You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers! Here are the most commonly asked questions about throwing Axes with Blue Ridge Axe Throwing. If you have a question that’s not answered here, contact us today and we’ll answer it for you and add it to the list!
Is it safe?
Absolutely. At Blue Ridge Axe Throwing (BRAX) the safety of our guests is our foremost concern. Before throwing all guests will receive a safety orientation including ranges rules and instruction on safe axe handling.
However, no activity is totally risk-free. We do ask all visitors to read and sign our waiver before they are allowed to throw. You can preview the waiver at the link below.
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Who can throw?
Just about anyone! No prior training or athletic experience is required. Basically if you can throw a softball you can throw an axe. The axes we use on our range weigh about 2 pounds, about the same as a quart of milk. We find this is a size most people can handle and throw safely.
We do limit participation to ages 12 and older during public throwing hours and for league play. For private events we make exceptions to the age rule on a case-by-case basis, and only if we feel there is adequate adult supervision to ensure a safe experience for all.
Can I have a beer while throwing?
Not during public throwing hours. While we (the BRAX team) absolutely LOVE our region’s craft beer scene, we are not a bar. Axe throwing by itself is plenty of fun!
We do encourage our guests to bring their own (non-alcoholic) refreshments. Snacks and drinks are available through our on-site vending machines as well. The “Axe Lounge” includes plenty of seating and table space to sit, nosh, and socialize.
Private groups (10-20 people) are permitted to bring in their own beer/wine for 2 hour events with prior authorization and after obtaining proper Banquet (1-day) license from Va ABC. Might be a good reason to get the gang together and book the range for a couple of hours!
Are you located at a gun range? Is that safe?
BRAX is obsessed with the safety of our visitors as is the Safeside team. The staff is fully trained in proper firearm handling, No visitor steps into a SafeSide range without a thorough safety briefing, and no one exhibiting unsafe behavior is allowed to be onsite. SafeSide runs a world class, secure, and tightly supervised facility.
What equipment is required?
You must wear closed toed shoes in order to throw. We will provide all the other equipment you will need.
Can I bring my own axes?
Yes, but all axes must conform to World Axe Throwing League (WATL) specifications. They must weigh less than 3 pounds. The overall length must be between 12 and 19 inches. They must be single-bit axes and may not have any additional blades or spikes. For details see the “Procedures and Specifications” section of https://worldaxethrowingleague.com/axe-throwing-rules/
How much does it cost?
Our price for throwing is $20 per person, per hour.
Each lane is one target. We can comfortably place 4 people on each lane. So if you are booking 2-4 people you will get one lane. 5-8 people will be on two lanes, and so forth. Depending on demand, we may put other axe throwers on one of your lanes to fill the space.
We offer flat-rate hourly pricing for groups of 10-20 via our Private event bookings. You can fill out the quick form here to get instant group pricing emailed to you! Available 7 days a week!
Special pricing and coupons may be available from time to time. Please monitor our social media or sign up for email updates for further info.
Should I tip my Axe Coach?
Yes! Our Axe Coaches work hard to make sure you and your friends have a great experience. You may be a first time visitor just trying to get the axe to stick. Or you may be an experienced thrower seeking a few pointers. Either way our coaches are eager to help.
When they’re not working with guests Axe Coaches are busy learning new games to show you, researching throwing technique, sharpening axes, and maintaining targets.
So if you were happy with your visit, by all means tip your Axe Coach. We suggest a 15-20% gratuity. Thank you!