Wake County is temporarily suspending operations at the Firearms Education & Training Center (FETC), effective July 1, for the planned replacement of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. The design of the new HVAC system will improve airflow, air changes, and humidity levels in the facility.
The FETC is usually closed for the month of August for its annual cleaning. The annual cleaning will be combined with the HVAC system replacement to minimize the downtime of the range. During this time, the range will be cleaned, and new HVAC equipment installed, tested, and verified before the range re-opening. Based on the current schedule, the project will start in July and conclude in the fall.
Required - Preregister for a Shooting Lane. To register, click here: WCFETC Lane Calendar.
We recommend using the "Event List View" to find open slots. In this view, you have the ability to sort by date and see the "Book Now" button upfront when space is available.
Address: 3921 Old Holly Springs Apex Rd., Apex, NC 27539 (Directions)
Operating Hours: Monday (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.); Friday (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.); Saturday-Sunday (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.); Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and selected State holidays.
Range Rules (PDF)
Youth Waiver (PDF)
Phone :919-303-0851 (office hours -(Fri 5PM-8PM)( Sat-Sun 9AM-7PM)( Mon 5PM-8PM)
Course: Intro to Handguns
Where: John Lentz Hunter Education Complex
1017 Millstone Rd., Ellerbe, NC 28338
When: August 20th, 2022, 1 pm to 4 pm.
What: A beginner handgun course teaching the basics of safety fundamentals at a
4:1 ratio of students to instructors.
How: A. Introduction and Objectives
B. Class and Handgun Safety
C. Types of Handguns
D. Shooting Fundamentals
E. Live Fire Exercise
F. Handgun Maintenance and Safe Storage
Requirements: You will need 50 rounds of ammunition for your handgun and ear and eye
protection. We will have loaner ear and eye protection available. (If you do not own a handgun,
we can provide you with one; however, you would need to provide 50 rounds of 9mm or .22
To Register: EMAIL email@example.com. If the course fills up, you can be placed on a
a waiting list for future opportunities.
GSSF Glock Challenge, Nov. 19-20, 2022, Foothills Public Shooting Complex, Cherryville, NC
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Proposed Shooting Ranges/Enhancements
General Information Regarding Use
Hunter Education Information
How do I register to use the WCFETC range?
A new range pass card must be issued by the Wildlife Commission before anyone can shoot or enter the range. To receive a range pass card, you must:
Is the WCFETC range pass card laminated?
The range pass card is not laminated, but you can laminate it if you wish to do so.
Can I apply online for a WCFETC range pass card?
No. At this time, there is no online process to apply for a range pass card.
How much does it cost to register and use the WCFETC range?
There is no cost to register or to use the range at this time.
When will my WCFETC range pass card expire?
Range card passes expire one year from the date of issue.
Can the WCFETC range card pass be used at other NCWRC ranges?
No. A WCFETC range pass card is only valid for use at the WCFETC range. Other NCWRC ranges require a separate range card pass.
Is there an age restriction to use the WCFETC range?
Yes. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to shoot. Patrons ages 12-17 wishing to shoot must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian and must be accompanied by an adult, age 18 or older.
Can I use my RSM membership to gain access to the WCFETC range?
No. The RSM contract was terminated in January 2020. New range cards are being provided by the Wildlife Resources Commission. You must visit the range and register to get your range card.
How do I obtain a refund for my RSM membership?
Call the Wake County Finance Department at 919-856-6120.
Who should law enforcement agencies contact to use the WCFECT range?
Call Lt. Kenneth Bagwell, Wake County Sheriff’s Office firearms coordinator, at 919- 363-1751.