First time to the gun range


July 30, 2011, 05:59 PM
I live in central Arkansas and went to a local indoor gun range for the first time today. Usually I just drive out to my moms or my dads and shoot out there. But its too close to 100* to be outside and I've made it my goal to find a local gun business to support. First thing I noticed was that they had safety signs posted before you got to the door. Big plus in my book. Before you walked in you knew what was expected as far as firearm handling. 2nd was that A/C is awesome. The front desk guy was very helpful and explained the process well enough that the few questions I had were answered before I asked. I could see a CCW class was in process so I listened in while he was checking guns. It was a very detailed class that was going over the pros and cons of revolvers vs semi at that point. After gettig a few targets on the honor system we went inside the range which was pretty well insulated considering it was a metal building. My father in law hung a target while I set our cases down at the table at the back. An electric retrieval system helped us scoot the target past the minimum of 14' and back to ~15' and we shot away. 2 boxes later we changed from the 45 and Cz-82 to the P22 and shot some more. We were there for 2 hours and bought some water and the 2 targets and came out paying $22.

I think I found a new place to hangout.

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July 30, 2011, 06:38 PM
Was this shoothouse in Conway? I heard about it, but have yet to go check it out.

July 30, 2011, 07:28 PM

July 30, 2011, 07:37 PM
Great find!

My club has an indoor range but no AC. Gets pretty hot this time of year. I'm going to wait until it cools before I go out.

July 30, 2011, 08:44 PM
Funny how no one complains about hot indoor ranges during the winter! ;)

July 30, 2011, 10:50 PM
Did they let you keep your brass? I can't stand it when they don't.

Last time I went to this one indoor range, I took only revolvers and laughed at them when they tried to get my brass from those.

July 30, 2011, 10:52 PM
Kept all brass that fell behind the firing line. They said it was fine.

July 31, 2011, 02:34 PM
Sounds like a nice range. It's great to have options!

July 31, 2011, 02:40 PM
that sounds like a rental range I'd actually use.

the one nearby has a crummy window AC unit, lousy smoke/fume removal, and overpriced everything ... and the good rental range had some unexpected combustion and structural collapse, the business lives on but the replacement range building is a 2-lane inside an 18 wheeler trailer. Too tight, too small, and too short to be worth an hour drive when I have the conservation club 15 minutes away, even if it isn't air conditioned.

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