Anything gun-related to do in Port Aransas/Mustang Island, Texas?


March 24, 2004, 10:02 PM
Going there for a week in June, and need a Plan B in case I get bored with bikini watching and deep sea fishing. :D

But seriously, I sunburn really easily, so I probably won't be able to spend a solid week on the beach or on a boat.

And I'm flying :barf: and staying in some kind of rented lodging, so I probably won't take along any hardware of my own.

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Sylvilagus Aquaticus
March 25, 2004, 01:25 AM
Nothing shooting related that I've ever seen, but the Museum of Natural History (in Corpus Christi, just off the causeway) has some Krankawa indian artifacts...atlatls, spears, etc. and some salvaged Spanish cannon displayed there.

You can call ahead or email- is the Chamber of Commerce website. I co-taught a marine ecology class there several summers and my wife's family lived there for several years. Nice place, but don't tell everybody about it.

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Oh, and try the shrimp straight off the boats. Good times. 6 to the pound.


March 25, 2004, 02:26 AM
Hi, The Coastal Bend Shooters in Corpus have some type of shoot every weekend. They shoot ICORE, USPSA, IDPA and 3 gun. Check here for specific weekends:Coastal Bend ( They are a pretty good club and only a few miles from Mustang Island.


March 27, 2004, 08:00 PM
Nothing gun related in Port A. You might be able to catch a ride into CC and take a tour of the Lexington aircract carrier.

March 27, 2004, 08:26 PM
Rockport is a nice place. Like a New England fishing village transplanted to the Texas coast.

Don't know of anything gun related there, though ... Only thing we ever did was keep a gun in the camper all the time, just in case.

There's a marine biology museum around there somewhere ( I can't remember the exact location ). It is part of the University of Texas (IIRC) and had lots of fish tank type exhibits. All I remember is that it is right on the water and they have (or had) a couple of big research boats.

There was a restaurant between Port Aransas and Rockport, called "The Big Fisherman" It has or had a bunch of wild animals in cages right next to the dining room. You could sit at a table and look through a window at a cougar or bear or whatever. I mean the window would be right above your table and the critter was right there!

March 27, 2004, 09:01 PM
i have a buddy who spends weekends in Port Aransas.
when i emailed him, he sent back this reply:

Tell them to look up Rifles Only ( on the internet. He can sign up for a precision rifle class.They are also now doing some pistol instruction.( Jacob has taken classes at TR by the way.)It is located in Kingsville which is south of Corpus so not too far.They also have a great range if they don't want to take a class and just do some shooting.

Travis McGee
March 28, 2004, 12:29 AM
If you go out on the Gulf fishing, take along a couple of handguns in a "fishing tackle" box. And take along a bag of balloons. Balloons stick to the water like velcro, they don't "tumbleweed" away. They make great targets, as you're trolling away. Hits are immediately apparent, and your splashes show you exactly where your bullets went.

Once you're out of sight of land, "the range is always open!" Your bullets won't travel as far as your eye can see, and neither will the sound. Just make sure your skipper is cool with it, and bring some extra ear plugs for them. They'll be happy to let you shoot, in return for a couple of magazines for them to try.

You'll love it, the open sea makes a GREAT free-fire range!

Sylvilagus Aquaticus
March 28, 2004, 07:29 PM
That marine biology exhibit is the University of Texas at Port Aransas. It's on the waterfront just off the boat basin at Port A.

The wife and I have been out on the Longhorn research vessel a couple of times. Very interesting.



March 28, 2004, 10:50 PM
Thanks for the ideas.

Is there any place aroud there that rents full auto or other exotic hardware?

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