Frequently Asked Questions: Top Gun Shooting Sports

What is Top Gun Shooting Sports?

Top Gun Shooting Sports is a state-of-the-art indoor shooting range, training center, and retail facility. Our retail center carries a wide variety of firearms, ammunition, and accessories. The indoor shooting range has eighteen air conditioned and heated shooting lanes with a shooting distance of up to 25 yards.

Where is Top Gun Shooting Sports located?

Top Gun Shooting Sports is located just minutes from highway 55 and the Richardson / Vogel exit. We are 20 minutes south of downtown and approximately 30 minutes from the West County area. We are located at 4075 West Outer Road, Arnold, Missouri.

What are the hours of operation at Top Gun Shooting Sports?

You can find our normal business hours and special holiday hours at this link.

What are your age restrictions?

Children must be 12 years or older. For guests under 18, a parent or legal guardian must accompany them into the shooting stall. Missouri law requires handgun users to be 21 years of age unless accompanied by a responsible parent or adult. Missouri law requires long gun users to be 18 years of age unless accompanied by a responsible parent or adult.

What type of firearms can I shoot at Top Gun?

Our bullet traps are rated at 3600 fps velocity. This includes most handguns and high-powered rifles. We also allow deer rifle sight-in. If you have a question as to whether or not your firearm will be allowed, please do not hesitate to call us.

Is Top Gun open to the public?

Yes, we have an all-day rate of $20.00 + tax. Any paid guest may leave and return to shoot again the same day, but must show a paid receipt. We allow up to two additional guests to share a lane for $8.50 each. We do not allow any more than three guests per lane for safety reasons. We also offer monthly and annual membership packages that include unlimited range use and deep discounts on firearms and services.

What does a membership include?

Visit our Membership page to learn more about joining Top Gun Shooting Sports and the benefits of membership.

What does your retail store carry?

Our retail store carries everything to supply a shooter with all of his or her shooting needs. We carry firearms, ammunition, targets, accessories, sights, scopes, holsters, cases, safes, and cleaning supplies.

What training classes do you offer?

Visit our Training page to learn more about regularly scheduled training classes, private shooting instruction, and special classes taught by visiting instructors.

Can I bring my own targets and ammunition or do I have to use yours?

You are welcome to use your own ammunition* and non-offensive paper targets. We only ask that you pay for your lane use/time. We do offer a full line of paper targets and stock several varieties of reasonably priced ammunition, should you choose to purchase at the range. *All ammunition use in our rental firearms must be factory, brass cased ammunition.

I want to shoot, but I have never shot before, can someone help me?

Not a problem. At Top Gun Shooting Sports, we are here to help. We will give you instructions on the proper use of the gun and go out on the range with you if you desire our assistance. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions about anything. The more you know about firearms, the safer you are.

I am interested in buying a certain handgun, but I don’t know how its shoots. Do you have any for rent?

We currently have more than 120 handgun and carbine rentals. Our rental program allows you to rent any of our rental firearms for $10.00. This is a flat rate for the day and an opportunity to use any of our rental firearms. Though we prefer that you use our ammunition, you may use your own factory ammunition.

I am interested in buying a firearm. What do I need to do?

Once you have decided on the firearm to purchase, click here to see current procedures to purchase a firearm. (link to PDF; BD created)

Frequently Asked Questions: NICS System

Q&A's provided by the National Rifle Association

The National Instant Check System (NICS) for firearms transactions took effect Nov. 30, 1998, replacing the Brady Act`s five-day waiting period. The following provides answers to some of the most common questions about NICS.

What exactly is NICS?

According to the FBI, NICS “will be a national database containing records of persons who are disqualified from receiving firearms.” The NICS computer and analysis center is located in West Virginia, and the FBI is in charge of its operation.

The NICS computerized system is designed to handle most checks in less than 2 minutes at a pace of roughly 150 transactions per minute. It will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Eastern Time, seven days a week, closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas. (FBI regulations for the NICS system can be found here.)

How is NICS set up?

There will be three methods of accessing checks, depending on the state in which a federal firearms license (FFL) holder does business. In some states, FFLs will contact NICS through a designated state point of contact (POC) for all transfers. In some states, FFLs will perform checks by contacting the NICS Operation Center for all transfers. In other states, FFLs will contact their state POC for handgun transfers, and the NICS Operation Center for long gun transfers.

Will there be a fee for the background checks?

The FBI will not charge the FFL or the state agency a fee to check the NICS computer.

How does NICS actually work?

Once a dealer and buyer are prepared to conclude a transfer, a retailer who does NICS checks by contacting the FBI system directly by phone will do the following:

  1. Call a NICS operator by toll-free number and confirm his identity with his FFL number and dealer-selected password.
  2. Provide the operator with the name, date-of-birth, sex and race of the potential buyer and the type of transfer–handgun or long gun. A buyer with a common name may, at his option, provide his Social Security number to help speed the check.
  3. The system will check the data against its database of prohibited persons. If there is no “hit,” the sale will be approved. The system will assign a NICS Transaction Number (NTN) to the approval. The dealer will log the NTN on the form 4473, and the transfer will proceed.
  4. Partially completed forms 4473, where a proposed sale has been denied, will be required to be retained by the FFL per BATF regulations.
  5. When a “hit” occurs, the dealer will receive instruction to delay the transaction. A “delay” response indicates that the check turned up information that requires further review by an analyst, who will contact the dealer by return call “within a couple of hours,” the FBI says.

While the law provides three business days for the FBI to respond, the FBI anticipates that virtually every delay will be handled within a day. If records require further investigation, the FBI may take up to three days to issue either a proceed or a denial. There will be an appeals process for purchasers who feel they were denied in error, and dealers will be furnished with forms for this process.

What does the NICS system contain that a state background check system doesn`t?

NICS will provide a more extensive background check of the purchaser than systems that contain only criminal records. NICS will include records from the Department of Defense concerning dishonorable discharges, records from the State Department regarding people who have renounced their citizenship and other information not available in criminal records.