The Range St. Louis West Earns Coveted NSSF Five-Star Range Rating

NSSF®, The Firearm Industry Trade Association, has awarded The Range St. Louis West its Five-Star rating for range excellence. Five stars is the highest rating in NSSF’s star-rating system, which evaluates shooting facilities based on appearance, management, shooting sports development and amenities.

The Range St. Louis West is located in Ballwin, Missouri, a western suburb of St. Louis that last year was named one of America’s top 50 safest cities. When it comes to running a top-tier, customer-friendly business, The Range is doing things right, and it’s getting noticed. In addition to receiving NSSF’s coveted Five-Star rating, The Range has been voted Best Range in Missouri for 2024, an honor it has captured four of the last seven years.

“The Range St. Louis West is a first-class facility, offering everything to keep gun owners active to getting new people started. They excel at listening to their customers,” said Zach Snow, NSSF Director, Member Development, “and that along with all The Range has to offer for training and in retail results in a loyal customer base. The Range is most deserving of NSSF’s Five-Star rating.”

It was the dream of John Henderson, The Range’s managing partner, to have a top-notch target-shooting range and retail store in West County. It took Henderson almost two years to find the best site for the range, but he finally did and, with the assistance of his financial partners, the St. Louis Shooting Range opened in late 2015, later to become The Range St. Louis West.

The Range St. Louis West holds the title of being the area’s largest combined indoor shooting range, retail store and training center. The facility has 20 shooting lanes, comprised of two general purpose bays, one tactical bay and a training simulator. All lanes are 25 yards long and rated for rifle. Each lane is four feet wide, allowing space for an instructor or another shooter. The six-lane tactical bay is fully equipped with the latest target offerings, including turning/silhouette and strobe light. Range Members can reserve a lane in advance up to 14 days earlier.

The retail shop is fully stocked with firearms for sale, as well as ammunition, gun parts, shooting supplies and accessories—everything customers need to enjoy their time on the firing line. The Range notes that it has more than 100 firearms available for rent, from pistols and revolvers to shotguns and rifles. Gunsmithing services are offered as well.

The Range’s list of training classes is staggering and includes classes in handgun, defensive pistol, low-light shooting, holster draw and more. There are rifle and shotgun courses, law enforcement and security training, women’s situational awareness training and medical courses. The Range hosts private and corporate events, and one of its most popular offerings is called “Girls Just Wanna Have Guns,” a girlfriends evening out to learn firearm safety, practice in a simulator training room and shoot a firearm in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere with The Range’s experienced staff.

For those interested in competition, The Range offers IDPA competitions on the first and third Thursdays of every month. Additionally, they are relaunching their 2-Gun series, sponsored by Sig Sauer, and will restart their annual hosting of a statewide indoor IDPA match.

Membership packages are available to suit just about every need, including for individuals, families, first responders and military. In addition to unlimited free shooting and rentals, members receive offers of discounted pricing on products and training. The “walk-in-and-shoot” policy for non-members is appreciated by many with a $20 lane rate valid for the entire day.

“We couldn’t be prouder to have earned the NSSF’s Five-Star Rating, said John Henderson Owner and Managing Partner. “It’s confirmation of our vision and commitment to provide the training, equipment and experiences our customers expect and deserve.”