Where do you shoot (type of range)?


December 23, 2011, 11:28 AM
I'm curious to know the practice environment for THR'ers. How many folks are shooting in a field on their back 40, how many at an indoor police range, how many at a controlled outdoor range, etc.?

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December 23, 2011, 11:35 AM
I shoot at a small outdoor range. We have a winter .22 league coming up and I also do a pistol league.in the spring/Sumner as well. All for $35/yr

December 23, 2011, 11:35 AM
Outdoor gun club mostly (rifle to 200y and pistol bays with dirt berms).

Shotgun sports club (skeet, trap and sporting)

Desert for long range rifle (to 1560 yards, we provide everything from targets to portable shade and clean up when we're done).

3 different facilities, all within 10 min of my house.

December 23, 2011, 11:37 AM
I'm lucky enough to live on 40 acres of land surrounded by thousands of acres of state land so ive always shot on my land. This year is the first year i actually joined a gun club :)

December 23, 2011, 11:55 AM
Outdoor private club.

December 23, 2011, 11:58 AM
Private gun club, set up outdoors. 2 shotgun fields w/ skeet, trap fields, rifle range with bays & shelter with distance out to 600 yards, multiple handgun 'ranges' will full competition course/range for IDPA/SCSA/defensive classes, etc. range officers, limited membership, electricity, bathrooms and all.

It's a nice place.

December 23, 2011, 12:04 PM
I step outside. *grin*

Though recently I did go to a shotgun sportsman club. Been awhile, but I also have gone to a outdoor cowboy shooting range to shoot rim-fire (modern) competition, and another outdoor range to shoot modern and tactical rim-fire competitions.

December 23, 2011, 12:10 PM
We have an outdoor 100 yard+ range with covered firing line and utility shed.
I also belong to the Rockingham Co. Gun Club.with 80+ acres of different types of ranges.

I also keep a portable PVC paper/cardboard target holder and other range stuff in my SUV and can be setup to shoot anywhere it is safe in a matter of minutes.

When we win the lottery I will post pictures of my new state of the art indoor range.:what:

December 23, 2011, 12:30 PM
Well maintained, well constructed outdoor range, 5 shooting bays, (80 yd, 300 yad, 100 yard and two 30 yard pistol bays), city maintained daily, and totally free.


December 23, 2011, 12:49 PM
We have our own range..........

Red Cent
December 23, 2011, 12:57 PM


I belong to both.

December 23, 2011, 01:37 PM
I am lucky enough to work as a P.T. RSO here.

December 23, 2011, 01:40 PM
An unsupervised outdoor range with rifle/pistol, clay pigeon traps, archery targets, and archery 3D targets. All for $50 a year ($25 with a college ID.)

If it's too cold and I think I need to shoot it's $7.00 per half hour or $150 a year at the indoor pistol range at the LGS.

December 23, 2011, 01:46 PM
Been a member here for going on 3 years now...


December 23, 2011, 01:46 PM
Currently I only shoot shotguns and handguns, which can all be shot at my local indoor pistol range. They charge either a per-visit fee or a membership fee. I do eventually want a rifle, but I may buy some land and set up a private range before I get one. I'd rather have fun when I'm shooting, and be able to go downrange at will, without making everyone else stop (and without having to stop so others can go downrange). That's why I like the pistol range - I can bring the target to me at will.

December 23, 2011, 01:52 PM
Well maintained, well constructed outdoor range, 5 shooting bays, (80 yd, 300 yad, 100 yard and two 30 yard pistol bays), city maintained daily, and totally free.


Are you shooting your Phantom here?:D I just ordered some parts from CGW for mine. I really enjoy mine, more accurate than my 4" bbl Springer XD9:uhoh: which cost $125 more than my CZ. Just trying to decide on tritium or FO dots for it.

December 23, 2011, 01:54 PM
I step outside. *grin*


December 23, 2011, 02:15 PM
I checked other. I have belonged to a private club for 20 years....chris3 http://www.haltomcityrpc.org/

December 23, 2011, 02:40 PM
Private club, with indoor and outdoor ranges; no formal range officers except during a scheduled event.

December 23, 2011, 02:59 PM
Lucky enough to have a private range.


Odd Job
December 23, 2011, 03:03 PM
Club with a mixture of outdoor and indoor ranges. Shooting is mainly for members only, but on the first Sunday of every month visitors can come down and shoot, for a fee.

December 23, 2011, 03:15 PM
I have:

an indoor range 4 miles from my home – 25 yards .22LR only:
an outdoor range 8 miles away – 25 and 50 yards mainly for .22LR, black powder rifles and pistols and most cartridge calibres so long as the rounds are home loads and down-loaded to reduce the noise due to residents living nearby:
an outdoor range 20 miles away – 100 and 200 yards catering for all calibres and disciplines;
an outdoor range 100 miles away – 100 to 1000 yards catering for all calibres and disciplines;

That’s it.

December 23, 2011, 05:13 PM
I just go outside. I can shoot almost as far as I want. I don't like ranges too much. Too many people and you can't shoot on your terms.

December 23, 2011, 06:25 PM
I own enough land so i can shoot on my own range. I have a measured out range set up for my own use.


December 23, 2011, 06:30 PM
I belong to a private "campground" that has a range. You have to join the "sprotsman's club" to use it, but I have never seen anyone else there when I was using it. I know a few others do, but I always have the place to myself.

Chuck R.
December 23, 2011, 07:01 PM
I built a range on my property, so I guess its “outdoors and I’m the RO”:




I shoot pistol, 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500 yards. I’ve been buying armor plate targets, have a swinger and a knockdown target and have enough to do some pretty decent IDPA stages.


December 23, 2011, 07:12 PM
My wife and I belong to a club with an indoor pistol range, a collection of various outdoor pistol ranges, a .22 rifle range, and a high powered rifle range. There's also an indoor archery range, a field archery course, and 3D. It's nothing fancy, but very practical and only minutes from my house. My whole family uses it.

Sauer Grapes
December 23, 2011, 08:01 PM
Semi private club. {easy to join} We have about 4,000 members. Club has been there for 70yrs. It now sits in a very populated area.

4 trap fields
2 skeet fields
1 5 stand field
table trap range
100yd rifle range
75yd black powder range
26 bay pistol range out to 50yds.
12 bay rimfire range to 50yds.
25yd air rifle range
50yd archery range

Everything is outdoors with cover over the shooting position. Family oriented club with all kinds of activities for the members.
And yes, we have about 100 range officers to monitor the facilities. It's a pretty big operation.
2 full time employees and 3 or 4 part time. Many of us volunteer time to the club to do maintenence and repairs and run matches on the various ranges.
We even have a kitchen that is open on weekends.


M2 Carbine
December 23, 2011, 08:26 PM
Home range.

Backyard 40 yard handgun range.
115 yard range.

December 23, 2011, 11:57 PM
I have been a Board Member or Officer of our local Sportsman's Club since 1981. I have been Club President around the last 20 years. We have an 800 yard Hi Power Rifle Range. We also have 2 each 100 yard ranges. A Trap Range, and a second Combination Trap & Skeet Range.

We shoot:
50 yard Rimfire Bench Rest
600 Yard Centerfire Bench Rest ( 9 Concrete Benches)
100 - 800 Yard Sniper Match shooting Silhouettes from Simulators. (30 Targets)
100 - 800 Yard Multi Range F Class (30 Targets)
Defensive Pistol Matches (Outlaw IDPA)
Steel Handgun Match
3 Gun Combat Course

We have a very nice facility with a Club House complete with a Kitchen and 2 Rest Rooms. We also have 2 pavilions. One with 10 Picnic Tables, and a second with 8 wooden Bench Rest benches under it. You can shoot on both 100 yard ranges from this pavilion. Both are wired with receptacles and lights.
We also have a Shoot House with multiple rooms and doors, with limited lighting for night fire. We have night lighting on both Trap Ranges, and one of the 100 yard Ranges.
Our range is used for Training and Qualification by the local Police Departments, County Sheriff's Dept off and on, Drug Task Force, Conservation Agents, Highway Patrol Snipers, and Federal Prison SWAT Snipers. Law Enforcement training/qualification is scheduled during the week, and normally has almost no impact on our club members using the range.


I also have a concrete bench rest table in my back yard with a 100 yard impact berm. I have a 4' X 4' Target Frame for paper targets, and a Steel 12" X 12" hanging target for handgun practice with my hunting handguns.

Have a Very Merry Christmas


December 24, 2011, 12:28 AM
Usually here.







Ignition Override
December 24, 2011, 12:45 AM
Those of us who also go to a limited river area, just barely outside city limits, prefer to keep a low profile there. At least the few of us who are middle-aged do so.
It was a scene attached to a major crime (body dumped near the bridge) a few years ago, and later an illegal hombre who could not swim, was fishing over the flooding river, fell into his net and drowned.

It was rewarding in early Dec. to walk over to "the spot" and meet an agent who works for ICE, and obtain his business card. He was plinking with his Russian-built rifle against a large tree.
This same agent was required to take the fingerprints of the illegal guy who fell in about two years ago.

The only slight hang-up is in late Nov, during bowhunting season.
Some nitwit heard my Jungle Carbine, and assumed that I was poaching deer.
The two Deputies who were called were friendly, but their department (Arlington) never briefs its Deputies that the place is outside city limits, even though one of their Deputies has done some plinking there with his personal gun.

December 24, 2011, 12:06 PM
Nice stuff, wish I could win the lottery and buy enough land to build my own 1000 yard range on it! Of course, who am I kidding, I can't SEE 1000 yards, much less hit anything at that distance with anything smaller than a tac-nuke. :)
shooter, that is indeed the CZ-SP-01 Phantom in action, note the dust puff behind the close target - was doing some fast shots to try to catch one on camera. :) Please note the nifty CZ-USA skull shirt - those are very cool; my landlord wore his to Sturgis. :D

This range goes to 300 yards, which is about all I can handle right now. ;) Maybe if I get a CZ 550 Urban Counter Sniper Rifle with that lottery win...

December 24, 2011, 12:22 PM
For most all of my guns when I am lazy. I have a personnal range on my property.
For the belt-fed 50 BMG, The Orange County Gun Club.
Then there is Lone Star, it's an indoor range for suppressor testing.

December 24, 2011, 12:28 PM
Local Sheriff's indoor training center. Something like $150 per year. Nice place.

December 24, 2011, 12:32 PM
We have safe shooting ranges set up @ my son's land and my brother's land. I also belong to a small local conservation club that has a formal range for members only. It is generally not supervised and most of the time I can spend hours there shooting by myself.

December 24, 2011, 12:34 PM
I'm lucky enough to live in rural America where most of my shooting takes place in the pasture or at our flood control lake ( using the dam on the south side as a backstop ).

Pete D.
December 25, 2011, 05:45 AM
I shoot a lot at an indoor range at the Metropolitan Rod and Gun Club in Brooklyn, NY.
I shoot Trap on Wednesdays at the Staten Island Sportsman's Club.
There is a nice uncontrolled range run by the PAF&G Commission only two miles from my home in PA.
Less frequently, I shoot at a very nice facility owned by the North Mt. Sportsman's Club in Muncey Valley...Trap, Skeet, sporting clays, rifle, pistol, and a state of the art Bunker Trap facility.

December 26, 2011, 11:09 AM
I belong to www.mcwcc.org. There are two pistol ranges (7yd and 25yd), a rifle range with targets at 50 and 100 yards, a shotgun range, an archery range, and an active youth air rifle team with an indoor range in the clubhouse.

At a recent range workday I counted 30 cars -- after some people had left and before others arrived.

December 26, 2011, 11:50 AM
Summertime: State range controlled by DNR rangers
Winter: gun shop indoor range

December 26, 2011, 10:29 PM
Up past Zig-Zag, with Mt. Hood as my backstop, at least before the wife got sick of the long drives.

Now at Johnson Creek Gun Club, members-only (2 free guests) range with 7 day a week, 8am-8pm cardlock access and no monitors beyond the security cameras and the goodwill of my fellow members.

December 27, 2011, 10:38 AM
Actually I shot a public range with 10 covered outdoor benches and 6 indoor benches. Ranges 25 yards out to 300 yards. It's part of the rod and gun club of which I'm the range officer. I'm not at the range everyday due to my work but I get over there on a fairly regular basis. This range is less that 5 miles from my house in fact I could probably walk there quicker than driving there if I wasn't carrying all the stuff I take with me to the range.

December 27, 2011, 07:29 PM
At my fathers farm a 600 YD range into a side of a large hill. 30 feet from the back door. A 30 min ride to the members only club with 100 YD outdoor range and indoor clubhouse/50 foot range for $40 a year.

December 27, 2011, 08:40 PM
i enjoy the indoor range at a small local gun shop.

December 27, 2011, 09:03 PM
I just set up targets in my back yard and shoot them from my deck.

December 27, 2011, 09:26 PM
Most of the time at an indoor range. It is only a mile from my house. You can rent time by the half hour , full hour, or annual tie. It is new and very clean.
In warmer weather I go to an outdoor gravel pit that is county own. No range officers and most any thing goes. Full auto to cannons.

December 28, 2011, 12:12 AM
I'm lucky enough that I live 5 minutes from a town with plenty of stores etc, and I can drive 15 minutes in the opposite direction and be in the middle of nowhere where I can shoot to my heart's content

Zach S
December 28, 2011, 04:57 PM
Pistol caliber only indoor range (rimfire and PCCs allowed), hourly rate. No formal range officer, but range is monitored via CCTV.

I am jealous of 97 voters so far. I miss the days where a trip to the range was consisted of walking out of my back door, and closing it...

December 29, 2011, 08:52 AM
Things have changed here in New England:

As a boy I used to walk about a mile with a bunch of friends to shoot in the sand pits - people would call out SWAT if they saw a half dozen kids walking down the street with rifles and shotguns now.

As a high school student, I usually kept a skeet thrower, clays, shells and shotgun in my trunk to stop in an empty field, sandpit or woods to shoot or hunt whenever I wanted (season permitting of course). Its now illegal to have a gun on school property and the places open to shooting have filled with houses.

In my town and the surrounding towns it is now illegal to discharge a firearm or bow, except for the grandfathered gun clubs. I've belonged to the local club for more than a decade and shoot at their indoor and outdoor ranges.

Things change a little at a time, but a lot over a lifetime...

BTW, This is my first post here. I'm glad I found this forum, lots of good information, maturity and helpful folks.

December 29, 2011, 10:44 AM
Private club. Formal set up outdoor pistol and rifle range. Shotgun area for trap and skeet; don't really know how it works or under what conditions the throwers are used.

Also has an indoor range on location 50 yard indoor range.

No R. O. but members only, guests with members allowed.

December 29, 2011, 12:25 PM
http://i1186.photobucket.com/albums/z363/kristensdaddy/range1-1.jpgShoot on my own personal range.http://i1186.photobucket.com/albums/z363/kristensdaddy/range2.jpg
Also a member of a local gun club with trap, skeet, etc. I shoot there at lunchtime.

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