Atlanta area gun shops and ranges?


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culleniii
July 3, 2005, 03:31 PM
I am moving to Atlanta in 4 months and am seeking advice on gun shops and ranges down there.

Would prefer 2-3 shops with a wide variety--I do casual .22 target, upland hunting, self defense handgun and rifle.

I like indoor ranges with .25 feet that allow rapid fire. Outdoor up to 200 is fine.

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Monkeyleg
July 3, 2005, 05:48 PM
I hope folks aren't getting tired of me pointing people to shops on my site.

There's three that I have around the Atlanta area, which you can view here. (http://www.gunshopfinder.com/georgiagunshopmap.asp)

Texshooter
July 4, 2005, 12:44 PM
In Lawrenceville area: Bullseye. Very good selection. Good prices. Dirty to OK range.

In Norcross area: Classic Marksman. OK selection. Slightly high prices. Good range.

In Smyrna area: Adventure Outdoors. Very good selection. Very good prices but no range.

In Smyrna area: Hot Shots. OK selection but higher prices than Adv Out. But VERY good range. Very clean and well maintained.

WHATEVER YOU DO. WHATEVER EVER EVER YOU DO: DO NOT GO TO ED'S GUNS. Most outrageous overpriced pistols you will ever find. FILTHY range.
On second thought, go to Eds just for a good laugh.

slzy
July 4, 2005, 12:48 PM
Are the shooting venues from the Atlanta olympics still running?

Rob62
July 4, 2005, 07:45 PM
slzy,

All I know about is the shotgun event Olympic site. From my understanding it has been closed down and turned into some type of law enforcement training facility.

Reason - Not enough local support to make a go of it as a Public Range facility.

Regards,
Rob

Tom Servo
July 5, 2005, 12:04 AM
WHATEVER YOU DO. WHATEVER EVER EVER YOU DO: DO NOT GO TO ED'S GUNS. Most outrageous overpriced pistols you will ever find. FILTHY range.
On second thought, go to Eds just for a good laugh
Ed's is like an odd carnival of the macabre. Definitely strike up a conversation with the older guy, who has the uncanny talent of turning ANY conversation into a rant about the Greatness and Infallibility of Gaston Glock. This man once told me that "Sigs are topheavy and not too accurate, and I've never seen one that didn't have feeding problems. Get a Glock." Yep.

Even more fun is looking at the prices. All used guns, many with burned powder still in the chamber. Rattly Russian Makarov with 50% rust? $500! It's a collector's item!

Then enter the Dark and Forbidden Range of Shootin'. Witness every imaginable example of unsafe and unsupervised gun handling! Cry in agony as you can't find a single target hanger that hasn't had at least one of the cables shot off that day! Feel the thousands of .22 shells get caught in your shoes because He Who Shall Clean the Range disappeared many years ago!

Yes indeed. I sometimes shoot there because it's close to work, but if I've got the time, I make the drive to Hot Shots. Much more professional, clean, nice, well-ventilated. Prices aren't the best, but they're pretty competitive, and there's Adventure Outdoors right down the street.

Lightsped
July 5, 2005, 11:01 AM
Pannells Firearms & Range Inc
10102 Main Street
Woodstock, GA 30188
(770) 928-9132
http://www.pannellsfirearms.com/

Ed's Gun & Tackle Shop
2727 Canton Road (Hwy 5)
Marietta, GA 30066.
(770) 425-8461
http://www.edsguns.com

I have no problems with Ed's Guns. No one is forcing me to buy any of the guns there, and empty shells laying on the floor at the range don't bother me at all.....

Terminus
July 5, 2005, 12:59 PM
http://www.tacconusa.com/

Tactical Concepts is in the old Wolf Creek indoor range building on Bankhead Hwy. in Douglasville.

Amish_Bill
July 5, 2005, 01:07 PM
I went to Pannell's a few years ago when I lived up that way. I don't know if it's the same now, but the lanes seems claustrophobically narrow.... :-(

On the southern side... I75 by the Farmer's Market @ 285 - GA Range & Gun. Nice lanes.

A little further South - Tactical Gear Supply (cop shop) and Forrest Park Army Navy.

I don't know of any indoor ranges that officially let you rapid fire. Most of them are too tired of having idjuts blowing out target holders & ceiling panels.

There are three outdoor State ranges around Atlanta. One up I75 near Resaca called John's Mountain, one up past Gainesville called Wilson Shoals, and one out I20E called Charly Elliot.

ALHunter
July 5, 2005, 01:38 PM
IN case you are interested in sporting clays, check out Cherokee Rose Sporting Clays down in Griffin - about 20-25 minutes south of downtown Atlanta off I-75.

cookekdjr
July 5, 2005, 03:13 PM
The range closest to downtown is:

Georgia Range and Guns, 285 Lake Mirror Rd., Forest Park, GA 30297.
Phone: 404-366-7861
Facilities include: Indoor Pistol (25 yds), Indoor Rifle (25 yds)
Hours of Operation: M-F,11-8,SAT 9-9,SUN

My favorite gunshops in the Atlanta area are "Hit and Run Guns" in Norcross and "Adventure Outdoors" in Smyrna. Hit and Run has the best selection of Taurus and CZ's in the area. Adventure outdoors has more guns in stock than any dealer in the Southeast.
I've had great experiences buying guns at both places.
Also, my local gunshop, Gable's in Douglasville, is also a good place.
-David

Kestrel
July 5, 2005, 03:51 PM
Hahaha!!! Ed's Gun & Tackle. They're the biggest joke around when it comes to gun shops. I don't even consider them, when I think of gun shops around Atlanta. I don't really consider them as a gun shop, considering their prices and the guys that work there. Tex, you're right about the older guy. What a piece of work! He's the surest way of getting WRONG information about just about anything. By the way, they don't even carry new guns - only consignments and a few used.

syjui
June 2, 2008, 02:06 PM
I have been to Ed's Guns 3 or 4 times now. The old guy I think you are talking about is really tall, kind of soft-faced, wears thick glasses and keeps clean shaven,
MAKE NO MISTAKE --
This man is a cheater and a thief! I purchased a .22/24gau combination rifle from this shop once and had to return it. There is a restocking fee, which is understandable... But he couldn't take my card and refund my money electronically. Instead he gave me back the cash, didn't count it out to me and handed it to me folded up after giving me a whole lot of **** about returning a $350 gun "so fine as that one." When I walked out of the store, I counted the wad of cash and it was $50 short. I walked back in - at this point I was pissed off, and walked up to him, still closing the register and slammed down on the counter so hard I almost broke the glass, demanding he give me $50 he owes me. He's a nervous, insecure man- I was 19 when I did that and he couldn't hold back the shivers I gave him from my gesture. He gave be back $60 for being an ahole I guess. Or maybe it was another mistake. Sounds like fiction but this really happened.
Anyway the shooting range is customer-maintained. Also the gun I bought was brand-new, but they sold it to me in an old rotten sock of a gun bag from the civil war or something. When I was there the other day the guy reckognized me and tried his best to look busy. I don't blame him.
The employees there all carry handguns on their hips to intimidate all the hicks that go there to f around. Just to clear this up, the shells are supposed to be swept by customers... I rented the dirtiest .45 to shoot there and the whole price (lane time, weapon rental, and 1 box of .45 ammo) was $37.67. I guess that's reasonable enough. Safety and supervision-wise, the guy helping me asked if I needed help operating the handgun, and I said I could figure it out, just bc i told him it was my first time shooting a .45. He said I could ask for help and to have fun... I think the one ****** there is just the big older guy with glasses. BTW I talked to him and he IS the owner.

ctdonath
June 2, 2008, 02:36 PM
Where will you be? "Atlanta area" is really, really big.

To jump on this bandwagon, I want an outdoor range somewhere between exits 8 and 15 up GA 400. Anyone know of one? There's an indoor range (Bullseye) just off exit 13, but I'm looking for >100yds.

uberberzerker
June 2, 2008, 03:32 PM
hopefully after 3 years, the original poster has found a range or two in the Atlanta area :p

But since it's been bumped up...if anyone's up near Gainesville/Oakwood, check out the Oakwood Sportsman Lodge. My buddies and I shoot indoor there, they allow up to .50cal (no black powder) the staff are nice,(no bs) the place is clean, and usually not too many people there. Best thing is they don't charge by the hour - 10 bucks lets you shoot all day. You can rent guns for $5 and exchange it for another for the same $5.

tding
June 2, 2008, 04:30 PM
I didn't see anyone mention David's Gun Room on Buford Highway in Norcross. It isn't as large as some of the others but they are really helpful.

pyromaster
June 2, 2008, 04:44 PM
Also there's Tucker Gun on Lawrenceville HWY and BigWoods Goods ("http://www.bigwoodsgoods.com) up 75N. He also gives 10% off to GeorgiaCarry members

As for ranges, I go to American Classic most of the time. I went to Charlie Elliott WMA for the 1st time last weekend and thought it was a nice range. Creekside Range (http://www.creeksidefiringrange.com) is up 75N and seems nice. Again, it depends what part of town you're at.

Feel free to check out GA packing (http://www.georgiapacking.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=4). It's got a forum with range and show reviews etc.

Weagle
July 9, 2008, 12:19 AM
The Ed's in the Atlanta area that you DO want to visit is Ed's Pawn down in Stockbridge.

Weagle

kingofallbacks
August 23, 2008, 05:42 PM
Ed's Guns is now Nick's Guns. I have been shooting there for about a year, it's definitely not the dirtiest place around.

Tom Servo
August 23, 2008, 10:23 PM
Ed's Guns is now Nick's Guns. I have been shooting there for about a year, it's definitely not the dirtiest place around.
Correct. They've changed ownership, and the obnoxious old-timers have sought employment elsewhere. Prices are competitive, and the range is vastly improved.
The employees there all carry handguns on their hips to intimidate all the hicks that go there to f around. Just to clear this up, the shells are supposed to be swept by customers...
They might be carrying guns for protection. I dunno...lots of folks do that, not just at gun stores.

And every range I've ever shot at expects shooters to police their brass. It's courteous of us as shooters to do so.

Huddog
August 23, 2008, 10:27 PM
The range at Nick's has improved but it could use an improvement in ventilation although that may be cost prohibitive. They are well informed and conpetitively priced though.

MCH
August 23, 2008, 11:45 PM
I purchased my 586 from Adventures Outdoors, which has a fantastic selection and a helpful staff. I recently purchased my Kimber Tactical Custom II from Nick's (formerly Ed's) at a very competitive rate. The ranges I've used, best to worst, are:

Bullseye
Hot Shots
Nick's
Panell's

Air circulation is a big deal to me and accounts for most of the ranking. Customer service is also important, then lighting, then price. I don't mind sweeping my own brass.

SJ1
March 2, 2009, 10:42 AM
There's also Main Street Guns in Lilburn. Open Mon-Thurs. Stopped in last week. I didn't see any ammo. They seem to specialize in new firearms. They were very busy, only two employees there when I went. They are at gun shows on the week-ends. Prices on the revolvers I was interested in seemed the same as Tucker Guns, David's on Buford Hwy, and American Classic Marksman.

The young man who helped me was friendly, and safety conscious.

75 Arcado Rd SW
Lilburn, GA 30047
(770) 931-0185‎

ChCx2744
March 4, 2009, 03:17 AM
Because you asked, I will offer you my (along with EVERY ONE OF MY CO-WORKER'S inputs)

Do not go to Ed's guns and American Classic Marksman. EVERYTHING about Ed's guns is horrible. American Classic Marksman is WAY TOO overpriced and the employees there seem a bit sluggish/slothy and they are quite rude to people they don't know personally. The only reason I would ever go to American Classic Marksman is to buy cleaning supplies if Wal Mart is out. I would never go back to Ed's Guns, period.

janedoedad
March 4, 2009, 07:02 AM
Autry's Armory in Fayetteville, GA is good place to look. It's about 20 minutes south of Hartsfield Airport on Georgia Hwy 314.

http://www.autreysarmory.com/

Friendly, well informed staff.

JDD

si vis pacem
March 4, 2009, 08:04 AM
Well, welcome to Atlanta. Are you going to be an in-town resident?

Firearms dealers:

I cannot recommend David's Gun Room on Buford Highway more. Though it's a smaller shop, and hence doesn't have the selection of, say, Adventure Outdoors, the service is excellent. Honestly, I won't purchase a firearm anywhere else. No arrogance, no stupidity, and no nonsense. They also have reloading supplies (when they aren't totally sold out due to Obamania).

Chuck's Firearms in Buckhead is the only in-town Atlanta dealer I know of. They have a great selection of high end hunting rifles and shotguns. They also tend to favor vintage military arms. Kind of legendary in Atlanta. It's an expensive habit, though!

Ranges:

American Classic Marksman in Norcross (indoor, 25 yard range for rifles and handguns) (also sell firearms, and tend to have very reasonable prices on Sigs)

Of course, there is the River Bend Gun Club in North Georgia (members only). It's superb and has a ton of different outdoor ranges.

snookomatic
March 5, 2009, 01:28 AM
If you are interested in driving to Athens, about an hour away depending on which part of ATL you are in, there is a range that rents Class III guns, they have a HUGE selection of full autos to rent. Its called The Firing Line, if I remember correctly.

dmpickers
October 16, 2010, 10:36 PM
i recommend wild west traders as a gun shop and range off austell rd in marietta. the staff are friendly and honest. prices are good, you can find cheaper on some guns. the range is pretty clean and never busy.

pacerdude
October 16, 2010, 11:46 PM
Actually I found Ed's Pawn in stockbridge to be ridiculously overpriced, on all their new and used guns! They do get all the turnovers from the Henry County PD though.

rfwobbly
October 17, 2010, 12:16 AM
North Atlanta has some new stuff worth your time.....

The cleanest range is Bullseye in Cumming, just off GA 400. They host Sunday evening IPSC shooting.

There's a new store in Braselton that caters to IPSC shooters and reloaders called Shooters World Direct. They have lots of Dillon stuff in stock.

Bullseye Range in Lawrenceville (not related to the Cumming store) has remodeled and is stocking far more reloading supplies.

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