OK, so this thread is admittedly self-serving given that I'm a recent transplant in Virginia, but should be fun anyway. What's your favorite place to shoot in Virginia...and why? The only place I've been I've gone shooting is the NRA range in Waples Mill. Clean, well-lit, and very well run. Plus, it's right downstairs from the NRA Firearms Museum. Plus, unlike many indoor ranges, they will pretty much let you shoot whatever you can drag through the door. Someday, I will put that policy to the test by bringing a BMG50 there. First, though, I'll actually have to buy one!
Sharpshooters in Lorton is good too. Check it out.
no 50 bmg at nra
When did the NRA ban 50 BMG? I could swear I saw (don't judge me!) a Larry the Cable Guy "Only in America" show where he fired one there...
I shoot at NRA and Sharpshooters.
Hello, nice to meet everyone. I would say that if you are in the Northern Virginia area, the NRA is going to be the most convenient, best value out there.
If you are looking for a bit of a longer range, elite shooting sports, out in Manassas is also fantastic, but for me a bit far out. I believe they have a 100m indoor range, while the NRA is only 50 (yards?).
Lastly, I would strongly encourage you to visit Clark Brothers on a nice day (or even a not so nice day when you will have the entire place to yourself) for a 100 (yard/meter?) outdoor range that also includes a designated pistol bay, and a skeet/trap range I believe (although I've never used the shotgun range).
.....And something I just remembered, on the shotgun front if you're into that, is Bull Run Regional Park which is operated by either Fairfax County, or the State of Virginia (not 100% sure), also a very nice option.
*in terms of the .50 at the NRA, we have actually shot a .50 there about 15 years ago, but the concussion inside their range was too severe so they don't encourage it any more, although I've been told that the backstop is completely capable of handling it. If you're interested in shooting a .50 I would probably go to Clarks unless you know someone that can get you into Quantico's range that's probably at least 1000m.....Additionally, there is a place over the border in West Virginia called "peacemaker" that I have not been to personally, but has been explained to me as the longest outdoor, public range within a reasonable driving distance to Northern Virginia.