First-time at a Gun Range: What to Expect. What to Bring.

May 18, 2021

Welcome First-time Shooters!

Buck & Doe’s Mercantile welcomes first-time shooters to our state-of-the-art indoor shooting range for exclusive classes taught by our certified firearm instructors. Our San Antonio gun range is open to everyone, regardless of shooting experience. Take a look at the variety of classes we offer and select a date that works best for you. After you sign up, here is what you can expect to do during your class and what you need to bring.

Buck & Doe’s Shooting Range

LTC Instructors


Our indoor shooting range has the highest acoustically rated sound abatement wall systems in the world, to reduce reverberation noise up to 98%. We are also a “green” gun range. To maintain the safety of you and our employees throughout the class, we have a fully self-contained bullet trap system and commercial filtration design, so you can enjoy the most comfortable shooting experience available. Each firing lane is well-lit and ventilated, and our interactive electronic system allows for you to take control of setting distances, turns, and explore and choose from our many options of programs.

Group or Private Lessons

If you prefer to learn how to shoot with a group of family or friends, our group lessons are open for admissions. Group classes are a maximum of five people per instruction, but larger groups can be accommodated by adding another instructor.  If you would rather have a private lesson, you can sign up to have a personalized one-hour session with one of our instructors. You will be able to rent a gun of your choice, rent eye and ear protection, and purchase a target. Our private lessons are an excellent option for those who are wanting to obtain qualification for their License to Carry (LTC) and are already in possession of their own firearm. During lessons, we go in depth about how you can improve your shooting, firearm maintenance, and even offer classes for kids aged six and older.

What should you bring for your first day?

At Buck & Doe’s Mercantile, we make sure that you are well taken care of with equipment. For your classes, we have an impressive inventory of firearm rentals, ammunition, hearing protection, targets, and eye protection that you can choose from. Please bring a valid form of ID when you come in for your class. You are welcome to bring your own gun and ammunition, though please note our policy is that we accept only commercially produced brass, or nickel cased ammunition. Shotguns are prohibited, but we allow handguns up to 50 caliber and rifles up to 308 caliber. Please enter the store with any firearm in a gun bag or case. Not only is it a state requirement, but it’s also a common courtesy. The amount of ammunition you will need for the class will be discussed the day of, to ensure you are well prepared. After we get you equipped and ready to go, our instructors will walk you through your class step-by-step. You can expect to shoot on your first day of class. For your safety, we always have a Range Safety Officer available to you. Every part of our class is built with gun safety in mind.

Do you need a membership to sign up for classes?

No, you do not need to be a member to enjoy our firearm training classes. While we have excellent benefits for our members, our mission is to help everyone become educated on the proper use of their firearms. From first-time shooters to experienced shooters, we have classes that benefit everyone. Our firing lanes are available on a walk-in basis, and our trained, uniformed staff are always here to answer any questions you may have. If you’re planning on making a visit with us soon, make sure to sign our waiver.

Classes to take afterwards!

When you have successfully completed your first-time shooting classes, consider signing up for other gun classes that will benefit you along the way, like our License to Carry Class, or our Defensive Shooting Class. We have no shortage of options for you.

Visit our website and sign up for one of our classes today!


Contact: info@buckdoes.com
Call: 830-980-3637
Headquarters: 24250 US-281,
San Antonio, TX 78258

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Buck & Doe’s Mercantile in San Antonio, Texas is locally owned and operated, and fully stocked for the archery or firearms enthusiast. We are a five-star, family-friendly shooting range and indoor archery range. There’s something for everyone at our gun range! Our state-of-the-art facility spans 23,000 square feet and offers an indoor archery range, programmable training simulators in an indoor shooting range setting, well ventilated ranges, firearms ammunition and accessories, archery products, lessons, a boutique, event center, and more.