TEXANS vote on where to meet.


March 14, 2004, 11:01 PM
2 PM next Sunday March 21. Which range?

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March 14, 2004, 11:08 PM
I'd love to get together but I need a bit more of advance notice.


March 15, 2004, 12:07 AM
my only thought is that we might want to make it a priority to find a place where we can reserve a few lanes to ourselves, so we actually are able to shoot and can kind of stick together. and having a place to go for a beer or whatever afterwards might be fun.

having said that, if I can make it, I don't really care where we pick.

March 15, 2004, 09:08 AM
I will call them and see if we can set it up.

March 15, 2004, 12:48 PM
I vote Gibson's Outpost.

(But, I'll go just 'bout anywhere to sling lead downrange)

I'll post this in a coupla places. Maybe some of y'all will find it handy:

I haven't been to EVERY range in DFW area, but I have been to a few. Also, the links might help for your research.

Here's my $0.02, FWIW.

Bullet Trap, Plano
Typical anal range rules
No rapid fire
No firing from draw
All indoor
Nice folks, esp employees
25 yards for pistol & rifle
Kinda pricey
Used to be a member, before got into rifles

Collin County Gun Range, McKinney
"Outdoor" Range: Outdoor is in quotes because the lanes are covered and cut into a hillside
Rifle (100 yd)
Tac range
Nice folks
FMJ rifle ammo OK
No shotguns on rifle range
Limited hours, not open on Sunday due to City of McKinney's anti-RKBA biases.
Rifle range lanes are from the bench, ONLY. Also, the overhead cover plus the rear wall magnifies muzzle blast. Lord help you if a local defense contractor is out testing a weapon-mounted FLIR. For thousands of rounds. Constantly. Using shorty AR15 uppers with muzzle breaks. The constant muzzle blast can make one nauseous and turn a nice day at the range into a test of one's will.

Backwoods Traps, Little Elm
100yd rifle
No FMJ for rifle
Rifle from bench, ONLY
6 lbs of sh*t in a 5 lb sack (too much/many ranges/lanes in a small area)

Garland Public Shooting Range, Garland
100yd rifle
$10 yearly membership plus range fees
No FMJ for rifles
Rifles from bench ONLY

Targetmaster, Garland
Others have described it as well/better than I could.

Gibson's Outpost, Mesquite
1712 LAWSON RD Mesquite, Texas
(972) 222-6694
(No website that I could find)
$10-$15 (can't recall) membership plus range fees
FMJ for rifles OK
Rifles from bench, ONLY
Best PUBLIC range for shooting rifles I've been able to find, given that I have not hit the western side of the DFW metroplex.

March 15, 2004, 07:23 PM
I voted for Bass Pro because it is a good central location for everyone (beer next door is good too :D ) My second choice would be The Shooting Place. I figure if we do it at one of these this time, next time we need to find a place that is more rifle friendly (preferably outdoor). I'm flexible, so I'll show up just about anywhere to meet some new folks. One idea for in the future is a trip to Tac-Pro out near Stephenville, they have ranges for EVERYTHING, including rifle out to 1000 yards (have to take a qualification course to shoot over 500 yards).

March 15, 2004, 07:28 PM
I've been out to Tac Pro once and they have a pretty sweet set-up, but it'd be a bitch of a drive for anyone not in far west Ft Worth

March 15, 2004, 08:23 PM
Well....if everyone who has voted shows up...we have ELEVEN people. Jeesh.

But that can't be right....I only have 7 people's contacts...including myself. Guys PULLLEEEZZZZ. I need your contact information to know you are serious about booking range time. I would hate to reserve 9 lanes and have 3 people show up.:uhoh:

March 15, 2004, 08:28 PM
just e-mailed you my contact info

March 15, 2004, 08:42 PM
Info sent :cool:

March 15, 2004, 08:49 PM
Thanks guys...that puts us at 10....I'm thinking we've just about run out of space....:D

Maybe we should lobby Congress.:p

March 15, 2004, 11:50 PM
jfruser thank you so much for all the info on the different ranges. I will avet this thread just for the reference value of your post. In-laws are in Mesquite n I'm in FW. I foresee dropping off the kids with the in-laws and taking my wife to Gibson's Outpost for her 1st shoot in the near future.

Is it a good range for pistols? Would it be a good place to take a 1st timer?


March 16, 2004, 07:38 AM

How about an email reply to let us know you have our info correct?

March 16, 2004, 08:05 AM
Cool....I will send a confirmation email tonight by 9PM. If you do not recieve one, then I do not have your info.

March 16, 2004, 08:17 AM

My wife is a n00bie shooter & she has been to all of the ranges with me. She liked Gibson's the best because it was outdoors (reduced muzzle blast) and the less oppressive atmosphere of the outdoor setting.

On the negative side, their pistol range has set target holders. You can shoot at 10yds & 25 yds, but not at 7.5 yds or 19 yds, if you know what I mean. Actually, it might be 10,25, & 50 yds. I can't recall.

The owners are a bit gruff (a husband/wife team). Just make nice comments about their old, pint-sized, mangy mutt & they'll warm up.

Earlier is better, IMO, as the lanes fill up as the day moves on.

You'll have to buy at least a couple of their targets, as their target frames are non-standard...then staple YOUR targets to the boughten targets.

If you like to shoot a rifle OFF the bench, you're pretty much outta luck as far as public ranges in DFW.

Good luck.

March 16, 2004, 12:32 PM

I will bring a sheet that we can gather everyones info on. This way, if we make this a regular thing, we can keep in touch easily and stay together. This will also help us decide which ranges fit best based on location.

See ya!

March 16, 2004, 01:04 PM
Cool....sounds good.

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