Mrs. Peel said: As I'm exploring firearms this summer, I'm also having fun checking out ranges. I enjoyed my first visit to the Woodland Park Range this week - treating myself to a rare day of hooky from work! First of all, a big "thank you" to @Gunsrlegal - a super-nice lady and Woodland Park range member who graciously invited me to try out her full-size M&P (not the Shield, which I tried at TTC). She did that to make a point - that people with small hands don't need to limit themselves to small guns. Her hands are very small (even a squeak smaller than mine) and yet, with a small back strap, she has found that gun to be VERY comfortable despite the double-stack... and thought I would too. I was surprised! Yeah, it was easy to shoot, very comfortable. (Eegads... why are my choices expanding rather than narrowing as I had hoped? LOL) Anyway, while there, I also saw @Sandywho runs the Second Amendment Women (SAW) group out of that range. Only met her once before... so that was a pleasant surprise too! General Observations: Facilities - clean, contemporary design and bold black-white-red color scheme throughout the facility - a sharp-looking interior IMO! The range we were on was nice, too. The air felt good - not smoky at all. They have a tall counter behind the ports with lots of well-sized cubbies underneath to stash range bags (sheesh, why doesn't every range have that? I've been to some where you're just stashing them on the dirty floor or balancing them on too-narrow benches, etc.)... so, good interior design. The ladies' room was nice and clean. And YIKES, the size of that [...]
Hey Anthony, Hope you are doing well. I just did Urban Precision Rifle out in PA this past weekend & had such a great time. It was amazing being out in the fresh air & shooting that far. Your team did an amazing job putting everything together & teaching us. They took great care of us & it was so appreciated. I learned so much & can’t wait for the next level of Precision Rifle. I especially want to say how amazing Jimmy G. Is. I know you know it & I have said it before, but that man never stops. He is always there to chat with & help everyone & get us pointed in the right direction. No matter how many questions or how often we all bother him while he is slammed with 1,000 other things on his plate, he always takes the time to help & make everyone feel important. A lot of people may not see or even know what goes on behind the scenes to put all these classes together, but I just wanted to say all of his hard work & dedication to making GFH such an amazing experience for all of us doesn’t go unrecognized & is beyond appreciated. I have no idea how he does it, but you found an amazing person to represent you and your brand. Thank you for everything & for having such an amazing team. They just seem to get better & better. I feel more & more proud & privileged to be a member every day. Best, Steve K.
Hey John my name is Jason and I've taken Urban Pistol 1 & 2, and Urban Carbine 1 & 2. I'm not sure if you heard about the active shooter in the Bronx, at Bronx Lebanon Hospital earlier today... I just started my tour at the time and I was one of the first few cars on scene with gunshots ringing out and chaos with multiple people shot and one DOA at the time of my arrival. Armed with my S&W 5946 9mm service pistol, along with two extra magazines, a plate carrier and my trauma medical bag slinged across my body, I started to clear floor by floor with my partner and a few other officers. To make a very long story short I cleared every floor from the 1st to 17th looking for wounded, and clearing out civilians while this madman was still on the loose. At the time we had no known location of the perpetrator, one thing that I noticed which I found very weird was the fact that I wasn't nervous or scared... at all, besides the adrenaline coursing through me I was very focused and ready for anything that came at me. As you heard I'm sure, the perpetrator "neutralized himself" on the 17th floor before we got to him. I'm sending you this email to thank you for your classes and I know for a fact that's one of the reasons why I was on "operator" mode and I was able to stay cool calm and collected. I came to the realization that I was ready for this because of the training that I have attended and my mindset.I appreciate the rest of the instructors that also took [...]
This is the most amazing gun range I've ever been to....they have top quality and friendly customer service and have a wide range of guns M.C. - 5 Stars
For 2 liberals at a gun range, this was a great experience. Packed with people of all ages, colors and sizes, the staff was helpful and prepared for a Fathers Day crowd. Our instructor Mike Adis was great with us, patient and meticulous in detailed instructions so that we felt confident. We'll be back again to take out more paper zombies. Mickey R - 5 Stars
Always amazing. Greatest staff I've ever encountered. Always a pleasure. JoeMProscia - 5 Stars
I came here last night for date night and loved it. From the minute we walked in, the staff was extremely nice and helpful. The only negative part was the wait. Now granted it was a Saturday night but the range is small so the wait was over an hour. They hand you a pager which you hold on to until it's your time to shoot however it only works in the vicinity. If you wander off to far, it will deactivate. They are currently in the process of building an expansion next door so that should cut down the wait time significantly. The shooting instructors were very nice and helpful. They had a lot of energy and were very careful with checking in on you as well. Safety is huge for them here which I like. At the end, our instructor took some great pictures for us and I just left with a positive experience. I definitely recommend this place if your in north jersey and looking to shoot some badass guns. K.O - 4 Stars
GFH’s excellent staff turned a scared little girl to a confident shot that’s already asking to go back.
I've been shooting here for years. I shot the first gun I owned here for the first time shortly after the range's grand opening. It's always a great place to shoot and take classes, but where they really shine is new shooters. I took my 8-year-old daughter to your range for the first time yesterday. We got to the 25-yard range, and my daughter was overwhelmed. The RSO's were super helpful and did everything they could, but it was just a loud environment, and it was too much for her, and she asked to go. So I obliged. Then Jimmy saw us leaving the range, gave us a couple new targets, sent us to the 50-yard range which was empty. He told the RSO to give my daughter special instruction with her new 22 bolt-action rifle. And after 2 or 3 shots where she had a hard time getting a good site picture, we had her shooting a 5-shot, 1.5" group. She was manipulating the bolt and the safety confidently, and had a great time. GFH's excellent staff turned a scared little girl to a confident shot that's already asking to go back. The only downside to this range is the wait times on weekends can get insane. Hopefully the expansion gets finished soon! Aaron T - 5 Stars
I hate guns. Never thought I would ever touch one let alone fire one. Told my husband we needed to do something fun for our 13th anniversary. Careful what you wish for. 1. It's immaculate. 2. The Staff are amazing 3. Shout out to Billy, you will forever be in my memories of touching and shooting a gun for the first time. Thank you for being so patient with me. 4. Nice to meet you Anthony, you have a fantastic establishment We had a great experience and are already planning our next trip, including our boys. This is where we want them to have their first gun experience. Laura S - 5 Stars
Anthony, I was a little wary taking my 8-year-old daughter, Miriam, to your range today. I wanted to do an outdoor range for the first time, because indoor ranges are loud and fast paced. Initially, we got in to the 25-yard range, and my daughter was overwhelmed. The RSO's were super helpful and did everything they could, but it was just a loud environment, and it was too much for her, and she asked to go. So I obliged. Then Jimmy saw us leaving the range, gave us a couple new targets, sent us to the 50-yard range which was empty. He told the RSO to give Miriam special instruction with her new 22 bolt-action rifle. And after 2 or 3 shots where she had a hard time getting a good site picture, we had her shooting a 5-shot, 1.5" group. She was manipulating the bolt and the safety confidently, and had a great time. I just put her to bed, and she asked when we'd go back to the range. Thank you for training your staff so well and being so generous and understanding. It's clear to me that you really care about spreading gun culture and not just making a quick buck. P.S., she also got a kick out of meeting you and getting the challenge coin. She occasionally hears me listening to GFH Radio in the car (which I don't leave on for long because she's a little young) but she knew who you were from the show.
I came here last night for date night and loved it. From the minute we walked in, the staff was extremely nice and helpful. The only negative part was the wait. Now granted it was a Saturday night but the range is small so the wait was over an hour. They hand you a pager which you hold on to until it's your time to shoot however it only works in the vicinity. If you wander off to far, it will deactivate. They are currently in the process of building an expansion next door so that should cut down the wait time significantly. The shooting instructors were very nice and helpful. They had a lot of energy and were very careful with checking in on you as well. Safety is huge for them here which I like. At the end, our instructor took some great pictures for us and I just left with a positive experience. I definitely recommend this place if your in north jersey and looking to shoot some badass guns.
This place is awesome!! I drive all the way from Long Island every Friday to use the 50 yard range. Every employee is super nice and professional. Their facilities are always clean and well stocked. There is a proper waiting area and instructors for novices. They make it a family oriented vibe which you don't get from other ranges. The only range that my female friends feel comfortable enough due to the fact that there are plenty of other females. Also the diversity of people gives this place a unique feel compared to other comparable places. Can't wait till they open the extension! Archer N - 5 Stars
A TOP OF THE LINE range with dozens of courses you can take and a courteous staff that WILL help you every step of the way. Owner, Anthony Colandro sees to it that you and your family have an excellent experience exercising your 2nd Amendment Rights. Its a great opportunity to hone your shooting skills using a state of the art facility. Bobby L- 5 Stars
One of the best ranges I've been to in terms of staff friendliness, accessibility, and knowledge. I took my partner here for their very first shooting experience. We did the 15 min refresher and had the pleasure of working with Eli, who was extremely thorough in his instructions but also mindful of the time constraints of our session; the perfect mix of detail and efficiency. The only reason for the four stars over 5 is the wait time was pretty crazy and we some of the first people through the door. I understand there is a finite number of space but there wasn't really anything to 'do' while you waited. When you come, definitely do so on a day that you have open so you wont need to stress over the wait and can enjoy your time! Tips: - If taking an intro class, ask for Eli - Keep your day open - Bring your own ear protection if you're sensitive to loud noises - Bring a book - Take advantage of their extensive rental options
Came with my friends yesterday for bachelorette party and had a wonderful time. Kenny Hardworks was one of our instructors and he was amazing. We enjoyed everything, however we had 3 ports but only 2 instructors, we would have liked to have an instructors for each port as it was our first time at a shooting range. Bhumika M - 4 Stars
Hello Anthony, I apologize if I am sending this to the wrong email, but after searching through several websites for your personal one, I gave up. My name is Brian. I have had the pleasure of meeting you a few times at Gun For Hire and each time we've had pleasant conversations thats always left me leaving the range thinking (all positive). First, I am a 30 year old male. I grew up in a household that was not "anit-gun", but didnt include any family or close friends who owned any. We were from a "privileged area" of northern jersey so the topic of owning or shooting just did not exist. I got into shooting through a friends father a little less than 5 years ago. He took me Cherry Ridge to shoot some .22s. Since then, I have received my FID, purchased 4 handguns, 5 rifles, 2 bolt actions, 2 shotguns and my Utah CCW at Gun For Hire. Now, I am known by my friends as the gun guy; which I happily accept. Lucky enough, no one around me tries to convince me that "guns are bad." I am emailing you for two reasons, the first a sad story. I am the owner/operator of a youth sports program where we travel around the US playing in tournaments. In a few weeks I will be taking 2 of my top teams to Atlanta, Georgia. I spoke with my parents to let them know I will be taking my handgun with me and they seemed a little surprised and concerned even though they know I am a safe firearms handler, have my CCW, which is honored in that state, did thorough research on the TSA [...]
A very safe environment with friendly staff always willing to help! The range is very modern & clean with all the services needed to have a great experience exercising your 2nd amendment rights! Joseph F - 5 Stars
First time shooter with my 17 year old daughter. We did not know what to expect. The entire staff was so helpful. They walked us through the whole process. It was so much fun. Brendan, our safety person in the range was so helpful. He gave us pointers and showed us different techniques that really helped. I felt 100% safe and secure. Thanks for a great time. Michael B - 5 Stars
The staff is very welcoming. After taking a class there we decided to become members and as we were signing up, one of the staff walked over and said "welcome to the family" This is a perfect example of how they treat you. Everybody is very friendly from the people at the retail counter to the range officers. Gregg Straffin