Firearms Education and Training

The Wake County Firearms Education and Training Center (FETC) is now open to the public, thanks to a partnership among Wake County, which owns the facility; the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, which coordinates and schedules training for law enforcement; and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, which operates the range’s service for the public.

The range is temporarily operating on a first-come, first-served basis.
Address: 3921 Old Holly Springs Apex Road, Apex 27539

Operating Hours

Monday (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Friday (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.); Saturday-Sunday (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and State holidays.

Cost: Free


  • 100 meter rifle range
  • 50 meter rifle range (25 meter minimum)
  • 25 meter pistol range (3 meter minimum)
  • Universally accessible
  • Indoor range, but not temperature controlled

Other Information

  • Leave all firearms in your vehicle until assigned a lane.
  • All firearms must be cased. 
  • Those ages 12–17 wishing to shoot, must have a waiver. No one under the age of 12 is permitted to shoot.
  • There is no store on-site, so visitors must bring their own ammunition and targets.   
  • Range Operations under COVID Safety Guidelines

Prior to Going to the Range:

  • Ages 12–17 must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian and be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older (link to waiver below).

Upon arriving to the Range:

  • All participants must arrive 30 minutes prior to their reserved lane time to check-in and attend the safety briefing.
  • All firearms must be cased and left in your vehicle until assigned a shooting lane.
  • Shooting times are limited to 1-hour blocks.


Range Rules
Youth Waiver 

Alex Gutzmer,

Law Enforcement Inquiries:
Sgt. John Owens, 919-363-1575

Information on how the range will operate for the public is maintained by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

More Information

The Wake County Firearms Education and Training Center was built by Wake County for citizens to provide a safe place for target shooting. This facility allows local law enforcement personnel to maintain their skills. Additionally, marksmanship and hunting are increasingly popular sports in Wake County, and citizens now have a safe and enjoyable place in which to practice.