Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know before you come out to shoot with us here at Michigan Shooting Centers. Browse the topics below to find what you are looking for.

Is there any age requirement to shoot there?2020-09-05T14:02:41-04:00

There is not an age requirement to shoot at our facilities. We just ask that young shooters be large enough to handle the firearms they will be shooting safely, and that they be capable of understanding safety instruction. Anyone under the age of 18 must be supervised by an adult.

Can I share a gun with other people or does everyone need to have their own firearm?2020-09-05T14:00:52-04:00

We recommend that three shooters maximum operate one gun. This is for your comfort, as the gun will get very hot with repeated shooting and foul much more quickly leading to reliability issues. We have shotguns for rent and advise you use them for large groups without enough guns.

Do you do repairs on guns?2020-09-05T13:59:44-04:00

We do not have an in-house gunsmith. If you need to send your firearm to the manufacturer or to another FFL, we can transfer it for you through the Michigan Shooting Centers gun showroom based out of Lake Orion. For minor issues that occur at our facilities, please see a manager and we will do what we can to get you shooting again.

What can I use a Michigan Shooting Centers gift card on?2020-09-05T13:58:13-04:00

You can use one of our gift cards on everything except instruction fees. Gift cards can be purchased in the clubhouse or online.

How often do you change the sporting clays course?2020-09-05T13:56:34-04:00

We change our sporting clays courses at a minimum once per month to offer new, exciting and novel target presentations.

Do I get to preview the targets or get “look-birds” on the clay courses?2020-09-05T13:54:16-04:00

An increase in the price of clay targets has forced us to change our target allocation effective April 1, 2020. All groups are given 10% more targets than what they pay for which are intended to make up for any broken targets your group may have. You may use these additional allocated clays as you wish. You can also purchase as many additional clays as you so desire at the cash register prior to the start of the round.

Can I shoot buckshot on the range?2020-09-05T12:19:00-04:00

There are no areas at our ranges where you can shoot buckshot. On the rifle and pistol range, it is prohibited to shoot buckshot due to its destruction of our target backers. It is also prohibited on all clay target sports as non-target loads travel farther and risk severely injuring other shooters. This is true even with smaller game loads, like #6 shot. You may shoot lead or steel targets loads, shot size 7 – 9 at clay targets here at our ranges.

Can I bring a guest under my membership? Or add a friend as my spouse?2020-09-05T12:49:54-04:00

Our memberships are for one individual. You are more than welcome to bring a guest that is not a member with you to the range, however they will not qualify to shoot for member rates.  For families looking to shoot together, our best deal is the membership with a spouse for an additional $50. You can learn more about our memberships by downloading our membership brochure.

Do I need to be with a group to shoot sporting clays?2020-09-05T11:58:57-04:00

Not at all! You may shoot clays by yourself by using our simple delay system. You can program a delay into the target release system to give you between 1 to 5 seconds to get ready prior to the clay launching once the button is pressed. Inquire at the front desk and we can provide you with written instructions and/or an employee to provide you with a quick tutorial at your first station.

What is the difference between trap, skeet and 5 stand?2020-09-05T11:56:11-04:00

A game of trap can include up to five shooters who take turns shooting at clays launched from one machine in a random direction away you.

Skeet utilizes a semi-circle path between two clay machines so you will see outgoing, incoming, and crossing targets.

5-Stand is much like sporting clays, without the walk between stations. It has up to eight different target presentations and levels to choose from. The levels determine which target(s) you will get and how they are paired.

All these games are offered in 25 bird increments.

If I have a large group (10+ people) can I reserve a range for rifles and pistols?2020-09-05T11:54:00-04:00

If you plan on staying for less than an hour, please set up a date with one of the managers by calling us at 866-647-4668. We can certainly accommodate a party of that size.

If you are looking for a longer event or an all-day event, please inquire through our outings page and we will arrange to have an outing contract and reservation form sent to you.

What kind of guns do you rent?2020-09-05T11:51:00-04:00

Our ranges rent shotguns for use on our clay target ranges only. We do not rent handguns or rifles.

Our rentals include Beretta A300 Outlander semi-automatics, Beretta A400 Xcel Sporting semi-automatics, Winchester Super X4 semi-automatics, Remington 1100 semi-automatics, and Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon I over/unders. Our rental fee is $25 per gun for semi-automatics and $40 for an over/under.

Do you allow shooters to bring their own targets like tin cans or Tannerite?2020-09-05T11:46:20-04:00

We limit our shooters to paper targets only on the rifle & pistol range. You can bring your own, or a variety of options are available at the range for you to purchase. We provide toothpicks to affix your target to our foam target holders. You may bring your own staple gun to affix your target if you wish to do so.

We allow all types of paper targets with the exception of human or silhouette targets, as we are a family friendly range. You may shoot at a silhouette target, so long as the head is folded behind the target and not visible to range patrons.

We do have times of the year where we put out reactive steel targets for pistol shooting, check our calendar for steel shooting availability.

How should I bring my firearm to the range?2020-06-27T14:00:20-04:00

All firearms which you wish to use at the rifle and/or pistol range must be brought to the range unloaded and cased. We do not allow drawing from a holster, so if you have a concealed pistol license and wish to use your concealed firearm, you must un-holster it at your vehicle, unload it, and put it in a case. You are more than welcome to carry your firearm concealed on the range if you have a CPL, however, you will not be able to shoot it at the range.

Shotguns for clay target shooting may be uncased at your vehicle and brought onto the course so long as it is unloaded and the action is open. You are also more than welcome to keep your unloaded gun in a gun slip or case while on the course.

Do you offer golf cart rentals?2020-06-27T13:55:08-04:00

Yes, we offer golf cart rentals which are intended for our customers who traverse our sporting clays courses. The cost is $16 for non-members and $10 for members. Each golf cart has four seats and the cost can be split among up to 4 people.

What payment methods do you accept?2020-06-27T13:53:34-04:00

We accept cash, check and all major credit and debit cards. We have contactless credit card machines which also accept Apple Pay, Google Pay, and contacless cards. Due to COVID-19, we are strongly preferring customers pay with credit card if at all possible.

What do I need to bring?2020-06-27T13:50:26-04:00

We require all shooters and spectators to have both eye protection and ear protection. For eye protection, you may use safety glasses, sunglasses, or prescription glasses. Ear muffs or ear plugs both suffice for ear protection. If you do not have ear and eye protection, we sell them at the range for $5.00 plus tax and $0.75 plus tax, respectively.

If you wish to shoot on our outdoor rifle and/or pistol range, you will also need paper targets, ammunition, and a firearm. We do not have handgun or rifle rentals. We have a variety of paper and Shoot-n-C targets for sale in the pro shop starting at $2+ tax for 4 targets. Ammunition is available in the pro-shop also, we typically stock a wide variety of popular cartridges. We recommend you give us a call at 866-647-4668 to check on ammunition availability, as it does fluctuate depending on supply and demand.

If you wish to shoot clay targets, whether it be skeet, trap, sporting clays, or 5-stand, you will also need ammunition and a firearm. Ammunition is available in the pro-shop also, we typically stock a wide variety of popular cartridges. We recommend you give us a call at 866-647-4668 to check on ammunition availability, as it does fluctuate depending on supply and demand. Shotgun rentals are available under normal circumstances for $20, however due to COVID-19 we are not offering rentals at the present time. You do not need to bring clay targets nor do we have a place for you to shoot your own clay targets. All of our clay target shooting amenities are completely automated.

Do you offer rental guns?2020-06-27T13:41:27-04:00

Due to COVID-19 and limitations on sanitizing firearms, we are currently not offering firearm rentals.

Under normal circumstances, we do offer shotgun rentals for clay target shooting at a cost of $20 per firearm. We do not offer handgun or rifle rentals for our outdoor rifle and pistol ranges.

Do I need a reservation?2020-06-27T13:37:54-04:00

We operate all shooting on a first-come, first-serve basis. We do not accept reservations unless you have a group of 15 or more shooters.

What are your hours of operation?2020-06-30T08:25:34-04:00

Island Lake Shooting Range in Brighton and Bald Mountain Shooting Range in Lake Orion are open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:00pm (noon) to 8:00pm and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am to 6:00pm. We are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. We advise that shooters arrive no later than 2 hours prior to close to ensure enough time to get on the range and finish prior to closing time. We operate all shooting on a first-come, first-serve basis. We do not accept reservations unless you have a group of 15 or more shooters.

Our gun showroom, which is located inside of Bald Mountain Shooting Range in Lake Orion, is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00am to 6:00pm. Our gun showroom is currently open by appointment only during the hours above. Appointments for our gun store can be booked at schedule.mishoot.com.

Safety Rules

Safety is our first priority here at Michigan Shooting Centers. Please read and familiarize yourself with our safety rules prior to making a visit.

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COVID-19 Precautions

The safety of our employees and staff is of utmost important to us and we have decided to institute several precautionary policies to ensure a safe environment for staff and guests alike.

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