We will be closed Saturday March 14th for Continuing Education
Firearms Store & Training Headquarters
We are a full-service firearm facility that is proud to offer a variety of custom services; such as complete weapons packages, personalized laser engraving, professional gunsmithing, and Cerakote coatings.Our store has been a pillar in the community of Forest Lake for nearly a decade, and our extensive training program has been teaching and educating students for over 20 years
We are proud to offer a variety of courses that anyone can be comfortable attending. instruction yields quality students. It is our pleasure to assist and instruct you. We look forward to serving you and your family in all your firearms, training and accessory needs.
Now Veteran Owned!
New owners of Best Defense Armory & Range formally (Lakes Trading Company). In 2018 Lakes Trading Co. experienced a major fire which crippled the business, but through advisity comes great opportunity; so now you can expect an even better range built in 2020. The new owners, are excited to bring their vast experience and new vision to Forest Lake, and want to continue to serve the community, the customers by providing the best services and training in the industry today.
Best Defense Armory & Range offers classes for all ages and skill levels. From firearm safety to advance tactical, LTC is your one-stop-shop for your training needs. We will soon be rebuilding our Indoor Range, which will become the premier range in this region. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned shooter, Best Defense Armory & Range has something to offer you. We offer a variety of classes. Permit to Carry classes are held every Saturday, for more info on any of our classes visit of Classes page.
LOOKING FOR PRIVATE LESSONS?
Private lessons are a great way to improve your shooting abilities. With one-on-one attention, Best Defense Armory & Range is able to create a personal lesson plan around your specific goals. One-time and on-going lessons are available. Email or call our shop for pricing.
New & Used Guns
Best Defense Armory & Range offers a wide variety of new and used firearms that will fit whatever need you are looking for. All major manufacturers are stocked on a regular basis and items that are not currently in stock are available to be ordered upon request, based on availability. Best Defense Armory & Range's staff is well versed on all aspects of firearms, new and used, from basic function to complete cleaning.
Ammo & Accessories
WE HAVE PLENTY OF AMMO IN-STOCK Best Defense Armory & Range stocks ammunition for most pistol, rifles, and shotguns.
HOLSTERS, MAGAZINES, AND MUCH MUCH MORE! Holsters, magazines, cleaning supplies, optics, safety gear, range bags and more are available at Best Defense Armory & Range. If there is something that you do not see on the show floor, please ask an LTC staff member for assistance. If it is not in stock, it can be ordered (based on availability).
Gun Sales & Consignment
Located in the heart of Forest Lake a full-service gun and gunsmithing with experience and expertise in the shooting sports. We want to make sure you have the best fit for your experience so please ask questions and we will make sure we provide the best product for the desired results.
CONSIGNMENT Best Defense Armory & Range can sell your firearms and accessories for you! Best Defense Armory & Range offers consignment for firearms and accessories. Consignment is a great option if you are looking to get a little more for your items and are willing to wait for them to sell. Consignment items are typically listed online as well as on display in our retail space. Online Only options are available upon request. LTC has an outstanding reputation both on Gunbroker.com and in the northern metro area. Contact us for more details or questions.
Permit to Carry & Other Classes
Appraisal & Purchasing
We provide appraisals on any size firearm collections. $40 first firearm $25 on each one after.
Detailed individual firearm appraisal with a letter is $100.
The purchasing of firearms and/or large collections are by appointment only with payment in the form of a LTC check. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description of what you have, approximately how many and what day’s work for you. Will reply within 48 hours.
High-school Trap Gun Inspections
We offer the required shotgun inspection and service for Minnesota Highschool Trap Shooting at no cost as a service to students and families.
We offer FFL Transfer for the following prices:
- Incoming: $30.00 for one firearm, and $25 each for three or more firearms.
- If customer has not picked up their firearm after 30 days, a $25 per firearm/per month storage fee will be applied. Any unclaimed firearms, after 12 months or one year will be deemed abandoned property of Lakes Trading Co. All incoming transfers MUST attach a copy of the incoming FFL License, and a legible copy of the shipper’s identification along with desired contact information
- Outgoing: $60.00 ea. Handgun (insured to $800)
- Outgoing: $75.00 ea. Long gun (insured to $800)
- Price includes shipping. Larger than normal guns may incur additional shipping fees
- NFA Transfer Fee: $150.00 per NFA Items )
Location & Contact Information
We are located the heart of Forest Lake next door to Metro PCS look for the large digital sign and we are right behind that.