DEEP: Glastonbury Shooting Range

Glastonbury Public Shooting Range

{photo of Glastonbury shooting range} The Glastonbury Shooting Range is located in the Meshomasic State Forest in Glastonbury and has been in operation since 1980.

Federal funding for site improvements, range equipment and seasonal staffing is provided through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, commonly referred to as the Pittman-Robertson Act (more info). Connecticut receives a special allocation of federal funding that can be used for the construction, operation, maintenance and enhancement of public target and shooting ranges.

The range is now closed for the 2014 season and should re-open in April of 2015.

Reservations and Information

    No fees are required. Ammunition, firearms, eye and ear protection, and targets are not provided.
  • General Firearms reservation time slots are 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.  Range hours have been extended adding a 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. shooting session.  This time period will only be available for hunters with a valid 2014 Firearms Deer Hunting permit of any type.   Reservations will be honored for no more than 10 minutes into the time slot. Walk-in shooters may be accommodated as space becomes available.
  • Reservation requests can only be made one week in advance by calling the Range Reservation line at 860-424-3737 or by sending an email to glastonburyrange@ct.gov. Requests can be made on Mondays from 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM.  (Reservations should be made on Tuesday if Monday is a holiday).  Any requests made before or after this period will not be considered.
  • You must provide your full name, daytime contact information, town of residence, the specific day and range time period and the names and town of residence of your guests.   All requests will be confirmed by a call back or e-mail from staff within 2-3 business days. Requests with incomplete information will not be accepted.
  • Due to high demand, individual shooters will be limited to 1 reservation per weekend and 2 reservations per month, unless using the range as a guest or on a walk-in basis.
  • Shooters will be required to show proof of firearms training such as a Conservation/Education Firearms Safety certificate or equivalent, valid firearms hunting license, valid pistol permit, police credentials, or military identification. Those who cannot produce such qualifications must be directly supervised by a qualified person at all times.
  • There are ten (10) covered shooting positions available. A maximum of 3 shooters per bench will be permitted.
  • The range may be closed without notice in the event of severe weather or staffing issues.

What to bring:

  • Proof of firearms training (Conservation/Education Firearms Safety certificate or equivalent, valid firearms hunting license, valid pistol permit, police credentials, military identification)
  • Eye & ear protection
  • Paper targets
  • Tape, stapler, or tacks to attach target to cardboard backing
  • Ammunition
  • Spotting scope or binoculars

Driving Directions to the Range:

From Rte. 2 Eastbound, take Exit 10 (Rte. 83 Manchester/E. Glastonbury), right at end of exit to stop sign. Take left onto New London Turnpike crossing over highway to Wassuc Road.  Wassuc Road becomes Toll Gate Road.  Stay straight on Toll Gate to end at gate and entrance to range. Gate is open only during public hours.

From Rte. 2 Westbound, take Exit 11 (Thompson Street/Wassuc Road), right at end of exit to gate/entrance.

Range Rules:

The range officers are the authorized officials in command of all functions and activities on the range while in use. They are the authority concerning all matters involving range operation and safety. Participants must heed all range commands without hesitation or risk expulsion from the site. The range is not open unless a Range Officer is present. Range Officers cannot provide detailed shooting instruction.

  1. All shooters desiring to use the range must sign the registration book and shooter agreement with the range officer.
  2. Shooters will be required to show proof of firearms training such as a Conservation/Education Firearms Safety certificate or equivalent, valid firearms hunting license, valid pistol permit, police credentials, or military identification. Those who cannot produce such qualifications must be directly supervised by a qualified person at all times.
  3. Shooters using handguns must present a valid pistol permit.
  4. All firearms must be fired from a rest or shoulder position. Hip shooting or hot holster draw is not permitted.
  5. All firearms, not in active use, on or off the shooting line must be unloaded with the action open and should be in a case.  Do not remove firearms from their case until instructed to do so. 
  6. Firearms, deemed by the range officer to be unsafe, will not be allowed to be used on the range.
  7. No automatic firearm of any kind is permitted.
  8. All participants on the shooting line must wear adequate eye and hearing protection at all times.
  9. Possession and use of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances (drugs) by any person on the range premises is not permitted. People whose behavior or demeanor indicates that they are or may be under the influence of a mind-altering substance are not permitted on the premises.
  10. All individuals at the range under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an individual 18 years or older.
  11. No one is permitted to load any firearm until in position on the firing line and then only after the range is determined to be clear and safe to do so.
  12. Shooters may not handle their firearms in any manner during the ‘Cease Fire’ command. Shooting will be done only from the assigned shooting position. The range officer will do the assignment.
  13. The muzzle of all firearms must be controlled under all circumstances and must be pointed down-range at all times. Fingers must be off trigger until ready to shoot.   
  14. Shooting will be permitted at standard paper targets only. Clay targets are not allowed. Shooting at bottles, exploding targets, pyrotechnic devices, etc. is prohibited.
  15. All targets will be secured on standard DEEP target frames set downrange.
  16. Uncontrolled rapid fire of any firearms is not permitted. The controlled shooting rate must not exceed 6 rounds per 10 seconds.
  17. Cross-firing at target frames, not directly in front of the shooter, is not permitted.
  18. No unauthorized vehicles may be driven in the range area. All vehicles must be parked in the designated parking areas.
  19. Loud, vulgar, or otherwise offensive language is not permitted at the range.
  20. All shooters must pick up spent cartridge casings and carry out their own refuse.
  21. There shall be no smoking on, or immediately near, the firing line.
  22. A maximum of three (3) shooters will be permitted at each bench.