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Try Before You Buy At Our Gun Store in Sacramento

In Sacramento and the surrounding areas, The Gun Range is considered to be the premier gun store and indoor shooting range – and for good reason, too!

Try Before You Buy!

It’s our mission to be sure that, whenever you make a firearms purchase at The Gun Range, you leave feeling 100 percent satisfied! After all, it’s our belief that when you make your selection, it has to be a perfect fit to you as well as your shooting requirements.

But to be absolutely sure of this, you’re invited to test fire as many guns as you want before finally making a decision as to the right gun for your needs.

We carry a huge range of guns that are available either for sale or to rent, and that includes all of the major brands such as Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson, Springfield, Glock, Ruger, Kimber, and others.

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Firearms Accessories

After you’ve made your selection with regards to gun, we’re here to assist you in making a choice from the essential accessories you’ll require to keep your firearm safe, secure, and correctly maintained.


Choose from the very best optics on the market right now to suit your firearm. We stock a wide range of optics – anything from the Trijicon RMR 3.25 MOA Adjustable LED Red Dot Sight to the Simmons Predator Quest 4.5-18x44mm, and many more besides.

Reloading Supplies

We stock a thoroughly diverse range of reloading supplies here at The Gun Range. Bullets, primers, reloading presses, reloading dies, ammo boxes, reloading trays. You name it – we have it!


At The Gun Range, we carry all forms of ammunition to suit your requirements. We have a large assortment of ammunition for handguns, rifles, shotguns, and rimfire. We also sell ammunition in bulk, which means you can take full advantage of our extremely competitive pricing.

Buying a Handgun – What to Consider

This – the investment into a handgun - can be something of a daunting task. There are of course plenty of fine firearm brands from which to choose, but when you’re attempting to work through the marketing hype as well as the technical specifications, there’s every chance you’ll be feeling perplexed.

So, when you are intent on purchasing a handgun, here are a number of things that you should consider so that you can make a valid choice and you’ll always feel in full control of the entire buying process.

Price and Mission

To begin with, ask yourself what it is that your budget will permit you to invest in? Though price is certainly not the only consideration, you still have to be realistic where finances are concerned.

Next, think about your intentions with respect to the handgun. Handguns sit within the following generalized categories:

  • Duty weapon
  • Off-duty weapon
  • Reduced-sized duty weapon
  • Hideout gun
  • Backup gun

By considering your necessity – your mission – you’ll be able to determine the features you’ll need/ want. This will help you to decide on weight, size, in addition to light rails, round count, and so forth.

For patrol-/SWAT-type missions of an open-carry nature, in addition to off-duty concealed carry, in terms of the weight, the size, capacity, controllability, and sight radius, full size handguns provide optimal performance. For concealed carry, a slightly reduced size/ weight could be the ideal.

As for hideout and backup guns, the selection process is dominated by concealability. Should the gun be too large and/ or too heavy, it’s far from ideal. Low quality, and it could malfunction at the wrong time. And sure, price will be a consideration, as it always likely is, but durability and performance should not be sacrificed in this case.

Do keep in mind that standards for durability are not at the same level as they are for lighter, smaller guns in comparison to the full-sized counterparts.

Mode of carry

Think about the mode of carry. Concealed carry? Duty holster? Undercover? Fanny pack? Backup gun or hideout position?

Think also about mission and climate conditions and the type of clothing that will regularly be worn. In hotter climes, a jacket will likely not be worn, so a smaller/ slimmer gun may be a better alternative, which can be worn in a holster inside the pants or in a higher ride holster.

If you do have a preference for a gun to be carried in a pants or coat pocket, a revolver like Smith &Wesson Scandium J-Frame which is hammerless and weighs a mere 11 ounces will permit firing from the pocket while remaining devoid of the problem of jamming.

Then there is the .22 Magnum Black Widow which weighs 9 ounces and will hide very nicely in a pocket, ankle rig, or deep-cover position.

Size, weight and capacity

Make an educated choice here as opposed to playing in the “follow the leader” role. Capacity should not be the driving force when making a selection. Shoot-ability, point-ability, trigger manipulation, and controllability are all much more important than capacity.

Those with smaller hands tend to benefit from a narrow frame size which permits a stronger grip and also allows for a better trigger reach. For example, the classic pattern Colt 1911 carrying 8+1 has been a favorite of people who work for the police for a long time, and with very good reason. Then, there’s the Springfield XD in .45 ACP, which adds a few more rounds but comes with a smaller grip than plenty of alternative high-capacity firearms.

Do note though that the smaller gun doesn’t necessarily possess a smaller frame circumference. If you do have small hands, you’ll want to invest in a gun where the reach from tang to trigger is shorter.


Ergonomics are all down to shooter preference.

Does the gun point well for you? When at eye level, do the sights fall naturally into line with your own line of sight? There are some guns that simply seem to point better, at least for you, and you’ll have a strong sense that the sights naturally align.

So, if the weapon is of good quality, has good sights, a sufficient round count, and a good trigger, then go for the one that points best for you.

Trigger system

The trigger system is critical in terms of shooting well. If the trigger pull is heavy, the trigger manipulation is complex, or its reach is too long, then you’ll not be assisted in making timely hits.

In terms of high-performance shooting, the number one trigger - no argument - is the Colt 1911 Government Model. Why? Its system is particularly viable for law enforcement, and it’s well suited to smaller and larger hands when in combination with the 1911-style of handgun.

If you do need precision shooting at high speed and/ or you need to take longer shots, it’s much easier to do that with this trigger style.

There’s a close second to that of the single-action trigger, and that is the striker-fired system. Actually, in a few ways, it can be a superior choice in terms of modes of carry.

With the expiry of the Glock patent, there’s now a host of weapons being built and sold by other manufacturers that have the same trigger style. Ruger, S&W, Taurus, Springfield – they all offer firearms that have a similar trigger system.

Nevertheless, many have a preference for a trigger system that has double-action/ single-action. There’s a very attractive double-action trigger that Sig Sauer makes, and that becomes even better when you have access to decent gunsmithing facilities.

Further, it’s very difficult to beat small/ midsized revolvers for certain applications.


A full-grip platform that is suited to using both hands is afforded by the full size handgun. These often come with a barrel that is four-five inches in length. And because of their larger size, they can carry more rounds.

With the increase in barrel length, there’s more bullet velocity and sight radius, and it lends well to a light that is weapon-mounted. They are a bit heavier than the shorter, lighter platform, so they are that much more controllable.

For concealed carry or off-duty, there are many with a preference for a version that is minimally downsized of their duty weapon, which affords lesser weight and better concealability. That lends well to fanny pack carry. Some capacity and control is given up, though, but this trade-off has to be judged by the user. But then, capacity isn’t as much of an issue in this scenario as is the weight and concealability.


To a point, a lighter gun is the better option. However, polymer-framed guns, which are lighter, can prove to be more difficult in terms of control when rapid firing in comparison to the steel-framed gun when delivering hotter duty loads. Flinch can be a problem with a lighter gun, in which case, a steel-framed or full-size gun makes for a better choice.


There is and probably always will be endless debate over the various calibers and their stopping power. But what’s much more important is that you can shoot the gun that you carry well, given its size and its weight.

With respect to duty weapons, the favorites appear to be the .45 ACP and the 40-caliber S&W. If you do shoot rather poorly with a weapon or you are prone to flinching, it causes your confidence to take a bit of a pounding. And in this case, you should consider opting for a caliber that permits you to shoot with confidence and yet still with a viable caliber.

For smaller weapons, for backup, and for hideout guns, the .357 Magnum, possibly the .22 Magnum, the 9mm 38 +P, or the 9mm 380, are all very good choices.


Every time you want it to go “bang,” it really must go “bang.” Some smaller automatics that have shorter slides might not cycle with the same reliability with a particular round as would a different gun that has a slightly lengthier slide. There should be flawless feed with respect to the rounds you carry.


The majority of guns come with a service life rating of between 10,000 and 20,000 rounds, though, you would find that they will generally shoot quite a lot more than this. But even if you’re not a prolific shooter, this provides for peace of mind, and you feel comfort that the gun is not going to break when its most required.

Nevertheless, you shouldn’t expect a smaller, lighter backup or hideout gun to come with the level of durability that you’d find with a full size gun. There’s an entirely different mission going on here.

The undercover cop requires a gun they can hide with ease, and as such, there may be a compromise on the size and the durability in favor of usability.


Quite different to the aspect related to controllability, shoot-ability is a topic that is subjective in nature. Can you shoot the gun well?

This takes into consideration the sights that are used and if you can see through them well enough. It also accounts for the weight, the reach, as well as the length of trigger pull. Gun weight; muzzle recovery post-recoil; and the type of load that will be shot.

If you find that when shooting a light gun with hot rounds you are pushing your shots around due to flinching, then it’s a sign that it’s too much. In general, a gun that is a little heavier will permit much more control than its lighter counterpart.

The expert advice here is to take a trip to your local gun range, then rent one for a bit. Either that, or give your buddy’s gun a tryout session.


Can you take down and then clean the gun with relative ease? Is it easy enough to get hold of aftermarket parts such as a better trigger job or a good sight?

If the gun were to go down, what sort of warranty service does it have? What about the manufacturer – are they known for a timely and quality repair service?

The bottom line here is to avoid investing in a gun that is not easily serviced.

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3479 Orange Grove Ave.

North Highlands, CA 95660

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