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Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex

NEW SHOOTING HOURS: Starting tomorrow June 20, the Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex will start operating in the following hours of operation Wednesday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. // Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, please contact the range office at (719) 896-6196

Shooters: The restrictions have been lifted and we are able to shoot rifles again. We are allowed to shoot rifles up to 300 yards only, NO STEEL target shooting will be allowed until we have our second SDZ/Deviations Packaged approved. Thank you for your continued support and understanding. 

Personally Owned Weapons Storage Program.

Active Duty personnel can store their weapon at CMSC for $8.00 a month and $2.00 for each additional weapon.  

CMSC is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Open to the public. 


The Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex (CMSC) is a partnership between the U.S. Army, El Paso County, the El Paso County Sheriff and Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service. The 400 acre site sits on Army land near Interstate 25 just off mile marker 132. The entrance is located just outside Fort Carson's Gate 20 security perimeter. Shooters using the range will not have to enter Fort Carson to use the range.

NEW! Trap/Skeet at Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex

The Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex is now offering a brand-new Trap/Skeet operation. 

  • Two combo trap/skeet ranges
  • $9 for 1 round (30 clay pigeons)
  • Youth discount! $7 for 1 round (Ages 6-17)
  • Buy 10 or more rounds of adult trap/skeet, get $1 off each round

Discounts available for multiple round purchases and group purchases. Please call for more information: (719) 896-6196

Rates and Fees

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Weekly Specials


Veteran Appreciation Day/First Responder Day


Senior Citizen Day

DOD Civilian Day




Archery Range

Cost Category
FREE with paid general admission Static Archery Range Only
$5 3D Archery Range/Static Range


  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover card accepted 
  • No personal checks accepted
  • No reservations required
Range Regulations
  • No concealed carry
  • No children under the age of 6 years old allowed on the range.
  • No shooter under 18 may use the range facilities without adult supervision
  • Shooters under the age of 21 must have an adult present to use the pistol range
  • Know and obey ALL range commands and instructions given by your RSOʻs (Range Safety Officers) at all times
  • Empty Chamber Indicators (ECI) must be inserted in the chamber of all cleared firearms during all “SAFE” or “COLD” conditions on the range
  • Shooting takes place on designated ranges only
  • All firearms must remain in a carrying case or in a holster, unloaded and with the magazine removed prior to reporting to your assigned range 
  • Only remove your firearms from its carrying case or holster once you have been instructed to do so by the RSO
  • Once firearms are removed from the carrying case or the holster, shooter then places the firearm on the shooting table that has been assigned to them with the magazine removed or cylinder open, lock the bolt to the rear, place selector on safe and barrel pointed down range
  • If using reloaded ammunition, please ensure that it is up to manufacturer specifications
  • No armor piercing, tracer, or incendiary ammunition may be used on any range.
  • No consumption of alcohol prior is allowed. No alcoholic beverages allowed. Violators are asked to leave the premises and fees are not refunded. 
  • Range One is limited to use by the El Paso County Sheriff’s personnel and other law enforcement Monday through Friday. 
  • Ear and eye protection must be worn by everyone on the firing line.
  • The use of illicit drugs is strictly prohibited on federal property


Range Information
  • 7 Independent ranges with over 110 individual covered firing points
  • Over 50 pistol positions

  • Range distances from 7 yards for handguns up to 300 yards on paper for rifles

  • Steel targets from 500 yards up to 1000 yards (1000 yard steel range only available weekends)

  • Archery range

  • Ammunition & Targets available on-site

  • Two combo Trap & Skeet Ranges

  • 1 range (Range No. 1)  is designated as a Law Enforcement Range and is available to the public only on weekends.
  • 2 ranges are designated specifically for rifles and allow for firing points between 25 and 300 yards.
  • 2 ranges are designed specifically for pistols and allow for firing points up to 50 yards.
  • 1 range is designated as an instructional range.

Please call for additional information.

Restricted Caliber Information

High Calibers (.300 Win Mag through .338 Lapua) Can be fired, but only on Range Three.  There are four positions for the high calibers: two positions for 50 and 100 yards on paper and two positions for 300 yards on paper only.  These are the only three distances you can shoot using the high calibers; they are not allowed to be shot at steel targets. This is due to the high calibers having the ability to shoot over our backstop and onto Fort Carson proper.

  • 50 yards, 100 yards, 300 yards on paper.

  • Absolutely no steel target shooting.

  • .50 caliber cartridge rifles are still not authorized. 

Frequently Asked Questions



Is there an option to shoot at night?

  • Not currently. Future plans include a lighted Trap and Skeet Range and possible lighting for one of the pistol ranges.

Are we a tactical Range?

  • No. The Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex is a NON-TACTICAL range.  Our purpose is to provide a safe, family-friendly environment where you can feel comfortable practicing.

Can holsters be use?

  • No. However, holsters may be used as a "carrying case" for your pistol, but once on the range they may not be used.

What if I pay my range fee and it rains?

  • In case of rain or inclement weather, the range will remain open unless shut down by range control, rainchecks will be offered to patrons who have been at the range no longer than one hour.

What are civilians allowed to purchase at the range?

  • Targets, apparel, basic supplies and limited quantities of ammunition.

What volunteer opportunities are available at the range?

  • Call the range for information and you’ll be put in touch with the Lead Volunteer Coordinator for available volunteer opportunities.

Do weapons need to be registered on Fort Carson before using the range?

  • No, you do not need to register your weapons on Fort Carson to use the ranges at Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex.

I’m an NRA Instructor, can I bring my students to the range and charge for lessons?

  • Only instructors contracted through Fort Carson DFMWR are authorized to teach on the range. Freelance instruction is prohibited. If you are interested in providing NRA instruction, please call the Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex for more information.

Is an ECI (Empty Chamber Indicator) needed?

  • Yes, and they are supplied to you by the Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex.

Is there a gun smith on staff at Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex?

  • Currently, there is no gun smith on staff.

What kinds of events can be held at Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex?

  • Tournaments, leagues, competitions, birthday parties, stress reduction classes, group training, private lessons and more. Call for more information.

If I have a Class C license, can I shoot my fully automatic equipment?

  • Currently, shooting fully automatic equipment is not allowed.

Can I rapid fire?

  • No. There must be one second between each shot

Can I shoot tracers or Tannerite?

  • No. Armor piercing, tracer, incendiary ammunition or explosives are not allowed.

Can I shoot my .223 green tipped ammo?

  • Yes

I have a concealed carry permit, can I carry on the range?

  • No.  We are a federal facility on military property.  Because of this, federal law prohibits anyone from carrying concealed on the premises.

I'm not shooting, just watching someone shoot.  Do I still have to pay?

  • No.  Only those who are shooting will be charged to be on the range.

Do I have to have a case for my firearm?

  • No.  If you have a case for your firearm, we ask you keep your firearm(s) cased until you are on the firing line.  If you do not have a case for your firearm, we ask you carry it, unloaded, with the muzzle elevated in the air above head level until you get on the range.  the safety officer will advise you from there.

Do you do bachelor/bachelorette and gender reveal accomodations?

  • Yes.  Please contact one of our managers (Pedro or Dave) at 719-896-6196 to schedule an event.


Special Offers, Events and Monthly Activities
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  • 1st Saturday of the month (April-September): Kids' Marksmanship Camp
  • 2nd Saturday of the month (April-September): Annie Get Your Gun - Women shoot for free
  • 3rd Saturday of month (all year): Customers possessing a Concealed Handgun Permit - shoot for $9
  • 4th Saturday of month (all year): Youth Shooting Day
  • 5th Saturday of month (all year): Military Retirees shoot for free
  • Wednesdays (all year): Military Veterans & First Responders $9 Fee
  • Thursdays (all year): Senior Day $9 Fee
  • Fridays (all year): DOD Contractor/DOD Civilians $9 Fee
  • February: Cupid Shuffle Shoot
  • April: Easter Egg Shoot
  • May: Mother's Day Shoot, Memorial Day Shoot
  • June: Father's Day Shoot
  • July: Independence Day Shoot
  • September: Labor Day Shoot
  • October: Columbus Day Shoot, The Great Pumpkin Shoot
  • November: Veteran's Day Shoot, Turkey Shoot
NRA Instructional Programs

       Student Level

  • NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course
  • NRA Basic Rifle Course 
  • NRA Basic Shotgun Course
  • NRA First Steps Pistol Orientation Course
  • NRA First Steps Rifle Orientation Course
  • NRA First Steps Shotgun Orientation Course
  • NRA Home Firearms Safety Course
  • NRA Personal Protection In The Home Course
  • NRA Personal Protection Outside The Home Course
  • NRA Refuse To Be A Victim Seminar
  • NRA Range Safety Officer Course
  • NRA Shotgun Shell Reloading Course
  • NRA Metallic Cartridge Reloading Course
  • Colorado & Utah Concealed Carry Permit Class
  • Legal Aftermath of a Defensive Shooting Class
  • Private Personalized Firearms Instruction

       Instructor Level

  • NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) Course
  • NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course
  • NRA Basic Rifle Course
  • NRA Basic Shotgun Course
  • NRA Home Firearms Safety Course
  • NRA Personal Protection In The Home Course
  • NRA Personal Protection Outside The Home Course
  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer Course
  • NRA Refuse To Be A Victim Course (IDW)
  • NRA Metallic Cartridge Reloading Course
  • NRA Shotgun Shell Reloading Course


Range Target Stand
  • This is a photo of the type of target frames which are used at the Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex
  • They fit into a pair of 'U' brackets permanently fixed into the ground
  • The dimensions to build your own target stand are below
  • They are constructed using 1" x 4" lumber planks. In order to fit into the 'U' brackets, the outside dimension must be exactly 27", outside edge to outside edge
  • The height can be as tall as you want (the one shown here is 6'6" tall.)
  • If you do not want to build your own target frame, CMSC will sell you one for $9


Gun and Bow Rentals

The Range is now equipped for gun rentals.  We have a selection of pistols, rifles and shotguns for rent.  You must meet the below age requirements in order to rent our firearms.  You may shoot a rented weapon if you are under the age restrictions, but the renter abide by the age limits to rent.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact the range office for more information.

  • Must have valid ID
  • Must be 21 years of age to rent handguns
  • Must be 18 to rent rifles
  • Must purchase ammo on site for our rentals

Pistol & Shotgun Rental Cost

  • $10 plus ammunition
  • Ammunition prices varies by caliber

Rifle Rental Cost

  • $12 plus ammunition
  • Ammunition prices varies by caliber

Ruger P89DC 9MM


Glock 22 Gen 5 40 S&W

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Glock 21 SF 45ACP

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Glock 17 Gen 4 9MM


CZ 75 B 9MM


1911 A-1 45 CAL




Prieto Beretta 9MM


Smith & Wesson 22A-1


Chiappa RAK-9 9MM

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 Bushmaster .223-5.56



 AK-47 7.62 X 39



 Smith & Wesson Springfield 22LR



 Ruger SR-556



 MK-4 CMMG 9mm Carbine



Bow Rentals

  • $10 Includes admission and Bow rental
    • Comes with Arm Guard, 4 arrows, and bow release




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FFL Information

Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex is able to perform Federal Firearm License Transfers.

Transfer Cost for Initial Firearm
(Incldues transfer/background check)

Fee for each additional firearm
(If more than one firearm is being transferred on the background check)

Ages +18

Click here to download our FFL Flyer

Firearms Registration For Firearm Storage Only

Accomplish your weapons registration by:

  • In person at Fort Carson Police Station-DO NOT bring weapons into the Station.

A digital copy of the weapons registration form can also be located at:

REMINDER: This process can take 2-3 weeks- do not delay


For more information contact the Fort Carson Police Station:

  • (719) 526-6199 or in person at 7227 Christy St., BLDG 2700
Firearm Storage
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