I told you that I was going to do a review of my time at the Nashville Armory, and for you Tennessee Preppers, I am going to do just that. I review the Nashville Armory Indoor Range,which is a great indoor gun shooting range with a nice, attached gun shop. I PAID for access, this is a CUSTOMER review
First thing I noticed when getting to the Nashville Armory (NA) was that it was nothing but a big warehouse from the outside. It had a large sign on the outside of it to make it visible from the interstate, but it was kinda a long drive down a small road with little signage out front. However, with GPS, and what signage is out there, we had no real trouble finding the place.
Once we got up to the front door, we saw a sign, a small one, explaining that if you don’t have a carry permit, that you must leave any and all firearms in their cases. So, I decided to go in and begin asking questions.
Getting to the point, I asked them if someone did NOT have a permit, but kept their gun in a holster instead of a case (like wilderness adventurers that want protection), would they not be allowed to bring in their firearm to shoot? The man behind the counter explained that no one in the armory is tasked with checking guns and permits and that a person would most likely be fine and be left alone as long as they kept the firearm in the holster on their side, and had a basic aura about them that showed that they were comfortable with the firearm.
So basically, the Nashville Armory goes by the honor system that if you are carrying overtly, that you have a permit and you know how to handle your weapon.
Once actually in the NA, I decided to look around and see what they had. At first glance, I thought that the place just looked like a gun shop, nothing spectacular. It had what was typical of a shop as well. They had quite a selection of firearms, including lots of tactical style semi-autos. They had a decent assortment of firearms and did not seem too outrageous on the price. So, just because they were a firing range, they did not feel that they needed to jack-up the prices of their guns in the shop. I respect that. They also had all kinds of “zombie prepper” type gear in the accessory sections, and had a good supply of basic reloading gear, but I didn’t see an actual reloader (but they may have had one, I’m not sure).
I asked about pricing on 9mm rounds. Behind the gun counter, they had a box of 9mm (145 grain?) for about $17. I thought this was a little high for plinking rounds, but seemed good enough, but then the man behind the counter said that we should go over and ask at the “range counter” to find how much some other rounds would be. He didn’t know much about the other counter, so it seems that the two different sides of the NA was a little segregated in knowledge.
I AM GLAD that he told me to ask, because I could get a 125 grain 9mm target round for $14 dollars at the target counter, although they don’t seem to want to just sell them to you, unless you were planning to shoot, which seems reasonable… why else would I drive here!
We were set on our purchase, we were going to get some practice time in with my 9mm and then we would rent an Uzi 9mm… but first, we had to watch the safety video and sign the waiver stating that we watched the video and agree that we will not be stupid with live ammunition, and if we are stupid with live ammunition and shoot ourselves in the foot, groin, or head, it is our own fault and not theirs. I couldn’t agree more. The room was nice and comfortable with the video on a never-ending loop. The safety video was in the “Shooter Lounge.” It was extremely comfortable and had tons of extras, for that guy that got finished firing his rounds first and had to wait on his friend.
It was upon us to watch the whole thing and sign, no one watching. Wow, it’s like they feel people should be self-regulating or something. Back to the room… It had a coffee shop feel and had nice name-brand coffee, creamers, and hot teas. It was NICE. We didn’t stay and enjoy it, because we were ready to shoot, but it was nice to know the stuff was there.
So we took our papers to the counter, paid for the lane rental at about $20/hour, which I feel is reasonable (our time never started until we were set up for our shoot!). They pulled the Uzi (which was a $65 flat fee), and we went ot get ear muffs and glasses. It said that the rental was about a dollar or so, but they said we didn’t have to pay.
We bought 6 boxes of 125 grain 9mm, 2 for the handgun, and 4 for the Uzi. We took our two boxes and handgun into the range, where they showed us how to use the electronic targets, and we began. While we were shooting they loaded up our two 40-round magazines for the Uzi. Nice service guys! Once we said we were finished with the handgun, we called them and said that we were ready for the Uzi. They took a little while to get freed up to bring us the Uzi since they were busy. We probably waited 10 minutes.
When they brought it to us, it was in a “bucket” with all of our rounds and two fully stocked magazines. They ensured that we had instruction on how to use it, then made us fire a few rounds in “semi-auto” mode. Then they watched us switch over to “full-fun” mode and fire a few small spurts of rounds. Once we showed enough proficiency, we were allowed to go to town.
At one time, we had it jamming up on us, and it was because the magazine got bent on the left side where it feeds the cartridge into the chamber. Once they found it, we had to shoot with one, because they only kept two on hand. It was lots of fun and here is the video of us shooting everything:
Due to the Jam-up, we did not finish in time, but they allowed us to continue shooting our rounds out, free of charge. My wife did stray a moment or two and ended up shooting the target a little high… above the line that specifically states not to shoot above it or you WILL be charged $8/round above the line (design and maintenance costs). Because she did not pack the rounds in above the line, they gave her grace, and we did not have to pay for the rounds above the line. We also bought 4 more boxes of 125 grain as we were leaving to add to my stock of target rounds, which they were more than happy about.
Nice training room for concealed carry permit class, among other classes.
So now for a quick recap:
Awesomeness: Good price on lane and rounds, great people, very helpful, awesome atmosphere around the safety video, extremely self-directed, forgiving on prices of potential nickel-and-dime expenses, great safe shooting lanes, and the understanding of instructors that people shoot full-auto for full-fun!
Things that could be Improved: The gun shop side knowing more about the rental side and vice-versa, have your rules about firearm carry permits more visible on the website, don’t make me wait so long to get the Uzi when I am ready
Prognosis: Awesome Place, Awesome Fun, Wonderful time, I will DEFINITELY be visiting again, and I think they have earned their “five-star” rating.
Great Job, Nashville Armory! And if you would like me to come out for a more in-depth review than just a “customer review”, contact me.
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