I’ve never tried the top shooting ranges in Manila, namely Armscor in the Basement of Makati Cinema Square, Jetro in Frisco, Del Monte, and PB Dionisio in Roosevelt, Quezon City. I had the impression that all indoor firing ranges are smoky, hot and only for gun club members.
But the Stronghand Shooting Range in E. Rodriquez, Quezon City elevated the indoor shooting range by providing a toxic-free, airconditioned indoor range environment that is friendly for newbies.
I’ve always been curious about it, so I decided to conquer my fears and try out shooting for the first time in my life. We accepted a free Shooting Range lesson, and here is our experience…
Stronghand Shooting Range has bays 1-12 for the experienced shooters (with a distance of 20 meters). Bays 13-18, on the other hand, are for beginners (with a maximum distance of 15 meters).
It also means you have to buy bullets from them.
9MM – P10/bullet (guest), P9/bullet (member)
38 SPL – P10/bullet (guest), P9/bullet (member)
40 SW – P11.50/bullet (guest), P10.35/bullet (member)
45 ACP – P11.50/bullet (guest), P10.35/bullet (member)
Also, the lead bullet is fully copper-coated so that you aren’t at risk of inhaling airborne lead.
You can bring your own gun or rent at P500/gun (guest), P300/gun (member).
You can also buy your own HS2000 HS-9mm semi-automatic pistol from the Stronghand store for P42,000 with 16+1 rounds with 2 magazines plus the permit to own license, which costs P5,500.
Beginner’s TIP: Try the 9mm caliber first before trying the .45 caliber pistol.
Edgardo “Eddie” Laserna is the friendly range officer who also teaches the newbies. Eddie is a lifetime member of the Philippine Practical Shooting Association (PPSA) and a member of the National Range Officer Institute (NROI), the organization that officiates the sanctioned shooting matches.
He started by teaching us the shooting range terminologies: the Down Range is the area behind the striped yellow line (where you do the actual shooting) and the Up Range is everything in front of Eddie and the yellow line.
He demonstrated to us the Four Rules of Gun Safety:
1. Consider every Gun as loaded (all the time!)
2. Keep your finger off the trigger unless you are ready to fire. (see photo above)
3. Never let the muzzle of a gun point at anything that you do not intend to shoot.
4. Be sure of your target and what lies beyond and around it before you shoot.
You also have to grasp it tightly and press the trigger softly. It is like shooting a digital camera in a low-light environment, where you have to keep it steady and press the shutter softly on your exhale.
We learned the basics of sight picture, which is the relationship between the rear sight and the front sight to the target with respect to the eye. Here are the common sight alignment errors.
It felt good to finally conquer our fear of shooting.
Overall, it was an awesome first shooting range experience for us! We love the smoke-free environment, airconditioned with Hepa filters, and the range officer who was very helpful. 🙂 It is just a bit more expensive than other ranges, but the toxic-free environment is worth it.
NOTE: The minimum age to shoot is 16 years old, accompanied by the parents. Kids below 16 can stay in the cafe and watch the shooting from the 180-degree view of the clear windows.
They have a small cafe called Kiss Kiss Bang Bang where you can have a light snack after your shooting range experience. We did not try it because we found the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang menu not that enticing. 🙁
Stronghand Shooting Range
The first and only TOXIC-FREE indoor shooting range in the Philippines.
No Airborne Lead. No Sulphur Dioxide. No Barium Oxide. No Antimony Oxide.
Check out Shooting Hand Shooting Range Fees and Range Rules.
Basement La Defense Bldg, 1660 E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave., QC (near corner of New York Ave.)
Telephone: +632 721-7174, 411-7171
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Stronghand Shooting Range
Operation hours: Monday to Saturday: 10am to 7pm. Sunday: 10am to 5pm.
TIP: The peak times start at 3pm onwards, and peak days are from Friday to Sunday. The best time to go would be weekdays at 10 in the morning. Eddie Laserna’s day-off is every Tuesday.
Live an Awesome Life,
Full Disclosure: We accepted a free shootout beginner’s lesson worth P2,250 all-inclusive of shooting range fee, gun rental fee, 20 rounds of bullets and instructor’s certification.
P.S. Awesome.PH is running an awesome deal for those who want to try it:
45% off on Summer Shootout Lesson by Stronghand Shooting Range – From P2,250 to P1,250