Looking for outdoor range or public access area in the DFW Texas area.


March 24, 2010, 08:46 PM
I searched several times to find anything on this but couldn't find anything that helped me out. We moved here 7 months ago and I've yet to shoot even one of my guns:( because I haven't found a location that suits my needs. I'm looking for an outdoor range or public use land that can be used for shooting. I am very aware of the ubiquitous number of indoor ranges around this area but most have very strict rules about rifle use. (I shoot 50 BMG) I'm introducing a friend of mine to shooting hopefully this coming Friday, but I still need to find a place for us to use. So does anybody know of anywhere like this around the DFW area? Thanks for all of your help..:)

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March 24, 2010, 09:25 PM
ouch. was going to make several suggestions for your side of texas until I read 50BMG. I would call Cabelas the Fine gun section and ask them . They sell your caliber and see on display from time to time. Surely would know. Have never been to Bass Pro which would be closer for you. Maybe a call there. Also check the Parker County Sportsman Club. *shooting range" . Alpine shooting range, One not that far from the Dallas Galleria.. North i think. And another north of Calbelas. Hwy 114 if i recall. Springcreek shooting range.

Hope you find what you need.

Life is to short to live in Dallas.

March 24, 2010, 10:09 PM
50BMG is gonna be tough in this area.

Pretty much private ranges are all I know of. Alpine doesn't allow .50, at least they have signs saying that. The old grumpy guy in Garland doesn't either.

Tac Pro has a range for that kind of thing but it's a good 2 hour drive from Dallas.

dogtown tom
March 24, 2010, 10:16 PM
There is very little "public" land in the DFW area.


That site hasn't been updated in a while, so I recommend calling each range to verify if their info is still correct.

APG (Adrenaline Proving Ground in Greenville was just sold to the local PD I believe.
Ralph's Range in Tom Bean is currently closed while improvements are being made.

Alpine Shooting Range
Website: http://www.alpineshootingrange.com
Phone: 817-478-6613
Address: 5482 Shelby Road, Ft. Worth, Texas 76140
Hours: Open 8:00 a.m. 7 days a week. Closing times are seasonal.
Fees: $7.50 per person, $6.00 for seniors, $4.00 for children - 12 and under. Punch Card for 10 range fees $55.00
Highlights: NO FMJ. Rifle ranges are 100yds. & 50yds, Pistol ranges are 50yds. 30yds. & 3/50 ft. Skeet, trap, clays available.

Denton County Sports Assn. Inc.
Website: http://www.dentoncountysports.com
Phone: 972-949-4180
Address: 409 Copper Canyon Road, Argyle (**Mail Route) TX 76226
Hours: See website.
Fees: Annual Membership Only. See website.
Highlights: Private indoor handgun range. Southern Denton County. Gravel parking, lighted skills trails, indoor gun range. Indoor and outdoor classrooms.

Elm Fork Shooting Center (formerly Winchester Gun Range)
Website: http://www.elmfork.com/
Phone: 972-556-0164
Address: 10751 Luna Rd, Dallas
Hours: Tue-Fri 10am to 7 pm. Sat & Sun 9am to 7pm. CLOSED MONDAYS
Fees: $15.00 per shooter, per day for pistol and rifle $25.00 an hour for reactive steel plate range. Archery $10.00 per person per day.
Highlights: The owners have contacted me and stated the ARE black rifle friendly! NO FMJ. 3-D Archery range coming soon.

Garland Public Shooting Range
Website: http://www.eaglepeakshootingrange.com/gpsr/gpsr.htm
Phone: 972-495-5330
Address: 2606 Pleasant Valley Road, Garland, TX 75040
Hours: 7 Days a Week 10:00am - 8:00pm
Fees: Rifle, Pistol, Archery $10.00 one time fee for ID card, and $10 fee per day.
Highlights: NO FMJ. Black Rifle friendly. Nice, large, clean. Concrete benches. 50yd and 100yds rifle. 15yd and 20yd pistol/rimfire.

Gibson Outpost Shooting Range
Phone: (972) 222-8127
Address: 1712 Lawson Rd, Mesquite, TX 75181
Hours: 7 Days a Week, 10:00am - 5:30pm
Fees: $10.83 per day, Annual membership card required, which is $6.00 per year.
Highlights: FMJ Friendly. Black Rifle friendly. Large range. Wood benches. 50yd, 100yd, and 200yd rifle. 15yd and 25yd pistol/rimfire.

Magnum Shooting Range
Phone: 940-458-7000
Address: 4934 Duck Creek Rd. Sanger TX 76266
Hours: ?
Fees: ?
Highlights: ?

Parker County Sportsman Club
Website: http://www.parkersportsman.com/
Phone: ?
Address: 6700 Advance Rd, Poolville, TX 76487
Hours: Open from sun up to sun down 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Fees: Club membership. $60 annually, with $50 initiation fee.
Highlights: There are 4 ranges: Pistol 50 yards, rifle 100 and 275 yards and the shotgun range. The clubhouse and heated restrooms are surrounded by graveled parking area. We also have two manual operated trap stations for shot gunning, with automated trap and combination field concrete work being done this spring. We utilize a bulletin board for current events at the clubhouse. Monthly newsletter to keep members informed of activities. Website and email contact. Tilt wall 10X20 supply storage building to keep the maintenance items in good shape. The clubhouse is available for meetings, classes, etc.

Quail Creek Public Shooting Range
Website: http://www.quailcreekrange.com/
Phone: (940) 648-3356
Address: I-35 W. At FM 1171 (Centrally Located Between Fort Worth, Denton, & Lewisville)
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 9am - 6pm. Closed Monday.
Fees: ?
Highlights: NO FMJ rifle ammo (that also includes tracer /incediary/AP) NO RAPID FIRE, 1 shot every 2 seconds. NO NFA weapons or devices of any kind, to include ANYTHING with a Tax stamp (Machine guns, SBR, Suppressors, AOW)

Tacpro Shooting Center
Website: http://www.tacproshootingcenter.com/
Phone: 254-968-3112
Address: 35100 North State Hwy 108, Mingus, TX 76463
Hours: 8AM - dusk
Fees: $25/day, $15/half-day (non-members). $10/$5 for members. $125 annual membership.
Highlights: The 550 acre Shooting Center facilities include a gun store specializing in products for tactical professionals, Law Enforcement and competition shooters, classrooms with covered firing point, restrooms and refreshment machines, outdoor pistol, tactical shotgun and Subgun ranges, with paper and reactive steel targets. The Center also can accommodate shooting up to 1000-yard rifle (50 cals welcome), as well as a sporting clay layout. Bench/seated/standing/prone all allowed.

Texas Defensive Shooting Academy (TDSA)
Website: http://www.tdsa.net/
Phone: 972-217-1182
Address: South Dallas. See website for directions.
Hours: Anytime, Day or Night.
Fees: Membership only. Range membership fee is $250.00 per year or $150.00 per year with two(2) volunteer work days.
Highlights: Pretty much anything goes. FMJ, Black rifle, rapid fire, and Class3 friendly. Multiple tac bays. Rifle bay has 100/200/300 yard berms. One bay with two plate racks. One bay with shoot house. Can be muddy.

Tiger Valley
Website: http://www.tigervalley.com/
Phone: See website for contact info.
Address: Just northeast of Waco, off Hwy 84. See website for detailed directions.
Hours: See website for events not open to the public
Fees: See website for events and courses.
Highlights: 1000yd range, multiple tactical bays, steel knockdown targets. Civilian and LEO courses. Regular matches.

M2 Carbine
March 24, 2010, 10:21 PM
The Parker County Sportsman Club range is very nice. I've been a member for years although I haven't been to the range in over two years.

It would be a good drive from Dallas.

March 24, 2010, 10:31 PM
I have to disagree with the listing that shows Gibsons as "Black Rifle Friendly"....

The word "friendly" and that old guy don't go anywhere near each other :)

Double Naught Spy
March 25, 2010, 07:55 AM
Yep and after the Texas Motor Speedway incident, some of the ranges are even less enthusiastic about .50 BMG.

Tacpro and Tiger Valley (I have shot .50 BMG here) might be your only realistic choices.

March 25, 2010, 07:58 AM
It is a bit of a haul, but Tac Pro Shooting Center welcomes .50 BMG. I've shot one there.

Check out http://www.tacproshootingcenter.com/.

If you're in Dallas, it is about a an hour and a half drive. If your in FW, should be about an hour.

March 25, 2010, 08:04 AM
Might try here http://www.jacobsplain.com/

March 25, 2010, 01:18 PM

March 25, 2010, 06:10 PM
Every time I read threads like these I realize how lucky I am to be a member of my outdoor club/range.

Please share.

March 25, 2010, 06:32 PM
^ yes parasite, please share, even if its a few hours drive. $50 per year is definitly justifiable

March 25, 2010, 07:48 PM

March 25, 2010, 07:53 PM
Years ago I visited the Garland Shooting Range more than a few times. It wasn't far from where I lived at the time. Back then they had machine shoots at car bodies and you could shoot anything there. Seems that has changed as the surburban sprawl has contined in all directions from Dallas.

March 26, 2010, 08:21 PM
Here you go: http://www.elmfork.com/

It's not a public range, but for an outdoor range it's hard to beat. I've seen several folks shooting long distances, but can't say I've seen .50

Give them a call and see if you can shoot there and, if not, where do they recommend.

Good luck - hope to see you there.

Take care,

PS: From what I've seen black rifles are no big deal. I have three that I need to break in and that's where I'll be shooting them. Also, bring your own ammo, theirs is expensive.

They also have a great skeet shooting setup. You can rent a golf cart and choose from three courses. Absolutely fun.

March 26, 2010, 08:23 PM
^ yes parasite, please share, even if its a few hours drive. $50 per year is definitly justifiable

There are several private ranges/clubs within an hour or 2 of the DFW area. I'm a member of one.

Most of them have limits on the number of members and a LONG waiting list. I waited about 3 years for my name to come up in the list.

PM me if you want info, but the last I heard the waiting list was seriously 3-4 years for most of the clubs that are reasonably priced.

March 26, 2010, 08:40 PM
Elm fork is good and one of the few in DFW with a 100 yard range, but I know for a fact that they only allow you to use soft point ammo on it, and on the other side of the back stop is the shotgun clubhouse, so I don't know about 50bmg, but you might want to give them a call, they might know somewhere.

but I would also like to know about any land anywhere I could go shoot around DFW, especially if it has an over 500m spot to shoot.

March 26, 2010, 09:33 PM
50BMG is best at Tac Pro. Join as a member and qualify on the 1000 yard range. Heading there tomorrow to use the 100/200 yard ranges.

Colton White
March 27, 2010, 11:49 AM
Elm Fork is a nice range with very nice staff

this has been mentioned but I thought I would explain,
There is a range I think south of Texas motor speedway, the story goes as i heard it at the track, that some guy shot off a .50 BMG over the backstop and it traveled at least a mile when it hit a camper trailer, through the camper, then took some poor lady's arm OFF

I could be wrong feel free to correct me. but that is the number one reason DFW is a hard place to shoot the .50, and a real life reminder of the range and power of the .50

wherever you shoot be careful

March 28, 2010, 05:07 PM
There is a range I think south of Texas motor speedway, the story goes as i heard it at the track, that some guy shot off a .50 BMG over the backstop and it traveled at least a mile when it hit a camper trailer, through the camper, then took some poor lady's arm OFF

Most of the story is certainly true, I saw all the news stories at the time. However I don't believe the guy was at a "range". IIRC, he shot into the air at an angle, thinking the bullet would come down in an unpopulated area, but it traveled a little far and was headed down at a steep angle.

If you are shooting in the air around DFW, you are already headed for trouble.

March 29, 2010, 09:20 PM
The shooter was over 5 miles away shooting at a backstop on some land. Ricochet went off at a 45 degree angle, ballistic up, and came down through the mobil home roof at the speedway striking the woman in the arm. Arm was not taken off, serious injury but not life threatening. Treated and released. Shooter contacted authorities after the story broke and layed out all the evidence. No charges were filed, as negligence was never involved. Pure accident.

March 30, 2010, 01:08 AM
well the summarized list from dogtown tom is pretty decent (though outdated as he mentioned) though I do know of one he missed, almost right next to Love Field. Pretty decent place, though I'm much closer to the Garland public range. I don't think either of these are very .50BMG friendly.. 100yds max at garland, and I've never seen any long lanes, and the website only mentions up to 25yds :/ So its basically a handgun facility only :(


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