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Ultimate Defense: St. Louis Area Firing Range and Training Center

Updated on October 13, 2013

"Shots" of me at the Range

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Ready to relieve my stress.Figuring out my stance.RELOAD!
Ready to relieve my stress.
Ready to relieve my stress. | Source
Figuring out my stance.
Figuring out my stance. | Source
RELOAD! | Source

At the beginning of this year, my brother decided to take me with him to this firing range he had gotten a coupon for. I've shot rifles, shotguns, and even a muzzle-loader before but never a handgun, so I thought, "Why not?" This would finally be my chance to see if I did as well with smaller guns as I did with the big ones. It didn't help that my younger brother kept saying that I didn't know how to shoot just because I was the only one in my family that didn't like to hunt. So he picked me up and we headed out to Ultimate Defense at 590 Turner Blvd., St. Peters, Mo. 63376.

Their usual hours are Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 6pm, and Sunday 11am to 5pm. They have special events like classes and shooting leagues at other specified times. In order to use the facility and weaponry, you have to sign their standard paperwork saying you will follow safety protocols and that you are legally old enough to use a gun (or have a parent's permission). Then you choose what type of membership level you would like and get your own personal ID card. There are five levels you can choose from: Associate (basic), Silver, Silver PSO (for public safety officers), Gold, and Platinum. Here is a breakdown of the levels:

Membership Level Information

Annual Fee
Hourly Rate
Rental Weapons Charge
Class Fee Discount
Family Membership Fee
Silver PSO
No Charge
No Charge
No Charge
No Charge
1 Free Class/ yr plus 20% discount on each additional class

So if you are a first time or casual shooter, the Associate level is the best option and is what my brother and I chose because it was free and easy. If you are a casual shooter, but want to participate in one of the shooting leagues that Ultimate Defense has, I would recommend the Silver option. Plus, this level also allows you to buy a family membership so the whole family can join for one fixed rate. However, if you are an active shooter or have a large family of shooters that want to join, the best membership level for your dollar would probably have to be Gold. Under this level there is no hourly rate or weapon rental fee. The only thing you would have to pay for is the bullets you shoot.

My brother and I had so much fun when we were shooting. We switched between three different 22 handguns: Modified Ruger SR40, Sig 1911-22, and Modified Glock Gen 3 9mm. Out of the three, the last was my favorite because it fit my grip the best. My brother liked the 1911, because it was the largest and he believed he handled it the best. The Ruger was a middle ground for both of us. I definitely preferred the Ruger over the 1911. I would love to practice more often, because it does help release any extra stress that may be building up. I would like to become an expert marksman too if I can, because from my target below at ten feet away, I am doing pretty well at hitting my mark so far.

My shooting target from Ultimate Defense firing range. First time with three different handguns went very well. My target was dead with the first round.
My shooting target from Ultimate Defense firing range. First time with three different handguns went very well. My target was dead with the first round. | Source
Ultimate Defense Logo and contact information
Ultimate Defense Logo and contact information | Source

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NOTE: If you are interested in shooting ranges, but Ultimate Defense isn't in your area; check out Jay Henges Shooting Range located in High Ridge, Mo at . Or try a search in your local area, because sometimes the best places are hidden right out in the open where you don't expect them.

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