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Can you believe I live in a red state, and there is no place to shoot?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Debunk Brady, Aug 6, 2007.

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  1. Debunk Brady

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    I have been searching and searching. I have come to the conclusion that there is no shooting range within a 2 hour driving distance that is free or even moderately priced, and where I can shoot rifle and pistol.

    There is a free range about 1.5 hours away, open Sept. through March, rifle only

    Another range had a 6 month waiting list and $1200 dues.

    Another range wanted about $200, plus 6 hours of work, plus I couldn't shoot for 3 weeks because I had to be voted in, plus a million draconian rules having to do with a "range master," cease fire every 20 minutes, anyone can yell cease fire if they see something dangerous, etc. etc. Seemed like the type of place where if you put a tin can out to shoot at, they'd jump your case.

    And on and on....








    I remember growing up there was a range 40 minutes from my house. It only went out to 100 yards, but you could show up whenever you wanted between sun up and sun down. You could shoot tin cans or milk jugs. When you wanted to go down range you looked over and said "you ready to go cold?"
     
  2. runfrumu

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    Join the club. NC has only one state ran range, and it's on the opposite side of the state as me.
     
  3. Sistema1927

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    Debunk Brady,

    Maybe if you had listed your state somebody could help you out. Without listing your state your post is just a gripe with no expectation of a resolution.
     
  4. hrgrisso

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    It helps if we know where you are...

    There are people here from all over the country, let us know where you are and we might be able to give you different ideas. Just a thought. Good luck.
     
  5. Jim Watson

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    If you want to shoot garbage, I can't help you. I gave that up a long time ago.
     
  6. Kilgor

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    And a piece of paper shot full of holes is what exactly? I call it garbage.

    Where can I get some of those everlasting targets Mr. Wonka?
     
  7. hrgrisso

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    Eternal Targets???

    I don't know about FOREVER or ETERNITY but JUST SHOOT ME PRODUCTS comes close.:neener:
     
  8. Malone LaVeigh

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    I don't know why you would expect a correlation between voting for corporate facists with local shooting facilities.
     
  9. jefnvk

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    Sorry to tell you, that should be a big rule at EVERY range.
     
  10. TEDDY

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    TISK TISK I CAN SHOOT OUT MY FRONT DOOR.sorry I just could not help it.as I came from Mass where theres an indor range within 5 miles.I still belong to one in Mass 35 a yr 24 hr access and all cal up to 45 acp.here state range 16 miles open sat and sun all yr.:confused: :) :)
     
  11. Peter Gun

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    Hear, Hear LaVeigh!!!
    I live in the bluest state in the country (as judged by last pres election results) and I can shoot off my deck and carry with no permit.
    How do you like them RED apples?
     
  12. RPCVYemen

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    I'm from Wake County - we have a really nice facility. I also found a nice county range near Nags Head. One thing that seems to be happening for a number of counties around hear is that when they build a LEO range, they get a local gun club to run it for non-LEOs.

    There is also Butner and Sir Walter not too too far away.

    Are you in the mountains?

    Mike
     
  13. tnieto2004

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    I feel lucky now .. I have a range 5 minutes away (And I live in a decent size city) and get tired of paying the $8 bucks per visit .. I should really count my blessings..
     
  14. fordfan485

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    Sounds to me like you live in Virginia, I know your pain its BS that the state closed all the ranges during the summer months and has done away with the pistol range at chickohominy wma
     
  15. Debunk Brady

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    I live in VA, DC metro area.
     
  16. Debunk Brady

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    Personally, if I see something dangerous enough to yell about, I am probably just going to leave.
     
  17. scout26

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    DB, you still haven't told us were you are.

    But at my club www.aurorasc.org, we have the "No shooting at garbage" rule. Potential of richocets and then there's the mess to clean up. We also have the "If you see something unsafe, you must call ceasefire" rule. I wouldn't go to a place that DID NOT have that rule. Yep, and our RSO's are there for everyone's safety. If they tell you that your about to be/are being dumb in a no stupid zone, you'd better listen, fastest way to get kicked to curb is to do something unsafe, then argue with the RSO about it. (Saw it a happen once and got to testify at the discpline hearing, member got booted out and deserved it.)

    $275 per year, min 10 hrs of volunteer time (5 of that to Building and Grounds). Yes, takes about a month to be voted in. We prefer mature, polite and courteous members, not people who want to come and unsafely shoot up a bunch of trash, leave it laying around for someone else to clean up and are not willing invest a little sweat equity into maintaining/improving the club. Sorry, we're a little old-fashioned in that we take pride of ownership in our facilites/ranges and our 60+ year safety record of no firearm related accidents.
     
  18. chrisandclauida2

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    every public and most private ranges has all these "draconian" rules your talking about. they are there for safety.

    without breaks how will you check retrieve and hang targets?

    most people make stupid dangerous mistakes. dont think so? film your self next time you shoot. worse yet stand back during a hot segment and watch others shoot. they turn their weapon down the line when the dump and insert mags. the point their weapons muzzle at at the concrete shooting table at about 2 inches with their finger on the trigger and they muzzle sweep everyone.

    some of these people have no buisness around deadly tools be it guns or power tools. others have the occasional brain fart and then thank god they are at least following the no finger on the trigger rule.

    we all have a lapse every now and then. we are human.

    im glad for the draconian rules like staying away from the tables during breaks. there is nothing i hate more than checking or marking targets and hearing the range master yell at some idiot who is fiddling with their weapon while its pointed at me.

    nope rules are there for safety and safety goes with guns.
     
  19. Caimlas

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    So what I'm hearing here is that it's somehow reasonable to put restrictive rules and approval processes, high prices, and additional time-consuming obligations on a person who wants to shoot, making it an exclusive sport only for those who can afford to shoot often enough to make the range fees a write-off?

    What about people who shoot, at most, a half dozen times a year, and a couple hundred rounds a time? Where are they to shoot? Oh, I guess they can shoot from September through April, right? There are a lot of people who would get into the sport, if only it were for facilities to do so. Shooting isn't (or shouldn't be) something clearly divided between those who spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on it a year and those who only shoot one week before hunting season. Especially in America.

    I think private shooting clubs, while nice for those who have the time and money to spend pursuing such things, are a disservice to the firearm community as a whole. Private clubs pop up, and the public ranges become disused and/or shut down as a result, and then the public perception tends towards

    We've got public golf ranges, parks, lakes, and rivers throughout the country. So why not open public shooting ranges? (Ranges for LEO-only funded by tax money just rub salt in the wound.)

    I'm not saying free-for-all, whoever comes can shoot type ranges; some requirements are reasonable (safety courses, for instance - most state CCW courses should cover such a requirement). But most of these clubs put as many logs in the road to actually shooting guns as the more restrictive state governments do for basic ownership.
     
  20. Navy87Guy

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    Try the Quantico Shooting Club (www.quanticoshootingclub.com). Dues are $80 for a year. They are open weekends (when they get volunteers to act as RO's). Rifle ranges out to 2000 yds, lots of shotgun, usually pistol. They are required to maintain 2/3 of their membership as active duty military, but last I heard that had Associate Memberships (i.e., non-millitary) available.

    If you think you're going to find free, open areas to shoot in Metro DC then you really will be disappointed. There just isn't space for open ranges. Rifle is problematic - NRA, Blue Ridge Arsenal and Quantico are about the only choices. NRA range is in Fairfax - annual memberships are reasonable.

    If you want to shoot off your front porch, move to Roanoake. You aren't going to find anything close to that in NOVA.

    Jim
     
  21. Debunk Brady

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    You talk too much and don't listen.

    1. Yes, I did say where I was.

    2. The day even a subsonic 22 richocets off a 12 oz. tin can, milk jug, or cardboard box is the day pigs fly.

    3. I always clean up behind myself, and usually behind others as well, but thanks for assuming the worst.


    You are free to conduct yourself and your range however you want. Don't tell me I am being unsafe because I think shooting exclusively at paper targets is boring; it seems that most shooters would agree with me, seeing as almost all private ranges have skeet, trap, and/or steel plates. Paper targets have their place, but it isn't to the exclusion of everything else. If it’s a matter of cleanliness, that’s one thing, but don’t accuse me of being unsafe.

    Moreover, if you had considered what I posted rather than jumping to judgment, you might have gleaned that I was turned off by the entire atmosphere of the place, that shooting tin cans was not the major issue, but rather evidence of a larger issue. I don’t need some volunteer that I don’t know flipping green and red lights on and off, giving me step by step instructions on how to clear my weapon, telling me that we must go cold on twenty minute intervals and only on those intervals, and telling me I can only have one gun on a bench at a time. If I bring three rifles that can easily fit on a single bench, I prefer to keep them where I can see them, rather than put two on a rack behind me while I turn my back and fire the third. If you are concerned with safety, why don’t you take five steps in my direction and visually confirm that the actions are open rather than passing a regulation?

    Further, your demeanor strengthens my initial judgment. You are not the type of person I want to be around while shooting. Your description of how you “got to testify” at a disciplinary hearing is disturbing. If I witnessed something egregious enough to warrant a hearing, there would be no joy in it for me. Yet you seem delighted at the prospect of feeling important. Your extreme quickness to judge and your disinterest in understanding what is clearly written are also problematic.

    Congrats on your 60+ year safety record. That puts you on par with every other range I have ever visited.
     
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    There is a shooting range at the NRA HQ which is pretty darn nice for year round range time.

    the rates are not too bad, like 10-20 bucks an hour, or a yearly unlimited for 250ish last time i checked. No special rules or clean up.

    As an indoor range you'll only be shooting paper, but it is well lit and well ventilated.
     
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    Thanks all for the help. I am planning on going to the NRA range for pistol, and I will look into Quantico membership. thanks again.
     
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