Firemen, active or retired.
Saturday Free Gun Rental Day!  Buy a box of ammo from the range and get the gun to use to shoot it for free.
Sunday Free Gun Rental Day!  Buy a box of ammo from the range and get the gun to use to shoot it for free.

Open to the Public!!!
    Yes, we have a great place for you to safely enjoy your firearms with your friends and family.  The big range beside the office is a "Public" range that is open to the general public for a small daily fee ($20 adults and $10 kids).  It is staffed by friendly Range Officers who will ensure the range is safely run.  The rest of the facility (the other 7 ranges) is a members only use area.  The only requirements for range use or membership are that you legally possess the firearms you are shooting and you are safe while you are here.

See the Public Range Information page for much more info about using our public access range.


 

Is this going to be your first trip to the Range?
Check out the First Range Trip page for tips and instructions what to expect when you get here and how to get the most out of your day at the range.  Please take a few minutes to review the Public Range Safety Rules posted there. 

Gun Rentals Available!!
     Alot of the calls we get here ask if we rent guns.  We have several for you to choose from.  The rental fee is normally $10 per gun for the day. On saturdays and sundays, gun rentals are free with purchase of one box of ammo for the gun here at the range.  The rest of the week, two boxes gets you a free gun rental.  Yep, FREE.  Wanna shoot but ain't got a gun yet?  Come on out to the range anyway and use a one of ours.  We'll even clean it when you're done.  We have handguns from .22LR to 45ACP ready to go. 

Gun Transfer Services:
    The Range has a Class 1 FFL making us a licensed gun dealer.  Years ago we offered to handle transfers for members who bought guns online and needed a dealer to handle the transfer.  We now offer this service to everyone.  There is a reasonable fee; Only $25 for members and $40 for nonmembers.  This is the lowest rates in the Birmingham area.  Bid on and win any gun on Gunbroker or GunsAmerica.  Order from BudsGuns or anywhere else and have your gun shipped here.  We will send the seller a copy of our FFL.  You fill out the 4473 form when it gets here, pay the fee per gun and it is yours.  Even take it for a spin on the range to make sure it works right.  Call the range if you have questions. Guns purchased online from our Online Gun Store have no transfer fee.

 

Online Gun Store Open for Business!!!
     The F.O.P. Range Inc. has partnered with Davidson's Gallery of Guns to provide you with a powerful shopping tool and really good deals on the firearms you want.  Take a look at the Online Gun Store page for details.  All guns are priced at only 10% over dealer cost with 1000's to choose from.  This is a cool place to see what all guns should cost.  Guns are shipped to the range where we handle the transfer to you.   It is super easy to get the gun you want at the best price in town.

Class 3 full auto allowed here...
The FOP Range Inc facility is one of the few ranges that allows class 3 full auto weapons to be fired on it.  We have a history of strong support for class 3 ownership and enjoyment.  In 1997 and 1998, the NFA Subgun Nationals were held here with more than 100 competitors from around the country and world participating. 

However, due to the letigious society we find ourselves in, we have had to place a few reasonable restrictions to class 3 use to ensure a long, safe future for the facililty.  See the Class 3 page for more info.

     

We survived the 4-27-11 tornado!!!

The tornado hit the edge of the range by the rifle range.  Over 100 trees were down.  Outbuildings and covered areas on the range were crushed by falling trees or sucked off the property to God knows where.  The office had its windows blown out and now has a few cracks in the walls but is still servicable.  It took us a month to get it back in order with the help of friends and dedicated members. 
We reopened when the City of Pleasant Grove removed the checkpoints keeping non-residents out of the area. See the tornado damage page for pics and more info...