If your into sport shooting then Cecil M. Web is the very best in SW Florida for rifles, pistols, and shotguns. This outdoor range was built with public funds through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation’s “Hunter Safety” Program. It is intended for student training who are enrolled in their program as well as general public target shooters at all skill levels. The general public is welcome to use the facility which is monitored and supervised by the Florida Fish and Wildlife officers. The range is open during daylight hours only.
The range offers pistol…long rifle…clay trap…shotgun ranges for paper targets with high dirt backstops. Standing and bench shooting as well. There are a few restrictions that apply to the range such as no rapid fire…no .50 calliber rounds…and it does not allow burst firing or ultra high powered rifle ammunition. No tracer or other incendiary ammunition allowed either. Cecil Web was designed for sporting firearms practice only.
The cost to enter is $6 per vehicle with a self-pay envelope stand at the entrance. There are public bathrooms, paved access roads, and handicap parking as well. The entire range is cleaned twice per week.
There are a few basic rules that apply for your safety.
1] Fire arms must be unloaded with action open when entering the gun range itself.
2] Cold Range = If you on the range and you hear this call, stop shooting, unload, and leave your firearm with action open on the bench. Step behind the red line on the floor. Do not handle any firearms at this time. This is the time to place your paper targets.
3] Hot Range = You may cross the red safety line, approach the firing line, load and commence shooting.
4] You may only shoot at the paper target directly in front of your position at the stand. It is suggested that only 1 target be used at a time.
5] Shooting time is requested to be only for an hour, to let others enjoy the range.
The range is in the southern end of Charlotte County just before the Lee County Line. [South of Punta Gorda]. Take interstate 75 to the Tuckers Grade exit. Go east on Rifle Range road and pay the $6 fee at the kiosk, then drive about a 1/2 mile and turn left into the range. This entire region is a wildlife management area, so watch for animals crossing the road.
The rules are really simple and make the activity of sport shooting fun for the entire family. The outdoor range may be hotter in summer, but to me more fun than an indoor range……even the air conditioned ones like Shoot Straight in Fort Myers where Hal and I became certified thru a private trainer. We both shoot Glock’s and love them as a new sport hobby for us. I have the Glock 26 Gen 4 and Hal has the Glock 19 Gen 4. Both are the 9mm versions.