J R Shooting Sports

★★★☆☆
  • 519 N Oakhurst Dr

    Aurora, IL 60502

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  • 630-236-7788

About J R Shooting Sports

Hours
Sun 11am-4pm, Tue-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm

Sports & Recreation

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The first time I went to J.R. to use their range, I was taken by surprise when an employee came into the range and said my time was up when I had hardly even started. They were charging about $19 per hour at the time which, in my opinion, was outrageous. For that money you would think they would turn the ventilation system on but they didn't. The air was hot, stagnant and smoky. It was so hot, in fact, that I was dripping with sweat. Apparently they don't turn it on if only one shooter is using the range. I contacted the owner and told him that I thought $19 per hour was way out of line and he would generate more business for the range as well as bring more customers into the store if they lowered the range fee. He got very defensive - almost to the point of being downright nasty and complained about how much his air filters cost. I pointed out that if he didn't want to use his filters, he might as well shut down the range and that if he was using lots of filters it meant his range was generating a lot of business. Some months later, however, he did lower the price to $19 for unlimited range time. I have used the range since but I have never found it to be a positive experience. For one thing, the guy who checked me in treated me like a criminal! I don't look like a criminal, talk like a criminal, or act like a criminal. I'm an educated 60 year-old retired engineer. He asked if I had any foreign made ammunition (I didn't) and said that it wasn't allowed at the range. They probably don't want mild steel casings like that used for Wolf ammo mixed in with the brass and I could understand that but he denied that that was the reason. He said that the "hard" bullets used by foreign manufacturers damaged their range. Strangely, ammunition that you loaded yourself was fine no matter what components you used. He then insisted on going through my ammo box and he opened every single box to see that I hadn't put any foreign made ammunition in any of the boxes. he also checked my range bag and even looked me over, obviously to check if I was trying to sneak something into the range. Where I come from, a man is taken at his word unless there is a reason that he shouldn't be. The experience was insulting. I almost expected him to strip search me!

Other minor irritations that weren't important but were unnecessary were that they kept my FOID and my driver's license while I was using the range. As far as I know, not only is that not required, but, technically, you don't even have to have a FOID to shoot on private property. That said, I do understand them asking for the FOID but keeping it and my driver's license was unnecessary. No other range that I have ever been to did that. No big deal but it was consistent with the whole experience of being treated like a criminal.

I was talking to some fellow shooters at an ISRA event and the subject of J.R. came up. Almost every person present said that they didn't care for their experiences at J.R. Some complained of rude treatment and almost all complained about their range fees. One man aid he had worked for J.R. at one time but he said he quit because of their bad attitude.

J.R. is right down the road from me but I won't go there anymore. I'll drive much farther to go to a better range.

On the other hand, the range itself is fine and the store has a nice selection of items. The problem is that the owner seems to hate customers! That's how it actually seems.

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★★☆☆☆

The first time I went to J.R. to use their range, I was taken by surprise when an employee came into the range and said my time was up when I had hardly even started. They were charging about $19 per hour at the time which, in my opinion, was outrageous. For that money you would think they would turn the ventilation system on but they didn't. The air was hot, stagnant and smoky. It was so hot, in fact, that I was dripping with sweat. Apparently they don't turn it on if only one shooter is using the range. I contacted the owner and told him that I thought $19 per hour was way out of line and he would generate more business for the range as well as bring more customers into the store if they lowered the range fee. He got very defensive - almost to the point of being downright nasty and complained about how much his air filters cost. I pointed out that if he didn't want to use his filters, he might as well shut down the range and that if he was using lots of filters it meant his range was generating a lot of business. Some months later, however, he did lower the price to $19 for unlimited range time. I have used the range since but I have never found it to be a positive experience. For one thing, the guy who checked me in treated me like a criminal! I don't look like a criminal, talk like a criminal, or act like a criminal. I'm an educated 60 year-old retired engineer. He asked if I had any foreign made ammunition (I didn't) and said that it wasn't allowed at the range. They probably don't want mild steel casings like that used for Wolf ammo mixed in with the brass and I could understand that but he denied that that was the reason. He said that the "hard" bullets used by foreign manufacturers damaged their range. Strangely, ammunition that you loaded yourself was fine no matter what components you used. He then insisted on going through my ammo box and he opened every single box to see that I hadn't put any foreign made ammunition in any of the boxes. he also checked my range bag and even looked me over, obviously to check if I was trying to sneak something into the range. Where I come from, a man is taken at his word unless there is a reason that he shouldn't be. The experience was insulting. I almost expected him to strip search me!

Other minor irritations that weren't important but were unnecessary were that they kept my FOID and my driver's license while I was using the range. As far as I know, not only is that not required, but, technically, you don't even have to have a FOID to shoot on private property. That said, I do understand them asking for the FOID but keeping it and my driver's license was unnecessary. No other range that I have ever been to did that. No big deal but it was consistent with the whole experience of being treated like a criminal.

I was talking to some fellow shooters at an ISRA event and the subject of J.R. came up. Almost every person present said that they didn't care for their experiences at J.R. Some complained of rude treatment and almost all complained about their range fees. One man aid he had worked for J.R. at one time but he said he quit because of their bad attitude.

J.R. is right down the road from me but I won't go there anymore. I'll drive much farther to go to a better range.

On the other hand, the range itself is fine and the store has a nice selection of items. The problem is that the owner seems to hate customers! That's how it actually seems.

Pros: Very nice range and store.

Cons: Expensive, customers often treated rudely.

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JR Shooting, in its new facility in Aurora, is probably the largest firearm store in the area now. They've been around for an awfully long time (formerly in Lisle) and are pretty reputable and knowledgeful. Their selection is nice and the facility is one of the better, but their prices are a little on the high side. Best used for browsing before making your purchase elsewhere.

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★★★☆☆

JR Shooting, in its new facility in Aurora, is probably the largest firearm store in the area now. They've been around for an awfully long time (formerly in Lisle) and are pretty reputable and knowledgeful. Their selection is nice and the facility is one of the better, but their prices are a little on the high side. Best used for browsing before making your purchase elsewhere.

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