We are an essential services business and open to our members and LE agencies.
The range is accepting new members.
Joining is easy and is done
right here on this web site's Join Here page. That is followed up with a phone call with one of our Range Officers who will give you a Range Safety Orientation over the phone.
Trial Membership is now available giving you affordable use of the range for 30 days. See our Membership page
Our year end membership drive has gone way better than we could have hoped for with 57 new members. Lee and David are working double-time to get all the Range Safety Orientations done. The outline for the orientation is posted on this web site. Couldn’t hurt to review it when you get a chance. All members you see around you when you are at the range have had this orientation. It helps everyone know the words and sing from the same sheet of music. This makes it a safer place for you to bring your friends and family to enjoy your firearms.
By growing our membership base, the range is able to maintain and improve what is already a really great place to shoot. With more members, rates stay low and the bills get paid. Membership rates will remain unchanged for 2023, largely in part due to the growth of our membership base.
The F.O.P. Range is the coolest family oriented shooting range around. The F.O.P. Range is located just outside Birmingham, Alabama, in Pleasant Grove. The Range facility has seven outdoor ranges, each with a covered shooter's area up-range to permit year-round use in all weather. It is located about 15 minutes from the I-59/65 interchange, making it a short drive from anywhere in the Birmingham area.
We have over 400 steel plates set up for you to ding on. Our Centerfire Steel Plate Range is huge with twenty 7.5 foot wide shooting stations and 162 targets at 10 to 25 yards. Our Rimfire Steel Plate Range has 243 steel plates designed for use with 22LR ammo. Its the best place on the planet to take a kid shooting. (I'm still a kid...) No other range does this for its members. Just more reasons to become a member of the best place to shoot.
The range is accepting new members. It is absolutely the best deal going on having a great place to enjoy your firearms with friends and family. See the range membership info page for details.
We have AMMO!
We have plenty of ammo on hand with no limits on the quantity you can buy. Ammo prices are coming down and availability is going up. Things are turning the corner for the shooting sports and getting better every week. Our ammo prices are hard to beat. 9mm is currently $12.50 a box.
Happy Birthday to us!!
27 years ago, I created the FOP Range Inc and opened the facility to civilians to use. What started out as a fun hobby in the 80's as a competitive shooter snowballed into what is the coolest place to shoot in the area. No other commercial range has the amenities I have put together and maintain for our member's use. We have been through really tough times, including our present situation but as a debt free business, are in a good position to weather bad stuff such as this pandemic. Ammo is still costs more than it should. Finding ammo to keep shooters here fed is a challenge. Yep. Its been a lousy time to run a commercial range...
But, we have a lot to celebrate.
We live in the greatest country on earth. We are able to have business that provides what is essentially a playground for adults with guns. We provide smiles, warm guns, ringing steel and holey targets. Good times are dispensed here. We are able to keep it running with very little coming in. We are the blue collar range. We are the affordable range. Time flies when you are having fun and running this range for the last two and a half decades has been a joy.
We are serious about safety.
Every member of the facility gets a range safety orientation before getting access to the ranges. A Range Officer takes a few minutes to explain the range safety rules, how to use the range, what not to do here, what will get your day ended early. It makes this range a safe place for you to enjoy your firearms and for range staff to work. Here are the First Trip to the Range, Range Safety Rules and Range Safety Orientation info pages. The do's and don'ts are broken down and briefly explained.
Church Security Team Training Range Use
Our training range is available for use by Church Security Teams needing a place to train. Corporate Membership Deals are available to make using the facility and providing your team members with a place to practice or bring their family and friends out for a day of shooting very cost effective. See the Church Security Group and Corporate Membership page for more info.
Ever heard of the Chicken Challenge???
Think you are a good shot? Prove it! The Chicken Challenge is a shooting challenge members can take on at any time using the steel ranges. See the Chicken Challenge page here for info on how to play the game... Check details out here... Chicken Challenge page.
The most fun anyone can have shooting with buddies is an informal competition. Both our Steel Range and Rimfire Range have plate racks positioned and setup for this purpose. There are 2 falling steel plate racks with a pair of cross-over poppers between them on the 10 yard area of the Steel Range and the Rimfire Range has a 12 6" target falling steel plate rack at 10 yards and one with 12 3" plates at 25 yards for rimfire rifle use. To play, both shooters assume the same starting position and on a start signal, both knock down all the plates then engage the cross-over target and the cross-over target on the bottom wins. See our competition events page for more info.
Got a new gun?
Then you are going to need a good place to try it out, see how it shoots, make sure it works, and just get them warm and grow a smile. Recreationally shooting the guns you have is a ton of fun. No gun deserves to spend its life sitting on a shelf, or just hanging on a wall. Never just load it up and trust that its going to work right. Verify reliability before relying on it for protection. Make sure it will run with the ammo you want to use. Get intimately familiar with it. This is where we come in....
Trial Membership gets you on our Main Range to make sure everything works, get that rifle and scope dialed in, poke some holes in paper or clank on some steel and grow a smile. See Trial Membership info for details. The Trial Membership is only $15, lasts 30 days and has a $10 per day range use fee with access to the facility's Main Range. If you decide you could use the whole facility, to include the Steel Plate Range, the 22 Steel Plate Range, Paper Pistol Ranges, or the Member's Rifle Range, annual membership is inexpensive and there are a dozen different plans to choose from, half of those are monthly payment to further make your shooting more affordable.
Monthly Payment Memberships Now Available!!
Years ago, we tried membership plans with monthly billing but it was really tough to administer. We sat in front of the credit card terminal for hours manually punching in the numbers then spent days pursuing those who did not have $11 in their account at the time it was due for payment. Now, the process has been automated and we are going to make another go at it. The pandemic has affected most of our budgets and coming up with the whole amount for an annual membership payment has become cost prohibitive for many. Our monthly membership payment system is the answer. Remember, we are the blue collar / affordable range in town.
Monthly memberships start at only $11 a month and the most expensive is only $25 a month. Joining is now done through our web site using the Join Here page. Follow up your checking out with a call to the range to schedule your Range Safety Orientation with a Range Officer, conducted over the phone at a non-peak time, and takes just a few minutes for him to go over the do's and don'ts, how it all works, and answers all your questions. Its super easy and can have you in and shooting quickly.
Trial Memberships Now Available!
Trial Memberships are now available. See the Trial Membership Info page...
*Trial Membership - $15 dues + $10 per day range use fee (runs for 30 days)
*All Trial members must meet the standard for range membership... be 21 or older, legally possess the firearms you want to use here, possess or be able to possess a pistol permit, be sober and drug free, possess a valid driver's license or State issued identification card, execute the range's liability waiver form, and be safe while you are here.
Annual Membership Deals...
See the Membership page here for pricing and details.
Shop and Compare Us...
Due your due diligence and research what is available in the area. Take look at what it costs to join but also look to see if you can join as most are not taking new members. Look at the amenities. What do they provide or offer? Some places don't even have target stands for your use. Is the range staffed with someone there to help or ensure safety rules are followed by all so you will have a safer time while there? Do they have a guest policy that allows you to bring guests? How about running water and a place to wash up before driving home?
Do they require range work days and fine you if you fail to participate? Do they require you to serve as a range officer, responsible for safety of others around you (and possibly exposing you to vicarious liability should there be an injury on your watch)? Is there a membership committee to decide if you are worthy to be a member? Do they require mandatory participation in competition events? Is there a probationary period?
Do they have unique features such as a dedicated centerfire pistol steel plate range or a dedicated 22 rimfire steel plate range away from the loud guns suitable to take kids to? (We've got over 400 plates ready for your fun here.) Are all the shooting positions covered so you can shoot in all weather? Is it accessible so you don't need a 4WD to get to it? How do they treat their customers and members? Look at their Google, Facebook and Yelp reviews. Will the range be closed during the hunting season or during times when maintenance is being done to gas wells around them without notice? All this matters in selecting a place to support with your membership dollars. Google "places to shoot near me". See what pops up. Then come see us. You won't be disappointed.
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
MONDAY - SATURDAY: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SUNDAY: NOON TO 5:00 PM
CLOSED ONLY EASTER SUNDAY, THANKSGIVING DAY AND CHRISTMAS DAY
91 1st Street
Pleasant Grove AL 35127
We are a short drive from anywhere in the Birmingham area. It takes less than 15 minutes from the 59/65 interchange to make it here.
For directions on how to get here, click here...
The FOP Range Inc is staffed 100% of the time we are open by staff that are happy to help you with anything you need while here.
The range has an FFL and can help you with any online gun purchase or shipping and receiving of a firearm. Our FFL service fee is only $20 each. We can also help you sell your guns with our consignment gun sales program. No meeting anyone in a parking lot to sell your gun. All gun sales have the background check done on the buyer.
Our Online Gun Store is a great place to shop for and order your next new gun.
Training is available by appointment at very competitive prices. Call for more info.
The training range is available for free to any Law Enforcement agency needing a place to train or qualify its officers. Civilian range use makes this possible.
Our goal here is to provide you with a safe, well maintained place to enjoy your firearms with your friends and family.
Jon Grigsby - Range Master
Lee Knobloch - General Manager
David Torbert - Senior Range Officer
Butch Hastings - Range Officer
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