What is a Postal Match?

Before the internet, if friendly target shooters wanted to compete against one another they could either meet together and exchange targets, or they would participate in a Postal Match. Typically these contests were a standard course of fire that the participants shot, then mailed to the contest organizer for tally. Since the internet can provide us with nearly instant feedback, and we can trade many different targets, it seems to be an ideal format for the "Modern Postal Match".

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Gun Range Review #1

Uselton's Indoor Shooting Sports
390 Southwinds Drive, Franklin, TN 615.595.2255
Hours: Tue-Thurs 10-8, Fri & Sat 10-5, Closed Sunday & Monday


Opened just 10 months ago, Uselton's indoor shooting sports is not new to Nashville area shooting. Owner Rick Uselton has also owned a shooting range and store in the Rivergate area. Seeing an opportunity to serve a new market, he and his staff opened their store and range in Franklin, just off of Highway 96.

The Range

The 45 foot indoor range is very well lit, up to date, clean and has well filtered air. Each of the eleven lanes allows the shooter to adjust target distance to his/her liking. I've never had to wait in line, although I have never tried to shoot on a Saturday. A variety of personal defense and bullseye targets are available in the range. Just tell them how many that you used. Lane rental is comparable to other area indoor ranges at $20 per visit. Range membership packages are available and can give you a reduced lane fee. If you are not a member, you must buy a box of ammo and a target when you shoot. Gun rentals  are $20, mostly Glocks in a variety of caliber. Eye and ear protection is available for no charge.

The Shop

I would consider the shop pretty good as far as selection. Not a mega store, but no slouch either. Glock, Smith & Wesson, Springfield Armory, Kahr, Ruger and others are available. Check out the line of Uselton model 1911 pistols as well. There are some long guns, including an Uselton branded line. Prices are on the high end. There is a modest selection of supplies including cleaning kits and supplies, magazines, holsters and cases. Their ammo is reasonably priced, although they sell only to their members or to those shooting at the range.

The Staff

I've never had a bad experience with the staff. Janelle, Rick's wife is nice and very accomodating. Angela is an interesting character, and knows her guns. Blake also knows what he is doing and is very helpful. Rick is ex-military, police officer and a chief trainer for the NRA. He does like to spin a story or two. Rick was super kind to my wife when learning the use of an autoloader...in fact he gave her his number to call if she had any questions, and invited her to come back for some one on one training.


If you have never fired a gun, you must take a 30 minute class prior to shooting at Uselton's.

Useltons offers a variety of handgun classes. These include:

Home Protection
Gun Safety(Pistol revolver only ~ Rifle ~ Shotgun)
Personal Protection
Hunter Safety
Young Guns Safety
Hand Gun Carry Permit (HCPC)
Revolver Familiarity

Autoloader Familiarity
Range Safety

We took the Autoloader advanced class which was essentially 2 hours of learning gun safety, operation of both a revolver and autoloader, and had some range time. It was a good basic class for anyone who is a newbie like me or really rusty.

For me, Uselton's is a great place to shoot. Great facilities, nice folks, reasonable selection and nearby. The biggest downside is the price, but I guess you pay a little more for the convenience. I highly recommend them.

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