“The facility stands out for its top-quality range, a clean and open retail showroom, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff, and strong community support. All add up to a top-notch target shooting range.”
February 2, 2022
Green Top Shooting Range Awarded NSSF Five-Star Rating
Located in Ashland, Virginia, just north of Richmond and easily accessible from Interstate 95, Green Top Shooting Range prides itself on offering target shooters of all ability levels a modern, welcoming environment to pursue their goals.
“Green Top Shooting Range is an impressive facility and clearly deserving of the NSSF Five-Star Range Rating,” said Zach Snow, Director of Member Development with NSSF. “The facility stands out for its top-quality range, a clean and open retail showroom, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff, and strong community support. All add up to a top-notch target shooting range.”
The range gets high marks not only from NSSF’s Five-Star range evaluators but also from online reviewers who cite staff professionalism, support for new shooters, training classes and quality facilities with making their visits rewarding.
Green Top Shooting Range, which opened in 2019, has many outstanding features.
The indoor shooting range has three shooting bays of eight lanes each that can accommodate handguns, rifles and shotguns. Green Top is equipped with a fully automated target retrieval system and ballistic glass between shooting stalls.
The range focuses on accommodating different types of training and shooting interests. Each shooting lane is equipped for casual shooting as well as tactical shooting training, with lane illumination adjustable between blue light, low light and no light. The range’s air filtration system removes dust, dirt, smoke and other contaminants, and constantly filters the air from inside the shooting bays. HEPA filters recycle every cubic inch of air every 90 seconds.
The bullet-resistant glass that divides the shooting stations combined with the sound-absorbing surfaces creates a safe, enjoyable environment that allows for better interaction between student and instructor.
Green Top places emphasis on training, particularly of the many first-time gun owners it’s seeing, and every instructor is both an NRA-certified instructor and NRA-certified Range Safety Officer. The training class selection is impressive, ranging from basic courses, including NSSF’s First Shots course, to shotgun home defense to several on AR-15 rifles to pistol shooting in low light/no light conditions.
Regular shooters take advantage of Green Top’s individual, family and corporate membership plans, which offer unlimited target shooting, guest passes and access to firearm rentals. Special pricing is provided to law enforcement, military and first responders.
Green Top Shooting Range is just a few miles away from Green Top Sporting Goods, a full-service sporting goods store that traces its roots back to 1947 when Cecil Hopkins put his life’s savings into a one-room gas station and started selling sporting equipment. Cecil held onto the name of Green Top Service because of the building’s roof color. The separate Green Top Shooting Range, now three years old, is among the many expansions and improvements that Green Top has undertaken over the years. Today the company is led by Blaine Altaffer, hunter, fisherman, President and CEO.
“We are honored to be recognized as one of only 51 indoor ranges in the U.S. with the NSSF Five-Star rating,” says Altaffer. “We continue to use experienced-based retailing wrapped with expertise and passion by our team at Green Top as the differentiator for why customers and members so proudly call Green Top their retailer and range of choice. As we celebrate our 75th anniversary this year, getting this award is like a bow on the box for us!”
NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org.