As controversial as this may seem, having your best friend’s bachelor party at a shooting range offers you and your buddies the thrill of feeling like you’re Mark Wahlberg in an action flick! This is through the use of target shooting with a rented firearm at a supervised, certified shooting range facility. Please note that when you and your buddies decide to visit a shooting range, the facility has to meet requirements as outlined by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Office of the Chief Firearms Officer of Ontario. Check out Target Sports Canada as they are a certified shooting range facility and they are always supervised by Range Officers. Furthermore, you are required to sign a waiver outlining that you will be using dangerous portable guns and that such firearms may harm either yourself or another person if they are not used correctly. Here are some other considerations you need to be aware of prior to booking your friend’s bachelor party at a shooting range facility:
Persons Under The Age of 18:
If you have invited friends or relatives under the age of 18, there needs to be a parent or guardian present to sign off allowing their child to participate. Furthermore, the legal guardian must provide the facility with a signed waiver and photocopy of their passport as well as proof of address prior to the booking date. The parent or guardian of the underage child needs to be at the facility the entire duration. On the contrary, if your group is comprised of people over the age of 18, proper government identification needs to be presented, such as your passport or an Ontario Driver’s License.
Wear The Proper Gear
Arrive to the facility wearing comfortable clothing and a ball cap so that you can protect your face from the facility’s hot casings. A participant is also permitted into the shooting range target area only if he or she is wearing closed shoes such as runners, as flip flops and sandals expose skin and can be dangerous should the hot casings fall on your feet while you are carrying a loaded gun. Of course, the facility will provide all safety equipment including eye protection and gloves. For any safety questions, it is best to speak with the facility’s on-site manager or Range Officer.
Be Aware Of The Rules
When you enter the shooting zone, you will be guided by a coach the entire time and your coach will show you how to successfully (and safely) hit your targets. There will be supervision at all times at the shooting range by a Range Officer and he or she will determine and notify you when it is safe (or unsafe) to enter the front of the firing line. Note: there is to be only one person in the shooting rage at any one time and firearms are only to be loaded at the time you are about to shoot. Firearms are not to be taken outside the facility and any misconduct at the shooting range can result in criminal prosecution. No one will be permitted to use firearms under the influence of either medication or alcohol. If you plan on going out for a drink or two with the guys, it is best to plan a shooting range get together during the day so there is room in your schedule afterwards for a night of partying at a local bar or club.