May 11, 2020
New Jersey’s Range 129 Earns NSSF Five-Star Rating
NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the firearm industry trade association, is pleased to announce that it has awarded Range 129 its highest Five-Star rating for range excellence.
Located in Absecon, New Jersey, on the coast in the southern portion of the state in Atlantic County and a short drive from the busy hubs of Atlantic City, Ocean City, Sea Isle City and Cape May, Range 129 is both a gathering spot for area residents and a hotspot for tourists looking for excitement beyond the gambling tables and beaches. With such a diverse customer base, the facility keeps a hard focus on training.
“We were very impressed with the both the training curriculum and the devotion of the staff members to educating their customers while keeping the entertainment value high,” said Zach Snow, NSSF Director, Retail & Range Business Development. “This speaks not only to how well a business like this can be run in a state as firearm-ownership-challenged as New Jersey, it underscores the fact that the commitment to clients and the safe, responsible, enjoyable use of guns is a personal one for every employee. That translates to genuine customer engagement.”
Range 129 boasts a number of admirable features. A generous 20 pistol lanes divided across two bays extend to 25 yards and an advanced target setting/retrieval system that operates via touchscreen control. The nine-lane rifle range utilizes the same target system, extends to 100 yards and can handle centerfire cartridges up to .50 BMG. State-of-the-art ventilation systems complement both in keeping patrons’ healthy and comfortable. A team of talented gunsmiths and a full calendar of specialty courses and competitive league shoots add to this facility’s well-roundedness.
In addition to the shooting facilities, Range 129 has both a full-line firearms retail store and an archery pro shop which, with its own indoor and outdoor archery range and a roster of archery instruction classes, draws in area hunters and 3D target shooters. All four range types are open to the public and available on an hourly basis, while yearly individual and family memberships plans are offered in pistol-range only, rifle-range only, archery-range only and a variety of combo packages of the three. Law enforcement, military, firefighters and EMT professionals and retired professionals are offered memberships at a discounted rate via Range 129’s “Hero” initiative.
Training at Range 129 covers a wide range of topics and application, ranging from basic handgun, basic rifle and a two-hour basic holster class that refines drawing and presentation skills. There are several advanced handgun courses for those looking to upgrade their skills, and private instruction on handgun, rifle and shotgun is available tailor-suited to customer request.
“Being designated as a Five-Star facility by NSSF has given us the fortitude to emulate our motto, ‘He who walks with wolves, learns to howl,’” said William Wolfson, Range 129’s owner. “From the inception of the idea to bring a shooting sports training facility to southern New Jersey, we built the organization based on a foundation of safety and education, hence our motto. Range 129 will continue to be a beacon in the shooting sports industry.”
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.
About NSSF’s Star-Rating Range Program
NSSF’s highly respected Star-Rating Range Program works to encourage ranges of all sizes and locations to excel. Applying for rating requires answering a comprehensive questionnaire and business owner self-evaluation of the facilities, staff, community outreach and other criteria. Ranges that appear to meet the criteria for Four- or Five-Star rating receive an on-site evaluation by NSSF staff. NSSF member ranges that merit a Three-Star rating are recognized for being a part of the Star-Rating range family and are provided guidance to improve their facilities and achieve the higher two ratings. For more information, including instructions on how to apply for NSSF’s Star-Rating Range Program, contact Zach Snow, NSSF Director, Retail & Range Business Development, at [email protected].
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