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Shooting guns is often viewed by those who have never used a firearm as something reserved for the military or police, home protection, and hunting purposes. However, shooting sports has been growing rapidly since 2018 among Americans, and in 2018 53% of male sport shooters were non-hunters. This is a significant change from the historical function of ranges being used for police training, sighting in guns for hunting, and teaching new firearms users. More and more people are learning to use firearms safely and have a good time doing it!

Have you decided it’s time to figure out why so many Americans enjoy shooting guns recreationally or as a sport in a range setting? Maybe you’ve never shot a gun, shot one a few times with your uncle as a child, or are looking to purchase a firearm soon. In any case, many people wonder what the requirements are to be able to shoot a gun at a shooting range.

Do You Need a Gun License?

As long as you are 18 or older, an American citizen or a registered resident of the United States with proper identification- you can shoot at most ranges, unaccompanied. If you have experience shooting firearms, you can use your own guns, but many shooting ranges require that you must be 21 or older to rent a firearm. If you are not experienced with firearms, we highly recommend taking a course. If you are looking to acquire your CCW license, this is also a separate class that is offered. You will need a Driver’s License or another form of state identification to shoot, and minors above the age of 12 can shoot when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. All shooters under 18 must stay on the same lane as their parent or guardian.

What If I’m Under 21 and Own My Own Handgun?

If you are between 18-20 years old, you may shoot a rented handgun or a handgun registered to yourself while accompanied by any adult over 21. If under 18, you must be over the age of 21 and accompanied by a parent or guardian. Learning proper gun safety and how to handle firearms properly at a younger age can help children better understand certain dangers and respect firearms to a higher degree than if they are avoided and only something seen in movies and video games.

Shooting guns in relation to hunting has been very common for people in rural areas, but for years there has been a negative connotation with guns towards violence in cities or urban areas. It is more likely that new recreational shooters are joining the sport from urban and city populations, which is why indoor ranges have become a safe and inviting place to learn about shooting guns. There is a greatly increased number of female shooters that have made the sport much more inclusive and less “scary” to give it a shot as your new favorite sport or weekend outing.

Shooting Range Fun at Blackstone Shooting Sports

The recreational sport of shooting is growing globally and is expected to have increasing numbers between 2020-2027. A great way to experience shooting is with a Private Event or party at Blackstone Shooting Sports. We put a new spin on the idea of a shooting range that is inviting for all types of gatherings such as bachelor and bridal parties, work gatherings, holiday events and more.

It turns out that it’s no secret…. shooting guns is just plain FUN! As long as all safety procedures are followed and you learn everything you need to know to be sure you and others enjoy a safe shooting experience – you too could join the many individuals taking up the hobby of sport shooting at the Blackstone Shooting Range.

Terms & Conditions

Thank you for choosing Blackstone Shooting Sports! If you have any questions regarding a recent purchase, or product, please feel free to reach out to our knowledgeable Guest Support Team; chat with a team member 7-days a week from 10am until 9pm.

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Buyer Responsibility & Legal Ownership Limitations

It is the buyer’s responsibility to ensure that the item being purchased is legal to own in your city / state. Verify with your receiving dealer if you are not 100% sure that it is legal. – Magazines that violate capacity restrictions will not be shipped or substituted.

You must be 18 or older to purchase a rifle or shotgun and 21 or older to purchase a handgun.
You are responsible for compliance to your local and state laws.
Be aware of restrictions on extended magazines and certain types of AR-15 style rifles.

Not for sale where prohibited.
Blackstone will not sell or transfer a firearm to any of the following states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Washington, Guam, Puerto Rico, Samoa, Virgin Islands. In addition, we do not conduct any international sales. **Last updated 01/01/2023 (subject to change)

Automatic Knives (OTF & OTS):
Blackstone will not sell or transfer any automatic knives to any of the following states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Washington, Guam, Puerto Rico, Samoa, Virgin Islands, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Virginia. **Last updated 01/01/2023 (subject to change)

During checkout you specify a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) near you who transfers the firearm to you, after successful background check if needed.
FFL can be your local Gun Shop, Gun Range or Pawn Shop willing to perform the transfer.

“Local Store Pick Up” in Charlotte, NC. *Sales tax may apply.
Blackstone Shooting Sports
2001 Wilkinson Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28208

The buyer is responsible for all FFL’s transfer fee/s upon pickup which is generally $15-30. “Local pickup” at our Charlotte location is free of charge.
For all FFL transfers, the firearm dealer (that we are sending the item/s to) must send us their valid license (FFL) by emailing ( Blackstone is not responsible for any lost items shipped via USPS, FedEx, and UPS.

Ammunition Sales

All ammunition will be shipped FedEx or UPS ground; no air freight allowed.
Ammunition and firearms must be shipped separately.
Always make sure you order the correct ammunition for your specific firearm.

Federal law requires that you must be at least 18 years old to purchase shotgun and rifle ammunition and 21 years or older to purchase handgun ammo.

Check your state and local laws for any other restrictions before ordering.
Ammo Shipping Restrictions: Blackstone does not ship ammo to CA, IL, NY, NJ, MA, DC, CT, or P.O. Boxes

Return Policy & Warranty

We fundamentally believe you will be thrilled with the products you purchase from Blackstone Shooting Sports. That’s because we go out of our way to ensure we get you the exact products you need from the best brands in the industry. We understand, however, that sometimes a product may not be what you expected it to be. In that unlikely event, we invite you to review the following terms related to returning a product.

If you need to return an item or cancel an order, simply contact our Guest Support Team at 704-414-6020 or by emailing (be sure to include your order #). Feel free to use the live chat function on our website for the fastest support. All inquires received during business hours are answered same day!

*All canceled and returned items are subject to a 10% restocking fee.

Please allow 1-5 business days to credit back to your original form of payment.

Damaged/Used Product: Unless there is a verifiable manufacturer’s defect with the merchandise, no returns will be accepted on damaged or used products. This includes firearm parts that have been previously installed.

Returns Within 30 Days: The original method of payment will be refunded in full. Merchandise must be in new condition with all original packaging, documentation, accompanying accessories, and a receipt.

Returns Within 10 days: The original method of payment will be refunded in full. Merchandise must be in new condition with all original packaging, documentation, and a receipt. Non-cash transactions:

Restricted Items

Due to safety and liability concerns, Blackstone does not accept any returns on ammunition that have exited the facility. All online ammunition sales are final.

Blackstone does not accept any returns on firearms. We will assist with all recalls, warranty claims, or manufacturer defects with firearms previously purchased from Blackstone.

Blackstone does not accept any returns on knives. This is to ensure every knife purchase from Blackstone is 100% factory sharp, blemish free, and warrantied by the manufacturer. We will assist with all recalls, warranty claims, or manufacturer defects with knives previously purchased from Blackstone.

Tax Information

North Carolina residents will be charged a 7.25% sales tax.

Questions / Contact Us

Operating Hours:
Monday – Sunday: 10am – 9pm

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Blackstone Shooting Sports | 2001 Wilkinson Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28208 | 704-414-6020