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Drizzt
March 9, 2006, 08:51 PM
Firing ranges move below grade to quiet concerns

Soundproof - The Tri-County Gun Club hopes building in a rock quarry will keep neighbors happy

Thursday, March 09, 2006
MIKE CADE

Oregon's largest shooting range is getting a face-lift that could significantly improve the club's soundproofing -- and community relations.

The Tri-County Gun Club in Sherwood is adding new in-ground shooting ranges that will descend the equivalent of eight stories and occupy 36 acres. The new ranges will be built into a rock quarry that is being excavated.

Club spokesman George Pitts declined to reveal the cost of the project, but he said the club's ability to sell the excavated rock has been vital.

"Right now, the thing pretty much pays for itself," said Pitts, a competitive handgun shooter. "Where we have marketable rock, it goes to market. Where it's crummy dirt, it goes into building up backstops and side berms."

Providing safety and noise control does not come cheap: Four massive safety baffles at various ranges on the 223-acre property each cost $100,000. But Pitts hopes the ambitious excavation project will help smooth relations with the community.

"With the exception of shotguns, most of the objectionable noise stuff is going down there," Pitts said, adding that the new area also will have room for an outdoor handgun range and a 500-meter high-powered rifle range. No completion date has been set.

A 100-yard outdoor .22-caliber range; 200-, 300- and 600-yard high-powered rifle ranges; a 200-yard black powder range; and all of the shotgun ranges and indoor ranges will remain on the original club grounds.

The club, formerly known as the Sherwood Rod and Gun Club, has about 2,800 members. Many local police officers and sheriff's deputies also train there, and Pitts said the club wants to make the new training areas available to them as soon as possible.

"What we're looking at is trying to be down there in a couple more years," Pitts said. "Ideally, we would like to have (the officers) down there sooner rather than later, just to keep peace with the neighbors."

Pitts said relations with most neighbors are positive, though with continued rapid population growth, the city is moving closer. "There are some neighbors that I'm sure wish we weren't there."

The club reaches out to the community with an annual open house and barbecue, he said. "We invite all the immediate neighbors every year. We invite everybody that's ever filed a formal complaint with us."

New members of the gun club are required to be National Rifle Association members. But Pitts encourages members to make up their own minds about NRA policies and political views.

"You have to be an NRA member to join the club; you don't have to be an NRA member to stay in the club," he says. "It's based on the proposition that we wouldn't have private ownership of firearms in this country if it wasn't for the National Rifle Association.

"We're saying, if you want to be a member of this club, at least try membership in the NRA and see if that's something you're interested in."

http://www.oregonlive.com/metrosouthwest/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/metro_southwest_news/1141176382257880.xml&coll=7

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itgoesboom
March 9, 2006, 10:54 PM
Intresting read.

I am actually planning on joining Tri-County next month. I have been there once before, and it is a nice range facility.

I.G.B.

Hardtarget
March 9, 2006, 11:54 PM
It seems that many rock quarries here in Mid. Tenn. turn into small lakes. They crack into a spring or underground stream and flood out. Hope it doesn't happen there. Sounds cool. Think how it will sound when they touch off a BMG.50! :D
Mark.

Justin
March 10, 2006, 12:02 AM
Yet another blatant case where legalizing sound suppressors would make plenty of sense.

Quiet guns make for good neighbors.

pax
March 10, 2006, 12:07 AM
Used to shoot down at TCGC pretty often, four or five years ago. They've got a great facility, and as far as I was ever able to tell, the club is well-run. I'd be a member if I lived anywhere near there.

Hope this works out really well for them.

pax

ConcernedCitizen
March 10, 2006, 12:21 AM
There is a Practical Rifle match held in the gravel quarry on the second Saturday of every month.

These matches are geared towards rifles such as AR15s and AKs, but there is always quite the variety at every match. It also has some interesting stages, involving things such as shooting from cover, reloading, and a combination of close and long range targets.

The next match is this Saturday, the 11th. You don't need to be a member of TCGC to participate, either.

$15 fee, no steel cored or steel jacketed ammo, and all rifles must remain cased until you are ready to shoot. Bring a handgun and a knife, as well, as there is usually at least one stage involving a handgun.

Sign up starts at 8:30 AM, match starts at 9:00 AM, and usually ends around 2:00 PM or so.

Here's a link for a quick FAQ:

http://ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=8&f=36&t=213528

It's really a lot of fun, and I would highly recommend it to anybody interested!

Ramius
March 10, 2006, 12:44 AM
Justin makes a great point:

Yet another blatant case where legalizing sound suppressors would make plenty of sense.

Quiet guns make for good neighbors.
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Has any gun range ever tried this as an approach to dealing with noise complaints? A well written reply letter, or some handouts to the neighbors at the mentioned yearly open house, might help turn some anti-gun folks into lobbying for our cause if done right. Just a thought.

:D

SASS#23149
March 10, 2006, 12:54 AM
I shoot cas there once in a while and the changes being made at the range are really neat.It is a very well run place from the looks of it.All kinds of shooting available.

El Tejon
March 10, 2006, 09:07 AM
Move suppressors to Title I with federal preemption! Do it now, for the children's ears.:)

TexasRifleman
March 10, 2006, 09:19 AM
Yet another blatant case where legalizing sound suppressors would make plenty of sense.

No no, those are illegal because....... uhhhh.....

What is the excuse again?

Scottmkiv
March 10, 2006, 03:15 PM
If they were legal poachers would rule the forests, and hitmen would rule the streets. :rolleyes:

Telperion
March 11, 2006, 01:20 PM
My mom lives just a few minutes away from the range in Sherwood. I hope this works out for them, but I'm still worried because the "urban growth boundary" is only a mile away. :uhoh:

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