Gun Shop and Class in Allentown


October 28, 2015, 02:57 PM

Can someone recommend a reputable gun shop/range in the Allentown, PA area for a lady who is unfamiliar with firearms but needs to purchase one for self defense?

Would like one that will take the time to explain gun safety and proper handling and even perhaps allow her to try several options before purchasing. Having an actual Handgun 101 type class and range onsite would be great too.


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October 28, 2015, 03:09 PM
Don't know about Allentown, but Heritage Guild ( in Easton (just off I-78) is a nice clean well-equipped store with a professional staff, indoor range and training classes. They even have a course specific for ladies (

October 28, 2015, 03:15 PM
That looks just about the right location and type of facility (she will likely appreciate the ladies only option). Thank you!

October 28, 2015, 03:22 PM
And if you can make it out a bit west of you, Trop's ( Elizabethtown is excellent, has excellent staffing and instructors, and definitely caters to the ladies. Even hosts "A Girl And a Gun (" shoots frequently.

October 28, 2015, 03:29 PM
I was born & raised in the LV, and have family in Easton. I've taken my niece there for her first (and second) shooting experience, and it was perfect for that. I can't speak to their classes, but again, it was clean, safe, professional. Plenty of guns to rent as well.

BTW, they also sell reloading supplies, pretty high-end guns, and lots of nice collectibles, so the experienced shooter best leave their credit card and checkbook at home. :D

October 28, 2015, 03:33 PM
And if you can make it out a bit west of you, Trop's in Elizabethtown is excellent

uh-oh...I think my trips to see family just got a little longer. :(

October 28, 2015, 03:43 PM
Trops has become a destination. If you haven't hung out in a fully modern gun shop, you should.

Something I wrote earlier:

On the other hand, a few stores around here are REALLY putting on their "A" game. Probably the best of the lot is Trop's.

This is a place that tries to provide something for everyone, but understands that their focus has got to be on the hot new exciting interests to keep people coming through the door. They stock silencers and other NFA weapons. They have racks of guns of all description and a large staff who they obviously groom to be appealing and open and helpful to the customers. (No grumps or boorish know-it-alls.) On very busy days, they even have a nice young lady floor-walker who greets you as you come in, helps you find what you're looking for, and if you're headed to the gun counter, logs your name into a hand-held wireless device to make sure you are seen and served in a timely manner. While you wait, there is a quite sizeable accessories selection to browse through, all stuff that's straight out of the latest issues of G&A or National Rifleman. Current, interesting gear that people want to pick up and play with.

They run AR building classes, where you can come in, buy a lower, buy all of the accessories, and put it together in their workshop, with their help.

They run training of all sorts, and have nice classroom spaces.

They've got an upstairs lounge and cigar bar!

They've got their own M35 truck with the store's logo painted on it, and they bring it and their smiley young staff out to every gun show, sportsman's show and similar large event with a big pile of merchandise for folks to handle and buy.

Their indoor range is state-of-the-art, with plenty of rentals, and both male and female range staff to help out the new and experienced shooter alike.

They run shooting classes, basic firearms instruction, and leagues like "A Girl And A Gun ("

They even have VERY nice bathrooms! :) (No, seriously. Like a nice restaurant would have.)

The amount of money required to get something like this off the ground must be staggering. But they're doing a booming business. And you don't get the financial backing for something like this without a rock solid business plan, so I don't expect them to fail.

October 29, 2015, 09:32 AM
Thank you Sam, looks like an excellent option. Have passed along to the little lady!

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