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California/Arizona Shoot - 5 November

Discussion in 'Rallying Point and Range Discussions' started by dasmi, Aug 16, 2005.

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  1. dasmi

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    Hey everyone.
    I've been thinking for a while how much fun it would be to have a California/Arizona combined shoot. Somewhere in Arizona, near the border maybe.
    For me, Yuma would be perfect, but I'd like to hear what would work for everyone else. I was thinking sometime in October or November, once it cools off a bit. What does everyone think of this? Any good ranges near the border, on the AZ side? I'd be willing to give rides to people in the San Diego area, or anywhere along the way. I think this would be a great time, let's get it going!
     
  2. sumpnz

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    No idea about ranges near Yuma, but if the timing works for my schedule I'll be there. I'll be elk hunting Oct 14-20 so the weekend of the 15th is out for me. I'll also be scouting for elk Oct 8-10 so that weekend is out for me too. I know my mom was planning to visit sometime in October, but I don't know when exactly just yet, but it will probably be early in that month.

    Obviously Thanksgiving will be a problem for most folks.

    IIRC Halloween is a Monday this year, so that shouldn't interfere for those of us with little kids.

    I guess late October, early November would be best for me.
     
  3. No_Brakes23

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    Having been stationed in Yuma from '97 to '01 I can tell you it is pretty nice, (From the perspective of a Californian.)

    Open Carry, and you can discharge a firearm outside city limits as long as you are 1/4 mile or more away from the nearest home.

    4 prominent places to shoot.

    #1 Adair Range, it is free, has a 1,000 yard range, as well as several other ranges. It is off 95, not too hard to get too.

    #2 Not too far from Adair (actually on the way to Adair,) is an old, out-of-use 100 yard Army range that gets used for plinking all the time. Most folks park within 50 yards of the berm and either shoot stuff off the top or stand on the berm and shoot at all the crap behind the berm. Big foothills behind that.

    #3 South of MCAS Yuma down 3E just before you go back on Marine land, is one of two rez dump spots. The Cocopah and Quechan dump their appliances and stuff back here, so plenty of targets. Game Wardens only hassled me once there, (Dove do occaisionally fly by,) but once they saw we were just plinking they bid us good day and rolled on.

    #4 North of the base, north of Paradise Casino, (The Quechan's Casino) across the All-American Canal, is another Rez dump spot that some shoot at. I wouldn't go here, and I am not even totally sure it is in AZ. It is damn close to the border.

    You can get more ammo at Sprague's at the intersection of 4th and 32nd, or Wally World.

    One thing to consider, however. It is really close to September. Sept 1st at sunrise in Yuma sounds like Fallujah. Dove season is absolutely huge there. People come from all over, and the bluehair snowbirds are already starting to show up. The Game Warden is likely to be all over the place, checking for Cali peeps acting like idiots or poaching. Not impossible to have fun shooting during that time, but something to consider.

    In fact, you could even make it a dove hunt/shoot. Most of the farmer's are pretty easy going about hunting their land, mostly only the Sunkist Orchards have no hunting signs posted.

    The season is prety short, though, and if you HAVE to go to Yuma, the later in the year the better.

    If the timing is right, I am down to go.

    I will try to post a Google Sat pic of the ranges later.
     
  4. dasmi

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    I recently drove through Yuma on the way back from the Grand Canyon. On the way, I passed the proving grounds, and I'm pretty sure I saw a sign for a range out there. Is one of the ones you referred to near there?
     
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    Yes, the first two skirt the Proving Grounds.

    I found all three and am working on a map right now.
     
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    Okay here goes:
    Here is all 3 ranges in relation to MCAS Yuma and I8:

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    Here is #1 (Adair)

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    Here is #2 (the old National Guard Range)

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    This pic shows how close #2, (The NG Range) and Adair are.

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    Here is #3 (The Rez Dump that I shot at plenty of times.) Notice the MCAS 500 yard range.

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    Hope that helps.
     
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    Here is a visualization of Jacumba to Adair.

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  8. sumpnz

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    Bump to attract attention of other CA/AZ folks.
     
  9. WhoKnowsWho

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    Did someone say shoot?! :D
     
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    Long drive, but I'd love to be there. We'll see.

    IMO, just open land is better than ranges. There's no rules/regulations, and you're more free to do what you want.
     
  11. sumpnz

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    WkW - Where ya been my man? Haven't seen posts from you in a good long while.

    I see you've moved up here to the Valley too. Hope you can make this shoot.
     
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    Been working that horrible 5 day work week schedule and being made to doing overtime eventhough after the layoff they said absolutely no OT would be needed with the 5 day work week. Well, that job is done, I jumped ship since the only difference between there and the Titanic, is that the Titanic had a band playing...

    So I work for Intel up in Chandler now. So the past couple weeks after finding a place to stay has been moving and all that fun stuff. But I will be on a compressed work week again, so I expect to have more time and hopefully more money for this hobby. I haven't touched my reloading bench since about March, right before the 5 day schedule had started.

    So I look forward to trying to make it to this shoot.
     
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    I'm now working for Spectrum Astro (now part of General Dynamics) in Gilbert. Left a decent job at Raytheon for a good one here. Big pay raise didn't hurt matters, though with housing costs I don't have as much left over as I would have hoped.
     
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    I'm in. Like sumpnz, I have hunt dates scheduled. I will be in Missouri hunting from 10-23 November. Other than that I'm open to just about anything.
     
  15. dasmi

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    How does November 5 sound to everyone?
     
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    Sounds pretty good to me, right now at least. I don't foresee anything coming up that weekend.
     
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    Works for me. I will most likely go up Friday eve and stay at the Marine base.
     
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    Sounds fun. It'd be great if we could get all California and Arizona people to come out! :D
     
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    I'll make the drive :)
     
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    If any Tucsonians need a lift then let me know. I'm sure the wife won't go so I will have room in the Bronco.
     
  21. dasmi

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    If anyone in San Diego, or between San Diego and Yuma needs a ride, let me know.
    Is anyone here actually living in Yuma? It'd be helpful to have a local, to help locate a range, and finalize everything.
    No_Brakes23, the rez dump location sounds good. I'd like to kill a few cars :)
     
  22. sumpnz

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    Depending on which vehicle I take, and how much hardware people want to bring, I could probably give a lift to 1-3 Phx area folks. I've got a Ford Ranger (regular cab) and a Honda Civic to choose between.
     
  23. Luchtaine

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    I'd even consider trying to go I don't know that I can for sure but I'll look into it.

    I'm in Arrowhead I dunno if anyone is comming through that area.
     
  24. denfoote

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    November 5th sounds good to me!!

    I live in Buckeye, so the trip won't be to bad!!

    The wife and I were thinking about going to Yuma anyway because I had never been there!!

    Somebody e-mail the directions to me when you get that finalized.

    I probably won't be able to bring much more than rimfire!! Things are a little bit tight these days!!
     
  25. sumpnz

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    denfoote - Bring your other guns as well. Who know what sorts of ammo will show up to keep them company.
     
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