Wake County Firearms Education and Training Center

Reservations are open five days before the shooting lane event date and two weeks before classes. We are excited to see you at the range.

We recommend using the "Event List View" to find open slots. In this view, you can sort by date and see the "Book Now" button when space is available. The reservation system no longer allows more than one participant to be added. If multiple lanes are needed, then a reservation for each lane is required. Those under 18 (Youth Waiver) must share a lane with an adult. Each lane can accommodate up to four shooters, but only one person may shoot at a time. To reserve an hour, click here: Wake County Firearms Education and Training Center lane calendar.

Address: 3921 Old Holly Springs Apex Rd., Apex, NC 27539

Operating Hours: Monday 5 pm - 9 pm, Friday 5 pm - 9 pm, Saturday-Sunday 9 am - 7 pm. Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

The range may be closed for events, cleaning, maintenance, and select holidays. Range closures will be managed through the reservation system. 

Use of the facility and reservations are free 

Amenities: 

  • 100-meter rifle range (Rifle Only)(Min 50-Meters)
  • 50-meter multi-use range
  • 50-meter pistol-only Range
  • Universally accessible
  • Indoor Range, but not temperature controlled.

Other Information

  • Leave all firearms in your vehicle until assigned a lane. 
  • All firearms must be cased. 
  • Those ages 12-17 wishing to shoot must have a Youth Waiver. No one under the age of 12 is permitted to shoot.
  • There is no store on-site. Visitors must bring ammunition and targets.            

Before Going to the Range:

Reservations are required. To reserve a shooting lane, go to the WCFETC Lane Calendar.

  • After completing the reservation process, you will receive a confirmation email.

Upon arriving at the Range:

  • New participants with expired range passes and those without a Wake County NC Wildlife range pass. Must arrive 30 minutes before their reserved lane time to check in and attend the safety briefing.
  • All firearms must be cased and left in your vehicle until assigned a shooting lane.

WCFETC Range Rules

Youth Waiver

Email: wcfetc.reservation@ncwildlife.org, Phone: 919-303-0851 

Office hours: Saturday-Sunday, 9 am - 7 pm, Monday, 5 pm - 8 pm.

Note: Range safety officers may be unable to answer the phone while patrons check-in.   

FREE Basic Handgun Shooting and Safety Training

This Free introductory handgun training is a three-hour class with a 4:1 ratio of students to instructors. The training includes classroom instruction about the operation and safety of various handguns. Students will learn the following:

  • The four fundamental pistol safety rules.
  • The basic knowledge, skills, and mindset to safely handle a handgun
  • Nomenclature and function of both semi-automatic and revolver handguns.
  • The five fundamentals of marksmanship
  • About the components of ammunition
  • Cleaning and maintenance of handguns
  • Live Fire Exercise
You can use the reservation system WCFETC Lane Calendar and reserve a spot for the Class.

NCWRC Target

Before you visit the range, be sure to print a target

Shooting Range Target

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register to use the WCFETC range? 

  • Reserve a shooting lane on the WCFETC Lane Calendar
  • Arrive 30 minutes before the reservation time to attend the safety briefing.
  • Complete the range sign-in process and receive a lane assignment.
  • Complete and sign a range waiver.
  • You will then be issued a WCFETC/Wildlife Commission range pass valid for one year.


Can I apply online for a WCFETC range pass card? No. There is no online process to apply for a range pass card. Reserve a shooting lane on the WCFETC Lane Calendar.


How much does it cost to register and use the WCFETC range? There are no charges for registering or using 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 at the WCFETC range. Outdoor 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 12-17 years of age wishing to shoot must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian and be accompanied by an adult 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. The Wildlife Resources Commission is providing new range cards. You must make a reservation and arrive 30 minutes before your shooting lane reservation time. Attend the range safety brief to get your NC Wildlife 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? Sgt. John Owens,  919-363-1575

 

Can I shoot steel core ammo? No, the WCFETC has implemented these rules because steel is much harder than Lead and does not expand on impact, enabling it, in some cases, to pierce, deform, or otherwise damage steel plates. As a result, steel core, steel plated, and bi-metal jacket rounds can cause damage to bullet traps, baffles, and concrete structures downrange. These rounds are also more prone to sparking, increasing the risk of fire danger.

 

Can I use the Wake County Firearms Education and Training Center for profit? No. Patrons are prohibited from using the Wake County Firearms Education and Training Center for profit during public use hours. Training, classes, and qualifications offered at the Wake County Firearms Education and Training Center are preapproved and taught by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission's staff, temporary employees, or volunteers.