Things to do in Daytona Beach: Take Aim at Volusia Top Gun

Disclosure: During my visit to Volusia Top Gun, I was a guest of the Daytona Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau and all opinions are my own. This blog participates in Amazon’s affiliate program to support this blog, my traveling habit, and my special-needs dog.

Conferences, getaways, and vacations are about trying something new and pushing boundaries. I did just that when I took aim at Volusia Top Gun in Daytona Beach. It’s a gun shop, indoor gun range, and restaurant. You heard that right. A shooting range with a restaurant and a decent one, at that. And yes, it serves beer, wine, whiskey, and moonshine.

Volusia Top Gun in Daytona Beach, Fla., a Gun Shop, Firing Range, and Restaurant.
Volusia Top Gun in Daytona Beach, Fla., a Gun Shop, Firing Range, and Restaurant.

Meeting in Daytona Beach

A few years ago, I took the required class to acquire a Florida concealed weapons license. A couple of years after that, (more than a year ago), I took the final steps to apply, get fingerprinted, and pay for my CW license. But, the last time I fired, and even held, a firearm was when I took the CW class. Growing up, although there were firearms in the house – shotgun and rifles – my experience with and around weapons is minimal. A handgun is small, but I understand the power it holds. I’d like to be more comfortable with them, I don’t have immediate friends to show me the basics, and I’ve procrastinated in getting to know my local gun shop and firing range.

Gun Shop at Volusia Top Gun in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sept. 2019.
Gun Shop at Volusia Top Gun in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sept. 2019.

Daytona Beach is great for conferences and conventions (and Biketoberfest is a fun ride, too!). Its convention center, Ocean Center, has more than 200,000 square feet of function space. Fantastic, beachfront convention hotels are conveniently located within walking distance and there is plenty of fun stuff to do in Daytona Beach, like driving on the famous beach, delving into its NASCAR and racing history, and a delicious culinary scene.

Pistols at the Indoor Gun Range at Volusia Top Gun in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Pistols at the Indoor Gun Range at Volusia Top Gun in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Shooting at a Range is Part of an Outdoor Communicator’s Conference

Last fall, the Florida Outdoor Writers Association held its annual conference in this iconic, beachside destination. The beachfront El Caribe Resort & Conference Center, which has a fun, old Florida vibe, was the host location. When you have a bunch of outdoor writers, a morning of shooting is usually on the agenda and Volusia Top Gun was our destination.

Apparel for Sale at Volusia Top Gun in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sept. 2019
Apparel for Sale at Volusia Top Gun in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sept. 2019.

My exposure to Florida gun shops and firing ranges is limited but when walking in and looking around, I knew Volusia Top Gun is in the top tier of facilities. Mixed with that gunpowder smell was the scent of excitement. The front portion of the building is the shop which includes apparel and an assortment of firearms for purchase. Yes, I added to my t-shirt collection.

Double Barrel Grill at Volusia Top Gun in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sept. 2019.
Double Barrel Grill at Volusia Top Gun in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sept. 2019,
Tacos at Double Barrel Grill at Volusia Top Gun, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Tacos at Double Barrel Grill at Volusia Top Gun, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Restaurant at Volusia Top Gun

Off to the side is the Double Barrel Grill serving lunch and dinner and bites in between. I’m told the burgers are amazingly delicious but I’m a taco gal and my prime rib tacos were oh, so tasty. They serve alcohol and obviously, those using the state-of-the-art indoor gun range should shoot bullets first then shoot shots of adult beverages afterwards. The restaurant has a great, warm vibe with décor reminding me of an Appalachian mountain cabin with its wood finishes, corrugated aluminum, and whiskey barrel tops. There are large-screen televisions and windows into the state-of-the-art indoor gun range. Firearms and range bags are prohibited in the restaurant.

Fire a Variety of Firearms at Volusia Top Gun in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Fire a Variety of Firearms at Volusia Top Gun in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Fire a Machine Gun at the State-of-the-Art Indoor Gun Range

Before entering the range, everyone must complete the necessary waiver paperwork and show their government-issued identification (i.e.: driver’s license). First-timers also need to participate in the Volusia Top Gun orientation.

Looking for Something to do in Daytona Beach? For a Blast, Visit Volusia Top Gun.
Looking for Something to do in Daytona Beach? For a Blast, Visit Volusia Top Gun.

If you did not bring your own firearm, rent one of Volusia Top Gun’s. This is an opportunity to visit Daytona Beach and try something you may have never tried before. It may feel a little dangerous, get the adrenaline pumping, and it’s all legal in a controlled setting. Sure, you can rent a handgun but live on the edge and try a semi-auto rifle or short barrel rifle. Or, really step it up and rent a full-auto 5.56 machine gun. If you don’t have your own eye and ear protection, it’s available for rent.

Staff at Volusia Top Gun are Knowledgeable and Courteous. Located in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Staff at Volusia Top Gun are Knowledgeable and Courteous. Located in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Volusia Top Gun is the largest indoor gun range and Class III/NFA firearms dealer in Volusia County. They have 16 lanes with a retrieval system and assistance when you need it. Me being a newbie, I needed the assistance. I appreciate the respect, detail and care they gave. I also learned visitors from other countries include Volusia Top Gun in their holiday plans. Many countries have much stricter gun ownership laws than the United States and renting a firearm and firing it at range gives them an opportunity to try something they cannot do at home.

That's Me at Volusia Top Gun in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sept. 2019.
That’s Me at Volusia Top Gun in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sept. 2019.

Volusia Top Gun is Perfect for All Skill Levels

I am a supporter of the Second Amendment and gun ranges, like Volusia Top Gun, provide opportunities for people to try something they don’t have at home.

Lucky for me, I was in the good company of Florida Outdoor Writers Association members. Most of the members are seasoned firearms users and owners. They patiently coached me as I fired their personal pistols.
Volusia Top Gun is an exhilarating thrill and will be appreciated by seasoned gun users and those looking to try something different when vacationing in Daytona Beach.

The State-of-the-Art Indoor Gun Range at Volusia Top Gun in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The State-of-the-Art Indoor Gun Range at Volusia Top Gun in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Nuts & Bolts

Volusia Top Gun and Double Barrel Grill Restaurant

2900 Bellevue Ave.
Daytona Beach, Fla. 32124
Tel: (386) 310-7993
volusiatopgun.com

Where to Stay

El Caribe Resort & Conference Center
2125 South Atlantic Ave.
Daytona Beach, FL 32118
Tel: (386)252-1558
www.elcaribe.com

Learn more about Daytona Beach by visiting their website, www.daytonabeach.com.

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Author: Solo Travel Girl

Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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