I always like to give praise and good reviews when they are due (and well bad reviews too when they are called for) so I figured I share my recent experiences with Benson's and Medford Shooting Range.
My first time at Benson's was two weeks ago to do a handgun transfer to me from a coworker of mine. A couple of customers were being helped so while I was waiting, I browsed the hardware in the store. To me, the store was stocked very well. Didn't have to wait long until it was my turn up at the counter. The two guys I dealt with behind the counter were nice enough, straight to the point with the paperwork, some small talk about the guns being transferred, etc. To quote Shawshank Redemption "Easy Peezy Japanesey" The process was quick and painless, $10 per gun.
Second time going to Benson's was to pick up said guns (a different day because I couldn't do the Yaphank shuffle the first day due to it being the weekend). Second visit was just as quick and easy as the first. I got there when they opened up, was helped by a nice woman and walked out the door with the guns in about 10 minutes.
While I was there both times, I happened to see another gun in their case I have been eyeing up (a Ruger LC9S Pro) with the price point comparable to anyplace online I have seen it. So I went back this past Friday and bought it. That transaction was also easy and the employee I dealt with was great. So I guess for Thanksgiving they had a deal going on for 2 hours free at Medford with the purchase of a gun. The flyer on the register said until 11/29 or something like that but I bought the gun on 12/7. They also were running a deal on the same flyer for Annual membership at $150 instead of the $220(?). I've never been to Medford, but have been looking into places to go shooting during the week in the evenings (since my wife works nights anyway) and especially during the winter when Calverton is out of the question. So I told the employee that I was possibly interested in the membership but have never been there so before I make a commitment could he hook me up with the (2) hourly passes and if I like the place would he honor the discounted membership. The answer was yes to both, not even a rude look on his face. I call that great customer service.
So now on to Medford Shooting Range. I went there last night (a Monday night). Walk in and there were two guys behind the counter and a couple of regulars hanging out from what it seemed. Joked around with the guy behind the counter (who I've always heard through other's reviews can be a wise-cracking character), and even jumped into a conversation with the regulars who were talking about an AR build (since I built mine). Fast forward to range time, for the first 30min I was by myself in the range. I'm assuming maybe because it was a weeknight (not going to lie, that was real nice). To me the range was great. No frills, but a completely perfect place to put up targets and put holes through those targets. Lighting was good, not too bright and not too dim. For the last 30min I had 2 other people in the range with me and someone giving them some instructions. Still, the atmosphere was great. Ventilation was perfectly adequate last night, but I won't comment on that further, obviously because it was my only time there and 3 people shooting is different then a full range.
Browsing reviews online and you get so many different opinions, good and bad. I have seen some bad reviews about both of these places, so I wanted to chime in on my very positive experience at both.