Intro To Firearms

Welcome to the world of firearms! Never touched a gun? Do not know where to begin? Feeling overwhelmed and confused? No worries!  This is the class for you.

In this class you will go from zero to confidence with your firearm.  Your instructor will show you all about gun safety in a controlled setting. 

Class Covers
  • Firearm safety
  • Loading and Unloading Magazines
  • Loading and Unloading Firearms
  • Firearm Handeling
  • Use of Sights
  • Fundamentals of Firing
  • Immediate Actions
  • Range Safety and Etiquette
  • Safe Home Storage
  • Mantis X10 training aid for demonstration

Spring League

Ladies and Gentle-humans, it’s that time again to start thinking about signing up for Ricochet Range’s Top Shots Shooting League. The Spring League will be a little different then the Fall League. This time we will have two divisions, consisting of up to ten people. The first division allows for calibers up to 380 ACP and the second will consist of calibers 9mm, 38spl, and larger.

For the Spring Time League there will not be any teams. This will be SOLO shooting pinning your skills directly against others who believe their skills are equally matched (insert Jedi reference here).

The Spring League will last for 14 weeks. Each division will meet every other week allowing each division to complete 7 challenging courses of fire. Each course of fire will test your abilities! Ranging from shooting with one hand to firing at a moving target while reloading, each division will also complete different courses of fire matching their skills to either small or larger calibers.

The Small Caliber Division will focus on pin-point shooting at longer distances from distances no closer than 21 feet. This division will also include discretionary command, memory recall, low-light, timed, etc…

Large Caliber Division will center on threat determination (shoot, no shoot), holster drawing, weak hand, stress shooting, etc…

Entry Fees and Times
  • Registration
    • Start of Registration/Sign up:
      • Fall Shooting League Top Three: 10 Feb 2021
      • Steel/Founders/Active RSOs: 17 Feb 2021
      • All Others: 24 Feb 2021
    • Registration fee is $25 and will secure your slot until your league fee is due. This fee is non-refundable. Should your league fee not be paid in full by 7:30pm on 3 March 2021, you will loose your slot and it will be given to another member on standby (if any). Registration fees will be refunded if the minimum number of league members are not met for that division.
  • League fee: $100 per person
    • Membership Discounts:
      • Steel/Founders/RSOs $25 discount
      • Annual Copper $10 discount
Rules
  • All league fees are NON REFUNDABLE after the League Starting Date.
  • Ten league members (five minimum) with logos and names. Each must not be offensive in any way and be approved by Ricochet Range owners. Each league member may provide an image for Ricochet Range’s website and social media posts. If a league member would like a logo designed for them they can request one be created for them. (an additional fee may apply) 
  • A division league leader will be chosen from the league members to handle all division league issues. The division league leader will communicate directly with the league manger.
  • Each league member must be age 21 and older. 
  • The league season will last fourteen weeks and each week’s course of fire gets progressively harder. The league will be extended to allow for anticipated engagements during the holiday season. Date adjustments will be made available before the season starts. 
  • First league meeting will be 17 March 2021 @ 8:00pm as a meet and greet and to clarify any questions. The first small caliber division shooting night will be held on 24 March 2021 @ 8pm and the large caliber division shooting night will be on 31 March 2021@ 8pm
  • League meetings will be held on Wednesday nights and meet at 8pm shooting starts at 8:15pm
  • Each league night, one league member will occupy one lane at a time. If a member can not show, the absent member will receive the same score of the lowest member for that week minus one (1) point. Exception if it is coordinated with the league division leader at least 24 hours prior to that meeting night.
  • One alibi shoot per week for firearm malfunctions allowed per league member. League members must maintain their own firearms and may swap firearms if their firearm fully fails or has more than three (3) malfunctions in one course of fire. If this is required, the member will only get one alibi. One alibi is considered one full string of fire.
  • Each week the division will complete one course of fire which consists of individual strings of fire
  • Scores will be posted every week on the website.
Required Items

Well maintained handgun, no single action revolvers, and no optics. Iron sights only.
Two hundred and eighty (280) rounds, forty (40) per week (no steel ammo)
Sturdy Holster and belt (by shooting week 6)
Two (2) magazines (by shooting week 5)
Closed toed shoes
Signed waiver on file specific to the shooting league.

Prizes

First Place Prizes


  • Small Caliber Division:
    • 1-6 Participants – Heritage Rough Rider 22LR Revolver and 300 Rounds of 22LR Ammo
    • 7-10 Participants – Buckmark 22LR and 500 Rounds of 22LR Ammo
  • Large Caliber Division:
    • 1-7 Participants – SCCY CPX with CT Red Dot Sight and 50 Rounds of 9mm Rounds
    • 8-10 Participants – SDS 1911 45 ACP and 40 Rounds of 45ACP Hollow Point

Second Place Prize (Both Divisions): Annual Lead Membership. If you currently have a monthly membership, your current membership can be cancelled at no charge to start your prize membership. If you have a fully paid membership, your prize membership will start upon expiration of your current membership. You may also gift your prize membership to another person (who does not already have a current membership).

Third Place Prize (Both Divisions): One free class. This may also be applied to one service related task such as firearm cleaning, an hour of gunsmithing, etc…

Meet our Founding Members!

Navigating the CWP

SC Concealed Weapon Permit and What You Need to Know

So you are thinking the time is now but the South Carolina permit application process seems complicated. Take a breath and relax… it’s not. Let’s start with the basics.

Basic Requirements:

  • Must be 21 at the time of submission of your application.
  • Must legally be ALLOWED to own a firearm (you do not actually need to own one though. We can help with that).
  • Must have successfully completed the South Carolina Concealed Weapons Course by a SLED certified instructor (not the online scams you see popping up on Facebook).
  • If required, successfully complete the SLED course of fire in the presence of a SLED certified instructor.
  • Submit all required items to SLED (your instructor will go over this with you during your class).
  • Must be a South Carolina Resident, certified non-resident (own property), or military member on PCS orders.

Steps for getting your permit:

Sign up for a class:

Find an instructor in your area. Each instructor brings their unique teaching style to the table. Not all instructors are created equal. Do your research and do not pick one to teach you just because they are cheap. Find a reputable instructor based on the quality of their instruction and ability to articulate the law so you have a clear understanding of it.  After all, if you are forced to use deadly force, it is YOU that must explain your actions to the law enforcement officer, not the instructor who signed your paperwork.

Firearm selection for class:

Find, borrow, or rent a firearm that is easy to use for the course of fire.  The firearm you use for the course does not have to be the one you carry after you receive your permit. If you use a 22LR for the class, you can still carry your favorite 45 long colt.  The course consists of 50 rounds and DOES require you to draw from a holster. It is highly advisable that you practice with the firearm or one similar to it prior to your class start.  Many instructors will not go over pistol basics prior to completing the course of fire, but the good ones will.

It is also worth mentioning that if an instructor is stripped of their credentials because they are not conducting the course correctly, all of their students could have their permits revoked. Do not take your course from those who will just sign your documents and take your money. Under the law, you could also be held responsible, charged with a crime, and fined.

Fingerprints and Documents:

It is advisable that you DO NOT get your fingerprints rolled by your instructor. Ricochet Range instructors highly advise you get your fingerprints digitally rolled through IDENTOGO after completing your course.  This will ensure there are no issues with your prints because they either got lost or smudged in the mail. Upon completion of your course, you will be given signed documents by your instructor. DO NOT LOSE THEM.

Submitting Your Documents

NOT RECOMMENDED METHOD – If submitting your documents by mail, you will need the following:

  • Completed application (signed by you and your instructor)
  • Instructor/Student Checklist (signed by your instructor)
  • Front and back color copy of your state issued ID or Drivers License 
  • $50 money order (purchased at Walmart of and banking institution) (not required if you are a disabled veteran)
  • Two, good quality, complete sets of fingerprints (if they are badly rolled or smudged, it will delay your application process)

RECOMMENDED METHOD – Submitting your required documents though IDENTOGO. You will make this appointment after completing your class. You will pay for the State required $50 application fee through a secure online portal while making your appointment. This ensures the fee is not lost in the mail and is one less thing to worry about. Once at your appointment, the technician will scan your documents given to you by your instructor and digitally roll your fingerprints as required by law to process your application. Prior to arriving at your appointment, ensure you have the following:

  • Completed application (signed by you and your instructor)
  • Instructor/Student Checklist (signed by your instructor)
  • Your state issued ID or Drivers License 

After submitting your documents, whether it be digitally or snail mail, SLED has up to 90 business days to process your application and send you back either a determination letter or your permit itself.

Final Thoughts

Ricochet Range in Sumter is here to help. If at any point you feel you need further help whether you were one of our students or not, we will answer any questions you may have.

Know Before You Go

Before showing up to the range, there are a few things to remember.

  1. Ensure your firearms are in a closed container of any type before you exit your vehicle.  Our staff will react to anyone coming into the retail space openly displaying firearms, regardless of your intentions.
  2. Wear appropriate clothing. Shoes need to be CLOSED-TOE due to hot brass falling from your firearm.
  3. Avoid low-cut clothing and try to wear a shirt that over laps your pants/skirts/shorts.  This will limit brass making contact with your skin.
  4. Do not bring food, drink, or tobacco products into the range.  If you eat, drink, or use tobacco products after visiting us, please make every attempt to wash your hands before doing so. 
  5. Know how your firearm operates before visiting us. If you have questions about your firearm, please ask us while inside the store before going into the range.  This will allow our Range Safety Officers to focus on the safety of everyone on the firing line.
  6. Children are welcome to the range! Children 12 years and older are allowed on the range under adult supervision at all times.
  7. If you are pregnant or think you might be, you will not be allowed to shoot in the range due to lead exposure.

You must have a waiver sign the day you sign up for a membership.

DO NOT TAKE YOUR FIREARM OUT OF ITS CASE UNLESS REQUESTED BY A STAFF MEMBER OR YOU ARE INSIDE THE CONFINES OR YOUR SHOOTING STALL

COVID-19 RULE

SINCE WE ARE WITHIN CITY LIMITS, YOU NEED TO HAVE YOUR YOUR MASK ON BEFORE COMING INTO THE STORE

Front Sight, Front Sight, Front Sight

Want to up your skills at home or when on the road, we have just what you need for dry fire training. Ricochet Range is now stocking the Mantis X systems in our store. Attach this little guy to any firearm or bow and take your fundamentals to the next level. This thing is like a range buddy that is brutally honest about your shooting.

https://mantisx.com/collections/all-items/products/mantis-x10-elite

Not Just A Range

We have a fully stocked retail space with new product everyday. Cant find something you want, ask us to special order for you. You won’t even pay for shipping.

Dene Adams

Dene Adams holsters are some of the greatest concealed options for women of all sizes.

Nova Concealment

Carolina made product, Nova holsters are on our shelves.

Everyone Needs Lead Therapy

When was the last time you came to a range when you did not have to wear a rain jacket, freeze during the winter, or sweet in the summer? Come on down to Ricochet Range and see what you have been missing.

Shooting skills are perishable. The less you train, the more you forget. Please see a simple list of skills below to remember.

Stance

Good stance leads to more stability and better mobility. Ancient Egyptians had it right, you start with a good platform and build from there.

Grip

Hold the handgun high up on the grip so that the recoil is directed back to the hand and arm in a straight line. This allows faster repeat shots and more accurate shooting. Keep both thumbs on the same side.

Sight Alignment

Sight alignment is the alignment of the shooters eye, rear sight, and front sight.

Sight Picture

Center the front sight between the rear site and align the tops to be in align with each other. Finally, focus on the front sight so the rear sight and target appear blurry.

Finger Placement

The trigger finger should be placed on the trigger in-between the tip of the finger and the first bend.
Place the finger on the lowest point of the trigger to allow for the maximum pull with the least resistance.

Squeeze

Should be a controlled squeeze to the rear without disturbing the sight alignment/picture.

Take A Class!

Ricochet Range is offering three CWP classes a week! With the capabilities to instruct and qualify on site, we have started to open more classes each month. Please click the link below to go to the scheduling portion of our site.