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The perfect gun range

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Dizos, Oct 24, 2003.

  1. Dizos

    Dizos Well-Known Member

    If you were to design the perfect gun range, what would you include? How would you lay it out?

    -- Dizos
  2. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    I'd want it to be a range with range officers who take safety very seriously.
  3. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    From contact to 1500yds, bullseye to popups, stationary to moving targets and shooters.

    I would like to have a range for Know distance shooting, i.e. DCM, Bullseye

    I would like to have an area where you could do free fire shooting, ie trash dump, old cars,

    then there is the Games IDPA, IPSC, SASS
  4. MagKnightX

    MagKnightX Well-Known Member

    "perfect?" Well, an indoor range up to 1000yd with a backstop for up to 20mm AA... computerized target system and automatic retrieval system. Classrooms, meeting rooms, etc. Shotguns okay. An archery range, too. And a large gun store. Outside, up to 3000yd, with additional archery and skeet, trap (wobble and regular), 5 stand, and sporting clays. Everything legal is welcome. Say, that's something I need to look into developing, eh?
  5. ChickenHawk

    ChickenHawk Well-Known Member

    What they said.

    Also, it'd be in my basement!

  6. Travis McGee

    Travis McGee Well-Known Member

    What you said. The perfect range would be in my basement, soundproof, well ventilated.
  7. Navy joe

    Navy joe Well-Known Member

    I'll let you know if I win powerball. To start, I figure at least 2000 acres so you wouldn't have to sweat encroachment and noise whiners. At a certain point of land ownership you reach critical taxpayer mass and the county board goes out of it's way not to irritate you.

    On that 2000 acres.
    -Managed hunting, rented out farm fields plus unmarred habitat to encourage healthy game populations.
    -1200 meter Kd range, same in unknown distance range.
    -Enough pistol pits and facilities to support a national level event in action pistol/3 gun disciplines. Automatic resetting/moving rifle rated steel targets included.
    -Computer controlled 50yd bullseye line.
    -Range suitable for full course NRA highpower.
    -Multiple trap, skeet, and 5 stand houses or whatever else the shotgunners want to do.
    - Plinking and general use ranges.
    -On-site gun shop, pro shop, and restaurant. Bar optional, steal the "Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms" name from other THR members.
    -Lodging and camping
    -Classroom facilities for resident and travelling instructors.
    -Shoothouses for the same, live fire capable and simuntions.
    -Within 20-50 miles of a major urban area but in the sticks.
    -Have a goal of a class and competition/gathering every week. Diversity. Every group that plays with guns. If you make my place look like a militia camp with your full body camo for a CCW class and UFO conspiracies you're gone. Too snobby you're gone. Oh wait, your BMW didn't make it past the tactical potholes in MY road. ;)
    -Indoor, modern well lit and ventilated range up to 50 yards with an all caliber backstop. Certification levels to allow individuals to do holstered shooting, rapid fire, full-auto, etc. You put too many holes in my range, you're gone. Run indoor matches. Pins, bullseye, rimfire, IDPA, it don't matter.
    -Big ol' building for indoor shotgun. Hey why not! Would have to be rather large.

    Anybody got any spare cash?
  8. Kamicosmos

    Kamicosmos Well-Known Member

    I've had lots of stupid and inappropriate thoughts of what to add to a gun range, but for a more serious idea:

    A gun store/range with a small diner inside would be nice. I almost always go for lunch or dinner right after shooting with friends, be nice to be able to eat at the range. Obviously the conversation is always gun-related so it'd be nice to eat at a truly gun-friendly resturant.
  9. Jammer Six

    Jammer Six member

    Here in Seattle, that didn't work. There was a range North of the city that had a small cafe in it, and it folded. I forget the name of it. "Indoor Sportsman's Club'', or something.

    Anyway, I ate there once, and after that, not again. It was terrible. They got caught in that vicious cycle of "we don't have any customers at the cafe, so the cafe has to cut expenses" that ended up with terrible food, which led to no customers...

    They also had a custom shop and a gunshop (don't they all?) all of which were showing the signs of no cashflow.
  10. J Miller

    J Miller Well-Known Member

    A wide expance of open desert accessable only by four wheel drive with mountains on at least three sides. (Yes I used to shoot in a place like this. Phoenix annexed it. What a waste.)
    No range idiots, no waiting for others to get ready, no range nazis.
    Shoot at your own pace, at whatever distance you want.
    Set up your own games, and use whatever targets suit the mood your in.
  11. Hkmp5sd

    Hkmp5sd Well-Known Member

    One that has a sign that reads "NFA Weapons are Welcome! Free Ammo if you let the person next to you have a go."

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