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For the shooting range in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, see Phil's Shooting Range.
Ammu-Nation Shooting Ranges are a series of side missions in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.

Vice City

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In Vice City, the range is accessible anytime but the challenge is only available after the mission The Shootist. The shooting range is located inside the Ammu-Nation in Downtown. The challenge is started by standing in the pink marker at the shooting range.

The goal of the challenge is to get at least 30 points within a time limit. The player is given only a pistol with 100 ammo. The challenge is performed in first-person view. Three targets will move from side to side. Each target has five sections that can be shot. The closest target is the fastest and is worth one point. The middle target is worth two points. The furthest and slowest target is worth three points. The target has to have its five parts be shot in order to get points.

Completion of the mission requires 30 points or more. The reward is $500. 100% completion requires a score of 45 points or more. The reward for achieving that is faster reload for all weapons.

San Andreas

Not all Ammu-Nations are big enough to accommodate gun ranges, where this challenge takes place. The ranges are available at the following locations:

Mission

Stage 1: Pistol Challenge

Available after Doberman.

  • Round 1:

Three targets are dropped in the first round of the pistol competition. Once destroying one, the next one drops at a greater distance. To destroy a target CJ must shoot the center of the seven different red circles on it. A hit anywhere outside the circles doesn't count. To pass this round, CJ must destroy his three targets before the competitors destroy theirs.

  • Round 2:

A target drops and moves steadily from the back of the range toward the protagonist, then stops until all seven sections from the target are shot. Once the target is destroyed, another follows the same route, and so on. To pass this round, CJ must destroy his three targets before the competitors destroy theirs.

  • Round 3:

In the final round, there's only one target that moves across the targeting range. All competitors shoot the target simultaneously. The first to score 20 points, wins. Points are indicated on the right side of the screen. A point is earned for each piece of the target removed. Targets continuously drop at varying distances and strafe across the range until someone reaches 20 points.

Stage 2: SMG Challenge

Available after Doberman.

The Micro-SMG challenge is exactly the same as the Pistol challenge, except CJ will be using a Micro-SMG. To get through this one he must employ the same strategy used to pass the previous challenge.

Stage 3: Shotgun Challenge

Available after The Green Sabre.

This challenge involves the same rules as the other two, but with a Shotgun. Since the Shotgun's pellet spread is wide, even less precise aiming is required. The higher CJ's Shotgun Skill, the quicker his reload time - and it really helps in this challenge.

Stage 4: AK-47 Challenge

Available after Yay-Ka-Boom-Boom.

The same rules apply to this challenge, except CJ will be using an AK-47. The rate of fire from this weapon makes this challenge a little easier than the other ones. However, the accuracy of this weapon is much greater than the Micro-SMG and the Shotgun, forcing the aim more precise. Beating this challenge completes the Ammu-Nation challenge.

Rewards

The reward for completing the San Andreas' Ammu-Nation Shooting Range challenge is $10,000, a one-time increase of weapon skill level by 200 (50 for each round + 50 for completing all three rounds) and a boost for further weapon skill increase efficiency. Completion of the challenges is also necessary for 100% completion of the game. One important thing to note is that if you fail on rounds 2, 3, or 4 and you leave, you will have to start from round 1 again. If you want credit for 100%, you must do all 4 rounds in a row. Although you can fail a round and keep redoing it until you pass, as long as you don't leave and come back.

Glitches

If the player enters the shooting range while having certain weapons in their inventory and leaves without finishing the course, the ammunition doubles. The weapons affected are those, that share ammunition with the weapons used in challenges, namely:

  • Shotguns: Sawed-off Shotgun, Combat Shotgun
  • SMGs: Tec-9, MP5
  • Assault Rifles: M4

However, if you do this having never done any of the courses, it works also with Silenced 9mm and Desert Eagle, possibly as a counterweight to the actual drawback that you increase your weapon skills slower and without the boost (confirmed on PC). It is also important to note that all other weapons are not affected.

Also, if the player enters the range with the Pump Action Shotgun, they will lose it and all shells in the inventory.

In the Pistol and Micro-SMG rounds, there is a slight graphical error present. If you turn the camera around so you are facing the wall behind CJ, his arm will turn along with the camera but his body won't. His arm will bend around and point the gun behind him, but it will be deformed and going through his body.

With the "Pedestrians Attack (Guns)" cheat activated, enter the Ammu-Nation, you will see, for a few seconds, the NPC's in the shooting range will turn around and try to attack CJ. Then, they will quickly turn around and start using the shooting range without going back in there spots. Although you still can't catch them on fire with the flame thrower even when they moved up.

Grand Theft Auto V and Online

In Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online, Shooting Ranges are activities or hobbies you can do that are located in a two Ammu-Nations in Cypress Flats and Pillbox Hill. With a Shooting Range you can level up your shooting skills or train with various Weapons through different challenges. This can also serve as a quick and easy way to build your shooting skills. The entry cost is $14.

Interestingly, the NPCs practicing at the range speak Korean (Mandarin in the PC version)

Warning Signs

  • Firearms warning: It is a criminal offense to leave a loaded firearm within easy access of a child. If a child gains access to and improperly uses the firearm you may face prosecution.
  • No food or drink in the range
  • Ear and eye protection must be worn in the range
  • Stop: Make firearm safe, deposit brass in bucket, do not leave firearm unattended, clean your point and remove targets
  • Warning: The discharge or cleaning of firearms and the handling of ammunition in poorly ventilated areas may result in exposure to lead, a substance known to cause birth defects and other serious physical harm. Ensure you have adequate ventilation at all times and wash hands after exposure.
  • Never point a loaded or unloaded firearm at anyone on these premises. If you do we shall point our firearms at you, and believe us, ours are loaded.
  • No steel, brass or semi jacketed, exposed lead, soft or hollow point ammunition allowed in the range. Full metal jacket only.
  • Reloaders, brass keepers. Brass stealers be warned. Do not pick up any of the brass from our floors. there is nothing to discus, go elsewhere.

Challenges

The Shooting Ranges in GTA V have different challenges for every kind of weapon: Hand Guns, Sub-Machine Guns, Shotguns, Assault Rifles, Light Machine Guns, Rifles and Heavy Weapons. As with any other kind of Hobby the challenges have Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals that are awarded when completing a Challenge.

Weapon Type Weapons Challenges GTA V Shooting Gold GTA V Shooting Silver GTA V Shooting Bronze
Hand Guns Pistol
Combat Pistol
AP Pistol
Multiple static targets. Targets exit after one hit. 2800 2000 1400
Multiple moving targets. Targets exit automatically. 20000 10000 2000
One moving target. Targets exit automatically. 15000 3000 650
Submachine Guns Micro-SMG
SMG

Assault SMG

Multiple static targets with the ability to flip. Targets exit automatically. 12000 6000 4000
Single line of moving and flipping targets. Targets exit automatically. 7500 2500 1250
Multiple moving targets with height variation. Targets exit automatically. 10000 5000 3000
Assault Rifles Assault Rifle
Carbine Rifle

Advanced Rifle

Multiple static targets. Targets exit after three hits. 7550 3550 2500
Single column of moving and flipping targets. Targets exit automatically. 17500 7500 4750
Moving targets of varying height and speed. Targets exit after three hits. 5000 3000 1000
Shotguns Pump Action Shotgun
Sawed-Off Shotgun

Assault Shotgun

Static targets, each exits after one hit. Hit as many as possible. 46 32 22
Moving and static targets. Shoot closer targets to maximize score. 700 590 290
Moving targets, exits after one hit. Use spread to maximize score. 23 18 14
Light Machine Gun MG
Combat MG
Targets take multiple hits to exit. Targets move and respawns. 7500 5500 4500
A row of distant targets that flip individually and exit automatically. 40000 12000 5500
Targets take multiple hits to exit. More targets spawn continually. 32000 19000 7500
Heavy Minigun One row of targets that respawn. Continuous hits increase your multiplier. 50000 25000 10000
Targets that exit after multiple hits. Continuous hits increase your multiplier. 45000 30000 15000
Infinite respawning targets. Exit after multiple hits. Continuous hits increase your multiplier. 70000 40000 20000
Bonus Railgun Stationary and moving targets. Destroy as many as possible with each shoot. 24 22 20
Multiple moving targets. Destroy as many as possible with each shoot. 24 20 16
Multiple moving targets of varying height and speed. Destroy as many as possible with each shoot. 32 26 20
Multiple quick moving targets of varying heights. Destroy as many as possible with each shoot. 35 31 26

After completion of all challenges for each weapon catagory, the following discounts are unlocked at Ammu-Nation:

  • At least all Bronze Medals awarded - All items discounted 10%
  • At least all Silver Medals awarded - All items discounted 15%
  • At least all Gold Medals awarded - All items discounted 25%

Gallery

Trivia

GTA San Andreas

  • If you wait to compete in this challenge after maxing out your Pistol, Micro-SMG, Shotgun, and AK-47 Weapon Skills, you should have an easier time succeeding.
  • Don't squander ammo; reload time is wasted time.
  • Although the Micro-SMG's rate of fire is significantly greater that that of the Pistol, don't get cocky. You should still use short bursts of fire to hit each red circle on the gangster targets. This keeps your reload time down to a minimum and allows you to aim with less distraction.
  • Since the Micro-SMG's bullet spread is less accurate than a Pistol, you can often get away with spraying bullets near the red targeting circles, thereby removing pieces of the target without precise aiming.
  • While standing in an Ammu-Nation, it is not possible to kill the NPCs firing their weapons on the shooting range through the bullet-proof glass. However, oddly, when trying to burn them through the bullet-proof glass with the flamethrower, the fire penetrates the wall through the other side but does not ignite the NPCs.
  • The Shotgun challenge might sound as the easiest, due to the damage and the common nosense of NPC's shooting at the wall behind. However, this ease applies only for the 2 first rounds. At the third, where the target moves to random directions, NPCs are much better in aiming and can take many targets in a row, leaving you with no target left. The best strategy for that, is to shot your gun just after the counter ends, and keep aiming for the circles. The more you break, the more the chances to win.

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