Bang, Bang! Top Shooting Academies In Mumbai You Should Take Aim At
Imagine if the city of dreams, Mumbai takes these four words into its stride- load, aim, fire, repeat, instead of the usual eat, sleep, rave, repeat? If you’ve been craving something new and a new thrill as well, here is a list of the top rifle and pistol shooting academies in Mumbai that you must check out.
Maharashtra Rifle Association, Worli
The Maharashtra Rifle Association (MRA) is the top body looking into the sports in Maharashtra. Founded in 1969, their shooting range in Worli has one of the best facilities in the state. The training facility for air weapons and small bore rifles is open throughout the year, with certified and well trained coaches available the whole year round. The ranges consist of indoor 10-metre air weapons range (part air-conditioned), 25-metre range with automated turning target system, and 50-metre range. More than 30 international shooters have come out of the facility with Ashok Pandit, Anjali Bhagwat and Suma Shirur being the prominent ones.
For persons domiciled in Maharashtra, life membership will cost INR 50,000; for individuals below 18 years, it will be INR 35,000. The ordinary membership is INR Rs 18,000 entrance fee and INR 3,500.00 yearly renewal. For persons who are citizens of India but not normally domiciled in Maharashtra, PIO’s and OCI’s, ordinary membership will cost INR 25,000/ entrance fees and INR 5,000 yearly renewal.
Lakshya Shooting Club, Vashi & Panvel
Lakshya was established in 2006 in Panvel by Arjuna awardee Suma Shirur to provide excellent rifle and pistol shooting range facilities with world class coaching. Comprehensive practical and theoretical training is provided to the club’s bonafide shooters.
The basic foundation course costs INR 6,000 (one month course from the date of enrolment). The weekend course for INR 4,000 lasts for six to seven days (one hour daily) with flexible timings during the range’s operation hours only at both the facilities in Vashi and Panvel. Options for special corporate packages for group courses with prior appointments are also available.
Gun For Glory, Dombivali
Twelve lanes, 10-metre range air rifle and pistol training facilities are available at Gun For Glory with a carefully designed shooting complex which houses state of the art equipment and infrastructure. Expert coaches, physiotherapists, dieticians, yoga specialists impart all round development of individuals.
First shot (air weapon) level one training costs INR 4,500. The duration of course is 12 hours spanning over a week (2 hours per session) with four batches daily.
Level two training (advanced pistol and rifle), costs INR 7,500 for 15 days. Sessions are 2 hours long each. Level three training is more specific and will narrow down to using either a rifle or a pistol (based on level two) and will help you prepare well if you are looking at participating in state level events. The duration of the course if 3 months and it costs INR 30,000.