I read alot of you guys go to a public range indoors and outdoors. Some of you guys just shoot of your back deck. Others have an area set-up on their own propertys. I am currently working at setting up a range for myself friends and family on my own property. It will have the capabilities of going out to 200 yards. I have never shot at an actual public range. Always just been on my own farm or the state land around the corner from the house. Just a big pile of dirt as a back stop and thats it. So I really dont know how to have everything. Any suggestions? Pictures of where you shoot would greatly help. Ill have some up in the next couple days of where I want to set this up once the rain clears out. :rolleyes: Thanks! Josh
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July 11, 2009, 05:15 PM
Cool thread idea enginetech. Ill try to get a couple pics early next week.
July 11, 2009, 05:40 PM
The crappy range in Union, SC:
Just mounds of dirt at 15, 35, and the back of the range is around 100. No markers or anything, and you gotta bring your own wood and stuff. Unmanned free range, and the DNR official in charge of the range is a jerk - sits in his car all day watching people and waiting for someone to do something wrong.
Next two are my favorite range in Mountain Rest, SC:
Another unmanned range. Nets hanging up at 25, 50, 75, and 100 yards. Clothespins brought out by regulars of the range, targets printed out by the regulars there too. Operated by the townspeople of Walhalla. The DNR official in charge of this one is a really cool guy, he comes out and shoots with us and just chats. Even though it's "paper targets only", he'll still let us set up water bottles with red dye at 100 yards so we can see if we hit them.
Not to mention, the drive from Clemson is a nice one - up a few winding mountain roads and the range is down a dirt road, with a creek flowing right next to it. Places like this are the reason I love living in SC.
Thought I'd include this one, it's a picture looking downrange, a friend of mine took it with his camera and I think it's a neat-looking picture.
And here is a youtube vid a member took of two of our IPSC / Pistol League bays. Also have several steel bays for AASA. Vid is of some of our league shooters.
Range has the usual - pistol lines, rifle lines and lots of bays.
Very nice topic btw. looking forward to seeing some of the fancy places :)
July 11, 2009, 08:48 PM
Normally, I go to our family farm in Southwest Virginia. The top 3 pics show this farm. The bottom one shows a little "area" of the farm which used to be inhabited by ancestors a few generations ago. That is the area where I shoot - since it is in sort of a "bowl" with somewhat flat land at the bottom and tall hills all around. No, the cattle don't cause a problem. If they're in one certain direction, I just set up my stuff at another hillside.
This is another place where I sometimes go shoot -- it is at another farm in Southwest Virginia where my mother currently lives. It is much flatter - and good for rifles (and groundhogs). Note: Groundhogs make great reactive targets.
There is actually a really nice gun club less than 5 miles from my house. They have a rimfire range, handgun range and a 400yd rifle range. They also have trap/skeet and all manner of nice stuff. I have almost decided to join, but I don't think I'd like to shoot there. I have been to public ranges (unstaffed) before - and I did not like it at all. Idiots had shot the place up - and when other people are there, you can't have a conversation with the person you came with because of all the shooting that's going on just 5 yards away. Also, you have to wait until they're finished shooting for everyone to go reset targets, etc. I don't like that. And the LAST thing I would want is for some stranger to saunter up to my "area" and start gawking at my guns, comment on my shooting, etc.
I shudder. That's not for me.
July 11, 2009, 10:41 PM
Since i have a bad sense of humor and never take a camera to the range i drew you a picture of me at the range,not only that im holding my dream gun a DW Razorback 10mm.
This is the view near my house. The range is at the base of that mountain (Mt. Kinsman, NH) on private (land owner permission) property. It's about 500 yd. long and somewhat narrow. It's an old gravel pit with high sides (about 20 ft. high) Great protection and noise reduction. Of course, the trees and foliage are so thick around here that it really is a moot point. You can also get permission from the local ranger (USFS) to pretty much shoot anywhere you want (old logging roads and such) in the National Forest within bounds of the rules (no shooting across a roadway, within 1/4 mile of a trailhead, hut, ranger sta. etc.)
Not much to see, pictures are at 50, 100, and 300 yards. We can shoot up to 2 miles here and it is only a couple of miles from my house.
July 13, 2009, 05:13 PM
My gun club..... www.blgc.org . There's a bunch of separate ranges of different depths, plus a high-power rifle range out to 600 yards, a shotgun range, and a .22 silhouette range.
dasfriek- looks like you need to work on your grouping bro
July 15, 2009, 03:05 PM
First picture is my son shooting on the pistol range at the Garland Public shooting range, Garland Texas.
The second and third are a private range my friend built on his ranch in Central Texas.
Im jealous...some of you have some really nice areas to shoot.
Lamb of Gun
July 16, 2009, 09:16 AM
Here is the range I like to go to. I don't have any other pictures of it on this computer but to the left is a line of trees and then a 100 and 200 yard range that runs parallel to this one. To the right is a 10 yd. pistol range that runs perpendicular to this one.
July 17, 2009, 02:38 PM
Thanks for all the pictures!! Lots of great ideas!!
July 17, 2009, 03:18 PM
This is kinda sorta related, but I'd really like to build a portable shooting bench arrangement on a small utility trailer, with leveling jacks on all four corners. I just don't have a place to keep it, or I probably would build one. My gun club range is perfect for something like this. I'd probably go with a little larger trailer, for more walk-around space, with mounted boxes for storage and a cooler rack. Probably some wooden rifle stacking racks too. Maybe even a big patio umbrella.
Last sunday I just finished adding to my shooting hill in the back of my property. My property is 450 yards deep where the hill is, I just havnt taken any shots that long yet. The berm is 10' high, 50' wide and 20' thick at the base (3' wide at top), all tightly packed and has a core of pine and gum trees that the dirt was piled on.
Here is 25 yards:
and 250 Yards:
Okefenokee Swamp public range
25 yard pistol and 100 yard rifle with 10 lanes apiece.
July 17, 2009, 03:54 PM
You resemble my first wife. Is you sisters name Jenniferjerk.
July 17, 2009, 05:05 PM
I can count the number of times I've shot at a public range on one hand.
The vast majority of my shooting has been done on my grandpa's property, where he has a 200 yard range set up, or on the public land around that property.
We also do a far amount of shooting on pubic land. Montana has lots of wide open spaces. We also have a power lone maintenence road that we shoot a good deal on because it allows for shots of over a mile, which means we can stretch out the legs on my M1A, my dad's custom .338 RUM, my bro's AR-50, and anything else we care to shoot. This is a pick down that road from behind my M1A. I was shooting a torso target located 600-some odd yards down the right side tree line.
Here's the public range in my neck of the woods. Berms out to 300yds, and steel targets from 200 out to around 1300yds. There's a marker at 1 mile as well, if you can see it. :)
July 18, 2009, 03:13 PM
I have some great spots up in the mountains to shoot, but they are at least an hour drive. I sure do envy you guys that can shoot on your own property.
July 18, 2009, 03:38 PM
out of rig(on tables) on my 40 acres(where I dont live) legal shootin area, I can do whatever the heck I want(like shoot down a fir tree with a HK91 :D
I have shown many folks how to shot out there, just me and them(one person at a time) if a much more relaxed atmospher than a range. And I have a very good system to teach newbies fast and easy and building great confidence without being scarred off at the 1st round
I do need to take the dozer out and clean the old cat trails up and make a 300yard range and other stuff, but right now I have a cleared area big enough for what I need now. It a treasure mine of brass.....I aint picked it up in years.
when I shoot out there by myself, I wear body armor....just because ya never know and the cell dont work out there.
If I ever join a local gun club and do all the huge hassle to get a license to even have any kind of firearm, I'll post some pictures of that. And I have a feeling it'll be pretty crummy compared to these AMAZING places. I am especially envied by the long range rifle ranges I see. So much fun to be had! Like that grandpa lands with an M14. Lucky man. Is it legal to shoot in public lands along power cables like that?
Montana is probably where I'd move to if I was forced to move to the US.
July 19, 2009, 07:28 AM
Very nice Hk also like the shovel
July 19, 2009, 11:26 AM
gotta burry the bodies someplace :D
July 20, 2009, 02:47 AM
I went over to the local gun range Saturday with intentions of joining the club that operates it. Apparently I got a lot of bad information from the guy who is head of the club though and when I called about the issues I got a lot of static and a lot more "secret club" baloney. I don't want to join the "The Water Buffaloes" or "The Regal Order of Good Fellowship" or even "The Raccoon Lodge". I don't want to know any secret handshakes and I don't want to be blood brothers with anyone. I just wanted to shoot and get a discount from the CMP and maybe shoot in a competition or two. I guess all that's out now because I'm not much of a joiner. Shooting is something I do to get away from the crowds. I don't want to take them with me.
Wow, that's a drag! My club is just the opposite, seems like most members prefer to stay away from each other. Or maybe it's just me......:uhoh:
July 20, 2009, 11:25 AM
I cant ever get any shooting done at my local range, always someone hanging over my shoulder or asking me what the heck that thing is.
I was for years allowed to to shoot my HK 94's, UZi ect on the pistol range, someone bitched and now I cant. Use to be able to fire as fast as I could as long as I was hitting what I was aiming at(and I do)..........bitch bitch bitch, I guess I pissed off someone at the range
I shoot not to compete or socialize, I shoot for myself and to release stress on some days......so I mostly gave up on the local range(just a few mins from me) and now drive 20min to enjoy the peice of my own personal range....I can shoot naked from the hip if I want:neener: (but gotta watch the hot brass
July 21, 2009, 02:36 AM
Towards the right-hand end of the 100 yard range.
200 yard range is off to the left, 7/10/15/25/50 yard pistol range further to the right. Trap range way off yonder. Ten minutes from my house. About $175 a year.