Can a European visitor rent a gun in a range near the metro-DC area?

Unlike the websites of ranges located in New York, the Virginia/Maryland ranges don't seem to specify whether tourists can rent guns or not.

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    Probably in Virginia. Maryland is much more restrictive generally. Commented Sep 7, 2015 at 23:20

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Actually if you google firarm rental virginia you will come up with a few options including:

and the list goes on. The way that rentals work in most places that I've looked at is that you rent a gun but you have to buy the ammo at the range. Most only require that you have a current valid government issued ID but not the restriction on that it has to be a state or federal government of the United States.


From various reviews online on yelp, literally you can start shooting with just:

  • a form of identification
  • a credit card.

While there are laws about owning guns, generally a range you're just using someone else's, under strict supervision.

One other person mentioned that at a Virginia range you needed an extra 15-30 minutes for rules of the range and testing to get your range card, if it's your first time there.

Hope that's what you're after.

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    There have been a bunch of sad folks that have chosen to off themselves at gun ranges, so expect a bit more scrutiny if you arrive alone. Commented Sep 6, 2015 at 13:38
  • @SpehroPefhany There is a lot cheaper ways of doing it.
    – Karlson
    Commented Sep 7, 2015 at 1:17
  • @Karlson Doubt they are looking to save money :)
    – Vitalik
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 22:59

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