You must be logged in to register for events; you can log in in the upper-right corner of this page, if you haven't already.Events are typically organized 30 to 90 days in advance. You must be a current ADTA member to participate in live-fire range events. Monthly workshops and membership meetings are generally open to the public; you're welcome to attend and learn more about ADTA.
If you have questions about your membership, would like to join, or have questions about upcoming events, we try at the end of each meeting to have a membership coordinator with a laptop and Internet access available to assist you.
Dates and venues are typically established 1 to 3 months ahead. Please check back in the week prior to any scheduled event for notices of content or venue changes.
Regular live-fire practices are usually held on a Thursday in the second half of each month, 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Check our Events Schedule for current event details, venue changes, or time changes for special events. Please note that we do not hold a regular live-fire practice on months where we conduct a Handgun Introduction and Mentoring Workshp; check the Events Schedule for details.
What To Expect
Perfect practice makes perfect. All ADTA members are welcome to attend our regular monthly live-fire practices, frequently held at Federal Way Indoor Range and Bull's Eye Indoor Gun Range in Tacoma. For two hours each month, we block out one of a shooting bay for our members' exclusive use. Practice basic techniques with helpful ADTA members, and learn and practice advanced techniques downrange.
You must pre-register for ADTA live-fire events; there is a nominal fee (typically $20) to offset club costs. Registration is available for all ADTA members. Guests may attend to observe but may not participate in the event.
Events are supervised, typically by both an ADTA Event Coordinator or Instructor, and an ADTA Range Safety Officer. At our regular monthly live-fire practices, the first 45 minutes is usually from-the-line group practice, and the last hour is usually used for unique downrange drills including shooting from cover, shooting while moving, multiple target engagement, shoot/no-shoot scenarios, pressure drills, low light drills, and more. Events are dynamic; we encourage you, as an ADTA member, to let us know what you'd like to practice when you attend.
Our regular monthly practices are suitable for ADTA members of all skill levels, from novices to advanced shooters. You'll find your fellow ADTA members both helpful if you request assistance and attentive if you'd like to demonstrate a technique for others. All events are member-led and member-instructed.
What To Bring
Bring your unloaded, cased firearms, eye protection, ear protection, a cap-style hat with a bill that extends over your shooting glasses, ammunition for your firearm, and a holster for your firearm. Your holster must be strong-side, muzzle-down, and should be stiff enough that you can safely reholster with only a single hand. At least two extra magazines, a magazine belt pouch, and a tactical flashlight are also recommended equipment, but not required. We recommend attendees bring 100 to 200 rounds of ammunition. Range retail counters also rent eye and ear protection and sell ammunition.
ADTA provides all the targets, target stands, cover, and event materials.
You are welcome to bring your regular concealed carry firearm with you to the event, but please leave it holstered until you are instructed to clear your weapon by our ADTA Range Safety Officer. We run our events as a Cold Range, meaning firearms must be always be unloaded and left cased or holstered until you are at the line and instructed to load and make ready.
Dates for upcoming live fire events are normally established 1 to 3 months in advance. We typically conduct one regular live fire practice event each month, except in months where we conduct a New Shooters' Clinic.
Handgun Introduction and Mentoring Workshops (replaced the New Shooter Workshops)
ADTA is dedicated to developing practical and responsible self-defense skills in a friendly, welcoming group of volunteers of all levels of experience. Several times each year, we welcome everyone -- members, guests, and you -- to come to our free hands-on workshops to learn:- The Four Essentials of Gun Safety
- The Basics of How Guns Work
- How to Safely Load and Unload a Handgun
- Hit The Target: The Four Basics of Stance, Grip, Sights, and Trigger
Following our workshop, we encourage you to schedule and participate with an ADTA mentor for additional live-fire instruction and self-paced practice at our local community gun ranges. We make it easy to learn! ADTA mentors are volunteers, and part of our non-profit association, and a local range visit fee and a handgun rental are both very economical.
ADTA Mentor Program
Are you already a capable shooter, ready to share your experience and skills with others? Participate in our workshop as an ADTA Mentor!
Part of what makes ADTA great is our hands-on, one-on-one approach to helping everyone learn and develop firearm skills. At our Introduction workshop, if you're an intermediate or advanced shooter, we'll welcome you to step aside with us for the first portion of the workshop. In our side session, we'll introduce you to the straightforward mentor's curriculum, and provide tips on helping participants with the interactive portion of the workshop. At the interactive segment, you'll be able to work directly with one or more learners to help them try and practice the fundamental skills they'd been introduced to in the opening presentations.
If you're already an ADTA Range Safety Officer, and you have interest and availability in helping any of workshop participants in a one-on-one live-fire session at the local range, following the workshop we'll help people connect and schedule -- let us know!
Handgun Introduction and Mentoring workshops are typically scheduled every 3 to 5 months. Check back soon if you don't yet see an upcoming event scheduled, or contact us for more information.