Find me a new range (Atlanta GA)


August 16, 2013, 09:36 PM
After several years of drawing and shooting from concealment I was told by the RO I can't do that anymore. I go off the shooting line to have a talk and he explains it encourages others to do the same and pretty soon people are shooting each other. He says I wasn't doing anything wrong but when others see me do it they get scared (as he motions his eyes to a woman a few feet away who was a few stalls down from me). I tell him I had permission from other range staff but ok I'll stop. The range has been really good to me and I appreciate the awesome leo discount but with all the new shooters coming on I understand their position for safety.

So now I need a range that lets you do that in the north Atlanta area. I'm looking for a yearly membership with unlimited time at around $300. The only other option I know of is the Chatt. national forest.

On a happier note, the Colt 1903 works well in a holster for a Glock 17/22. I found three 8 round after market mags from Numrich that function like originals. They ain't cheap at $42 but I was throwing them down on concrete during reloads and they hold up fine. I had to work the slide a few times over an empty mag so they would seat but they function great.

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August 17, 2013, 12:16 AM
Surely there are other ranges around. Maybe someone with a place in the county that would allow you to shoot. I know a place in SW Atlanta where my grandparents had a Sanitarium on 160 acres. It isn't in the family anymore, and it is all grown up. I haven't been there in a couple of years, but I'd bet know one would know or care. There should be a similar place in your neck of the woods. Might ask the Deputy's that patrol that area.

Al Thompson
August 17, 2013, 09:55 AM
I'm going to edit your title, hopefully get you a bit more traffic.

Buddy of mine shoots at the Sandy Springs Gun Club, if that helps.

45 Dragoon
August 17, 2013, 10:50 AM
Hey blue, Wild West Gun Range in Marietta may let you. I think the ATF shoot there on Thurs. Also, Bullseye may talk to you. They are in the Alpharetta area but a Cumming address. Hope this helps.

45 Dragoon

August 17, 2013, 11:26 AM
Thanks for suggestions I'll check them out.

Jim Watson
August 17, 2013, 12:18 PM
How about shooting in the great outdoors but on an organized range, not out in the woods?

I have shot the Buffalo Rifle matches at River Bend, but they have plenty of pistol facilities.

The Georgia State IDPA Championship is held at South River and is a full service range.

I used to shoot Cowboy at the Cherokee Gun Club.

August 17, 2013, 02:14 PM
I shoot here. It is west of Rome near the Alabama line. I know it is a bit of a drive, but we have several members who drive from the Kennesaw/ Marietta area. They pack a lunch and make a day of it when they come. Probably too far if you are on the NE side of Atlanta.

It is a private club. Membership is $175/ year with $5/visit for the rifle pistol range. Or you can pay $25/ year for unlimited rifle/pistol shooting. No range officers. Everyone polices themselves. They also offer shotgun sports, camping, and fishing which I rarely use. I'm primarily a rifle and handgun shooter.

Saturday and Sundays can get crowded at times. I go weekdays and tend to get there before sunrise and have my targets mounted by the time it is light enough to shoot. I'm usually through by 10-11 AM and never see another shooter most of the time.

August 17, 2013, 04:18 PM
+1 for South River Gun Club. Their action pits are what drew me. Gives you your own personal range to shoot on the move using handguns or carbines, let alone drawing. The new member fee + the annual membership fee can be steep. But after that the price falls into your goal.

BTW hello all. I've been a long time lurker (maybe 7 years) but this is my first post.

August 17, 2013, 06:25 PM

I guess this is an option for you, but I NO LONGER SHOOT HERE FOR SAFETY SAKE.
This range draws the "Atlanta crowd", sorry but no disrespect intended. Pull into the parking lot and it is full of Fulton and Cobb county plates. The problem is this range is remote and unsupervised.

Things that have happened to me here,,,,

Me and another fellow shooter were downrange setting targets when a barely supervised child picked up a .22 rifle and proceeded to "shoot at a butterfly". I nearly stroked out as I laid into the "adult", but all I got was "sorry mister, we will be more careful next time".

A wacko one day had a pair of semi auto 9 mm handguns with what must have been 30 round magazines blasting away one in each hand as fast as he could pull the trigger. He went through several boxes of ammo before I asked him why. He said he was breaking in his new guns. Sheesh!, he must of shot 300 rounds through each pistol like that.

Countless times my targets had extra holes not of the same diameter.

Target stands are orange plastic snow fence stretched across 4x4 posts. Watched a fellow purposefully blast a post with his high power rifle until he split it in two bringing down the whole target stand. He then literally jumped for joy.

I arrived once to find one enterprising young man had brought about a dozen men and women with him one Friday for his "office party." He was running all over the range between the 25, 50 and 100 yard stations trying to show everyone the hardware. They were nice enough make room for me on a bench. I struck up a conversation with one of them and as I found out NONE of the guests had ever handled a firearm, the leader had placed a fully automatic rifle in a ladies hands and she proceeded to ride the 20 round magazine to empty. As the last round left the rifle, it was at about a 60 degree angle above the horizon.

In each case above I left the range and noticed each time my vehicle was the only one in the parking lot without an Atlanta metro area license plate.

I have not been there in over 5 years.

I now go here. . .

August 17, 2013, 11:24 PM
Thanks again. I think I'll save up some money and hopefully apply to Riverbend

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