Somogy county's first recreational shooting range (Élménylőtér) opened on December 23rd in 2013 in Somogyaszaló, and is open all year round for everybody from beginners to professional shooters. Experience shows that people are interested in shooting are not only coming from around Somogyaszaló but also from Lake Balaton or other holiday resorts around the county and even guest from castles, or people who are just crossing through the county. The Élménylőtér can be reached in an hour from any part of the county on multiple routes, and our visitors say that the experience that they get here is worth the ride. We are pleased that foreigners also choose our shooting range for a little relaxation.
We provide qualitative shooting possibility not only for competition shooters, hunters, security firms but also for people who are interested in shooting as a recreational possibility but don't have a shooting license. The shooting range has been arranged specifically so that even those who don't have any experience in shooting can be successful and have great results even for the first time. To help accomplish this, our visitors can use quality weapons that are acclaimed and popular, manufactured by Glock, Browning, Feinwerkbau or Anschütz. Our clay pigeon throwing machines are automated and remote controlled, all of the precision rifles, even the air rifles, are scoped. The targets have also been arranged so that beginners and professionals can find their own challenges. From the feedback we get form our guest we try to expand our range of weapons and develop new and interesting targets.
For hunters we offer personal training: by simulating hunting eventualities on our clay shooting range they can practice shooting winged game, and with bullet type weapons they can prepare for stationary or moving targets. They may also sight in their hunting rifles. We offer training for the practical test for those who wish to obtain a hunting license.
Sportsmen can practice sporting clay and Olympic Skeet shooting, and also train for small and large caliber handgun events. Security firm staff can also practice their mandatory shooting exercise.
Guests without a shooting permit can try out any weapons of their choosing, or they can choose any of our shooting packs ranging from precision shooting to the commando or hunting simulation. Guests can try out shooting a real weapon and experience all of its physical effects (kickback, noise), and for some weapons 'lighter' ammunition can be chosen with smaller kickback. For ladies we offer small caliber pistols and precision shooting, and children over the age of 8 can try out air guns on metal silhouettes. Children under the age of 8 can try out our airsoft weapons. You do not need any kind of permit or previous weapon training, nor any special talent to be successful: we consider it to be our duty to teach everyone to shoot with the weapon of their choosing.
Shooting is an active and intriguing recreational activity: it is suitable for a special birthday present, or a family programme. It is also a great opportunity to fascinate your co-partners, for corporate team building or even for bachelor day. Available individually or in groups up to 20 persons by prior appointment.
Our leading instructor Lipcsik, István achieved 4 personal Hungarian Champion titles in Olympic Skeet shooting events between 1997 and 2004. He has several shooting titles in different clay shooting events, and in 2013 and 2014 he acquired two silver medals in the Hungarian National Moving Target Championship on 50 meters. He is the shooting instructor at Hertelendy ***** Castle in Somogy county since 2007, thus has great experience in providing high quality entertainment for guests with high standards of relaxation.In 2015 on 50 meters and in 2016 on 10 meters he became champion in the Hungarian National Moving Target Championship while representing the Élménylőtér Sports Shooting Association.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. I couldn't even harm a fly. Why would I go to the Élménylőtér?
Do not worry, you will not harm anybody on the shooting range either. We do everything in our power to make sure that our guest can try shooting in a safe environment, with trained and experienced shooting instructors, while no animal or human life is in danger.
2. I never held a weapon, because I think it is dangerous!
The weapons are basically sporting tools, and with obeying a few simple rules and with the shooting instructors supervision it is completely safe.
3. My 10-year-old daughter would like to try shooting. Can she try out something?
With our scoped precision air rifles children from the age of 7-8 can shoot very effective on paper targets, or metal animal silhouette. It does not matter if the child has never held a weapon, he or she can get the hang of it in minutes and since they do not have to hold the weapon, physical strength is not an issue.
4. I'm afraid to shoot the weapon because it might kick back!
This feeling is completely natural for someone who does not have shooting experience. Our guests can start with low kickback ammunition, or small caliber weapons then they can chose if they want to try out harder hitting weapons or not. Even beginners find that the weapons have less kickback that they have anticipated for, and the most common question we hear is: "... and do you have something with a larger caliber?"
5. Me and my girlfriends, we have never held any weapon, but we would like to try out shooting. Will we be able to hit anything?
In a few minutes we will teach you how to operate any of our weapons safely, and from what we have experienced so far, you will shoot better than you have previously anticipated and you will be proud of your achievement.
6. In movies shooting seems really simple. Is it really that easy?
We are not saying that shooting is simple, but you will be able to experience in real life, that with a little attention and some practice your shooting knowledge will be as good or even better than what action heroes have.
7. Isn't shooting boring?
Visit our shooting range and you will find out that this is a diverse, stirring activity with constantly renewing challenges and lots of success. On our shooting range you can try out many different types of weapons and shoot on various targets. We guarantee that our guest will have success with their weapon of choosing even for the first time.
8. I'm looking for a family program. Isn't shooting only for men?
The Élménylőtér is the place where every member of the family can find a weapon fitting for them. Children from the age of 7-8 can shoot extremely well with air rifles, timid ladies love to try small caliber handguns and rifles, while male members of the family can also choose the weapon of their liking.
9. I love western movies, but I have never seen a revolver or a handgun in real life. Can I see any of them at your shooting range?
You can not only see them but you can try then out as well. You will experience at first hand why these weapons are popular, and they are easy to operate and have high firepower.
10. My eyesight isn't great, I won't be able to hit anything.
The scope's optic will correct this, and you will be able to shoot as good as those who have no problem with their vision.
11. My life is very busy and I don't have time for a sport that requires such a high concentration level.
Then the Élménylőtér is just for you! Whether you want a stirring, action packed shooting with large number of shots, or intense shooting with high concentration, but less shots fired, you will be relaxed and experience something new in a short amount of time.
12. I'm not really a sportsman, I won't be able take the strain.
We have chosen our weapons so that most of them do not demand any special physicality or previous weapons handling experience and you will be successful even for the first time.
13. In video games I'm very good with any weapon. Will I be good with a real weapon?
Not necessarily because of the video games, but because we teach everyone to shoot effectively with their chosen weapon here at the Élménylőtér. Firing a weapon in real life is like nothing else: you hear the bang of the weapon, feel the power of the shot, see the bullet hitting your mark, experience the smell of the gunpowder, hear the empty shell casing hit the ground ..... No game can give you that.
14. There are so many things that I can do in my free time, why would I go to the Élménylőtér?
While shooting you experience things that other activities simply cannot give you. Beside this shooting improves your concentration ability and focus, which can help you on other fields of life.
15. What if the weather is bad?
Except for the shotgun range, our guests can use weapons in a semi-opened, covered building, thus neither the scorching sun, nor the rain or the wind may disturb the shooters.
16. When are you open?
After making an appointment we are open on any day of the year (including public holidays).
17. I have been on a shooting range before and shooting on a paper target is boring.
Excluding professional shooters, not many people enjoy shooting only on a paper target. This is why we filled our shooting range with different types of targets: we have tilting targets, spinning and fixed metal targets, FBI paper targets all in different shapes and sizes between 5 and 50 meters. We also have a moving paper wild boar target for air rifles. Hopefully beginners and professionals will find a suitable target to their liking. On our shotgun range guests can try out different types of clay shooting form Olympic Skeet and American Trap to clay hunting and special lined clays.