Range & Gunsmith Services ... and Learning


Outdoor Shooting Experiences

Our ranges are set up to handle custom shooting experiences and personal training courses by appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and we are open for regular lane shooting and basic instruction on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  We operate three separate range complexes: (1) Main Range - pistol & short-range rifle, (2) Precision Rifle - our 300-yard, triple-court, no-walk long range rifle, and (3) Shotgun - twin steel plate alleys.   We are constantly expanding our range features and courses.  Regardless of your shooting disciple, we try to accommodate all styles and types of shooting, so whatever your shooting passion, just let us know!

Firearms Safety Training - Learn the Basics!

New to shooting?  Don't worry, you've found the right place!  Distinguished Pistol is THE place for new shooters to learn about handguns, rifles and shotguns.  All new shooters receive hands-on safety training to help them with their first shots.  Additional instruction is offered on self-defense practice, safety education, and the fundamentals of marksmanship.  As shooters advance their skills, we offer specialized training for the more experienced shooters and seasoned competitors.  At Distinguished Pistol, we are huge on range etiquette and safety protocols!  Mind your muzzles and keep it pointed down range!!! 

DP Ladies Rule! Come and Join Our Ladies-Only Club!

With over 200 women members (and increasing every month), our DP Ladies Club is the leader in women's shooting events in the greater Triangle & Triad areas!   Come and join the club and learn to shoot with the best ladies in town!  Our monthly Ladies Only .22 caliber match  and the Spring & Fall DP Ladies Campfire Social are just a few of the events you won't want to miss!  Sign up for one of our self-defense classes and learn the basics about concealed carry practices.

NC Concealed Carry Handgun Training Certification

We provide monthly classes for the required certification training to obtain your CCH permit.  Taking your CCH class at Distinguished Pistol is a "one-stop" process; we've got it all right on the ranch:  classroom, restrooms, range and the DP Café!  Plus, we've got great prices:  $89 per person!  If you don't have a handgun yet, we offer gun rentals and ammo to qualify.  Better yet, stop on by and enroll in one of our introductory handgun classes and try some different pistols to see which one best fits your needs, capability or personal preference.

Video, Data-Analysis & Laser Aided Instruction

Train just like the golf professionals!  We offer a variety of pistol shooting clinics with state-of-the-art precision bullseye pistol instruction using body position high-speed video analysis, laser-aided arc-of-movement analysis, and digital grip & trigger movement data analysis!  The unique combination of these training aids are designed to give the shooter a complete understanding of the ideal precision shot!  Call now for more information about our specialized precision shooting classes.

NSSF Sponsored "First Shots" Program

First Shots is a great way to introduce first-time shooters in our community to firearms safety and the various shooting sports.   Developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and hosted by independent shooting facilities, this program provides participants with a comprehensive introduction to shooting by qualified range operators and instructors that includes firearm safety, local ownership requirements, shooting fundamentals, and hands-on instruction.  Call for more information or check our Calendar for "First Shots."  Our once-a-month scheduled First Shots class costs $50 per person or $80 per couple, and includes classroom instruction on basic safety principles and marksmanship techniques, range time, use of firearms, ammunition, targets, and safety equipment for eyes and ears.  Our classes are limited to 12 shooters per class, and preregistration is required.  Can't make the scheduled class?  No worries!  The First Shots class can be scheduled with a private reservation during regular business hours.

Gunsmith Repairs, Gun Cleaning, Gun Rentals & Extras!


Gunsmith Repairs & Gun Cleaning Service

Now open for business and co-located at the DP Range, Rack It Back Armory – RIBA for short, is independently owned and operated by two local gunsmiths (and former Marines), Sheridan Halfacre and Thomas Doyle. RIBA is a one-of-a-kind, true cooperative offering regional gunsmiths a place to do business, while at the same time providing direct access to customers needing gunsmithing work. 


“Our most popular services during range hours are gun cleanings and our FITI service, that’s fix-it & test-it right away,” said Halfacre. “Customers love to test out new sights or trigger adjustments on-the-spot. It’s extremely convenient for members to drop off and pick up their firearms at the armory and then test them on the ranges to make sure everything is perfect. Where else can you do that?”

Gun Rentals

We rent firearms for use on our ranges.  In fact, we have everything you will need to have a great first experience shooting pistols, rifles and shotguns.  Even if you are an intermediate or advanced shooter, we've got something special for you to enjoy.  We have a wide selection of guns to choose from and to use during your lane rental.  We also have some awesome shooting packages that include multiple firearms.  Inquire at the range for details.   

Ammunition Sales

Run out of bullets?  Don't worry, we keep a limited supply of the most popular calibers just in case you decide to stay a bit longer!   

We've Got the Targets!

We've got all kinds of targets!  As of 2020, shooters must use our paper targets on the target frames.  All targets are just one dollar for members, two dollars for non-members.  We use only American-made heavy paper targets from high-quality presses, such as The National Target Company of Maryland and The Baker Press of Florida.  Our AR-500 steel plate targets are made by Bad Ass Target Systems of  Fuquay-Varina, right here in North Carolina. 

Guns n' Ammo FAQs?

Q.  May I bring my own guns and ammo?

A.  Yes, please do!  Most of our members bring their own firearms and ammo to the range, but use our paper targets because of the convenience and selection.

Q.  May I shoot my black powder pistol and rifle at the range?

A.  Yes, bring them out and have some black powder fun!

Q.  May I shoot my high-power rifle at your ranges?

A.  Yes, our sighting range can handle most everything, even the .50 caliber BMG!  Our 300-yard rifle range can handle most calibers, except when shooting at our steel plates array ... do not use high-velocity magnum rounds traveling at speeds in excess of 3,200 fps at 100 yards.  Cartridges containing steel  or tungsten alloys cannot be used on any steel plate targets.

Bassi Ranch Event Field

Using the Event Field

Hatchet & Knife Throwing

Using the Event Field


Enjoy all the games in the event field as a bonus, included in your day pass or membership.  Knives or hatchets rent for $3 a set. The field games are open during the summer from Memorial Day week until Labor Day week.  

Bocce Ball Courts

Hatchet & Knife Throwing

Using the Event Field


Bocce is a game of skill that dates back to the Roman Empire!  It is a ball sport belonging to the boules family, much like French pétanque and British bowls.  Our double set of courts are rope-sided and tournament length, at 91 feet long. 

Hatchet & Knife Throwing

Hatchet & Knife Throwing

Hatchet & Knife Throwing


Hone your ninja skills on these colonial-style throwing targets!  Throw mini-hatchets or full tang knives on our double set of throwing lanes.  Sweet!  So, bring out the gang and bury the hatchet!  

Horseshoe Courts

Horseshoe Courts

Hatchet & Knife Throwing


Another awesome game of skill!  Grab your partner and bring them to the ranch for a fun afternoon of throwing horseshoes.  Hmmm, we feel a challenge coming on!

Covered Fire Pit

Horseshoe Courts

Covered Fire Pit


Relax under our covered Fire Pit and enjoy a romantic evening with your private party!  This pit rents separately for the evening or by the hour, bring your own steaks or have the DP Café cater your event!  See Tomiko in the DP Café for reservations and pricing.

Tiki Bar & Grill

Horseshoe Courts

Covered Fire Pit


Private Party?  Want something totally unique and over-the-top?  The DP Café provides an open cash bar for drinks and special foods prepared at the Tiki Bar!  See Tomiko in the DP Café for details and pricing.